“Into every generation a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number. She is the Slayer.”
Thus began the opening introduction. That may have been true on March 10, 1997 when Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on the new defunct network The WB. But now, there are several television series with heroes that have the skills to fight vampires (and other supernatural entities). However, we must acknowledge and give thanks to the slayer, the girl who saved the world along with her Scooby Gang. Buffy opened the door for other empowered females; those kick-ass ladies who protected themselves and others. But her slayer prowess wasn’t Ms. Summers’ only strength, she was skilled with the puns. Witty quips added to her confidence and delighted viewers.
Based on a 1992 movie of the same name starring Kristy Swanson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered as a mid season series and quickly became a fan favorite. Former All My Children alumni Sarah Michelle Gellar played the title character. The original core cast included Nichloas Brendon (Xander), Alyson Hannigan (Willow), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) and Anthony Stewart Head (Giles). A tortured vampire named Angel (David Boreanaz) was added and soon, the slayer and the vampire began a turbulent romance. Angel would spin-off his own series, Angel, where he was joined by Charisma Carpenter’s Cordelia.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a well written, well acted television series. Among the stellar episodes in its 151 episode run included a silent one “Hush” in which none of the characters spoke and the classic “Once More With Feeling.” I’d encourage everyone to check that one out; it set the standard for musical episodes.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003 on The WB and UPN networks. Twenty-years later, it remains a beloved television series and strong influence on those that followed.
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