Entertainment Weekly reunited the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (WB/CW 1997 – 2003) for a photoshoot/interview/hooplah that muses about the impact and legacy of the 20 year old horror/comedy/superhero/action-mashup. Behold the ravages of time upon the TV crushes of your youth (they have fared better than most of us. Admit it) and luxuriate in sweet nostalgia as the Geeks did not long ago.
Kidding aside, I don’t think we can overstate the impact that this show had on its’ audience or on the craft of television programming. Although certainly not the first american network show to attempt a long-form story, Buffy definitely popularized the notion by adapting the old X-Men comic book formula: episodic A-plot, spinning-plate B-plot, character development C-plot. It normalized LGBT characters, female leads that could punch things, referential humour, and genre mashing for a (more-or-less) mass audience. It upped the visual effects game for network television. It reacted and interacted with its’ fans online. It did all of this before any of it was standard operating procedure. Even if the subject matter isn’t your thing, that’s a legacy that can’t be denied.
Take three minutes out of your day and remember what it was like to slay along with Buffy.