Blerdy Ish: 03. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

btvs_s1I’m just going to come right out and say it: if you don’t know what Buffy the Vampire Slayer is, you are not a blerd.

Blerds love Buffy. Buffy loves blerds. And why wouldn’t they? They are the perfect match. One is an entertainment phenomenon sprung from comic book pages and turned into a feature film and long-running television series. The other loves all of those exact things.

Buffy was about many things. Sure, she spent her evenings staking vamps and battling all sorts of evil forces. But, she was also an outcast teenage girl just trying to make her way in the world. She struggled with identity issues. She dated. She dealt with mean professors. There was something very real and accessible about Buffy and her life.

The Atlantic did a terrific job of outlining why Buffy the Vampire Slayer was such a revolutionary show, though there was a major aspect that the writer missed. The core cast was all White, but the show commonly explored diversity in complex ways, somewhat trailblazing for a 90’s show. Despite the highly fantastical nature of the show, the world of Buffy managed to imbue a high-level of human realism into its characters.

The supporting cast was just as important to the show as Buffy herself. Zander was the everyman, lusting after the head cheerleader, winning her, and then not knowing what to do with her. Willow was booksmart, struggling to define her sexual identity while developing her emerging magical powers as a witch. Giles was an aging man dealing with unemployment and mentoring a group of rebellious teenagers.

And never to be overlooked, the eternally teenage Bianca Lawson played Black slayer Kendra when Buffy died (temporarily of course).

The following for this show and each of its characters has followed each of its stars as they have boarded new projects. Just ask Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, and Michelle Trachtenberg. No matter what high-profile gigs they may get, they’ll still be Buffy, Willow, Angel, and Dawn.

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.