Friday, October 31, 2014

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Introduction)

Created by Joss Whedon, Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a cult classic in dramatic fantasy horror television, with a huge fanbase, and a significant pop culture footprint. The series deftly juggles horror, comedy, and drama, with likable characters and imaginative villains. Though heavily steeped in horror themes, I consider it primarily a coming of age drama, as it rarely manages to be genuinely scary.

However, it is a very compelling drama that is often a lot of fun to watch, yet takes its craft seriously, and is not afraid to confront serious life issues (and can even be emotionally challenging to watch at times). If you like horror, and enjoy dramatic television, and especially if you're keen on the idea of having a strong female protagonist, then I wholeheartedly recommend this series.

It's also highly rewatchable, with quick (and mostly unobtrusive) clip recaps at the beginning of most episodes, serving as a reminder of important plot points (or an indicator of where things stand with various characters, if you're jumping in out of order) that will be built upon in the following episode. If you're already familiar with the series (or not deterred by major spoilers), and want to read my thoughts in more depth about each of the seasons (and the preceding film adaptation of the concept), I invite you to use the following links:

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Movie)
Buffy (TV): Season One
Buffy (TV): Season Two
Buffy (TV): Season Three
Buffy (TV): Season Four
Buffy (TV): Season Five
Buffy (TV): Season Six
Buffy (TV): Season Seven

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