Remember Buffy the Vampire Slayer, that show most of us 90’s kids grew up watching? For a while it used to be one of those guilty pleasures you didn’t really tell people about. I mean the fact that it was called “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was already enough to make people cringe. Seriously, what kind of a name is Buffy? But those who weren’t fooled by the name and watched it know that it was the coolest show ever.
For many girls Buffy was our first real hero. She started out as a high-school girl who lived a normal teenage life during the day and fought vampires at night. We grew up with her and watched her become a strong, powerful, badass woman who saved the world a lot. And yet she wasn’t just a superhero, the chosen one, she who hangs out a lot in cemeteries. She was a friend, a daughter, a big sister, a very real girl with very real problems and then on top of that she had minions from hell to slay, and she always did it with a witty quip.
Remember Willow who started out as an adorable geek who was good with computers and would help her classmates out with homework and then become an incredibly powerful witch? What about the cute and funny Xander who might’ve been the class clown and the source of comic relief at the start and then played an integral part in saving the world? And Giles, the seemingly snooty librarian/Watcher who was there to keep an eye on the Slayer and train her but really had a heart of gold and quickly became a parental figure to all. Oh just thinking about that makes me want to rewatch the show again, even though I’ve already seen all 7 seasons at least 7 times.
So yeah, THAT show is getting a reboot and as a fan I couldn’t be more excited and more terrified. I mean it’s Buffy, it’s sacred, the idea of them screwing it up is too much to handle. But it looks like it’s in good hands. Joss Whedon, the creator of the Buffy, and Monica Owusu-Breen, creator of Midnight, Texas are coming together as writers and executive producers to create a newer, better, more diverse, inclusive and contemporary Buffy. And that’s a good thing. Because as much as we love the old Buffy it wasn’t a particularly diverse show. All of the cast was very white. This time around this is what they have to say about the show: “Like our world, it will be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today”.
As of now it’s unknown who would star in the new and improved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. No one has been cast yet, but everyone is saying that Buffy will be played by an African-American woman (which, let’s be honest, about time). The show is meant to continue on and build upon the mythology of the old show, but it’s unclear if any of the original cast members will make a comeback or at least an appearance. Really, all we have to go on right now is the idea that we’re getting Buffy again and it’s going to be written and produced by very smart, witty and talented people. So buckle up, it’s probably going to be a great ride!