Friday, December 10, 2010

Meekakitty The Buffy-Hater Slayer

Yes, I'm a guy and I used to watch Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I sound like I should be saying that at some "Buffy Anonymous" group session. I've never been fanatical about the show, mostly watching re-runs as the series itself was winding down, but I am up on Buffy terminology and have seen probably every episode at least once. So I can feel the pain when Meekakitty expresses some distain and skepticism about the announcement of a new movie based on the Buffy series.

Very surprised that the people in charge of this "re-boot" of the slayer concept are forgoing Whedon, who was instrumental in creating the series that starred Sarah Michelle Gellar (and the original Buffy movie with Kristy Swanson). That was the reason I was drawn in to the series - Whedon's imaginative and clever writing as well as the character development.

Like Tessa I thought Willow Rosenberg was one of the more interesting characters on the show, played by Alyson Hannigan who of course went on to even more fame and fortune as the band camp girl in the American Pie movies and one of my favorites on the long-running hit series How I Met Your Mother. Hannigan sure got hot after leaving Sunnyvale and the Scooby Gang.

But it will be interesting to see how they take this "new slayer" in the new movie. Will it be with a kinda subtle humor like the original movie or will they go with a darker more forboding mood? Parts of the original I liked. PeeWee Herman ~ Paul Ruebens was hilarious, but Luke Perry, meh. And anything with Donald Sutherland can be interesting.

If you haven't seen the series (what?! how?), you can pick it up at Amazon: all 7 seasons for around $100 or so Buffy On Amazon or just get your feet wet with the first season and go from there.

Here's one of the other Youtube channel's take on the announcement of the new Buffy movie:

If you want to read what Joss Whedon's response to the news that he was being excluded from the movie, Meekakitty included that link to his short interview.

And for those who can never get enough Buffy, have you checked out those Buffy graphic novels? They are a continuation of what happened in the series and use the same characters, Buffy, Willow, Xander etc. They have been putting those out for a while and are getting some good reviews from die-hard Buffy fans.

Probably one of my favorite Buffy episodes was the one with The Gentlemen. The episode was called "Hush" and when these super-creeping dudes and their henchmen descended onto Sunnyvale to take peoples' hearts, everyone in town lost their voice and couldn't scream. There was one scene where a character looks out of her window spys the Gentlemen floating by neighbor's houses and jumps in fright as one passes closely by her window grinning maniacally. Here's a clip of the episode:

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