the March 10, 1997 on the Warner Bros channel was broadcast the first episode of the seriese Buffy the Vampire Slayerwhich will last 7 seasons and will be broadcast until 2003. Created by Joss Whedon, the series upset the codes before quickly becoming cult. In France, we especially remember its programming in the famous “ Saturday Trilogy on M6, which marked the childhood and adolescence of all millennials with its cult series such as buffy and Charmed !
Through the story of Buffy Summers, a teenager whose fate is to kill vampires, the series addressed different themes, whether specific to adolescence or not. Reboot of a 1992 B-movie, Sarah Michelle Gellar gave life to the character of Buffy as we know it today and thus marked an entire generation.
Between vampires, demons or typical human problems like illness, university or money problems, Buffy and the “Scooby-gang” as they call themselves in the first seasons, will have many trials to overcome.
Why Buffy the Vampire Slayer marked us so much?
For a series broadcast from 1997, buffy the vampire slayer has touched millions of people around the world, to the point of being even now studied at university.
Through this series, Joss Whedon has made it possible to highlight personalities that we did not necessarily see on screen, such as Willow and Tara couple. This is the first lesbian couple to be part of the main cast of a series! Friends did have Susan and Carol, Ross’s ex-wife, but the pair are never shown kissing and was often used as a pretext a few slightly homophobic jokes. Tara and Willow have a relationship with her ups and downs, like Buffy and Angel or Xander and Anya.
The series is also feminist since Joss Whedon takes over the Hollywood horror movie classics and reverse them. ” The blonde girl who finds herself in a dark alley and gets killed is the opposite of Buffy. Here, she is the one who becomes the killer and who massacres vampires, demons and other supernatural creatures with a lot of flips, kicks and sarcastic comments !
We also remember the way the series deals with the theme of the death in a shocking episode. Although ubiquitous in the series – Buffy herself dies twice – the natural death of one of Buffy’s relatives surprise everyone and is treated with grace.
25 years later, what have become of the actors?
On the other hand, even if this series has become cult, we know that in Hollywood all is not rosy. In 2021, Charisma Carpenterwho played the iconic Cordélia Chase accused Joss Whedon on Twitter of abuse of power and bullying, both in the series Buffy against the vampires in its spin-off Angel. In addition to establishing a toxic work environmenthe would have had fatphobic talk against the actress, then pregnant.
Between first steps in the cinema or new cult roles on television, the actors have grown a lot since then but have not necessarily left our screens! And if you miss Buffy, thefull series is available on the platform Disney +.
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