Monday 26 June 2017

All hail Buffy - she brought out the inner feminist in all of us

Moments of brilliance: Buffy Summers was probably the most important, yet most underappreciated, character in recent TV history
Moments of brilliance: Buffy Summers was probably the most important, yet most underappreciated, character in recent TV history
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

It was violent. It was horrifying. It was funny. It was brilliantly written and yet it has been largely forgotten. Anyone who saw the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer would have sniggered at the idea that such a throw-away flick, most notable for the sight of Donald Sutherland going through the motions while he waited for his cheque to clear, would spawn a TV show which would go on to become one of the most important pieces of television of its generation.

The ideas were there in the movie, that much is true. But it just didn't work. As the show's creator, Joss Whedon, would later admit, it was chewed up and spat out by a studio system which just didn't get it.

But the TV show? Well, it's not an exaggeration to say that when Buffy the Vampire Slayer first aired on our screens 20 years ago, it helped to change the way television was made.

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