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Now reading: Buffy — Choose Your Own Cast in Pop Culture on Persephone Magazine.

Last week, our friends at Pajiba speculated on what their dream Buffy reboot cast would look like. While some of Rob’s suggestions are pretty great – who wouldn’t want to see Tom Hidddleston on their screen every week – his dream cast isn’t my dream cast. 

First, take a breath – no one is seriously thinking about rebooting the show. Those nasty rumors last year about a possible Buffy relaunch without Joss have amounted to nothing. The comics series is chugging along in “season” 9, which right seems to be the closest thing we’re going to get to the Scooby Gang getting back together.  This is just meant to be a fun mental exercise.

In working up my list, I gave myself a couple of guidelines — I wanted the actors to be believable in their roles as high school students, so I limited the age-range I would consider for the kids.  Two,I didn’t want to look at my list at the end and say to myself, “My, how Caucasian is this!” Three, I had to consider what was essential to each of the roles and what could be reworked without damaging the character. Example – Essential to Angel – brooding, guilt, the desire to make up for the damage he did as Angelus. Not essential – his Irish origin, bad accents.

Retro Recap: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 3.18, “Earshot” | Persephone Magazine

You know what? I was wrong. You are an idiot. My life happens to, on occasion, suck beyond the telling of it. Sometimes more than I can handle. And it’s not just mine. Every single person down there is ignoring your pain because they’re too busy with their own. The beautiful ones. The popular ones. The guys that pick on you. Everyone. If you could hear what they were feeling. The loneliness. The confusion. It looks quiet down there. It’s not. It’s deafening.

Retro Recap: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 3.12, “Helpless” | Persephone Magazine

You know, nothing’s really gonna change. The important thing is that I kept up my special birthday tradition of gut-wrenching misery and horror.


Two weeks in a row our Slayer has to deal with the betrayals of her parental figures. Last week, Joyce, under the influence of the Hansel and Gretel demon, tried to burn her alive. This week, both her fathers let her down.

Bufy holding a cross.

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 3.01, “Dead Man’s Party” | Persephone Magazine

Joyce’s gallery — which I’m not clear if she owns or just manages, its never elaborated on and Buffy never sets foot in it — gets in a shipment of “primitive African art,” in which a zombie demon god mask is included, which Joyce hangs in her bedroom because it seems “cheerful.” Joyce has problems. The fact that she considers a demon mask “cheerful” is one of them. Another is her complete inability to deal with Buffy’s homecoming — she doesn’t know what to do with her daughter, seems unwilling to admit that telling her to never come back to the house ever again might be the reason Buffy didn’t come back to the house for three months, and misplaces her guilt over this all over Buffy (and Giles, but that came up last week).

Unfortunately for all involved, there is not a single person among the Scoobies that is capable of dealing with their emotions. No one wants to acknowledge they resent Buffy for disappearing for a couple of months, and no one seems able to put together the clues that something really awful happened to her. All they see is her disappearance. But only a year before, Buffy had died, I mean literally died, and she didn’t take off for parts unknown after, so intelligent people might be able to figure out that something worse than dying happened to her. Instead of calling Buffy a therapist, they throw her a house party.


From the article:

Since Buffy disappeared after the events of “Becoming,” the gang has been trying to fill in for her as best they can. But three (and four, when Cordelia comes back from summer vacation) regular human beings do not equal one Slayer, no matter what the math says. The best Willow and the boys can do is not end up dead. Which, according to their “body count,” is about all they’re doing.

Read more at Persephone Magazine.

Oh, hey, you guise. The Buffy recaps are back.

Sorry if you saw this already on Facebook — just covering my bases:

Hey guys. I’m getting to the end of the Buffy Season 2 rewatch series on Persephone. Buffy fans know that the last two episodes of this season are what you might call a Big Deal. I wanted to do something different in the recap for these two shows — would anyone be interested in a group rewatch of the season finale two parter? Buffy is currently streaming on Netflix and I think is available on Hulu. I think it would be really fun to do a liveblog/rewatch with a bunch of people.

I just want to gauge interest before I commandeer a live thread for this.

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 2.19, “I Only Have Eyes for You” | Persephone Magazine

I’ve men­tioned this before but I can not get over the dif­fer­ences in qual­ity between Buffy and True Blood. Mostly, this is because I’ve been simul­ta­ne­ously recap­ping the two shows for months now, so a good part of my brain pan is devoted to all things True Blood and Buffy. This week, I had to watch the sea­son finale of TB S4 and a Mon­ster of the Week episode of Buffy. While “And When I Die” was a good entry into the TB world, it was a good episode because the rest of the sea­son was just so ter­ri­ble. It is sim­ply blown away when placed next to this sin­gle episode of BVTS. There is so much care taken in “I Only Have Eyes for You” to respect the audi­ence and to build a coher­ent emo­tional arc for the char­ac­ters. Noth­ing in it feels hol­low or fake, and more impor­tantly, it feels like the writ­ers and pro­duc­ers respect both the world their build­ing and the peo­ple who are watch­ing it. This is where Ball and his gang repeat­edly fall down.



The Slayers of Buffy

Still waiting for a Nikki Wood series, tbh. She seemed like an HBIC.

Where’s all the ascended potentials? Where’s Fray?

Persephone Magazine | Blog | Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S2, E14 “Innocence”

Angelus: It was a good time. All right? It doesn’t mean, like, we have to make a big deal.
Buffy: It is a big deal.
Angelus: It’s what? Bells ringing, fireworks, a dulcet choir of pretty little birdies? Come on, Buffy. It’s not like I’ve never been there before.
Buffy: Don’t touch me.
Angelus: I should’ve known you wouldn’t be able to handle it.
Buffy: Angel! I love you.
Angelus: Love you, too. I’ll call you.

What’s horrifying about the exchange is just how prosaic it is. That conversation has been held thousands of times, with only the details being changed, but it’s never any less devastating for the repetition. Buffy is a superhero – she saves the world, she fights the good fight, she died for us – and she still doesn’t get a happy ever after, or even a happy morning after. And sometimes, no matter how nice we are, how well we thought we knew our lovers, neither do we.