Ode To Buffy…


Congratulations to “Silver Petticoat”, the winner of Maureen’s giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

We have a break in our talented array of guests for the holiday weekend, so I am stepping in to chat with you about a subject that is very near and dear to me…Buffy.

Buffy. It isn’t the most elegant or intimidating of names.  I remember watching the Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie and thinking, meh, it was okay.  I probably watched it just because Dylan from 90210 was in it. πŸ™‚

Then, along came the real Buffy. I had my reservations, but I was powerless to resist. The first season was light, campy, fun. I adored it. The end of the second season ripped my heart out and stomped on it with no remorse. A kiss. A declaration of love, and then a sword through the heart.  Goodbye Angel.

Sigh. I still get upset over that. But I survived until next fall. 


And so, each season grew a little bit darker. Buffy matured. I matured. 

It’s so hard to pick a favorite episode. There are many that stand out (besides the one that ripped my heart from my chest and stuck it in a blender). “Hush” was one of the most unique. The ghouls, The Gentlemen, came to town and stole everyone’s voices, so that the whole episode was void of speech.  Boy did The Gentlemen give me the creeps!  

And then there was “Once More, With Feeling…”, aka, Buffy, the musical.  I remember rolling my eyes at that one, but it served its purpose.  Buffy had turned so dark, we needed a little reprieve.

For me, though, the episode with the most impact had no drama…no romance. It was raw. For a woman who deals in the death of vampires, demons, and ghouls on a daily basis…to have her walk through the front door and find her mother has passed away on the couch…that moment had such impact.  There were no villains or stakes responsible. It was nature. And I walked in a cloud for days, devastated by a single television episode.
Now the years have passed. As I watch tv, I find myself playing Six Degrees Of Buffy. “That actress was on Buffy.” “That actor played a demon on Buffy.” Even poor Freddie Prinze Jr. I refer to as Buffy’s husband.  LOL.  Sarah Michelle Gellar is an accomplished actress, a doting wife, and a wonderful mother. I will watch her in this new show coming up with Robin Williams. But when it’s all said and done, she is Buffy.  There is no shame to that. How many actors have embodied a character so successfully?

Take the fine citizens of Philadelphia. Do they know Sylvester Stallone? No. They know Rocky Balboa. Rocky lived in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. He was real...to them. If they see Sly Stallone walking the streets, they will call out, “Yo, Rocky.” And he will answer, because that is who he is.

Do you have any favorite Buffy episodes or moments? Do you identify any actors/actresses as their characters ahead of their given names?
Giveaway:
I will be giving away a Kindle or Nook copy of my book BEYOND which, like Buffy, deals with a 17 year-old girl who is dealt an adventure she never volunteered for.

BEYOND

It is the day after Aimee Patterson’s high school graduation. College beckons, as does her dream of becoming an engineer. On an early evening walk, her cocker spaniel charges into the woods on the other side of the pond. Aimee trails after him, and in the stillness of that forest the unthinkable happens. She becomes paralyzed and watches in horror as her hands vanish before her eyes. 

Waking to the sound of voices, Aimee realizes that she has been kidnapped. Little does she know how far away from home she is, though. In an attempt to flee her captors, she launches from their confines only to freeze at the view outside the window. The sky is black and filled with stars, and in the distance is a familiar blue globe. The planet Earth. 

A group of humans forced to flee their planet after an epidemic destroyed their civilization now travel the galaxies in search of an antidote. Retrieving samples of plant life from every solar system, on this occasion Aimee was accidentally seized instead. 


Aimee must learn to avoid the advances of an awkward young scientist who seems intent on dissecting her, as her own fascination turns to the exotic young warrior, Zak. Having fallen in love with Zak, she is now torn with the decision to return to Earth or live beyond the stars.


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18 comments

  1. So, Maureen, I watched the movie Buffy with Luke Perry because of the same reason you did. And still remember some lines from it. I never really watched the TV show with SMG so she isn’t really Buffy to me. I was freaked out by anything scary back then. I was all rainbows and unicorns growing up. Read Babysitters Club books and Sweet Valley High. I do think of SMG as Daphne in Scooby Doo, though, as that is the last show/movie I saw her in. I understand your point though about she always being Buffy. Just like Luke Perry will always be Dylan. And Candace Cameron Bure will always be DJ (we are watching a lot of Full House reruns at our house). And now that I have watched Matt Bomer on White Collar he will always be Neal Caffrey to me. πŸ™‚ Happy Labor Day weekend!

  2. I still want unicorns and rainbows! πŸ™‚ There are a lot of correlations between Buffy and the original Scooby Doo. Vampires. Demons. Ghouls…except with a dog instead of a cute blond. LOL πŸ™‚

  3. It is so difficult to choose a favorite Buffy episode out of the many but I really remember loving the last episode of season 2 when Buffy has to kill Angel (season 2 is still my favorite season). The best part of that episode was Spike and Buffy’s mother having a chat. πŸ™‚ Anyway, I thought the episode of Buffy finding her mother was heart wrenching.

    I’m not sure if there are any actors that I think of them as a character first though I think there are some actors out there that just made me believe the characters were real: Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, Alex O’Loughlin as Mick St. John, Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan to just name a few. By the way, your book sounds great.

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  4. Hello SP. Yes, season 2 was the best because that was when we were in full-fledged Angel mode. Oh dear, I’m sighing again at the thought! πŸ™‚
    Thank you for your kind words, and for stopping by!

  5. Don’t have any fav Buffy moments

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  6. Uh oh…am I banned if I have never seen a Buffy episode? I don’t really watch tv, so don’t relate actors to their on screen personas. But, I do have some visual images of book heroes in my head. πŸ˜‰

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    • You are the wise one, Julie. You didn’t lose 6 years of your life to a television show. πŸ™‚ The one good thing about a book hero is that no matter how well an author describes him, we’re always going to picture him how we want to. πŸ™‚

  7. lol i havent watched buffy but then i dont watch much tv would much rather read lol

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  8. Ah, Willow. I started watching HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER just because, Willow, Allyson Hannigan was on there. I still get excited when I see Xander make a television appearance. And Giles was in the new Percy Jackson.

    I think my favorite episode was HUSH.

    Thanks for the walk down Buffy lane!

    • Oh gosh, I haven’t seen Xander in ages. I saw Cordelia in a movie a while ago, and I think Buffy’s mom is making the rounds. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you stopped by, Mary. Have a great weekend!

    • Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) is on a new nonfiction show, Surviving Evil. She was in a recent episode of Supernatural, as well (recent being in the last two years πŸ™‚ ). Buffy’s mom is in Suzanne Brockmann’s movie!

      I loved Buffy, even though I never really liked SMG. I love anything Joss Whedon does, because he creates complex, flawed, heroic characters. And I think most actors lucky enough to be cast in something that lasts more than five years will always be that character. I mean, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman will always be Felix and Oscar to me! LOL

    • Buffy’s mom is in Suzanne Brockmann’s movie! How cool is that?! And thank you, Natalie, now the Odd Couple theme is stuck in my head. πŸ™‚ Happy weekend wishes to you.

    • You’re welcome! Just another service I provide: mental earworms. LOL

    • Xander has (had?) a recurring a role on Criminal Minds as Garcia’s boyfriend. So he’s definitely still around. πŸ™‚

    • I have to keep my eye out for that. By the time I get to sit down to watch TV, I last about five minutes before falling asleep. πŸ™‚

  9. The Body is so great. And the fact that it was done without background music was incredible. In fact, the three episodes you mention all had amazing sound characteristics – The Body with no music, Once More With Feeling as a musical (I have the soundtrack), and Hush with no talking.

    I once said something and followed it with “It must be Tuesday.” I kept thinking – what’s that from? Oh, yeah. Buffy. πŸ™‚