I remember watching the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when it first aired on BBC2. I was nine years old and it very quickly became my favourite tv show. You could say I was addicted.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Buffy is about a teenage girl who is chosen to fight vampires and demons. Buffy, along with her friends Xander and Willow, her watcher Giles and many others along the way became a weekly watch for me for the next 6 years.
I don’t know how many times I rewatched the show in my teen years, but I haven’t watched it recently. A few weeks ago I decided to rewatch Buffy as an adult and see if my opinions on it had changed.
The first thing I noticed; Buffy is not suitable for a nine year old to watch!! There is no way nine year old me would have gotten the violence, love, sex and emotions that are evolved in the show.
When I cried:
I remember When Buffy killed Angel, it was the first time a TV show had ever made me cry and was the only time I remember crying watching it in the past. Now watching it as an adult brought A LOT more tears.
- Again, when Buffy had to kill Angel
- When Buffy found her mum dead – this was the most emotional episode for me and the lack of music made it even more real to watch.
- When Xander stops evil Willow
- When Jenny is killed and everyone finds out
- Tara’s death (SO MUCH DEATH)
My Favourite Episodes:
- Once More With Feeling – The musical
- Band Candy
- Tabula Rasa
- Something Blue
When I was younger I wanted Buffy and Angel to be together, they are “soul mates” but far too much drama for me.
Riley – Meh, lets not go there
Spike – I love Buffy and Spike together! Yes he’s an ass hole, he has a bad past and there is that bathroom incident. But you can see her feelings grow for him, especially over the last season, and I wish they’d had a chance to be together.
20 years later Buffy is still my all time favourite show and I’m sure it will continue to be forever. I’m sure I’ll watch it again in another 20 years and feel different emotions and notice new things then as well.
I tweeted my thoughts over all seven seasons under #rewatchingbuffyasanadult so head over there to see more of my thoughts.
Now time to rewatch all of Angel.