Buffy Newbie – Journal 1

November 2, 2012

So I watched the first two issues of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season one last night.

I’ve always kept the fact that I had never watched the series kinda quiet. Joss Whedon, her creator is highly regarded in the feminist community and Buffy herself pretty much has cult status.

In my defense I did see the actual film when it came out in the theatres and it was pretty bad. It was full of Luke Perry, bright colours, stupid jokes (ever get that not-so-fresh feeling Buffy?) and did I mention Luke Perry?

It’s high time I checked out the series.

So I’m watching the first episode and it’s a typical scene, dude brings blonde into empty school building with promises of views and intentions of nookie. She is fearful, nervous. He is insistent, cajoling. She nervously asks if anyone is around, he boldly says no. ‘GOOD!’ she says, and BAM! She turns vampire on him and attacks!

I wasn’t expecting that. Have I mentioned I’m a jumper? I jumped at that one and something in my brain sorta back-flipped. What an excellent way to subvert the damsel in distress moment and set a different tone. It didn’t even fall into the other stereotype; Evil Demon Seductress.

It wasn’t brightly coloured and corny. It’s got lots of dark scenes and it is legitimately scary at times. Although to contextualise this, it’s 1997 scary, not 2012 scary. (And I’m a jumper, so I scare easily.) The lingo is a little quaint, the make-up is make-up like and the effects are a little home-made.

But the fight scenes are awesome! Buffy gets chucked around and smashed into concrete corners but is kicking vampires in the face just as hard. Nobody is pulling any punches.

And I’m already a firm fan of Willow.

I’ll keep you posted..

PS – This isn’t going to be academic analysis stuff. More just observations and me sharing my cheesy enjoyment. Or not. We’ll see.

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