There are a lot of great shows out there. Too many, in fact. We’ve all got that great series buried in our queues that we want to watch, but we just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Maybe we’ve been busy, or maybe we’re interested, but not that interested, or maybe we think the show might be cool, but the new puppy we got is just too much of a cutey-wooty. No matter the reason, the show sits, unwatched and unloved, while we move on to other programs. If Buffy the Vampire Slayer is that show, I say to you stop, sir and/or madam, and make watching it a priority! If you’re still not convinced you should give Buffy the Vampire Slayer the time of day, here’s a list of the top five reasons you should be watching it.
It’s funny, but relatable
Joss Whedon manages to inject humor into everything he does; a good joke helps keep things entertaining at all times and helps us like the characters more. Most of the characters who traipse through the town of Sunnydale have a sharp sense of humor, whether they’re the most heroic of heroes or villainous of villains.
It’s about kick-ass ladies
The sad truth is that pop culture suffers a dire shortage of awesome ladies— near as anyone can tell, much of that has to do with the fact that the higher-ups in Hollywood are crusty old poots who mostly want to see manly movies/shows about men being men. But every once in a while something awesome and female-centric slips through the cracks— your Hunger Games, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and, of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Many themes, motifs, and ideas get bounced around over the course of Buffy’s seven-year run, but one of the most resounding ideas is that of women empowering women. Too often women in pop culture are ignored or exist only in relation to their male co-stars, but Buffy disregards that idea. If we can have countless shows and movies about male mentors teaching young heroic dudes how to be awesome, then, by God, we can (and should) do the same for the ladies.
The Big Bads
The idea of a show having a “Big Bad”— a villain whose entire arc would be contained to a single season, and whose defeat would probably coincide with the season finale, can be traced back to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Other shows, like Supernatural, Smallville, and many others, have since used this idea to keep each season feeling goal-oriented and easily distinguishable, but none have done it with such flair as Buffy (because none of them have Joss Whedon’s writing power behind them). Some of the show’s Big Bads include Glory, a vain, somewhat stupid, but ludicrously powerful god who wanted to go shopping and get the hell off of planet Earth, Adam, a psychotic Frankensteinian monster who blended cybernetic/demonic power with the mentality of a cult leader, and, of course, Mayor Richard Wilkins, a gentle soul who disapproves of swearing and germs… who also happens to be pure friggin’ evil. He’ll be friendly about it, sure, but Mayor Wilkins is glad to slaughter as many innocents as it takes to get what he wants.
Vampires of both the sexy and unsexy variety
In those glorious, pre-sparkly vampire days, those blood-sucking creatures of the night tended to be fairly complex creatures. There’s a seductive, sexy side to most of them, but beneath that lay something monstrously greedy. Buffy’s vampires represented that quite literally with the way they could choose to appear as their smooth-faced, sexy human selves, but would grow all bumpy-headed and monstrous whenever it was time to get their slurp on.
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