Self-deprecation is worth its weight in smoldering phoenix-ashes and baby unicorn tears.
or; how teenage lust can become serious fandom
Published on February 13, 2006 By SanChonino In Entertainment
I'll admit it. When I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, way back in its freshman season, I was only watching for the incomparable Sarah Michelle Gellar. I remember seeing advertisements (I think I was about thirteen or fourteen) and thinking, "Wow. Now there is a prety girl. I'm going to have to watch that show."
But my mother, in typical Mama Jones fashion, forbade me. And, in typical sonny-boy San Chonino style, I refused to obey and watched it in the basement, telling her I was watching some other stupid show.
I don't remember much about watching that show the first season, mostly only thinking "Wow, how cool. A hot girl kicking vampire butt. Yeah, that's my style of television show."
But I do remember recognizing something about that show, even then, that was different than the other boring teenage drama shows that were on. I remember setting Tuesday evenings aside just to watch it, and if I had plans with my church youth group I would record it for later viewing.
I continued to watch, off and on, for the next three years. I still liked it. I was watching it less for the hotness of Ms. Gellar, and more for the coolness of the storyline, but it certainly didn't hurt that she was just as attractive during the subsequent seasons as in the first.
After a while, other things started to get in the way of my love affair with Buffy. I eventually stopped watching all together.
Then . . .
Fast forward to Christmas break, 2005. I'd just gotten word that my job at the garden center would be on hold for the next six weeks, seeing as how there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do in a nusery during January. My best friend was going to his cabin with his family for the majority of the break, so I was doomed to be home alone. Now, I had to have something to occupy my time with, right? So I went to the store, looking for movies to watch.
And there I saw it - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Complete First Season on DVD, on sale for twenty bucks. "Good deal," I thought to myself. "That's the same price as one movie. What the hey, I'll get it."
So I did. and I reveled in it. This time through, I was (slightly) more mature, and was able to really understand and love the writing of the show. It's hard to think of any other TV show that is written to be as snappy, as witty, as dramatic, and yet over-the-top and silly as Buffy.
I was hooked, more so than the first time around. The day I was done with season one, it was off to the store to get season two. And then season three.
Now I'm almost done with season three. With my next paycheck, I ain't going to lie, I have to buy Battlestar Galactica Season 2.0, but with the check immediately following, it's Buffy seaon four, all the way.
I love that show. Thank goodness for TV DVDs.

Comments
on Feb 14, 2006
Welcome fellow Buffy fan. I'm 51and I love the show. I like Angel, but not as much as Buffy. I didn't start watching until it was on FX. I have all the Buffy DVDs. I also found a less expensive copy of the first season, but I bought all the other seasons at full price because I didn't want to wait any longer than necessary. Here are links to all my Buffy/Angel articles.

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on Feb 14, 2006
I have heard of so many people who love this show. I have never watched a single episode. Just seemed weird to me, but perhaps I ought to give it a chance.
on Feb 14, 2006
I have heard of so many people who love this show. I have never watched a single episode. Just seemed weird to me, but perhaps I ought to give it a chance.


The title is kind of silly, but it completely defines the show. Buffy = humor. Vampire = horror. Slayer = action.

At first, I didn't think I would be interested in a show that redefines vampire lore, but the mythology is very deep and consistent. And if you think it's all kid stuff, consider this dialogue.

Faith: Xander and I were just having fun.
Angel: And he forgot the safety word, right?
Faith: Safety words are for wusses.
on Feb 14, 2006
Oh boy, BlueDev, you're missing out. This is, as I said, one of the best shows you'll ever see. It's got the best dialogue, just like Iconoclast mentions. It's absolutely splendid. Of course, I can't get enough of what Joss Whedon does; I'm a die-hard Firefly fan, too . . .
on Feb 14, 2006
Here's a Joss Whedon site
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Here's a great site with lots of Buffy articles. Many of which are included in two books I have: Reading the Vampire Slayer and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale.
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on Feb 14, 2006
I am 59 and have been a buffy fan since its conception, unlike iconoclast I like angel better due to my own dark nature.


MM........... buffy and angel rules!!!
on Feb 15, 2006


on Apr 07, 2006
I always had a crush on Giles. Everyone liked Angel, but I was all, no way. Giles is the shit.
on Apr 20, 2006
I am a Joss Whedon fan, more than of any particular show he has made. If you haven't seen any of the 'Firefly' series, do yourself a favour. It is very good. The movie 'Serenity' is the conclusion of the series and a great stand-alone story too.

Sarah-Michelle Gellar was the reason I started watching too but, as you rightly point out, the story is just too good to get caught up lusting after the babes in the show.
on Apr 28, 2006
I always had a crush on Giles. Everyone liked Angel, but I was all, no way. Giles is the shit.


Yes, Amanda, Giles most definitely is. He was always my hero - when I'm a professor, I'm gonna dress in tweed too, just to try to emulate his coolness.

am a Joss Whedon fan, more than of any particular show he has made. If you haven't seen any of the 'Firefly' series, do yourself a favour. It is very good. The movie 'Serenity' is the conclusion of the series and a great stand-alone story too.

Sarah-Michelle Gellar was the reason I started watching too but, as you rightly point out, the story is just too good to get caught up lusting after the babes in the show.


I love "Firefly". It was actually the first ever TV show I owned on DVD, and now that collection has grown and grown and grown . . . so good.
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