Buffy Continuation Might Work And Here’s Why
A few months ago 20th Century Fox Television announced that the beloved ’90s hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be receiving a revival. Originally running from 1997-2003. The series was lead by Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Grudge, I Know What You Did Last Summer) as Buffy Summers, a young teen who was chosen to protect the world from the forces of darkness. As legend would describe it “In every generation, there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer. The series would go on to have one of the largest cult followings and has remained popular even after being off the air for 15 years. Joss Whedon ran the original series and he will return to executive produce the new series.
Who’s Heading The New Series?
Monica Owusu-Breen (Agents of SHIELD) will write the new series and serve as showrunner. Owusu-Breen sent out a tweet after receiving backlash from fans of the original series assuring fans that the original series would not be touched, but audiences should expect a potential continuation from where the series left off.
— monicaowusubreen (@monicabreen) July 26, 2018
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended on May 20, 2003, and saw Buffy Summers change the future of the Slayer lineage forever. Sharing her powers with every other girl out there in the world brought the show full circle. This is because Buffy spends most of the show trying to balance her duties and live a normal life. At the end of the original series, she is no longer in the fight alone. The most interesting bit of information regarding the revival is that it will have an African American woman take up the role as Slayer.
Where Should The Series Pick Up?
For a continuation to work the series should be set years after the Buffy finale. But it should not rely on the past to build the future. The new Slayer should have her own unique backstory that separates her from Buffy, and the characters shouldn’t come off as cheap nostalgia pops resembling characters from the original series. It will be interesting to see whether the series keeps the comic books canon moving forward, or if it will only acknowledge the series. Fans will want to see cameos from the original cast but that shouldn’t overshadow the new generations story being told. A cameo or two per season will only become enjoyable once the new series establishes its own identity. Setting the series in the mid to late 2010s would put Buffy at her late 30’s; so there can be room for an appearance if Sarah Michelle Gellar is convinced to return.
There has been no word on when the revival will debut. However, it will more than likely find a home on a streaming network.
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