On 10 March, the Whedonverse celebrated the 15th anniversary of the best series to ever grace our televisions: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I was originally a fan of the cheesy 1992 Buffy flick that Mr. Joss Whedon distanced himself from—I mean, Pee Wee Herman was a freakin' vampire! It wasn’t until I moved to Philly in 2007 and joined a nRRdy South Philly Queer Group (SPQCA, you are dearly missed!), which would hold its weekly “Team Whedon” dinners at my then-girlfriend’s house, that I grew to understand the brilliance of the television series.
It could have been Whedon’s feminism; it could’ve been all the kick-ass women and pro-lesbian messages, subliminal and explicit; it could definitely have been that I came to identify with Spike, the misunderstood romantic; heck, it could’ve been bunnies. All I know is that I, who have studied philosophy for the past ten years of my life, found that Whedon’s show captured the best of both eastern and western philosophies. It was spiritual—Buddhist, Nietzschean, queer. What more could any of us ask for?
In honor of the best show EVARRRH, here are some moments/memories/clips for you to reminisce about….minus Dawn, of course, minus Dawn…. Buffy is great for giving us:
1) a theory about bunnies
2) and a song about how we are gods;
3) a tragic love story between two powerful Wiccans,
4) and the tragic result: Dark Willow:
5) not to mention lesbian vampiric doppelgangers:
6) Andrew's storytelling (because this is how I see Buffy&Spike's relationship, too!):
7) and a pro-vegan episode—double-meat, anyone?
the motto "five-by-five" and its originiator, Faith.
9) a shit-ton of kinky Buffy&Spike sex—forget the handcuffs, make me invisible!
10) and, of course, Spike—the most masochist of lesbian television characters:
What is YOUR favorite Buffy moment? What have you learned about the greatest series of all time?