A lot of adult nerds grew up with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A lot of us matured and changed right along with Buffy and her cohorts. We experienced love and loss that was mirrored in the series. Rewatches garner different points of view as we grow older, seeing characters and perspectives differently than before. So the idea of rebooting that can be daunting for those who care for the show. But showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen puts us at ease with a single tweet. How does the showrunner feel about the original versus the new show?
Buffy The Vampire Slayer debuted more than 20 years ago. It still has a strong fan base that can often be as passionate as when the show was at its height. The show encapsulated a time when a lot of nerds were maturing and forming their ideas about the world. Buffy and her friends were the voices inside our heads, our worries, our fears, the way we viewed the outside world. The battles Buffy faced were often metaphors for what was going on in reality.
And twenty years later, the show is needed again. The world has changed. As Monica Owusu-Breen puts it, “…the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer…”
There’s no ‘maybe’ about it. The Slayer shows up when the world is ending and saves us from Apocalypse after Apocalypse, and during a time when the world seems to be ending at least once a week, we need The Slayer.
The world has changed since Buffy first picked up a stake. We’re more openly diverse, more minorities have stepped into the public eye and demanded to be seen as people instead of second-class citizens. Our fears are bigger as bigotry seems to be emboldened like few have seen in our lifetimes.
And as much as our art is escapism, it’s also a reflection of the world. Something to help us deal with the emotions and thoughts in the back of our heads. Sometimes it’s a nice reminder that we’re not alone in our worries, in our feelings. It can be a safe place to wrap yourself in. Or it can be the fuel to keep your fire burning, your passion strong and your will iron.
And that’s what Buffy was to a generation. And that’s what it can be again. We can’t retell the same stories from the same perspectives. W need fresh characters who reflect the generation that’s coming into its own now.
And Monica Owusu-Breen understands that. Respects that. Her tweet, while not giving away much, does allow fans of the Buffyverse some hope and ease of mind for what the future holds.
— monicaowusubreen (@monicabreen) July 26, 2018
All we can do is wait for now, and trust in the creator of Buffy, Joss Whedon, who will be executive producer for the show, and Monica Owusu-Breen as showrunner, who loves Buffy as much as anyone else. All we can do is support the continued growth and evolution of our fandom. Because at the end of it all, isn’t that what Buffy taught us the most? How to move forward, despite everything that’s thrown at us. How to change and adapt and face the next threat head-on, shoulder-to-shoulder with those we care about and who care about us.
It’s true, sometimes Buffy taught us what not to do as much as she taught what we should do. But Buffy was an inspiration for the spectrum of gender, sexuality, race, and religion, that she could have been for her time. So now we wait with bated breath as a new Slayer is born to be the inspiration for the next generation with all their hopes and fears. Of course, a new Slayer means there’s a Big Bad to fight.
Get ready to mount up, Scoobies. New and Old.