buffy the vampire slayer
Who doesn’t love the Buffy the Vampire Slayer? The show where normal teenage high school cheerleader Buffy Summers finds out that not only is the paranormal real, it’s her job to kick it in the teeth—and boy, does she ever. The TV show, a re-imagining and update (created by Avengers and Firefly director Joss Whedon) of the movie of the same name, ran from 1997 ’til 2003 for seven seasons. Fans could not get enough of it; despite the show ending, people clamored for more of Buffy and the gang, which resulted in an ongoing series to continue the story. This resulted in three more seasons in comic form. Now, this fall, the story will continue again. (more…)
You know him as the loveable heart of the Scooby gang in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. What you may not know is that the actor who played Buffy’s Xander Harris is a man struggling with his real-life own demons.
If you’ve ever wondered how many miticlorians there are in a Slayer, wonder no more! Disney announced today that they will be adding the voice acting talents of Sarah Michelle Gellar to the second season of their wildly successful animated TV series, Star Wars Rebels. The series takes place fourteen years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, five years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hopeand twelve years after the fall of Sunnydale. Wait, no, this isn’t a fan fiction mashup! This is real! Okay, inquiring minds want to know – Jedi or Sith?! Spoiler alert – read no further! (more…)
Along with the rise of this Golden Age of TV, is the arrival of the celebrity showrunner. The job of a showrunner is to, as it says, run the show, and it’s been part of TV since TV began, but quick, name the person that ran Gilligan’s Island or Magnum P.I. And now try to name the showrunner for Orange is the New Black or Breaking Bad. Exactly. Well, a new book is attempting to put the rise of the celebrity showrunner cast into context, and break down what it takes to be successful in the business, and as a taste of the new book has been posted on the web in the form of an except that asks a couple of key nerd icons: What does it take to be a good showrunner? (more…)
Ok, so who remembers the teen movie entitled ‘Not Another Teen Movie?‘ I don’t because I don’t watch corny stuff. But let’s imagine that somebody wanted to build off the fad of those parody movies and pitched ‘Not Another High School Show‘ for television. It was developed in 2007 and a pilot was shot for Comedy Central but it wasn’t picked up. The show was allegedly supposed to include individual sketches, an example of which somebody found in a trashcan and put on YouTube. It’s called ‘Muffy The Vampire Slayer’ and holy cats are you in for it. Not to dissect it too deeply before you’ve watched the clip, but let’s just say that it starred Alison Brie in the title role. Oh, and Jennifer Lawrence pops in for a few seconds too. Wait a minute, this sounds awesome… (more…)
Hello young lovers! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Despite what the “haters” and stereotypers might claim, we nerds are actually a very romantic lot…It’s just our taste in love stories that’s somewhat different. (more…)
Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer know that the series has continued into the present via the magic of comic books and courtesy of Dark Horse Comics. The series has passed beyond the seven season of the television show and brought two new “seasons” to its fans. Season 10 is due to start releasing in March, though this time the series will have a unique guest writer in the form of Nicholas Brendon – aka Xander Harris. (more…)
The legacy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer lives on, with hundreds-of-thousands of fans still out there singing its praises, cosplaying its characters and spending their nights marathoning the seasons. And as we pass the 10-year mark on when the show officially ended, the folks at BBC Radio 4 decided to do a half-hour special. They gathered up some famous faces, including Joss Whedon, Anthony Head and even the well-known writer and Buffy fan, Neil Gaiman, and interviewed them on their opinions about the show. (more…)
Nerd Deity Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, writer/director of The Avengers, and the forthcoming spinoff series, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. revealed to Entertainment Weekly how an often overlooked episode of BTVS provided inspiration for his new show:
This is basically a TV series of ‘The Zeppo’, which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least. The people who are ignored are the people I’ve been writing as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world — particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson) embodies: the Everyman.
If you’ll recall, “The Zeppo” was a rare Xander-focused episode of Buffy. As the only member of the Scooby gang without supernatural abilities, Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon) was often relegated to the background–providing support rather than fighting on the front lines. In “The Zeppo”, while the rest of the gang was off saving the world again, Xander had to deal with a zombie infestation all on his lonesome.
Essentially, Whedon’s taking the concept of how “normal” people deal with living in a “paranormal” world, and stretching it into a series. These agents are remarkably talented, painstakingly trained, and incredibly well-equipped–but in the end, they’re just people like you and me. This gives them certain handicaps when fighting superhuman threats, of course, but it also makes them much more relatable…
And this relatability is what I believe will make Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. stand out as a series.