Unless your TV broke between the years of 1997 and 2003, or you were born after said dates, then there's really no excuse for missing Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which remains one of the most influential and downright best shows of our time.
However, now that even the most obscure properties from yesteryear are being rebooted by networks short of new ideas, some fans hold faith that Buffy and the rest of the Scoobies could soon return to Sunnydale for a hellish high school reunion of apocalyptic proportions.
With that in mind, The Hollywood Reporter recently quizzed Sarah Michelle Gellar about the likelihood of seeing Buffy return for an eighth season — and her response was surprisingly ambiguous:
“I have always believed that what was so unique about the show was the use of horrors of those formative years. With high school and college as a backdrop, we were able to address racism, identity, bullying, guilt, death, first love and heartbreak using the demons as metaphors for the demons we all experience. I am not sure how that translates into adulthood, although I am sure it could. The burden of saving the world a lot always weighed heavily on her, so for her sake, I hope she is somewhere on a beautiful beach located far away from any Hellmouth.”
On the one hand, Gellar admits that it would be difficult to make a Buffy revival work with older characters — but then again, this is the show that forced its whole cast to sing and dance for 45 minutes, so that hardly seems like a huge obstacle. However, Gellar also reveals that she would love to see her most famous character slay some cocktails on a beach rather than the vampires of Sunnydale, which suggests that Buffy and Mr Pointy may have retired for good. To be fair, she did save the world. A lot.
While the news that Buffy is unlikely to return may hurt more than a stake to the heart, there's some comfort to be found in this. After all, for every new episode of Gilmore Girls that aired recently, there's also a Fuller House revival which is just Fuller garbage.
A Buffy Revival Shouldn't Happen, And Here's Why
Buffy may be more acclaimed than some of the other '90s shows that are currently returning to our screens, but there's no guarantee that the cult classic would work today. Gellar's observation that age may not be a factor is true to an extent, but what about the vampiric characters who aren't supposed to grow old? As good-looking as David Boreanaz and James Marsters are, the pair would need some seriously good CGI or numerous demonic rituals to look the same as they did back in 2003 when Buffy first ended.
On another practical level, it would also be tricky to revive Buffy without acknowledging the comics, which directly picked up where the show ended upon cancellation. The choice here would be to either ignore everything that fans have read over the past decade — a move which would certainly incite rage among many of Buffy's more hardcore acolytes — or to try and incorporate ongoing story lines into a new narrative set 10 years after the final episode aired.
For a reminder of how great Buffy is, let the Scoobies slay you with some of their funniest quips below:
Unlike other shows deemed fit for revival, Buffy is still firmly cemented within pop culture, despite being off the air for the best part of a decade. The show's strong fan base continues to grow from strength to strength, thanks in part to the comics and renewed interest on #Netflix, ensuring that Buffy remains more relevant than ever. Why risk tarnishing the legacy of such a beloved show when fans can still continue following the exploits of their favourite Scoobies in comic book form?
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Sarah Michelle Gellar's reluctance to return to the Buffyverse definitely gives us something to sing about. After all, such a move perfectly honors everything that made the Slayer's exploits so poignant in the first place, especially for fans who grew up with the original series. The idea of any network attempting to revive Buffy without Gellar or even series creator Joss Whedon for that matter is entirely unthinkable, so for now, we'd rather Buffy didn't return once more, with feeling.
"RIP Buffy. Beloved sister. Devoted friend. She saved the world. A lot."
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(Source — The Hollywood Reporter)