Buffy The Vampire Slayer will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most celebrated TV icons of the modern era. And even though the show itself has been off the air for over a decade, it hasn't stopped fans from begging Joss Whedon, the show's creator, and stars for a relaunch of the series that many newer fans feel ended way too soon. But could the show possibly be making a comeback in the near or distant future? Buffy star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, seems to think it's definitely possible...with a few changes.
Times Have Changed And So Must The Story
While speaking to a crowd of roaring fans at the #BlogHer16 expo in Los Angeles this past weekend, Gellar took time to reflect on the series as it was presented during her time. She also spoke about what a new adaptation of the show would mean for a world that has rapidly changed in terms of technology, social interaction, and various other forms of media since the 1990s.
"You never know!" she began — such an encouraging statement followed by a great thunderous applause from the adoring audience. However, she was quick to temper her words by following up by saying
"Hold on – you never know… but that being said, the point of Buffy, what was so special about it was, it was a metaphor of the horrors of high school. The monsters were literally the manifestation of the horrors of that time. That's a very specific story. I don't know what that story is now."
Our Generation Has A New Story To Tell
Whether directly or indirectly, nearly everyone involved with the original show has called it quits on ever bringing it back to the small or big screen. Gellar herself has flip-flopped on the topic for many years now, often remarking she wouldn't do it without Whedon or that she just feels she's too old to do it now. She talked a little more about the possible future for the series, but also hinted once again that if it does return, it would most likely be without her as Buffy as it would have to address the issues of today.
"The whole idea of Buffy giving her power at the end -- what you can follow and what [producers] could reboot is any of those young slayers coming today. Bullies were a literal bully when Buffy was growing up. Now bullies hide behind a screen. Buffy would have to be told by someone of that age."
So, Where Do We Go From Here?
Buffy worked so well because it spoke to the problems and culture of the times, especially for young and troubled high schoolers who, as most or all of us know, are plagued with a constant riptide of swirling emotions and endless questions about self-identification. Although many of those issues remain as prevalent today as they were then, the manner in how they present themselves is nothing even remotely similar to the days of corded phones and VHS tapes.
The story has potential to continue - just not with the original cast. And that's the way it should be. Our world of today is a world where technology reigns supreme, where a person's worthiness of social interaction can be determined by a swipe on a screen, and where fewer and fewer people identify with the social norms accepted 20 years ago.
There you have it. More or less - and she plays it pretty close to the chest - she puts a damper on any potential flames of a 90s-era Buffy reunion. At least she's willing to come forward and happily say she's willing to pass the torch to a new Slayer. Will it happen? Although unlikely, one should never say it's entirely impossible. Decisions, like the weather, can so rapidly change.
In these cases, it's better to appreciate what we have than to spend perilous amounts of time regretting what will never be. Buffy The Vampire Slayer was truly something that only comes around once in a lifetime and we should all be damned proud we were alive to witness it and that it still remains ever as relevant and popular now as it was then.
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