Our favorite vampire slayer is turning 20 on March 10, 2017, and Fox has some big plans for Buffy’s anniversary in store. On March 10th, TV channel Pop will air Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes. Fox is releasing Buffy merchandise for you die-hard Scoobies. Hot Topic will also be in on the anniversary with a Buffy the Vampire Slayer clothing line. For the celebration, the Sunnydale High Yearbook Contest will kick off on March 10th. Fans need to submit a high school class photo including a Buffy caption senior quote with the hashtag #BuffySlays20 to either Twitter or Facebook. The prize is a trip to the 2017 San Diego Comic Con. More information will be posted on BoxLunch.
“Into every generation a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number. She is the Slayer.”
Buffy first aired in 1997. The television series was a follow-up to the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer film. Buffy, a blonde cheerleader, finds out that she is the only one who has the power to stop the undead. In the TV show, Buffy has moved to Sunnydale with her mom to start anew after being expelled for burning her gym down (in her defense, it was filled with vampires). She finds out that her new home is on top of The Hellmouth, a hotspot for vampire and demon activity. Along with her new friends Willow and Xander and her new watcher Giles, she takes down the forces of darkness one swift kick at a time.
When I was younger, I saw a part of a Buffy episode and I can admit that I was scared – who wouldn’t be after watching the episode “Killed by Death.” The funny thing is, I got addicted to Buffy because of the actress playing her. Sarah Michelle Gellar had been cast to be Daphne in the live action Scooby Doo film, so I explored more of her work and found Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I was immediately hooked and to this day my favorite episode is “Pangs,” a Buffy Thanksgiving episode.
Buffy embraces the fact that even if you are different you still matter. Neither Buffy nor her friends were popular in high school. They also faced real life problems: dealing with an unrealistic relationships, overcoming fears, school and skipping classes, fights with parents and loved ones, and so on. Buffy also embraces the fact that a girl can be the hero, that she can take down the forces of darkness without having to rely on a man.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer can be streamed on both Netflix and Hulu. Throughout the month, the Buffy cast is asking that you post fan art, fan fiction, and Buffy adult coloring pages with the hashtag #BuffySlays20. So buckle up and enjoy the ride. “If the apocalypse comes, beep me.”