BUFFY Getting Rebooted
I’m gonna go ahead and say, so all of you remember that I said it, okay? So I can claim it when it happens. I say this: It ain’t gonna work. Not even with Joss Whedon as a producer. The lightning in the bottle that was BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER can’t be duplicated. If I end up being wrong, I will own it. I’ll eat some crow with pepper and buffalo sauce. But I don’t think I’m going to have to. I predict the show will have some middling success. It won’t bomb. As it will end up airing on cable or livestreaming, it won’t have to rake in the kinds of ratings necessary to keep any show on the air on any of the standard networks. But it won’t excel, either. It won’t fly. It won’t, in other words, measure up to the original series in any way, and it won’t last nearly as long or be nearly as over with the fans.
The plan to cast a black actress in the lead role is, if I’m forced to be honest about it, probably another in the endless cases of political tokenism, masquerading under the benevolent guise of “diversity.” Truthfully, though, that doesn’t bother me too much. If they’re going to do a new version of Buffy, there’s no reason why she shouldn’t be black. The character isn’t supposed to be the SAME character. No, my objection is with them doing a new version of Buffy PERIOD. Instead of trying to bring the gravy train out of its deserved place in the museum of pop culture phenomena, yank its engine out and refurbish it, try to make it run again when it can only serve to remind people how great it USED to be, why not make a NEW train, one that can run on its own and could conceivably end up being great on its own?
The original series ended with a whole world full of teenage girls becoming vampire slayers. Why not go with that, continue with that storyline? There is no reason why a vampire slayer HAS to be named “Buffy.”
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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