Revivals are all the rage these days with shows and films picking up years after they had left off and while some might think that ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘ would be the perfect show to bring back, Sarah Michelle Gellar isn’t sold on the idea. While ‘The X-Files‘ was a mixed bag for most fans and ‘Twin Peaks‘ has us all on the edge of our seats to be released, Gellar isn’t sure that it would work today.
Sure, there are classes based on the show on college campuses across the nation and this surprisingly smash hit dealt with all aspects of life but according to Gellar:
“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.”
This is pretty true as we saw in young Buffy Summers a high school student who was trying to balance friendship with class with family with saving the world and trying to keep much of it a secret, at least initially. The show worked as a metaphor for social commentary just about every coming of age topic that could be addressed under the sun. While adult topics entered in as the series progressed, it seems like it would be hard for the show to work the same magic with an adult cast.
Not only that, but even if we accepted that more mature material had been included and could work there is also the years of comic books that are currently considered canon and on top of that while humans age there are a couple of vampires from the series who wouldn’t have. I’m not sure if the actors behind Spike and Angel would be able to pull off their youthful appearances these days.
Personally, I think they could find a way to work it all in though I’m not holding my breath for it to happen anytime soon.
What are your thoughts on a ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ revival? Would you like to see the surviving members from the series get back together? Do you feel they would need to keep the comics canon if so and how would they address the years of plotlines since the show came to a close? Share your thoughts below!
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