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7 – Buffy the Demon Slayer Who Also Sometimes Slays Vampires

The Mythcreant Podcast
The Mythcreants discuss their favorite and least favorite characters, episodes, and romances in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They compare the show to its spinoff, Angel, and complain about oversights in the Buffyverse.

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Show Notes:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Movie

Feminist Frequency video with commentary on Wreck It Ralph

Classmate becomes invisible in Out of Mind, Out of Sight, season 1

Authorities threaten to put Dawn in foster care in Gone, season 6

Dawn Summers, Foreshadowing for Dawn’s Entrance

Willow cheats on Oz, Lover’s Walk, season 3

Oz cheats on Willow in Wild at Heart, season 4

Jenny Calendar, Computer Lab Teacher and “Witch”

Jonathan does magic in Superstar, season 4

Xander has trouble talking to Anya in Hush (not Something Blue), season 4

Xander becomes the “car guy” in The Zeppo, season 3

Xander is revealed as buff in Go Fish, season 2

Cordelia wishes Buffy never came to Sunnydale in The Wish, season 3

Vampire Willow returns in Dopplegangland, season 3

Richard Wilkins III, the mayor from season 3

Dark Willow from season 6

Once More, with Feeling, the musical episode in season 6

Everyone loses their memories in Tabula Rasa, season 6

The Angel cast loses their memories in Spin the Bottle, Angel season 4

Caleb, the evil preacher, season 7

Buffy uses a rocket launcher against the Judge in Innocence, season 2

Buffy pulls it out again in Him, season 7

Wesley with guns, Angel season 5

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Comments

  1. Emily K

    Okay…the point about guns:

    You guys are forgetting a major factor. Columbine happened while this show was on air. That event had a direct impact on media. Add on the fact that this show’s target demographic was teens. Because of this, guns were never going to be included in this show again. I think the writers can be forgiven.

    In fact, the finale of season 3 was delayed due to Columbine. Check it out (from the Buffy/Angel wiki page):

    “During the time of its airing, the episode caused a great deal of controversy in the media. The Columbine High School massacre, only four weeks before the airing of Part One, was widely blamed on violence in entertainment. The WB had already pulled the plug on an earlier episode, “Earshot”[1] (which itself was not aired until September), and feared that several scenes in Part Two would provoke high school students to do the same thing, especially those depicting the entire graduating class handling weapons against the Mayor. On May 25, 1999, only two hours before Part Two was due to air, The WB suddenly decided to replace it with a re-run from earlier in the season”

    • Chris Winkle

      Good point, thanks for letting us know.

    • Oren Ashkenazi

      That’s a good point, and I can see how it would hamper the production. For me, the issue isn’t so much that there weren’t enough guns in the show. If there had basically been none, I’d have accepted it. Unfortunately, both Angel and Buffy have the problem of wanting to have guns when the story needs them (see Tara or Soldier Xander with his assault rifle), but completely ignoring them when it’s inconvenient.

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