Sunday, May 18 2003
Buffy is often mentioned specifically as a "female empowerment" show, but one of its most inviting aspects is the way its cast has always been uncommonly split between guys and girls.
Sunday, January 1 1995
But the Scoobies have expanded the tv series, to include character study and analysis of the bonds of humankind.
We've all learned a lot about the politics of being young and being adult, about sexuality and gender roles, as well as about the difficulties of daily life from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but perhaps we've learned the most about all of this from Xander.
Many non-initiates of Buffy the Vampire Slayer dismiss it as a show about teen angst or girl action. But Buffy's diverse fan base understands that these things are worthy of our attention, and know Buffy as a series with a little something for everyone.
The finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer marks not only the end of a great series, but also the end of one of the most popular myths of our postmodern times.
Combining the family conflicts characteristic of the horror genre with those typical of melodrama, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has consistently challenged popular notions of feminism and monstrosity.
However you read the twisty evolution of Buffy, it's worth remembering, amid the current reevaluating and memorializing, that it has always been about ends, specifically, the ways that young people deal with loss.