When I first saw the news they are talking about remaking Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my first reaction was: can we please not?!
My second reaction: how about we come up with some new shows instead of ruining the old cult hits?!
It’s nothing new for Hollywood to recycle everything, but recently it seems they’ve gone mad on it. I mentioned Roswell before, but it’s not the only one. I mean… they’ve even remade silly MacGyver, with a man who looks like a child playing the lead. And then you have the possibly misguided reunion of the Downton Abbey crowd…
They’re giving Charmed the same remake treatment, too. Despite everyone’s crazy claims it was a feminist show, anything where the lead women make sexist “blonde jokes” every second episode is nothing of the sort, so I don’t care about that one.
But Buffy…? It was one of the best-scripted shows I’ve ever seen. In fact, we had to study it in our scriptwriting units at university.
Buffy was of its era. It was an important show that defined the 1990s. It also came at a time just before television started getting so sleek and high-tech that it started losing its humanity. I don’t want to see a fancier, updated Buffy.
Unfortunately now the show’s tainted with the discovery of exactly what a dickhead its creator, Joss Whedon, is. He’s not only not a feminist, but he spent years cheating on his wife – including with some Buffy cast members.
I just think that… leave Buffy alone! Come up with something different!