Buffy – Buffy, Buffy, Buffy. You have plagued the shadows of my life for way too long. I have heard of you, I have seen your fan art, I have listened to my friends talk countless of hours about your awesomeness. But up until this very moment, I had nothing to do with you. That’s right. I’m a Buffy virgin.
But if it weren’t for recent peer pressure (as per usual), then I would still be living in the dark. In every generation there is a Chosen One. I alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of Netflix. I am the slayer! And these are my chronicles while watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer for the first time…. as a 35 year old woman.
There’s a lot of TV out there, and some of it looks like it’s for geeks, but no, not really. Looks can be deceiving. Just because you have a lot of monsters and things and some kind of mythology involved doesn’t mean it’s actually geek TV. It might be more just an excuse to show a lot of boobs and butts and romance-y type thing that if it weren’t for the boob and butts, you’d probably be watching Twilight.
Like any self-respecting Geek-Girl, I totally binged watched Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix this past weekend. Don’t judge! I’m not ashamed – I love comics, I love Marvel, and I love TV, so this was a win-win for me. But I was weary, yes dear readers, I was weary of how it would all pan out. So the question is, did Daredevil live up to the advertising hype? Spoiler alert: IT DID! And I’ll tell you why it’s changing the future for superhero stories on TV.
My wife just finished working her way through the full series run of Friends on Netflix. We were talking and she brought up how her mother got tired of Friends after a while. My mother-in-law apparently thought Joey got too stupid, Monica too annoying, and the Ross-and-Rachel thing got rather tired. I wasn’t the fan of the show that my wife or her mother were, so I couldn’t disagree with that consensus, where I mostly wondered why any of them would willingly hang out with hangdog mopester Ross.
That’s not an unusual phenomena. Many TV shows that run long enough can become a shadow of their former glory. Anyone who’s been watching The Simpsons long enough already knows that, though.
Picturing a fantasy setting might give a person of supposedly sound mind an image which revolves around something that came from the mind, pen, or fever dream of J.R.R. Tolkien, even if the person in question thinks that name belongs to a particularly odd Muppet. Or perhaps the idea is more of some sort of Game involving Thrones. Maybe King Arthur came off his flour bag to do his thing with Merlin or Galahad or people with names way cooler than anyone else you may know, provided you don’t know any chimps of the Link family (though, to be fair, he is a rather secretive chimp).
But fantasy usually just boils down to magic and the supernatural, and if The Ring taught us anything, and it didn’t, it is that magic and the supernatural can exist anywhere, which is where the Urban Fantasy subgenre comes in.