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Buffy Party

Friday, 28th March 2008

Alright, I've had enough people express an interest in this that I'm finally putting it together. We're watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer every Monday night at my house, beginning April 7th, from 8:00 to 9:30. Guests are encouraged to bring munchies or beverages to share, and a comfortable folding chair if we have a lot of people.

Why Buffy? Well, when it was on TV in the '90s, I had no interest in watching it because it sounded stupid (a blonde cheerleader hunting vampires by night, attending high school by day) and most of my peers who watched it seemed to be mostly drooling over Sarah Michelle Gellar, whom I wasn't interested in. But over the years since then, people kept telling me I should watch it, and it's really good, and I should watch it, and it's a great show, and it's really funny, and I should watch it, and it's really good. Eventually I gave in, and watched Season One. It was just as corny as I had feared, but it was also funny, and didn't take itself too seriously, which helped a lot. And then it got better.

If you can see past the stupidity, it really is a pretty good show. It's very funny, and I appreciate the artistic qualities - Joss Whedon, the show's creator (who later created Firefly), frequently experiments with new ideas that aren't normally done in a television show - for example, there's an episode with no dialog, an episode with no music, an episode where a minor character only previously seen a few times is inexplicably the star of the show, a main character who gets eaten by a monster in the middle of a season (and removed from the opening title credits in the following episode), an episode set in ancient Sweden with all the dialog subtitled, an episode done entirely in the style of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, and a main character suddenly inserted that all the other characters seem to think has always been there, with no explanation until about six episodes later when Buffy finally realizes something's wrong. It's stupid, but it's unpredictable and fun.

Anyway, if you're in the Portland area and want to join us, RSVP.


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