How could the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer pass without a reunion? It had to happen, and Entertainment Weekly had the honor of hosting it.
Everyone looks great—though we’re missing Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Eliza Dushku (Faith) and Marc Blucas (Riley). Still, it kind of makes me think that a continuation of the series could work. Unfortunately, the odds of that happening anytime soon are extremely slim. Joss Whedon recently weighed in on reboot culture, and he doesn’t appear anxious to revisit shows like Buffy or Firefly (even though he’s been given a green light on the latter). Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month, Whedon notes:
Is the nostalgia bank so goddamn secure that we can just keep withdrawing from it? And this is coming from a man who’s made a movie or a comic book out of every show he’s done. Somebody has to move on. We have to create new things for people to try to reboot. It’s something we all dreamed about. But then what happened? The sudden ending of My So-Called Life is only slightly less painful than the sudden ending of Firefly for me. I understand that feeling of, “We love this, and we can have it.” I was pitching a fan-funded Firefly to my agent before that was a concept. I see a little bit of what I call monkey’s paw in these reboots. You bring something back, and even if it’s exactly as good as it was, the experience can’t be. You’ve already experienced it, and part of what was great was going through it for the first time. You have to meet expectations and adjust it for the climate, which is not easily. Luckily most of my actors still look wonderful, but I’m not worried about them being creaky. I’m more worried about me being creaky as a storyteller. You don’t want that feeling that you should have left before the encore. I don’t rule it out, but I fear that.
Speaking with EW, Whedon reflected on the show’s success saying:
“The most important thing to me is that I have had people come up to me and say the show made me feel different about what they could be, about what they could do, about how they respond to problems, about being a female leader,” says Whedon. “People getting strength from my own little terrors is… There is no better legacy than that.”
The Buffy reunion issue of Entertainment Weekly hits newsstands on Friday. You can also check out their reunion video here.
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