“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is predicted based on the idea of the cute blonde that usually dies at the beginning of horror movies finally having the power to fight back. She may look like another flax-haired girl in distress, but Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) didn’t run from the demons in the alley: she destroyed them. In a story usually reserved for men, Buffy is the only girl in the world capable of saving it.
I remember discovering “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and falling in love with a TV show for the first time. It’s not just about clever dialogue, monstrous metaphors, or unforgettable characters. One of the things that impressed me the most was that the hero of “Buffy” was also a teenage girl, just like me. Sure, she must bear the weight of her inevitable fate, but she must also survive high school. Most of us would agree that hell is a suitable parallel. While not everything about the show’s feminist franchise holds up well into 2022 – especially based on what’s going on behind the scenes – at the time, there’s nothing quite like it on television. Figure.
It seemed only fitting that a show as revolutionary as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” would disappoint expectations in the series’ finale. “Buffy” spent all of its time decoding a chosen warrior, before completely breaking it with “Chosen”. What exactly happened and what does it all mean?
From the chosen one to everyone
Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) has always been a rebel in terms of how she approaches her duties as a Slayer, and fighting this final battle is no exception. Why must there be “one girl in the whole world?” When Buffy pulled her sword from the stone (or the scythe from the stone, as the case may be), she regained some of her power hidden for generations. It was a strength she happily chose to share.
Being a Killer wasn’t Buffy’s choice. It was a destiny for her. It’s not just gigs that come with an early expiration date. Just how lonely and isolated it is to actually be the Chosen One. Subsequent seasons this mattered more, but throughout the series, Buffy was forced to make one impossible decision after another, whether it was killing the love of her life, fighting. with her best friend, or even sacrifice herself to save the world. A few episodes before the finale, when everyone’s back with Buffy, Anya (Emma Caulfield) points out that Slayer has always been the one in charge, regardless of the fact that she’s never gained any abilities. mine. Buffy may not claim this, but Faith (Eliza Dushku)’s journey proves that being given this power doesn’t automatically make you a hero – more on her later.
Much of season 7 focuses on Buffy’s flaws, but who hasn’t left the touchline under such tremendous pressure? Buffy has never wanted anything more than to be a normal girl. That’s part of what’s so beautiful about the finale. Buffy’s burden when shared becomes a gift. It not only shatters the concept of the Chosen One, allowing all potential killers to be at its disposal, but also metaphorically empowers all girls everywhere.
Buffy is cookie dough
One notable aspect of “Chosen” is how it handles the show’s eternal love triangle, or in this case not. Since arriving in LA for his own shoot, there have been a handful of Angels (David Boreanaz) who have seen “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, but due to devious shows on various networks, the last meeting Buffy’s with her ex took place off-screen. His return is an interesting cameo, but it’s also worth noting that she really doesn’t need Angel’s help at all – although the amulet he left her with is quite helpful. .
Buffy gave him her now famous cookie dough speech, explaining that she was “not done baking.” It’s a pivotal moment, because although she admits that the recently married Spike is in her heart, Buffy also admits that she’s young and has no concept of what the future holds . She realizes that it’s okay not to know who she is. Buffy doesn’t need to find out all, and she certainly doesn’t need to decide which immortal suitor she’s willing to spend her life with at the age of 22. In the end, Buffy chose herself.
Another interesting narrative decision is the ambiguity of Spike (James Marsters) and Buffy’s last night before the big fight. They made up before Buffy kissed Angel and she gave him the amulet, which proves how much she trusts him. That final night then turned black with no explanation for what happened between them. We know they took comfort from each other, but the exact nature of that consolation is forever indisputable.
The story of redemption
Buffy’s grand plan would not have been possible without the immense power of Willow (Alyson Hannigan). Season 7 essentially dismisses the clumsy metaphor of magic as addiction, opting instead to double her abilities. It’s understandable, since this rather brilliant gambit needs Willow’s control, but it still makes for a strange experience when you revisit the series knowing that she’s going from a magic addict to someone who can use magic. Use it to save the day. Anyone who struggles with addiction will tell you that’s not how it works.
The metaphor is woven into “Buffy’s” DNA itself. It’s just that most of them are more cleverly built. Although heavy-handed, the metaphor worked in season 6, but completely fell apart in season 7. I can put that grip aside, because it’s lovely to see Willow fully embrace his powers. and find a way to reconcile who she was once with her becoming. Plus, the idea was so unexpected, viewers never saw it coming, despite everything we know about multiple Slayers existing at once. The Potentials gets a lot of fan hate, but it all builds up.
While we’re on the subject of another killer, Willow, Spike, Anya and Andrew (Tom Lenk) aren’t the only characters that need to be redeemed by the series’ finale. After many seasons of atonement in prison – during a time when everyone but Angel forgot about her – Faith (Eliza Dushku) also finds release. Even her long rivalry with Buffy ends when the two women finally realize that they understand each other on a basic level. Buffy’s loss of control over Faith in “Empty Places” was a difficult moment, but the experience made them see their eyes in a way they never could before.
Spike’s Heroic Sacrifice
Spike’s soul could have been “a little worse for not being used”, but with the help of the amulet, it was able to wipe out the Turok-Han army and eventually cause Hellmouth to collapse on its own. In his final moments, Buffy told him what he’d wanted to hear for years: that she loved him. “No, you don’t,” he replied, “But thanks for saying that.” She clearly loved him, even if that wasn’t the way he loved her. Buffy’s face said a lot, but her words comforted him anyway.
It took me quite a while to find Spike and Buffy, but by season 7, I believe these two belong together romantically, but Spike has become someone worthy of Buffy’s love, despite the horrors. horrible thing he did when he was a soulless monster. I fully understand that his redemption doesn’t come to all “Buffy” fans, but it worked for me. His sacrifice, however, was undermined by the announcement that had been made earlier that Marsters would appear in “Angel” season 5.
Speaking of “Angel,” it’s interesting to consider the amulet and its ramifications within the larger context of the Buffyverse. It was given to Angel by Wolfram & Hart, the evil law firm he fought with for years. They might be planning on letting Angel wear it, thus taking him off the board until they choose to dress him again. Lindsey then threw a wrench into their gear, and while it’s unclear exactly what their plan was, Big Bad didn’t generously offer such a powerful weapon. Maybe it doesn’t really matter who wears the amulet anyway. Whether it’s Spike or Angel, First will be defeated, leaving the world open for Wolfram & Hart to continue their own long-lived apocalypse.
Who lives, who dies, who tells your story
There are a few heartbreaking scenes in “The Chosen One,” but one of the most heartbreaking moments of the finale was one that happened so quickly, no one could shed a tear: Anya’s death. It’s a swift and brutal death for a beloved character that’s been around since season 3. The former vengeful devil spends his final moments assisting the Scoobies, especially fighting side-by-side with Andrew. . Her death always seems to be careless, though perhaps that’s the point. After all, how many random and seemingly pointless human losses occurred in battle? Andrew has told Xander (Nicholas Brendon) that Anya lost her life to save him, ending his own arc with one final myth, this time to ease the pain of others – and not Xander must be given a chance to react.
A lot of people likely lost their lives in that final battle, including Amanda (Sarah Hagan), but many others, like Rona (Indigo), Vi (Felicia Day) and Kennedy (Iyari Limon) survived. Whether viewers really care about their lives to begin with is another story. Realizing she can no longer protect Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg), Buffy has no choice but to let her sister follow her into battle. Dawn has always been a controversial character, but she’s matured quite a bit by the end of the series and Buffy really needs her to bring it to life for the finale to be a success. Robin (DB Woodside) is close to death, but surprises Faith – as he promised – because he will be fine. Too bad that’s all the story we get between those two.
‘Earth will surely perish’
There’s also an interesting season 1 callback where Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) says, “Earth is certain to perish” over the gang’s rather cavalier attitude towards the impending apocalypse. One of the most important aspects of “Chosen” is how it reunites the core quartet. The focus goes back to Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles, characters who have always been together and who, despite their season 7 patch, are back together again.
Buffy has always wanted nothing more than to be a normal girl without the weight of the world on her shoulders. Now, that burden is not hers alone. Buffy is no longer the Chosen One, because that doesn’t exist anymore. “Buffy” is brought together by many different types of strong female characters, but as the film blows away its own mythology, it also greatly expands that definition. We all have the power within us to destroy our own demons, if not literally, rather than metaphorically. This is a gift Buffy shares with women everywhere, both on the show and those watching at home. She’s probably happier at the end of the series than ever.
The last photo of Buffy’s smile is of a woman whose fate has finally come to be her own. We may not get that “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” reboot, but at least “Chosen” ended the original series on a high note.
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