Buffy the Vampire Slayer was scary, funny, romantic, and dramatic. As far as a woman in horror is concerned, Buffy is one of the few women who was the hero and, while she was certainly in peril a lot, she was also in control. She wasn’t lucky. You could actually say she was the opposite, particularly in love. And she was a teenage girl who had the same problems every other teenage girl had, while also having to save the world from whatever that school year’s Big Bad happened to be. I could go on for hours about this or that episode but instead I will give you some humor and then a dare.
First the humor:
GOLD! And now here’s where the dare comes in. If you have never seen the show, go binge it on Netflix now. Then come back and read this. (SPOILERS BELOW SO SCROLL AT YOUR OWN RISK)
If you have seen it and you haven’t seen the Prom episode at the end of season three lately, go watch it. And the dare is for you to watch it and not get choked up. I would fail. I found the text of the scene (see below) and I got choked up REMEMBERING it. Buffy was and is the woman of horror that I think all other should be compared against. And I don’t know who would surpass her in my mind. Damn good show, and a wonderful character. So here is the scene that gets me every time.
“We’re not good friends. Most of us never took the time to get to know you. But don’t think that means we didn’t notice you. It’s no secret that Sunnydale isn’t exactly like other schools. A lot of weird stuff happens here. But whenever there was a problem or something creepy happened, you seemed to show up and stop it.
Most of the people here have been saved by you, or helped by you at one time or another. We’re proud to say that the Class of ‘99 has the lowest mortality rate of any graduating class in Sunnydale history… And we know at least part of that is because of you. So the senior class offers its thanks, and gives you, uh, this. It’s from all of us, and it has written here, ‘Buffy Summers, Class Protector.’”