Character development Is much deeper than In film and long, drawn out stories can continue on story arcs over the course of each season. Many television series have been classified as “classics”, but one that stands out above the rest in my mind is Buff the Vampire Slayer (Bats). Bats has a very wide fan base and has actually been incorporated into many college level courses that deal with pop culture and philosophy at many respected universities. Bats offers deep Intellectual Insight on various complicated philosophical topics including partiality. Ethics and morals. And also addresses many of the real world pressures people face while growing up, all while continuing to appeal to many different types of people. Bats was created in 1997 by Joss Wooden after an unsuccessful movie by the same name. The show was broadcast on the WEB network from 1997 thru 2001 and on UPON from 2001 thru 2003 for a total of seven successful seasons. Simply put, the series told the tale of a young girl from Los Angles who was chosen to fight evil In the world. The series began where the movie left off with Buff (Sarah Michelle
Cellar) moving from in Los Angles, California to Sunnyvale, California. The story was centered around Buff Summers, her watcher Giles (Anthony Stewart Head), and her two best friends Willow (Alyson Hanging) and Gander (Nicholas Brendan). Each season of the show roughly followed the same format, which was a “big bad” at each season’s end, with Buff and her gang fighting smaller, more Insignificant villains throughout the majority of the season. Bats has been said to contain a deep Insight Into the area of spirituality. Mom have even said that the story of Buff parallels the Tory of Jesus Christ because of her narrow following, saving of the world, ultimate self-sacrifice, and resurrection. Finding God in Bats can be quite a difficult task, although finding hints of God or a higher power is a different story. In the world in which the series takes place (often referred to as the Buffers), God’s presence is never clearly evident In any episode, although there are hints at a higher power of good taking control at times.
In the episode “Amends” Buff Is battling an entity known as The First Evil. The plan of this entity is to have Buff’s vampire boyfriend, Angel (David Forebear), kill either Buff or himself. Angel is strong enough not to hurt Buff, but he does try to kill himself. Angel is a vampire with a soul, which makes him good and he is having trouble living with the things he has done before he got his soul back.
In an effort to explore the religious and philosophical content of Bats, Wendy Love Anderson careless ten events Tanat take place In ten please “Amends” below: “Amends” features the unsoiled vampire Angel being overwhelmed by horrific visions of his past victims until he finally plants himself outside on Christmas Eve to await sunrise and inevitable death. As Buff pleads with him to reconsider, unseasonable snow begins to fall in the Southern California town of Sunnyvale, miraculously obscuring the rising sun and preserving Angel’s (UN)life.
The episode ends with a montage of characters marveling at the snow while the camera pans past a theater marquee reading “PRAY (Anderson 212). In this episode, Angel was saved by a seemingly higher power. In another episode entitled “Becoming Part 2” another hint that a higher power is operating is seen. After a fierce battle with the evil Angel, Willow was in injured and in serious condition at Sunnyvale Hospital. Buff decided that she had to kill Angel or risk him destroying the entire world. Willow thought that there could be another way and tried to do a spell to re-ensues Angel.
During the beginning of the spell Willow was very weak and could barely keep her head up. About half way through the spell, Willow looked quickly towards the ceiling. Her eyes were wide open and she was reciting the spell (which is entirely in Romania) quickly and completely by memory. After the completion of the spell Angel’s soul was restored. This indicates that a more powerful being wanted Angel to be a force for good in the universe, rather than a force for evil and assisted Willow in performing the spell. Another example takes place in the series finale of Bats entitled “Chosen”.
In this episode Buff, her friends, and a gang of potential slayers deploy an all out attack on The First Evil. Willow, who is having a tough time using magic after her addiction in the previous season, plans to use a mystical scythe to channel the essence of the slayer into the potential slayers o that they will all have the same power and abilities that Buff does. Just like in “Becoming Part 2”, a mystical force comes over her. Her eyes light up and her hair turns bright white and a very bright white light is seen all around her.
Once she finished the spell, she knew that some force had assisted her in casting the spell which eventually aided the team in defeating The First Evil and saving the world again. During the entire seven seasons of the show Bats has been classified as “one of the most moralistic programs on TV, depicting a world in which evil never goes unpunished and doing good is its own reward” (Rises x’). Throughout the entire series, Buff struggled with various moral decisions and usually made the right choice, although the same cannot be said for all the other characters in the series.
Buff is the hero of the story and she has to be perfect because it is her Job. All of the other main characters have made some seriously wrong ethical decisions during the series, but “Buff lives according to different, more demanding standards than normal humans” (Kale 157). In one episode, Buff’s watcher Giles murders a human eyeing in order to keep a demonic god from returning and attempting to destroy the Earth. Whether the action should have been committed is not anyone’s place to say, but Buff would not have done it because it was against her moral code.
In the sixth season of Bats, Buff’s friend Willow began using dark magic and becomes addicted (which is a depiction of drug addiction) and started to hurt the people she loved once someone she loved was taken from her. Willow was acting on pure emotion and that Is something Tanat Burry was strong enough to retrain Trot along. Burry always mace he right choice, no matter what the cost – even if the cost was destroying someone she loved. In the episode “Becoming Part 2” Buff is forced to send the only person she has ever loved into hell to save the world.
It was not the choice she wanted to make, but the choice that she had to make. Another example of Buff’s moral superiority is displayed by her relationship with Faith (Elise Dusk). Faith is another vampire slayer who was called when Buff died in the first season. Although they are both slayers, they both have very different methods. Buff fights evil and always does hat is right while Faith is more concerned with fighting and having fun. In the episode “Bad Girls” while Buff and Faith are out patrolling together, Faith accidentally kills a human.
Although this human was evil, Buff still recognized that what Faith did was wrong while Faith continues to insist that she does not care. This type of attitude is illustrated throughout their entire relationship and continues to build up until Faith turns rouge and begins to work for the bad guys. Bats is also a story about the process of growing up. For most teenagers, going through high school can be one of the most horrific experiences ever. When creating the show, Wooden decided to take things a step further because, “In Sunnyvale, high school is not Just hell; it sits on top off ‘Helmut’ (Little 282).
The problems that high school kids go through are satirized in this show. High school is a period of time in which kids strive to define themselves and often have trouble doing so, and this series does a good Job of placing the problems we face into clever metaphors that work well within the show. In the very first episode of Bats entitled “Welcome to the Helmut” his struggle unfolds “as Buff struggles to deny her Slayer heritage in the face of obvious vampire activity, and as Buff’s new friends struggle with the reality that vampires and the Helmut are real” (Little 289).
The second episode entitled “The Witch” addressed two problems which teens go through – the need to belong and parents trying to live the children’s lives. In this episode a witch uses her powers to hurt other cheerleaders so that she can make the squad. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that the girl’s mother had switched their bodies and was literally living ere daughter’s life for her and fulfilling her own dreams.
In another episode entitled “Out of Mind, Out of Sight” a young girl is ignored by everyone around and “having felt invisible for so long, literally becomes invisible” apparently because of the mystical powers of the Helmut.. After she becomes invisible, she then looses her identity and tries to hurt those who made her feel like she did not exist in the first place. We see many more similarities throughout the seven seasons of Buff, but one of the most obvious comparisons we see is the depiction of the impact of various legislations we have in life.
During high school, many guys use the girls for one thing – sex. Once the guys get what they want, they change into a different person. This element of relationships is clearly demonstrated after Buff and Angel sleep together for the first time. Angel used to be an evil vampire but after killing a young gypsy girl, her family placed a curse on him returning his soul so that he could feel all the pain he caused others. After his soul was returned, Angel became good, however if he ever achieved one moment of perfect happiness, then his soul would e taken from him.
Once he and Buff slept together, he achieved this happiness. “When he wakes up, he has literally become a different person, the evil Angelus, provoking us Walt an 010 metaphor mace lateral: ‘Tater we slept together, en was a totally different person. ” (Little 291). Bats uses many other real-life situations to make the show very interesting throughout all seven seasons. Philosophy, religion, and lessons about growing up are all elements that combine together to make Bats one of the deepest, most insightful shows to have ever appeared on television.