The initially soft yet melancholy melody segways into loud jangling and hard rock music. Nerf Herder’s tunes defined sci-fi television for a whole generation – it signalled that Buffy the Vampire Slayer had arrived.
So when I saw the news that there’s going to be a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie without Joss Whedon at the helm, I, like so many others, felt a deep sense of outrage.
A sense of outrage that was deepened when I saw the hilarious tongue-in-cheek response that Whedon had to give on the issue. In case you haven’t clicked on the link yet, read the end of his brilliant response and click on the link to see more of his classic response:
I can, however, take this time to announce that I’m making a Batman movie. Because there’s a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.
Surely his words are proof enough that if anyone can make a reboot of Buffy work, it’s him!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer tracks the life of Buffy who makes it her business to find the suckers (quite literally) and get rid of them. These vampires and the rest of the otherwordly creatures are as real as they can get. Vampires in the ‘verse can’t walk around in daylight like Edward Cullen (from the Twilight series) or Mitchell (from Being Human) and they certainly don’t sparkle (don’t get me wrong…I actually enjoy Twilight, but Buffy is hard-core). Nothing is black or white, everyone has their realistic and moving shades of grey. Sure, it had its rough spots – Dawn was a bit annoying for most of her tenure on the show and the last season was…saved by the last episode.
Sarah Michelle Gellar was a fantastic embodiment of Buffy Summers, but Joss Whedon was the soul behind the entire franchise. In his hands, the TV series spawned a cult-like fanbase of everything Whedonesque. Whedon gave the show character, spunk, style, pizzazz… you name it. Without him, I suspect the show may not have crept in to daily life the way it has today. His vision for Buffy defined and charted the course of sci-fi television today. It also gave us absolute gems like Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, Nathan Fillion and so many more.
Whedon’s fans are not terribly happy about this reboot if I can safely assume that by the Twitter rage itself (Joss and Whedon are two trending topics at the moment). The only way out for the brave makers of this reboot is to produce something so fantastic, it shuts our gobs. But…
…for me…a Buffy reboot without Whedon is like…a Star Wars reboot without George Lucas (let’s forgive the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones oversights for the purpose of this argument, shall we?), or a LOTR reboot without Peter Jackson.
Remember, it’s not called the Whedonverse for nothing.