The new ‘Buffy’ series: A spinoff would be awesome, a remake would be awful (TV commentary)

Fox 21 announced Friday that a new “Buffy” TV series is in the works, with most media using the term “reboot.” This usually means “remake” or “re-imagining,” and that’s how most fans took it. Ninety percent of comment threads and tweets were therefore negative about the announcement. Some fans took “reboot” to mean “spinoff” or “sequel,” and those people were much more positive about the news.

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‘Buffy’ flashback: ‘Tales of the Vampires’ (2003-04) and ‘Angels We Have Seen on High’ (2002) (Comic book reviews)

 

Often when a comic book series ends, that final issue will sit in its slot on the racks for a long time afterward, since there is no next issue to replace it. My enduring memory of “Tales of the Vampires” (December 2003-April 2004) is seeing Issue 5 on the rack for a year or so. It was the last issue of Dark Horse’s original “Buffy” run, leaving a three-year gap before Season 8 began in 2007. (It wasn’t a total dark age: There were “Buffy” novels throughout this time, and IDW’s “Angel” comics started in 2005.)

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‘Buffy’ flashback: ‘Tales of the Slayers’ (2001-02) (Comic book reviews)

The “Tales of the Slayers” comics – a trade paperback in November 2001 and the “Broken Bottle of Djinn” one-shot in October 2002 – are primarily written by “Buffy” and “Angel” TV writers, which creates a high expectation level. These nine stories are fun, easy reads, but not as deep or substantial as one might hope for.

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‘Angel’ flashback: ‘Long Night’s Journey’ (2001-02) (Comic book review)

Under the suggestion of Joss Whedon, Dark Horse shut down its “Angel” series in April 2001, then relaunched it a few months later with the four-issue “Long Night’s Journey” (September 2001-May 2002), which presumably was to be the start of another long-running volume but turned out to be one-series-and-done.

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‘Buffy’ flashback: ‘Fray’ (2001-03) (Comic book review)

While most of the Dark Horse “Buffy” comics released during the show’s TV run are considered non- or quasi-canonical – and are rarely talked about by fans — a glowing exception is the eight-issue “Fray” (June 2001-July 2003). Written by Joss Whedon when he had free moments while overseeing three TV shows, it’s the complete origin story of Melaka Fray, a Slayer called to duty in the 23rd century, long after Slayers and magic have been forgotten by the populace. Demons and vampires – called “lurks” – can be found in the slums, but no one knows their historical significance.

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An outsider’s take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2015) (Movie review)

This blog series chronicles my first viewing of the complete MCU movie saga. I’ll examine each film under various categories that reflect popular discussion points. Next up is the 11th film, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015):

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Snyder-Whedon mash-up ‘Justice League’ has no surprises, but works as a theme park ride (Movie review)

Comic book writers love their heroes, and are less likely to give love and attention to their villains. That’s human nature, I suppose, but boy does it hurt modern superhero movies. “Justice League” (2017), now available for home viewing, is the latest film to suffer from a bland, predictable villain, and it keeps a fun blockbuster from becoming something substantial. Steppenwolf – no, not that Steppenwolf – wants to destroy the world because, as a Geico commercial would say, “If you’re a supervillain, it’s what you do.”

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‘Buffy’ flashback: ‘The Origin’ (1999) (Comic book review)

Dark Horse’s “Buffy” comics have been canonical for the past decade, but the first story that is officially part of the canon came out much earlier: “The Origin” (January-March 1999) takes Joss Whedon’s script for the 1992 movie, translates it into a three-issue comic series and gives it the necessary tweaks to fit with the universe and timeline of the TV show.

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The chosen 20: The all-time best ‘Buffys’ (TV commentary)

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which premiered on March 10, 1997. That sentence is technically incorrect – “Buffy” debuted with a movie on July 30, 1992, so this is the 25th anniversary year. The “Buffy” we all know and love is a reboot (a fact that gives me pause whenever I scoff at reboots). The movie shouldn’t be discounted, as people who liked the film provided a good chunk of that early TV audience. (That audience has now grown to include people who were too young for the show when it was first on TV, such as my friend Devin, who was 9 when it premiered and now counts “Buffy” among his favorite shows.)

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