Typical examples: Willow, Buffy’s computer nerd friend, meets a boy on the internet who turns out to be a demon; Xander joins the swim team only to find that their recent success comes from exposing themselves to (Soviet-made, if I recall correctly) chemicals that make them better swimmers but eventually turn them into fish monsters; Buffy’s awful college roommate actually turns out to be a demon.
These are metaphors for, respectively: the potential for meeting creepers on the internet, seemingly a huge moral panic from the 90’s; steroids; and the difficulties of the transition to college and living with strangers.
Perhaps it’s because I’m only now watching the show at age twenty-five, or maybe people want different things in TV shows now.
is widely remembered as one of the strongest television shows of the late 90s and early 00s, and its influence is still felt across the medium today.
follows a group of friends (the Scoobie Gang) as they fight demons and navigate the challenges of young adulthood.
Critics and fans who know the show will go to great lengths to sing its praises.
Despite its silly name and concept, was always more than a standard genre show, with complex characters and fantastic use of metaphor.
Their chemistry all comes down to their personalities, which are somewhat mismatched on the surface, but complement each other. Music is his passion, and he plays guitar for the band Dingoes Ate My Baby. And because it's Sunnydale, Oz gets shot in the arm pushing her out of the way of a crazy gun-wielding Order of Taraka member, and then his subtle wooing begins over a box of animal crackers.
They're a very nontraditional couple in YA, so I couldn't help but analyze their appeal! He's a man of few words, but he views life with a detached irony that's beyond entertaining. So Willow's no-drama, friendly approach to life appeals to Oz, and he gives her confidence by approaching her openly (but not aggressively) and not playing games. You know, I'm not thinking about class, 'cause that would never happen.