Monday, January 16, 2012

Spotlight Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8

Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born June 23, 1964), is an American screenwriter, executive producer, director, occasional composer and actor, and founder of Mutant Enemy Productions. He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Angel (1999-2004), and Firefly (2002), which have also seen popular comic book adaptations, published by Dark Horse Comics and IDW.

I "discovered" the TV show around season 3 and immediately fell in love with the characters. I continued to be obsessed until the very end and often rewatch the DVD sets. Finding season 8 was awesome in itself. The fact that it had the same vibe as the TV show only made it even more exciting. I lust after season 9 without shame.

Important Characters to Know
Buffy Summers - Spent many years being the only (or just about only) vampire slayer. Now leader of a group of slayers. Unlucky in love. Big on puns. Superhero strength.

Willow Rosenberg - Originally shy and mousy. Very powerful witch. Lesbian. Also unlucky in love.

Xander Harris - Used to be kind of dorky. Lost an eye. No superpowers. Knowledge of military strategy. Also unlucky in love (see a pattern here?)

Dawn Summers - Former ball of energy turned human. Buffy's little sister. Whiny.

Rupert Giles - Buffy's former watcher and father figure. Slightly less stuffy than he used to be. British. Used to dabble in dark magics.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 (in reading order, links lead to my reviews)
  1. The Long Way Home
  2. No Future For You
  3. Wolves at the Gate
  4. Time of Your Life
  5. Predators and Prey
  6. Retreat
  7. Twilight
  8. Last Gleaming
If you like the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 series, you should try:
The Angel: After the Fall series by Joss Whedon
The Fables series by Bill Willingham
The Serenity Graphic Novel series by Joss Whedon
The Y: The Last Man series by Brian K. Vaughn
The Runaways series by Brian K. Vaughn

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