Timeless Thoughts – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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I considered posting this earlier but decided it would be perfect for a Timeless Thoughts post and held off until now. Timeless Thoughts is a link-up run by Georgie and Tara each month, click on the image above to join!

Today (Mar 10) is the 20th anniversary of the beginning of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in tv form anyway. It started all the way back in March of 1997 and would continue to live on through the show, a spin-off and comics until today.

Living in Australia I didn’t get to see the show until the summer (that’s December over here) of 1997. This was the time of the year that networks put on shows they didn’t think would really go to well but need something while all their popular shows were on hiatus for the summer.

Unfortunately, back in the mid 90’s we didn’t have the luxuries of downloading or buying episodes at the time they were released that we do now (although for some TV shows we still don’t in Australia… not legally anyway. Thanks Foxtel) so we had to wait until the tv networks decided they wanted to air the shows.

I anticipated Buffy coming for a while – For much of my life I’ve always had an interest in all things vampires.. That sort of died with the coming of Twilight when they were ruined for me – Buffy had been advertised on TV for weeks in advance but I just had to wait it out while watching things like re-runs of MASH. Summer programming in Australia was always riveting.

Finally, it began. I remember watching it from my little 32cm TV in my bedroom (something I’d do for many seasons of the show) each week and wondering what the scooby gang were going to come up against this week.

This continued for many years, through the angst of Angel/Angelus and all the big bads through the years, the love/hate relationship with Spike (I was always firmly on the side of love when it came to Spike.. as well as a bit of a Spuffy shipper), as well as all the other love (and heartbreak, because Joss Whedon can’t let his characters be happy, apparently) including the first lesbian sex scene to be shown on network TV.

At my first job I’d find others who liked the show too and we went to a Buffy convention in Melbourne in 2003 (my first time there!) and I got to meet Emma Caulfield (Anya) who was ever so tiny in real life. I would later realise that most the cast were quite short.

It was the first show I remember watching and really enjoying. The first show I ever wanted to own and bought on dvd, even though the box sets at the time took up a huge amount of space. I would later sell them and re-buy them in the smaller cases which I still own today.

Even though there were many times I didn’t like Buffy, the character, I always enjoyed the show as a whole and am amazed to see that it still brings people together, even now, 20 years later.

Sarah

My Favourite Things – July 2015

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It’s time for the July edition of “My Favourite Things”. A linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. This month I’m going to be discussing TV! Specifically, new(ish) TV that happened in July.

Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls finally came back in July. If you’re a fan you’ll know that the second season has been going for more than 12 months now. Disney is reeaaallllyyy dragging it out and it is very frustrating to get to see 3 episodes at a time, 3 weeks apart. Especially for a show as full of mystery and intrigue as this.

Duck-Tective!
Duck-Tective!

Gravity Falls is an animated show that follows the story of one summer in the life of twins Mabel and Dipper. It’s no ordinary summer though, because this year they’re going to Gravity Falls to stay with their great uncle (grunkle) Stan and they learn about all the mysterious happenings that go on in Gravity Falls. The show has lots of hidden things and there are cryptograms and lots of cool stuff.

Plus it has the coolest theme music of any show. Basically, go watch it.

Rick and Morty

Another animated show of awesome. This one, though, you should not sit down and watch with any kids.. ever. While it is animated it is definitely not kid safe which makes it all the better. Rick and Morty is about the adventures that a mad scientist (Rick) and his grandson (Morty) go on. Rick has a spaceship and they go on dangerous missions to different planets and dimensions, usually so Rick can go steal something of some value and get into trouble doing it. Fortunately, Rick is smarter than anyone you know and can usually get out of it.

#RickAndMorty100years

 Penny Dreadful

And just in case you thought I was all about animated shows with crude jokes, here’s something completely different.

Penny Dreadful is a beautifully shot (I love when TV is as pretty as movies) Victorian horror series. It brings together many supernatural characters such as vampires, werewolves and Frankenstein’s monster while looking amazing doing it. The cast, which includes Josh Hartnett – who is surprisingly good – are excellent and Eva Green seems to be willing to try anything the writers will throw at her.

A word of warning though, the show is rated R (18+)  and has LOTS of nudity and sex, violence and horror. If you’re ok with that I’d definitely recommend watching it though. It’s pretty awesome.

Needless to say, it was an exciting month of TV for me and now I’m left a little empty with finishing up season 2 of Penny Dreadful.

Sarah