“In every generation there is a chosen one… she alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.”
Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is not your average teenage girl. Yes, she had to deal with the same things that every teenage girl deals with: school, boys, friends, etc, but she is a slayer. She is the one who has the strength and the ability to fight the things that go bump in the night.
I was 16 when the show premiered, the same age as Buffy. The show ended in 2003, when I graduated from college. I grew up with Buffy, as did many of my generation.
Buffy was another link in the chain of feminism. While she looked delicate, she was clearly able to take care of herself. Every baddie she stopped was another small crack in the glass ceiling.
But the thing about the show that I will always remember is that while Buffy fought off vampires and other creatures of that ilk, she also dealt with being a teenager. High school itself is a battle, Buffy battles with the baddies on the show mirrored the experience that is high school.
Happy Birthday. Here is to another 20.