Welcome to the Hellmouth

by Elaine Coughlin

“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 the Vampire Slayer. A cult classic show from the 90s about a little blonde girl who protects the world from vampires and other monsters you wouldn’t want hiding under your bed. She lives on the Hellmouth in Sunnydale, California. The Slayer, Buffy Summers, is a teenage girl who is predestined to fight the forces of evil, a duty she inherited when the previous Slayer died. She is a part of the Slayer line. It is her duty to protect the world from demons while dealing with her own personal demons and the everyday challenges of life.

The creator of the show, Joss Whedon, wrote Buffy as a strong female character; something he has done with many of his projects. Over the course of the show’s seven year history the Slayer became a pop culture hero, the result of an iconic performance from Sarah Michelle Gellar.

There are universities that dedicate specific courses studying this series. This show has websites dedicated to it’s every theme, quote and language. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was before its time. There was nothing like it on television at the time, which is why it may not have been as popular at the time of its release. However, it soon developed a cult following. Tons of action, drama, and a quick wit you cannot help but find humorous: the Slayer. There is nothing quite like a sarcastic teenage girl that could end you.

Join me as I journey the saga of the Slayer; writing about the themes, timeless lines and the influence that still lingers on popular culture in other television shows, films and life in general. I tell a lot of people to watch this show; a lot of those people never do or think they don’t have time for it. Every week you will have an opportunity to check out why this show is so awesome, one episode at a time. Or don’t. Whatever…