Why is that with the news of the end of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ brought relief while the ending of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ brought grief?
When ‘The Vampire Diaries’ ended, people were glad as if a wounded agonized animal had just died and its suffering ended, whereas when ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ ended, silence and gloom ran across. Why?
- ‘The Vampire Diaries’ lost its magic midway
- ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ was about much more than killing vampires
- Which among the two should get a reboot?
‘The Vampire Diaries’ lost its magic midway
‘The Vampire Diaries’ began its journey with compelling characters, a great and unpredictable storyline, and the thrill it offered throughout the first 2 seasons convinced many that it was the best show ever. Some even recommended it to a few of their friends.
Then, the lead writer of the series left and the new writer turned it into her fan-fiction where, according to TV experts, she lived her fantasies through certain characters. The thrilling show people once loved slowly turned into a teen soap opera before the eyes of the fans. It was one of the most horrible transitions they had ever seen.
‘The Vampire Diaries’ degenerated season after season and here are some reasons why:
- The over-crowded bunch of supernaturals: What began as the story of one human girl who fell for a vampire boy, soon turned everybody on the show (other than Matt, of course) into a vampire, a werewolf, a hybrid, a witch, or an enhanced hunter. In the absence of humanity, it became a show about who could kill whom with which superior magical powers.
- Many intense relationships no one cared about: It got to the point where anytime a character was killed or locked in another dimension or even overslept and missed Sunday brunch, it was like the end of the world for another character.
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ was about much more than killing vampires
Initially, neither the pilot nor the movie gave anything to look forward to. It felt like a classic that didn’t age well. But as people continued to watch the show, their views started changing. Now, the same people who were laughing at the plot were laughing at their idiocy.
It was around the 7th episode when the show has a big twist. The choreography is weak, the effects aren’t anything but special, and the plot is somewhat predictable; but the characters keep drawing us back. Their adventures and the way they handled the vampire stuff made for a thrilling watch.
As the show picked up the pace, the plot became unpredictable and serious. What truly got many engaged was a scene in the first season’s finale when Buffy found out about the prophecy and refused her role in it. Only then the story took on a whole new turn.
Humanity persisted in supernaturals. Sarah Michelle Geller as Buffy wasn’t a generic hero character in this everlasting battle between the heroes and forces of darkness. Despite all her power, battling demons, and saving the world daily, all she ever really wanted was a normal life where she hung out with her friends, went shopping, fell in love, did homework, and did all the other teen stuff. She yearned for that, and viewers could feel it too.
Which among the two should get a reboot?
Buffy didn’t want the life she had and we felt her pain and cared about the characters till the end. We never had that from any character in ‘The Vampire Diaries’ who kept trying to make us believe in their true love and sufferings. Buffy was not just a strong female character, she was also complex and flawed. There have been many female leads in ‘The Vampire Diaries’, but none as expertly acted, beautifully layered, and memorable as Buffy.
If there’s any teen vampire drama that deserves a reboot, it is ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. There are rumours of a reboot around both the shows but no official announcement has been made yet.
Let us know which show is your choice for the reboot- ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ or ‘The Vampire Diaries’? Write to us in the comments box below.