It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 20 long years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer (aka one of the best shows ever made) hit our television screens for the first time.
And, amid rumours of a reunion series, Sarah Michelle Gellar – who brought the show’s eponymous character to life for seven years – has taken to Instagram to pen an emotional message to Buffster fans and wannabe-Scoobies everywhere.
Sharing a photograph of herself from the set, the ‘Chosen One’ wrote: “20 years ago today, I had the greatest privilege to bring Buffy to your TV screens for the first time. It was a long and challenging road to get there.
“First the movie, then a passed over pilot presentation, and eventually a mid-season time slot on a little known network. That first season, we liked to think of ourselves as the little show that could. While we knew the potential, I don't think any of us saw the lasting impact our show would have.”
Gellar continued: “As an actor, you wish for that one role where you can leave your mark and forever be remembered, with Buffy I got so much more. She's a feminist challenge to gender hierarchy. Buffy may have been the Chosen One, but I was the lucky one.
“Thank you to Gail Berman for always believing there was a show in that movie. Thank you to Joss Whedon, for trusting me to give life to one of the greatest female characters ever created.”
“Thank you to David [Boreanaz], for always being my Angel,” Gellar added. “Thank you to James [Marsters] for understanding that while Buffy and Spike may have been love/hate, I have nothing but love for you. Alyson [Hannigan], as any woman knows, you are nothing without the love and support of great female friends, so thank you for being that. Michelle [Trachtenberg], you will always hold a key to my heart.
“Thank you to all the incredible actors for seven seasons of amazing performances. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the incredible crew that worked tirelessly (and also really tired) to bring this show to life.”
Most important of all, however, was Gellar’s thank-you message to the show’s loyal fans.
“And lastly, but most importantly thank you to all of you, the fans. We made this show for you, and your unwavering support has kept this show going long past our seven years.
“You are everything. And always remember... if the apocalypse comes, beep me. #buffyslays20.”
Meanwhile, Buffy creator Whedon has spoken with The Hollywood Reporter about getting the Scoobie gang back together for a possible reboot or reunion episode.
He said: “I think because a lot of people are doing it. And there’s a lot of head-scratchers. I’m sure they’ll be rebooting According to Jim soon. Is the nostalgia bank so goddamn secure that we can just keep withdrawing from it? And this is coming from a man who’s made a movie or a comic book out of every show he’s done.
“Somebody has to move on. We have to create new things for people to try to reboot. It’s something we all dreamed about. But then what happened? The sudden ending of My So-Called Life is only slightly less painful than the sudden ending of Firefly for me. I understand that feeling of, ‘We love this, and we can have it.’”
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Whedon added: “I was pitching a fan-funded Firefly to my agent before that was a concept. I see a little bit of what I call monkey’s paw in these reboots. You bring something back, and even if it’s exactly as good as it was, the experience can’t be. You’ve already experienced it, and part of what was great was going through it for the first time.
“You have to meet expectations and adjust it for the climate, which is not easily. Luckily most of my actors still look wonderful, but I’m not worried about them being creaky. I’m more worried about me being creaky as a storyteller. You don’t want that feeling that you should have left before the encore. I don’t rule it out, but I fear that.”
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