Magazine article The American Prospect

Can Buffy's Brilliance Last? (Correspondence)

Magazine article The American Prospect

Can Buffy's Brilliance Last? (Correspondence)

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UNTIL I READ GARRETT EPPS'S dazzling piece "Can Buffy's Brilliance Last" [January 28], I thought I was the only adult in this country who realized that Buffy is brilliant television. I could not agree more that the series, without preaching, sent a powerful message to the show's teen audience that sex is dangerous. Buffy had sex during high school only once, with the good vampire Angel. But once was enough to break a gypsy's curse that had given Angel a soul. Similarly, Xander lost his virginity to Faith, the only character portrayed as promiscuous. The experience left him feeling used, while Faith's wantonness prefigured her fall.

I also agree that as characters began to move out of adolescence and have adult sexual experiences the show faltered. I only hope that Epps is right when he says that "where there's undeath, there's hope." But if not, the first four Buffy seasons will live on in reruns, helping adolescents to make sense of an often bewildering environment and entertaining the rest of us happy few grown-up viewers. …

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