The Descendant

 Buffy The Vampire Slayer The Rewatch: Week 3 Part 1

This post isn’t strictly about Buffy. But it is totally related.

I was thinking as the new TV season gets geared up, how much of TV has been shaped by Buffy. I’ve traced the Lost trail before which of course goes by way of Alias.

I watched the first two seasons of Alias. I loved it. Then I missed a few episodes, and since this was before DVRs, or TV on demand or me really understanding what long form TV was about, I got lost and basically stopped watching. I’ve never finished it. I’ve always meant to.

Then there were The WB “cousin” shows, as I’ll call them, Roswell, Charmed, Smallville and the somehow still going Supernatural. 

But I’m using the next couple of days to catch up on Once Upon A Time. I watched it sporadically last season, (both my uncle and my sister were obsessed), and really liked it, but didn’t get in to it, mostly because of time. Now I have plenty of time, and I’m totally in to it. (Stayed up until 3 AM to watch.)

Storybrooke and Sunnydale have a lot in common. There’s magic everywhere, but no one knows it, there are two planes of existance to navigate (Storybrooke and Fairytale Land) and of course, they have a plucky blonde savior just itching to get her work done and move the heck on.

Remember when she cheated on her husband with Ted Mosby?

While some of the other shows I’ve mentioned are definitely descendants of Buffy, Emma Swann is a descendant of Buffy.

Emma is Snow White’s daughter and was sent to our world to avert a curse put down by the Evil Queen. Emma grew up being bounced from foster home to foster home and had a baby when she was 18, who she gave up for adoption. Henry, the boy, shows up at her apartment and drags her to Storybrooke, a small town in Maine, which he believes isn’t a real town at all, but a kind of holding cell for all of the fairytale characters, who have been cursed by the Evil Queen, who happens to be the woman who adopted Henry. The Queen took their “happily ever afters,” and their memories and now it’s up to Henry and Emma to beat the curse.

This show is amazing. The characters are well drawn and the concept is rock solid. And because the show is produced by the Disney owned ABC, we get to see many of the characters, who themselves are public domain, in “grown up” versions that feel deeply familiar, because they can use the House of Mouse’s details.

What does it have to do with Buffy? Everything. It has everything to do with Buffy. I have a deep respect for the way that Joss Whedon changed the game for TV with Buffy and Angel. So many of the shows I love wouldn’t exist.

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