If you’ve not seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer before, here’s what you need to know. “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.” But right now, we’re not talking about how great the show is – we know why you’re really here!
Buffy was way ahead of its time in tackling tough, real-life human issues alongside all of the action, which is why it resonated so well with such a huge audience and is still popular over 16 years after the show finished airing.
The storyline handling of main character Willow’s (Alyson Hannigan) sexuality was way ahead of its time, showing healthy relationships and some of the realities that come with being a queer woman. We take a look at some episodes that really spoke to us.
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Becoming (Season 2, E22)
This episode resonated with so many of us as it was the episode Buffy ‘came out’ as a slayer to her mother, Joyce.
Her response was something so many of us have heard in the past; “Are you sure you’re a slayer?”, “have you tried not being a slayer?”. The scene ends with Buffy being kicked out of her house.
It was a tough watch for those both living openly and in the closet as it was the real, badly handled situation on Joyce’s part – she should have accepted her child whether they’re destined to kill vampires or not – but Buffy leaves with her head held high and finds strength in fulfilling her destiny.
Doppelgangland (Season 3, E16)
Willow: “It’s horrible! That’s me as a vampire? I’m so evil and…skanky. And I think I’m kinda gay.”
We saw some foreshadowing happen in this episode as Willow was confronted with her vampire self from an alternate dimension, and it was a Willow we all wanted to see. In the regular Buffyverse, Willow was quite timid and closed, but the vampire Willow lived without fear and was more than comfortable to explore her sexuality – something regular Willow starts to do in the following season.
New Moon Rising (Season 4, E09)
After a bit of a ‘will they, won’t they’ storyline between characters Willow and Tara in previous episodes with tonnes of tension, this is the episode where Willow comes out to Buffy. After a little awkwardness, she receives nothing but support, and at the end of the episode Willow and Tara finally get together in a very endearing scene.
Family (Season 5, E06)
As queer people, many of us choose our family and find comfort in the communities we know, which is why this episode had such a huge impact.
Tara’s family come to town and push for her to be treated as an outsider because of an unnoticeable demon living inside her that needs to be fixed (it’s a metaphor, people!).
The episode ends with her newfound family, the Scooby Gang, defending Tara as one of their own and rejecting the demon accusations.
Touched (Season 7, E20)
This episode made history as it was the first ever time that a lesbian sex scene was broadcast on national TV between Willow and her girlfriend Kennedy.
It was a huge landmark moment for queer representation, especially women. One of the most notable things is that it was shown alongside several heterosexual love scenes, making a statement while normalising the relationship.
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That’s right, Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be available to stream on Channel 4’s free VOD service All 4 from 1st June 2020. Acquired as part of a licensing deal with the Walt Disney Company, all seven seasons of the critically-acclaimed Buffy The Vampire Slayer will be available on All 4 in its entirety.
Individual episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer will also be available to watch on weekday evenings at 11pm BST on E4.
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