I'm back and talking about Buffy, again.
The thing is, and why I am choosing to talk about Buffy on my Gratitude day is, because of what I get out of Buffy that amazes me! And in so doing I will be comparing it to Star Trek. You see, Star Trek is considered science fiction but if you are paying attention you will notice that it's not totally about cool gadgets and space travel.
I discovered this loveliness when I started really watching Star Trek: The Next Generation in the 90's. I believe the original series and TNG are the best because Roddenberry was very involved and if you know anything about Gene Roddenberry you know that his purpose was to tell more than just a sci-fi story, but to talk about social and cultural issues. Yep. That's what it's really about.
And so is Buffy.
True that the title is Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and there are Vampires, Demons, Werewolves, Witches and other of Satan's Spawns trying to take over the world but amidst all that craziness is a story about a bunch of teens and all that they experience as well; Love, bullying, college, girlfriends/boyfriends, fitting in, sexuality, destiny, friendship, loyalty, etc. etc. etc.
I love this! I love that it's not about specifically what you might think it's about. Yes, Buffy is about the Occult and saving the world from Ultimate Evil, but more importantly, and like Star Trek, it's about working together for a common cause, working together to reclaim and retain humanity.
If you are not watching Buffy or Star Trek because you think it's about something else you might want to give it another look.