TV Theme Of The Week: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

25/10/2010 at 10:00 am (TV Theme Of The Week)

What could be more fitting for the week leading up to Halloween? Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for anyone that doesn’t know already, was a pint-sized blonde with super strength. “She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons and the forces of darkness.”

When Doctor Who was cancelled in 1989, I had the X-Files to turn to. When the X-Files ran out of steam, Buffy captured my attention. When Buffy ended after seven seasons… Oh, hello Doctor Who! I guess I like monsters in TV shows, and this was a programme that sated that need for the “monster-of-the-week”. With its teen angst and a smattering of Valley speak (albeit incredibly witty), Buffy the Vampire Slayer was probably as annoying to many fans of the horror genre as Twilight is to me now.

The main theme of Buffy the Vampire Slayer captures the mood of the show perfectly. Starting with its ominous, cathedral organ opening bars, the old guard is shattered with up tempo rock from Nurfherder*; a band name betraying its own geeky, pop culture knowledge.  This reflected the youthful spirit and snappy, pithy dialogue of the show. Somehow holding mythology and folklore in reverence, BtVS also managed to kick it around in fresh new ways.

One of the most annoying things about Buffy being so popular, is actually tracking down a decent YouTube video that shows the main titles. There are so many fan made, edited, spliced versions from other shows, I nearly didn’t bother.  Eventually, I tracked it down…  Sorry, you have to go to YouTube for it. *shakes fist at Sony*

*To quote Princess Leia to Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back, “Why you stuck up, half witted, scruffy looking, nerf-herder!”


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