The Vampire Slayer Diaries:
Epilogue & Prologue
Exactly one year has passed since I mentioned on this blog the impending launch of Nikki Stafford's Great Buffy Rewatch over at her blog, Nik at Nite. The exercise in entertainment and insight ended this past week, as our group viewing of and conversations about the seven seasons of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including, for some of us, the first four of five seasons of spinoff series Angel — drew to a close.
I'd hoped to be writing companion pieces here, but it was all I could do to keep up with the Rewatch schedule, read the posts over at Nik at Nite from Nikki and her guest contributors, read the comments on those posts, and then add my own comments to the mix. Often I didn't even get to do the latter in a timely fashion, and it became pretty clear early on that with the amount of time I was spending on Buffy posts for Blam's Blog — none yet published beyond a look at the original feature film and an update saying basically what I'm saying right now — I was sacrificing other content here as well as participation in the Rewatch discussions there. So I stopped with an eye towards restarting my "Vampire Slayer Diaries" at a later date. While it would be nice if I could do so this summer, to coincide with the movie's 20th anniversary, I'd have to get a lot more written in advance than I have now to feel comfortable about rolling out the posts in a timely fashion; my aim is to cover all of both Buffy and Angel's TV incarnations as well as some choice comics along the way, including the official Whedon-blessed (and sometimes even Whedon-scripted) continuations of both series that began several years ago with Buffy Season Eight. Each post will link to the relevant posts at the Great Buffy Rewatch and entries at Wikia's Buffy the Vampire Slayer wiki.
Should you be moved to watch or rewatch Buffy sometime before my posts do resume, you should check out the Great Buffy Rewatch Archive post for links to each installment; Nikki Stafford and a host of fans and scholars offered original material each week from a variety of perspectives and areas of interest. The only downside to the Rewatch, due to understandable time constraints, is that it covers Angel tangentially at best and in lockstep with Buffy starting with the premieres of Angel Season One and Buffy Season Four, whereas like I said when I linked to a recommended combined viewing order in my update last May it's sometimes necessary to watch ahead on one show or the other — especially towards the end of Angel Season Four and Buffy Season Seven — to make the continuity between shows jell.