Bite Me: A Buffy podcast-The Harvest

Join Joe Ford and Martyn Havell in this thrilling first episode of Bite Me, as they delve into ‘The Harvest’.

Get ready for a rollercoaster of supernatural adventures, witty banter, a dash of nostalgia and some therapy.

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Buffy audio play out next month

Exciting news for Scoobies! Prepare to venture back into the Buffyverse through a fresh and thrilling sequel story.

Audible has unveiled an exciting new audio project titled “Slayers: A Buffyverse Story,” featuring the triumphant return of several beloved cast members from the original series.

Among the stars making their way back to the Buffyverse are James Marsters, reprising his iconic role as Spike, Charisma Carpenter, making a comeback as Cordelia Chase, Anthony Head as the ever-wise Rupert Giles, Juliet Landau embracing her role as Drusilla, Emma Caulfield returning as the enigmatic Anya, Amber Benson as the beloved Tara Maclay, James C Leary in his lovable Clem persona, and Danny Strong embodying Jonathan Levinson once more. Joining this stellar ensemble is the talented new addition, Laya DeLeon Hayes.

The new installment is co-crafted by Benson in collaboration with the skilled writer Christopher Golden, the story will resume two-decades after the climactic conclusion of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It will centre on Spike, who has surreptitiously immersed himself in the shadowy underbelly of Los Angeles, persuading the sinister forces that his malevolence has returned. However, his intricate cover is unexpectedly jeopardised when a sixteen-year-old named Indira Nunnally comes into the picture, thrusting him back into the role of overseeing young slayers, a duty he thought he’d left behind for good.

While he attempts to track down a watcher for Indira, their paths collide with the veteran Slayer of a parallel reality where Buffy Summers never existed and where Cordelia Chase is the one-and-only Slayer. She needs Spike’s help with stopping Drusilla, who is terrorising her world.

Marsters said: “I’m ecstatic to be back with my dear friends for this next chapter in the Buffyverse, as we take listeners on a familiar but unexpected journey chock full of horror, passion and mischief. I’m excited for old and new fans to experience this beloved world of vampire slaying like never before, brought to life through immersive audio storytelling.”

Meanwhile, Rachel Ghiazza, Chief Content Officer at Audible said: “Slayers: A Buffyverse Story offers a fresh, dynamic take on a cult-classic that takes listeners on a fun and nostalgic ride. The all-star cast reprising beloved roles, as well as newcomers, bring to life a storyline that will entertain fans of the original series and pull in first-time Sunnydale visitors.”

Slayers: A Buffyverse Story will be available on Audible beginning 12th October 2023.

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The Legacy of Buffy and Angel

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon, has been a pop culture phenomenon for decades. It premiered in 1997 and quickly gained a dedicated following, and continued to captivate audiences for seven seasons. In addition to the original show’s success, Buffy also launched a successful spin-off, Angel. In this article, we will delve into the legacy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and explore why it continues to resonate with audiences today, as well as examine the impact of the spin-off series.

The Legacy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer tackled a variety of themes throughout its run, including love, loss, friendship, and the struggle between good and evil. One of the reasons for its enduring popularity is its strong and relatable characters. Buffy, along with her friends Willow, Xander, and Giles, faced a myriad of challenges throughout the series. From dealing with high school drama to fighting supernatural forces, the characters always remained grounded and relatable.

Another aspect of the show’s legacy is its impact on the portrayal of women in media. Buffy Summers was a powerful and complex female character, which was still relatively rare in the late 90s. The show tackled issues such as gender equality, female empowerment, and the pressures of conforming to societal norms.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer also had a significant influence on the horror and fantasy genres. The show’s unique blend of humour, action, and drama set a new standard for what was possible in these genres. It paved the way for other shows, such as Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries, to explore similar themes and storylines.

The show’s impact was also felt beyond television. It inspired a wide range of merchandise, including books, comics, action figures, and more. The show even spawned a successful spin-off series, Angel.

The Spin-off: Angel

Angel premiered in 1999, during Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s fourth season. The show followed the character of Angel, a vampire with a soul who had previously appeared on Buffy. Angel had left Buffy to pursue his path and seek redemption for his past actions.

Like Buffy, Angel tackled a variety of themes, including redemption, love, and loss. The show with a mix of new and established characters, including Cordelia, who would controversially become a love-interest for Angel and his son, Connor. Wesley also carried over from Buffy, achieving one of the greatest character arcs in the history of television. Doyle, Gunn, Fred and, Lorne served as new allies to the team. Throughout its five-season run, Angel explored complex storylines and tackled mature themes, such as parenthood and mortality.

Angel’s impact on pop culture was significant, and it has continued to have a dedicated fanbase since its cancellation in 2004. The show’s influence can be seen in other popular television shows, such as the CW’s Supernatural, and the Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood which were both directly inspired by Angel’s mix of horror and humour.

The Legacy of Buffy and Angel:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel both have had a lasting impact on pop culture. The shows tackled mature themes and featured strong and complex characters, which resonated with audiences of all ages. Additionally, the show’s unique blend of humour, action, and drama set a new standard for what was possible in the horror and fantasy genres. The shows’ legacy can also be seen in the continued popularity of the “Whedonverse,” which refers to the interconnected world of shows and movies created by Joss Whedon. The Whedonverse includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, The Avengers. This interconnected universe has inspired a dedicated fandom, which continues to create and share content online.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel have left a lasting impact on pop culture. Their unique blend of humour, action, and drama, combined with strong and complex characters, has resonated with audiences of all ages and has set a new standard for what is possible in the horror and fantasy genres. The shows’ legacy can be seen in the continued popularity of the “Whedonverse,” as well as in the many other television shows and movies that have been inspired by their success.

Despite Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel having ended many years ago, they continue to have a dedicated and passionate fanbase. This is due in part to the shows’ relatable characters and the themes they explored. From the struggles of growing up to the eternal fight between good and evil, the show’s storylines continue to resonate with viewers today. In addition to its successful spin-off, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has also inspired a wide range of merchandise, including books, comics, and action figures. The popularity of the show has even led to the creation of fan conventions, where fans can come together to celebrate and discuss their favourite characters and storylines.

In recent years, the legacy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been further cemented by its availability on streaming services, such as Netflix and Disney+. This has allowed new generations of viewers to discover and fall in love with the show, ensuring that its impact will continue to be felt for many years to come. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series Angel have had a significant impact on pop culture. They set a new standard for what is possible in the horror and fantasy genres, and continue to resonate with audiences of all ages. Their legacy can be seen in the continued popularity of the “Whedonverse,” as well as in the many other television shows and movies that have been inspired by their success.

Why Angel is a Great Spin-Off: Exploring the Darker Side of the Buffyverse

If you’re a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then you’re probably familiar with the character Angel, a brooding vampire with a soul. Angel was so popular among fans that he received his own spin-off show, simply titled Angel. While some spin-offs don’t quite capture the same magic as the original series, Angel proved to be a worthy continuation of the Buffyverse, exploring the darker side of the supernatural world and offering a fresh perspective on familiar characters. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at why Angel is such a great spin-off and why it’s still worth watching today.

Exploring the Darker Side of the Buffyverse.

One of the things that set Angel apart from Buffy the Vampire Slayer was its willingness to explore darker themes and take risks with its storytelling. While Buffy dealt with heavy topics such as death, addiction, and betrayal, Angel took things to a whole new level, delving into the seedy underbelly of the supernatural world and tackling issues such as redemption, identity, and morality. The show also had a more mature tone, with a focus on character development and relationships rather than just action and humour. If you’re looking for a spin-off that’s not afraid to take risks and push the boundaries of its genre, then Angel is definitely worth a watch.

Fresh Perspective on Familiar Characters.

One of the most compelling aspects of Angel is the way it expanded upon and reimagined characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The titular character, played by David Boreanaz, was a popular supporting player on Buffy, but his spin-off gave him a chance to shine in his own right. We got to see more of Angel’s backstory and learn about his struggles with his vampire nature and his quest for redemption. Other familiar faces such as Wesley, Cordelia, Harmony, Oz and, Spike also made appearances on Angel, but in different roles, than we were used to seeing them. Some even became series regulars. This gave the show a sense of continuity with Buffy while also offering a fresh perspective on these characters.

Introduction of New Characters.

While Angel certainly made the most of its connections to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it also introduced plenty of new characters that quickly became fan favourites. One of the most notable was Charles Gunn, a street-smart vampire hunter who becomes an ally to Angel and his team. Played by J. August Richards, Gunn was a welcome addition to the show, bringing a new dynamic to the team and providing some much-needed humour in the darker episodes.

Another standout new character was Fred Burkle, a brilliant physicist who was rescued from a hell dimension by Angel and his team. Played by Amy Acker, Fred was initially a shy and somewhat fragile character, but she quickly grew into a valuable member of the team, using her scientific knowledge to help them fight various supernatural threats. Fred’s eventual transformation into the demon Illyria in the show’s final season was one of the most shocking and memorable moments in the series, showcasing the show’s willingness to take risks and subvert expectations. My personal favourite character was Lorne, played by Andy Hallet, a green-skinned empath demon. Who could predict your future if you sang for him. Lorne added a sense of fun to the show.

Wesley’s Evolution.

One of the most impressive character arcs in the Buffyverse belongs to Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, who was introduced as a bumbling Watcher on Buffy the Vampire Slayer but quickly became one of the most complex and interesting characters on Angel. Played by Alexis Denisof, Wesley’s journey from a comedic sidekick to a tragic hero is a testament to the show’s commitment to character development.

At the beginning of Angel, Wesley is a somewhat pathetic figure, still trying to prove himself after his failure as Buffy’s Watcher. However, as the series progresses, Wesley becomes increasingly competent and capable eventually becoming one of the show’s most formidable and ruthless characters. One of the defining moments of Wesley’s evolution occurs in the third series of the show. Believing Angel will kill Connor, Wesley kidnaps him. Which sets up a chain of events that see Angel lose his son. This was a turning point for Wesley’s character, setting him on a dark path that would ultimately lead to his tragic end.

Wesley’s death in the final season of Angel is one of the show’s most heartbreaking moments, but it’s also a fitting end to his character arc. Through his journey, Wesley proves that he’s much more than just a comic relief character or a failed Watcher. He’s a complex and deeply flawed individual who, despite his mistakes and missteps, is willing to do whatever it takes to protect his friends and fight for what’s right.

Angel may have started as a spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but it quickly established itself as a unique and compelling series in its own right. With its exploration of darker themes and mature storytelling, the show offered a fresh perspective on familiar characters and introduced new ones that quickly became fan favourites. And through the evolution of characters like Wesley, Angel proved that it wasn’t afraid to take risks and push the boundaries of its genre.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of the Buffyverse or just discovering it for the first time, Angel is definitely worth checking out. With its gripping storytelling, memorable characters, and surprising twists, it’s a spin-off that stands the test of time and proves that sometimes, the best stories are the ones that take risks and go to the dark side.

Both Buffy the vampire slayer and, Angel are available to stream on Dinsey+

Review-Buffy #1

It’s sometimes strange to think that Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been off the air, longer than it was ever on. Yet it continues to capture the imagination of the original audience, as well as picking up a new generation of fans a long the way.

Buffy began life as film, then became TV series-launching a successful spin-off, Angel. There have been variations of Buffy comics over the years, but they mostly carried on the adventures seen on TV. Boom! Studios have bravely decided to reboot the entire story, it’s still the Scooby gang. But with subtle differences, they’re teenagers in 2019-Willow is more confident than she ever was in the show and she’s gay from the get go, Robin Wood is a teenager and not the school principal, Joyce has a boyfriend, Cordillera is nice, Drusilla isn’t crazy, Xander is a tad geekier and to an extent, so is Buffy.

There’s no big introduction to Giles, he’s just there. Willow and Xander meet Buffy in a very different way, all of which allows for less exposition.

Jordie Bellaire has successfully captured the uniqueness of Sunnydale, the personalities of the characters, the shorthand in which Buffy, Willow, and Xander speak to each other. All whilst crafting a new story. That’s no easy task.

If you’re a fan of the Buffy TV show, you’re sure to find this entertaining. It can however, take a while to forget everything you know about the series. I’ve read this twice, because my first read had me stopping every page saying “Well, that’s different”. But, Boom! Studios has hit the ground running, with this reboot. This first issue is exhilarating.