Buffy the Vampire Slayer has now been off our TV screens for a staggering 10 years, while Angel disappeared 9 years ago. In an attempt to keep the ‘Buffyverse’ fandom satisfied, supposedly canon continuations (in the form of comic books) have been printed for both shows and for various characters within the shows. But – for reasons we shall look in to further in this list – not everyone is content with this idea.
Now, I’m the first to admit that there are undoubtedly a number of reasons why bringing either show back to TV screens would be incredibly difficult and probably shouldn’t happen, but I’ve always been a ‘glass half-full’ kind of chap, so let’s blissfully ignore those reasons for the sake of our happy faces.
So, whether it’s for a full new season, a spin-off, or even a movie or one-off special, here are 10 reasons why the Buffyverse should be back on screen.
10. Nicholas Brendon
It’s not as though Nicholas Brendon hasn’t had much work since Buffy – he certainly has – it’s just that he has failed to hit the heights of his role as the ever-present and ever-loyal Xander Harris.
He has been limited to roles in films nobody has heard of (The Portal, Big Gay Love, A Golden Christmas) and while he’s appeared in some fairly decent TV shows (Without A Trace, Criminal Minds, Private Practice), these have mostly been brief appearances in a small number of, or even individual, episodes.
This seems a bit of a waste because, as Xander, Brendon was likeable and oozed charisma.
The majority of the rest of the main supporting cast have found success in more high-profile roles. Alyson Hannigan (American Reunion, How I Met Your Mother), James Marsters (Torchwood, Smallville, Dragonball Evolution), Anthony Head (Little Britain, Merlin, The Inbetweeners), Amy Acker (Alias, Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods), Eliza Dushku (Tru Calling, Dollhouse, The Big Bang Theory), Michelle Trachtenberg (Six Feet Under, House, 17 Again, Ice Princess) and Alexis Denisof (How I Met Your Mother, Dollhouse, The Avengers) have all been regularly utilised in well-known, highly-rated TV shows and popular film franchises (however brief their roles may have been).
And nearly all of them have been re-cast by Joss Whedon at some point. It seems a shame that Brendon is missing out. So, for the sake of Nicholas himself, and for the sake of bringing a brilliant character back to life, Nicholas Brendon is one reason to bring the Buffyverse back to the screen.
This article was first posted on February 7, 2013