Why A Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reboot Should NEVER Happen

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Coming back from the dead is kinda Buffy's thing.

When The Master bit her and left her to drown, she was resuscitated by Xander. When she jumped to her death to close the portals between worlds, she was brought back by Willow. When the show was ended after seven seasons, it was eventually rebooted by Fox.

Wait, what was the last one?

Ok, so a reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer hasn't happened yet, but it is being talked about. Fox's TV Group Chair, Gary Newman, recently spoke about the potential of bringing the show back (via Variety):

“I think if you look in our library, ‘Buffy’ is probably the most ripe show we have for bringing back. It’s something we talk about frequently, and Joss Whedon is really one of the greatest creators we ever worked with. When Joss decides it’s time, we’ll do it. And until Joss decides it’s time, it won’t happen.”

So it's still a way off from happening, but it's clear the studio would love the show to return. For his part, Whedon has previously ruled out bringing the show back but, with him departing the Batgirl movie and going back to the Buffy comics, there's always the chance he'll have a change of heart.

Not much stays dormant any longer, with TV revivals, remakes, reboots, and every other sort of 're' you can think of happening across the board. And when it's a) such a beloved, marketable IP as Buffy, and b) a show that is every bit as relevant in the modern climate, if not more so, than when it first debuted, then you can see the appeal and why it's being called ripe for a return. But that doesn't mean it should be brought back.

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