While a live-action and in-universe “Buffy” reunion may not be happening any time soon, the stars and creator that made the series a reality 20 years ago have reunited IRL. Entertainment Weekly has shared their upcoming cover celebrating the landmark show’s 20th anniversary, including with it a video that features pretty much the entire Sunnydale gang reunited and talking about the show’s legacy.
The reunion includes series creator Joss Whedon as well as cast members Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy), David Boreanaz (Angel), Alyson Hannigan (Willow), Nicholas Brendan (Xander), James Marsters (Spike), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn), Seth Green (Oz), Alexis Denisof (Wesley), Amber Benson (Tara) and Kristine Sutherland (Joyce). The only prominent cast members not present for the photoshoot and discussion are Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Eliza Dushku (Faith) and Marc Blucas (Riley).
“It’s the ultimate metaphor: horrors of adolescence manifesting through these actual monsters,” says Gellar in the video. “It’s the hardest time of life.” Boreanaz echoed that sentiment, saying that “‘Buffy’ was a way to tell the audience you’re not alone.”
“It was the role of a lifetime,” said Hannigan. “I met the love of my life [Alexis Denisof]. And just to get to go to work every day and have Joss sort of train me — I’ll never have a better experience than that.”
Whedon also reflected on the most important aspect of the show’s success: “I have had people come up to me and say the show made me feel different about what they could be, about what they could do, about how they respond to problems, about being a female leader. People getting strength from my own little terrors is… There is no better legacy than that.”
This is probably the closest “Buffy” fans will get to seeing a full-blown reunion. Boreanaz recently said that he has no desire to return to the franchise for real. “No, never; that’s done, see ya, next,” he said earlier this month. “I have no problem with the cult audience, and I would totally get back into the genre, but I’m not a big reunion guy. I tend to like to go forward. I don’t like to go backward.”
“Buffy” star Sarah Michelle Gellar has also recently weighed in on whether or not the show would still work with a thirty-something vampire slayer.
“I have always believed that what was so unique about the show was the use of horrors of those formative years,” said Gellar. “With high school and college as a backdrop, we were able to address racism, identity, bullying, guilt, death, first love and heartbreak using the demons as metaphors for the demons we all experience. I am not sure how that translates into adulthood, although I am sure it could. The burden of saving the world a lot always weighed heavily on her, so for her sake, I hope she is somewhere on a beautiful beach located far away from any Hellmouth.”