Well, I guess today I’m in an emotional 90’s show throwback. I mean, “Wayback Wednesday” is a thing right?
Following up on my Gilmore Girls’ pilot obsession, I was reminded of the time I forced myself to watch Buffy The Vampire Slayer at 8 years old.
Yes, I forced myself to watch a show that eventually became my favourite show/universe. Of course, there was a reason behind it.
My two older cousins, Mel and David, were just the coolest in the family in my eyes. They were both almost 10 years older than me so it makes sense that I was so in awe in front of them. Anything they would do was cool and anything they would think about me meant the whole world to me.
So, let me take you back in the early 2000s, probably March or April of 2002. We had just finished a Shabbat dinner and the whole family was there. After eating, I went to my grandmother’s room to watch some TV – I remember thinking that I was finally gonna be able to watch The Simpsons at night! I was so excited. I thought the show was so funny and so good.
But, as I turned on the TV, the show that first popped up was Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the teen french channel, Vrak TV. I wasn’t sure what the show was – as far as I assumed without watching but hearing the name before, Buffy was some kind of monster fighting vampires. I never would’ve thought that Buffy was a girl. But, that assumption quickly changed when my cousin David walked in my grandma’s room to see what was I up to and automatically said “Wow, Buffy! I used to have the biggest crush on her. I loved that show when I was younger.”
And so, I did what any other kids would do to impress their older cousins, I said “I love it too!!!”
Even though I was ridiculously scared, I decided to roll up my small sleeves and watch Buffy for the first time that night. When the scariest part would come on, I would switch to the kids channel to watch The Simpsons. You know what’s crazier? I remember which episode was on that night. It was that one in the second season after Angel and Buffy have sex which causes Angel to lose his soul and becoming Angelus again – you know, the usual. He teams up with Drusila, Spike and the Judge (the monster I was terrified of) to cause the apocalypse.
It’s crazy to think that I remember every details of that night. I watched Buffy because my cousin said it was cool, that influence is real.
Wanna know something even more fucked up? My little cousin Sam also watched it (I would like to assume it’s because of me but probably not) and I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of my little cousin.
Moral of the story, having great cousins around you is important, Buffy was meant to happen in my family and The Simpsons will help you go through with watching what you thought was the scariest show in life, when really, it was the beginning of something special in yours.