Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 - 2003)
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is a supernatural/fantasy TV series set created by Joss Whedon, with Sarah Michelle Gellar in the lead role, Nicholas Brendon and Alyson Hannigan as her best friends, Anthony Stewart Head as a patriarchal father figure, Charisma Carpenter as her initial rival, David Boreanaz as her love interest and Seth Green as another member of the Scooby Gang.
It follows protagonist Buffy Summers (Gellar) who is chosen to be the Slayer; a demon fighter with super-strength and agility and who must defend her town from vampires and other hell beasts. She lives in Sunnydale with her friends Willow Rosenberg (Hannigan) and Xander Harris (Brendon) who are initially the only people who know of her special status aside from her Watcher, the school librarian Rupert Giles (Head).
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The iconic show 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' first aired back in 1997, and Entertainment Weekly gathered the cast and director Joss Whedon for a photoshoot and interview.
Entertainment Weekly gathered the extensive cast together for a photoshoot this week, some images of which came out on Wednesday (March 29th), with an in-depth interview coming soon. Whedon, who has since directed Marvel Universe cinematic blockbusters, described the get-together as “surreal”.
The creator takes a look at each of the seven seasons.
It's been 20 years since 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' first hit our screens, and the Joss Whedon classic still has a huge fandom and a lasting legacy 14 years after it ended. It was the show that first brought vampires to the small screen in a contemporary setting and was a cornerstone in the creation of bad-ass female TV characters.
Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in 'Buffy'
Creator Joss has taken this 20 year anniversary to reflect on each of the seven seasons of the phenomenal show; a show that spawned an equally popular spin-off, 'Angel', and propelled Sarah Michelle Gellar to international fame. The idea for the show, which started out as a box office flop of the same name in 1992, came to Joss when he grew tired of trite 80s horror films.
"This is a post we never thought we would have to write..." reads the statement. "It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Robin Sachs. Please join us in raising a glass to Robin - goodbye, dear friend. Thank you for all the laughter and the cookies. We will miss you so very much." Sachs will best be remembered for playing Ethan Rayne in Buffy, but he also appeared in films such as Ocean's Eleven and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He also lent his talents to the medium of video games, providing the a voice for Zaeed Massani in the critically acclaimed sci-fi RPG's, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. His other virtual exploits saw him on Rainbow Six: Lockdown, Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds and Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic.
Armin Shimerman, who played bartender Quark in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Principal Snyder in Buffy The Vampire Slayer tweeted: "It is with great pain&shock,Kitty & I mourn the loss of our friend Robin Sachs. All who knew him,knew how special Robin was." And Whedonesque - a blog about Buffy and its creator Joss Whedon - tweeted: "Any Buffy episode with Ethan Rayne was a joy to watch. Robin Sachs was such a good actor."
The age at which dying seems not merely 'sad', but 'tragic' seems to be growing year on year. It wasn't long ago that reaching the ripe old age of 70 was a decent enough achievement, but now, our 60 year olds look and feel 45 and plenty of people work right into their 70s. So, for Robin Sachs, the actor who played the lead's nemesis in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to die aged just 61 comes as something of a shock.
A message, written by his staff, was left on his website giving the news of his death. "This is a post we never thought we would have to write. It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Robin Sachs," it read. "Please join us in raising a glass to Robin - goodbye, dear friend. Thank you for all the laughter and the cookies. We will miss you so very much."
The London-born star also played the evil General Sarris in Galaxy Guest, reports BBC News. His ex-wife Casey Defranco called him "a wonderful person, extraordinarily talented as an actor."
Staff on Sachs' official website posted a heartfelt message this week. "Please join us in raising a glass to Robin - goodbye, dear friend. Thank you for all the laughter and the cookies. We will miss you so very much," it read. The actor's first film role was with the legendary British Hammer film studio, in the film Vampire Circus. He went on to play Adam Carrington in the 1991 series Dynasty: The Reunion and made appearances in such sci-fi shows as Babylon 5, Star Trek: Voyager and Torchwood: Miracle Day. Sachs was also a respected theatre actor and starred in touring productions of Hamlet and Twelfth Night. His wide-spanning career also included providing voices for several video games including Mass Effect 2 and 3 and Resident Evil Damnation.
Clare Kramer, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Nicholas Brendon - Clare Kramer and Nicholas Brendon from Buffy New York City, USA - 2010 Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con held at the Penn Plaza Pavilion. Saturday 2nd October 2010
Michelle Trachtenberg, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Slayer, Arclight Theater and Paley Center for Media Thursday 20th March 2008 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' reunion for the Paley Center for Media's 24th William S. Paley Television Festival held at the ArcLight Theater Los Angeles, California
It's the end of an era, the end of a legend, the end of television's finest butt-kicking female… But not on DVD! From 5 th April 2004 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will be making it possible to eternalise Buffy in your own home as the Season 7 DVD box-set hits the shelves!
Satisfying the hunger of every Buffy addict, the six-disc DVD box-set features all 22 episodes from Season 7 (rrp. £79.99), and is packed with special features. It might be the final season, but there are still vampishly great storylines to bite into…
With Giles (Anthony Head) and the new potential slayers in Sunnydale, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Spike (James Marsters) set up a boot camp to train and test the possible superheroes. The wannabe slayers have a lot to live up to and must fight the most evil presence ever to hit Sunnydale. This mega demon is known as The First.
Continue reading: Buffy - Goodbye Buffy! Interviews with the stars
How does it feel? You’re one of the founding members of this entire institution of pop culture?
Right, of pop culture.
Continue reading: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER - Interview with Nicholas Brendon
Yes, she certainly has.
What are your thoughts on being one of the founding cast members on this show?
Continue reading: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER - ALYSON HANNIGAN Interview
JAMES MARSTERS AND MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG
How are you doing today? Six seasons on one series, and you two are an integral part of it now.
Ready? On three, Yay. Yay!
SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR AND MARTI NOXON
How are you doing?
Good, good thank you, Table Four. We feel like we’re at a Bar Mitzvah. I feel like it’s a wedding. I hope this is the fun table.