I told this story before on the old version of the blog but now I have many new readers and I like telling it, so I’ll tell it again. Besides, a fellow blogger wrote about Buffy without the veneration due to this fantastic show, which is something I feel I need to address. (Being facetious here.)
When I was 22, I moved to Canada. Three months later I had to leave my husband because of the utter piggishness of his behavior. I was left in a strange country, with no job, no education, no money, and no friends. Worst of all, I was left without an identity of my own. I had been with this guy since I was 16 and had learned to see myself in terms of “we”, not “I.”
Once, I turned on the television and saw this episode of Buffy where Buffy and Angel, who had turned bad at this point, were fighting.
In that scene, Angel knocks the sword out of Buffy’s hands. She bows her head and closes her eyes as she stands against the wall.
“So what do you have left?” Angel asks. “Now that you are without your friends and without your weapons, what do you have?”
[I was 22, so I was weeping so hard I was practically bawling at this point.]
Then, Angel charges at Buffy with a sword. She catches it between her palms, opens her eyes, and says, “Me.”
And then she gives him the thrashing of his life.
This “I have me” was a true revelation. I realized that I could always find new friends, make more money, create a new life in a new country. Because I had me.
Which is why when you criticize Buffy in my presence, you do it at your own peril. 🙂