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TV/Media Commentary and Societal Insights. With a Beard.
It’s common knowledge among our generation that Buffy the Vampire Slayer played a big role in the development of TV series. If you’re a moderate TV buff, or have visited TV Tropes even once (seriously, there’s a Buffy reference on almost every page) you’re probably aware that many tropes in current serialized genre shows–Big Bads, half arc seasons, weirdness sensors, Chekhov’s guns, heavy continuity–were either invented or popularized by Buffy. Even if you don’t like it, you can’t deny the impact it’s had on how we watch TV.
Unsurprisingly on shows within the same genre or airing on the same network, there’s bound to be even more similarities in plot structures, characters, etc. Sometimes, though, the similarities and parallels border on eerie. Surely the writers might have similar genre shows in the back of their heads, but at a certain point it just seems weird. Two shows specifically brought me to writing this up, both of which are cult genre shows that originated on The WB Network–Smallville andSupernatural.
Check out my entry on Smallville‘s final season here, but today I’ll be comparing the season 6 of Supernatural and Buffy. Read it after the jump!