Back before it was a cult/critics’ darling, ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was just a TV series with a ridiculous title based on a 1992 film flop. In fact, while producing the 12 episodes of the show’s first season (”Buffy” premiered on The WB in January 1997 as a midseason replacement), creator Joss Whedon was confident there wouldn’t be a second season. ”So confident,” he says, ”that I wrapped up the entire story at the end of season 1, so that if there was never another episode of ‘Buffy,’ those 12 would tell the story that needed to be told.” Yet, as she does so often, Buffy cheated death — and now that improbable second season is being released on DVD. Recently, Whedon chatted with EW about ”Buffy” season 2 and the specifics of vampire sex.
Are you a DVD kind of guy?
I watch nothing but DVDs anymore. But I don’t peruse the extras, either because I don’t have time or I don’t want to know. Like, I don’t want to know anything about ”The Matrix”; I like to pretend it’s all real. But once, I did listen to Trey Parker and his friends do commentary on ”Cannibal: The Musical.” Because really, how could you not?
During season 2, Buffy [Sarah Michelle Gellar] loses her virginity to Angel [David Boreanaz], which causes him to become evil again, thanks to a Gypsy curse. Based on real-life experience?
It’s not based on my experience, but it’s based on the experience of many people — which is, ”I slept with him, and he became mean.” That episode represents exactly what the show is and what we try to do with it. We’ve never come as close and as true to the metaphor and the emotion of the pain of growing up as we did with that episode.