Buffy: The Vampire Slayer - reboot
It was always going to happen. It was simply too brilliant of a show to not come back. Buffy is coming back to our screens and it seems as though a lot will change. Buffy was very much grounded in its setting in late 1990’s early 2000’s California. It was only in the very last season that mobile phones made a major appearance. There are many major plot points that could have been avoided with the characters having mobile phones; the first that comes to mind is Buffy sprinting across town to get to the library to stop Drusilla from killing Kendra. The second major change is going to be the actors. The original cast is so well associated with the roles that any reboot is going to cause controversy in the casting. It would be like trying to reboot Friends with a new set of actors; it would never please anyone. The one thing I do agree with is that the show needs a more diverse cast. The entire primary cast of Buffy was white. Off the top of my head, I can only think of a couple of characters played by non-white actors. Robin Wood is the first one that comes to mind, played brilliantly by D. B. Woodside who would later go on to play Wayne Palmer in 24. D. B. Woodside was involved in one of my all-time favourite Buffy scenes. Robin Wood lures the vampire Spike into a fight trying to avenge his mother, a former Slayer that Spike killed. When Wood fails and Spike spares him, the acting performance given by Mr Woodside was fantastic. It was pure anguish and despair.
Robin Wood and Buffy Summers
I’ve wondering many times how a reboot would work and done some imaginary casting myself. The problem now is that any new cast will be in the shadow of those who came before. I don’t think I could imagine anyone other than James Marsters playing Spike, for example, and anyone would does come in will always be compared to the original. Perhaps the best way forward is to stick to the spirit of the original show rather than a straight up copy. I’m thinking how Battlestar: Galactica turned the character Starbuck into a female character which ultimately become one of the most compelling characters on the show. The word is that Buffy will now be played by a black actress. When I heard this news, my mind starting thinking about who could play the part. I’ve come up with two possibilities, one which I feel is probably too ambitious and the other may be a random choice. The unrealistic option would be Letitia Wright but her success with Black Panther means she can probably have her pick of roles. I’m not sure if she would want to go from playing in one superhero story to another. If she did, she would nail the part. My other option is, as I say, possibly a little random.
Ajiona Alexus in 13 Reasons Why
Ajiona Alexus has just starred in 13 Reasons Why as cheerleader Sheri Holland. The only sticking point here is that she has recently been cast in Light As A Feather, a show about teenage girls fighting supernatural forces. Seriously. In reality, the casting will probably elevate a relatively unknown actress. Although Buffy was named after the central character, most of the success of the show came from the ensemble cast. My immediate first choice to play Giles would be James Frain. Having starred in The Tudors, True Blood, Gotham and Star Trek: Discovery and showing a fantastic range across all those shows, I am convinced he could make the part of Rupert Giles his own. Another piece of fantasy casting would see Jason Isaacs cast as The Master, the Vampire villain of the first season of Buffy.
Although almost no information is available yet about the cast and crew planned for the reboot, it seems as though Joss Whedon will return as Executive Producer. In reality, this could mean anything from hands on involvement day-to-day or it could be a credit only for his work in creating one of the greatest television shows in history and one that arguably kicked off the idea that women could be compelling, strong heroes in their own right. I just hope that this reboot succeeds without tarnishing the legacy of this great show.
I’ve just returned from a couple of days in London where we managed to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I was finally able to see H.M.S. Belfast, a Second World War Light Cruiser that fought with distinction in several battles. Those who know me well know of my passion for military history, in particular the Second World War. It was humbling to step foot on this ship and walk the corridors and decks that many brave men served, fought and died on during many years of service.
H.M.S. Belfast as seen from our river cruise.
Six of the warship's twelve Mark XXIII 12-inch cannons. Each could fire a shell over fourteen miles, and it was stated that an experienced gunnery crew could fire at the rate of eight volleys per minute.
40-mm anti-aircraft guns.
Another passion of mine is food and in London I booked us a table at Twist, a fusion tapas restaurant.
We had two very enjoyable meals at this restaurant with the only downside being the question mark over whether we were served the right Hennessy at the end of the meal. It certainly did not taste like the drink we ordered. I would still go back for the food, which ranks amongst the best I've eaten in the UK.
The absolute highlight of the trip was walking through Mayfair and seeing this dude who looked vaguely familiar stood ahead, waiting on the corner for a woman and girl to cross. It was only as I brushed past him and did a double take that I realised it was Woody Harrelson (or his identical twin brother). My girlfriend was also stunned and together we "marked out" a little. Good fun. If I'd had more nerve and he wasn't with his family I would have asked for a photo.
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