Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8

Was there a show that you were probably too young to watch growing up? For me, it was Buffy The Vampire Slayer. If you haven’t heard of her, this quote should get you up to speed.

“In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.”

Joss Whedon, Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Back then, I didn’t realize the show starts with 16-year old Buffy Summers transferring to a new highschool. By the time I started watching, she was in college and I was barely in highschool 😅. Still, I was hooked enough to be devastated by the Series Finale Trailers. I can still hear, “Good Bye To You! Good Bye To Everything That I Knew!”

Thanks for uploading a Season Seven Promo, Bree!

Fast forward, the Consiquences of the Scooby Gangs actions at the beginning of Season 6 paved the way for the Final Season. Old favorites returned in unexpected ways. Buffy and Spike Shippers got to see Buffy admit she loved him. Still, Season 7 left a lot of things up in the air. Willow used magic to awaken all potential Slayers. Spikes sacrifice basically creates a massive crater where Sunnydale used to exist. So, we’ve got two things going on. What’s going to happen with all these Slayers? How’s the government going to react to city sized crater caused by magic?

Although this post is about the comic book, I wanted to share People’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reunion for those who haven’t seen it yet.

Yes, we got to see some of the Buffy cast on Angel Season 5 Episode 20 “The Girl In Question.” It sucked that we didn’t get to see Buffy. However, this wild goose chase does have something to do with The Slayer.

Angel and Spike Season 5
It’s been long enough that we can acknowledge Spike’s sacrifice at the end of Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 7 led to a series regular role in Angel.

Dark Horse Comics Published The Long Way Home Arc

First off, did you know that Part I was published March 2007. This was about three years after the finale. I had no idea. In fact the final arc of The Long Way Home debuted June 2007. A collectors edition of Season 8 was available for purchase November 2007. I am literally sixteen years late. Plus it’s canon! How did I miss this source material. Honestly, I don’t have a good reason. All I can say is I love libraries. I wasn’t looking for Buffy. I was in the mood for a few graphic novels. That’s how I found Season 8.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 The Long Way Home Graphic Novel Cover

Synopsis

Unfortunately, Buffy is still fighting vampires and demons. She’s doing it on a larger scale. To the point where, Zander basically becomes Nick Furry which is so on brand for him.  I appreciate the fact that these Slayers are powerful, but they still need training. So, it’s like they can’t just fight on their own. Buffy’s global fight against the forces or evil are getting unwanted attention. There’s a fear that she’ll turn her forces of good against the world. There’s no inkling of this and it’s more of an excuse to go after her for greedy reasons. If it sounds like she’s going through a lot, it gets even better. Dawn get herself into a colossal situation that Buffy feels was avoidable. Her less than supportive reaction to Dawn’s circumstances naturally escalates to screaming matches. In a nutshell, it’s the day in the life of The Slayer.

Final Thoughts

I’m glad that the story was continued. As a fan, it felt like the show ended too soon. Sometimes, it’s good to stop while your still at the top of the peak. Psych did it and we still managed to get three follow up movies after the series ended.  Graphic Novels have the best of both worlds, I can read without my mind having to paint the picture for me. Plus, the creator doesn’t have to find a window of time that fits everyone’s availability. With everything Joss Whedon has done before and after Buffy The Vampire Slayer, he didn’t have to Executive Produce The Long Way Home. If you were searching for a good read this weekend, considering checking out Buffy The Vampire Slayer The Long Way Home. Have a great weekend and see you next week for Motivational Mondays with Trisha!

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