The teen drama series that caught everyone’s attention, thanks to its intriguing storyline and characters – Buffy The Vampire Slayer dominated television at that time. The series belonged to the era of the late 90s which obviously means that a few things have aged poorly.
A part of this is also because if the socio-cultural norms that have been established over the past two decades since Buddy’s premiere in 1997. As the series’ lead Buffy Summers, played by Sarah Mitchell Gellar got enough scrutiny for actions that haven’t held up in the present day.
5. She literally ditched everyone in her life
She sent Angel to a hell dimension in the finale of season 2 but fans come to know that run away from Sunnydale after she saw her cry on a bus out of the town.
In the third season, it’s revealed that Buffy never came home to Sunnydale all that while. She worked as a waitress instead, under the name of Anne while her friends continue worrying about her while also fighting vampires.
While this seems like a callous move on Buffy’s part, with regard to her lack of care for her loved ones. But in this case, Buffy’s friends and family had it the worst, wondering if she was dead or alive.
4. Mocking the First Slayer’s Dreads
In the fourth season, the finale pays attention to the dreams of Buffy and her friends after her showdown against the Big Bad in the last episode. They tap into the power of the Slayer Line, and the First Slayer starts hunting them down each to end them all. This ends up in First Slayer and Buffy meeting up in her dream to fight.
Okay, not just the fact that she’s a Black woman and is The First Slayer, Buffy ends up making fun of her dreads and fashion. If this took place in 2021, it would have been curtained down for the series.
3. Relationship with Spike
Buffy began her relationship with Spike in the sixth season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer – turning it to be one of the most divisive relationships in the whole series. After Buffy gets resurrected against her own will, she enters into a sexual relationship with Spike – something not good for either. While we all know Spike’s issues, Buffy’s actions weren’t all that great either.
2. Emotional Distance With Her Friends
The bond between Scoobies is one of the core strengths of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Without her friends, it would have been really hard for Buffy to achieve anything.
However, later seasons saw Buffy growing apart from her friends – especially since season four. It starts to feel like friendship to her doesn’t mean as much to others in the group.
1. Humans: Good; Demons: Bad
Buffy The Vampire Slayer has a very black and white view of the world – and something that ages most poorly was her lack of thinking when it comes to humans or demons. Buffy likes to give humans second or even third chances, she doesn’t do the same with demons.
Now, while many demons want to kill her and even try to do so, there are many who are just trying to live on their own. Humans in such shows can be worse than demons but Buffy seemed slightly prejudiced when it came to this.