Sarah Michelle Gellar Says There’s 1 Part Of ‘Buffy’ She Refuses To Show Her Kids

Sarah Michelle Gellar desires her son to stay Crew Spike.

The previous “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star instructed The Hollywood Reporter in a profile printed Wednesday that earlier within the pandemic, she determined to rewatch the present together with her youngsters, since they have been now sufficiently old and expressed curiosity.

Gellar has two youngsters, Charlotte, 13, and Rocky, 10, together with her husband of 20 years, actor Freddie Prinze Jr.

“We watched seasons one through five,” Gellar stated, including that after viewing these seasons, her youngsters have taken sides on which of Buffy’s vampiric romances they like.

Gellar stated her daughter is a fan of broody, tortured Angel, whereas her son likes the punk-rock villain-turned-hero Spike.

And it looks like Gellar curated which episodes of the present’s seven seasons her youngsters would watch to ensure that her son to retain his opinion.

“We skipped around a lot on those last two [seasons],” Gellar instructed the outlet. “I have trouble with six. It wasn’t appropriate for them at the time, and I just don’t want to rewatch it.”

Gellar, David Boreanaz, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Stewart Head, Seth Inexperienced in a solid picture for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

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Season 6 of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is definitely the sequence’ most controversial — and marked a community change from The WB to the now defunct UPN in 2002. In that season, Buffy is resurrected from the lifeless, is traumatized by it, and has a season-long despair. Throughout this time, she engages in a poisonous sexual relationship together with her former enemy, the vampire Spike.

Spike, portrayed by the charming James Marsters, was a beloved, three-dimensional character with a robust redemption arc at this level within the long-running sequence. His romance with Buffy wasn’t wholesome, however his friendship together with her definitely was.

James Marsters in 2002.
James Marsters in 2002.

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So, it appeared fully out of character and unnecessarily disturbing when Spike makes an attempt to rape Buffy within the Season 6 episode “Seeing Read.” The violent and stomach-churning scene left many followers feeling “betrayed” by the present as a result of there by no means gave the impression to be any actual repercussions for Spike’s actions. As an alternative, the present makes an attempt to govern the viewers into rooting for Spike, who makes use of the expertise as inspiration to get a soul. This results in his Season 7 arc by which he positive aspects Buffy’s love and turns into one of many present’s greatest heroes.

The episode has been condemned in CNN, Salon and Vulture as irresponsible and dangerous storytelling.

Marsters, who performed Spike, instructed Vice in 2017 that the “scene sent me into therapy, which turned out to be a very good thing for me.”

He additionally instructed Vice that though he nonetheless thought the scene was a “worthy risk,” he understands why followers discover it such a misstep.

“We did traumatize the audience maybe a little too much,” he instructed Vice on the time. “I’ll now routinely turn down roles with rape scenes in them. Not again.”

Need assistance? Go to RAINN’s Nationwide Sexual Assault On-line Hotline or the Nationwide Sexual Violence Useful resource Middle’s web site.