‘Buffy’ Debate Flares Up–Years After the Show Went Off the Air

Sep 1, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Even though "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has been off the air since 2003, it’s still sparking debate, reports the Los Angeles Times’ ShowTracker blog.

This time the controversy surrounds a comic book written by an executive producer on Syfy’s "Caprica" that focuses on one of the show’s least-favorite characters.

The standalone issue focused on Riley Finn, one of Buffy’s boyfriends, caused enough puzzlement from “Buffy” fans to cause writer Jane Espenson to respond with a defense of the decision to focus on him, the story says.

"But this is Riley’s turn. He’s put in the work and he’s ready to show you what he’s got. Riley … sir … please take the center stage. It is your time," she wrote in a blog entry entitled "In Defense of Riley" on the publisher’s Web site.

The "Buffy" comics have followed the show’s storyline into an eighth season–the TV show ended after season 7–allowing fans to continue to watch Willow’s maturation as a witch, for example. For "Buffy" fans who aren’t fond of Riley, Espenson ends her post with an encouraging note: "So, obviously, there will be one-shot appearances for other characters in other seasons."

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