of the WB, its most original and enduring series, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer,"
went to the head of the class with its dazzling, genre-busting tale of
a girl with the power to save the world from evil. "Buffy" recast high
school angst in horror movie terms, making fresh hell out of cliques, first
love and disapproving adults. But "Buffy" was much more, too. Witheringly
funny, swoonily romantic and populated by some of the most wonderfully
realized characters on TV, Joss Whedon's cult phenom left much of what
passed for Emmy-worthy drama in the dust. An indelible image of the '90s:
Sarah Michelle Gellar -- Buffy -- with her blond hair glistening and her
big blue eyes steely, aiming a crossbow at a vampire's heart with utter
composure and purpose. This was girl power.
Random Quotage:We have one more award to give out. Is Buffy Summers here tonight? Did she, um... This is actually a new category. First time ever. I guess there were a lot of write-in ballots, and, um, the prom committee asked me to read this. 'We're not good friends. Most of us never found the time to get to know you, but that doesn't mean we haven't noticed you. We don't talk about it much, but it's no secret that Sunnydale High isn't really like other high schools. A lot of weird stuff happens here. But, whenever there was a problem or something creepy happened, you seemed to show up and stop it. Most of the people here have been saved by you, or helped by you at one time or another. We're proud to say that the Class of '99 has the lowest mortality rate of any graduating class in Sunnydale history. And we know at least part of that is because of you. So the senior class, offers its thanks, and gives you, uh, this.' It's from all of us, and it has written here, 'Buffy Summers, Class Protector.'
-Jonathan (The Prom)
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