The Resurrection of "Quippy Buffy"
by Charlie Mason with Tim Williams
Over the course of its first year on UPN, Buffy the
Vampire Slayer has gone
from wonderfully witty to
However, leading lady Sarah
Michelle Gellar promises
that after the finale (airing
tonight at 8 pm/ET), the series
will resume as the title
heroine would have put it in
cheerier times making with the funny.
"[This season] was a little dark even for me," she admits to TV
Guide Online. "So I think we're going to go back to a much lighter
Buffy. This whole arc was, she was buried alive, she got out, and now she realized that she
wasn't living and she wants to. So I think it's going to be and I'm hoping for the fun Buffy.
I miss quippy Buffy."
The rising movie star who will hit the multiplex next opposite fiancι Freddie Prinze Jr. in
Scooby-Doo (opening June 14) won't reveal whether she plans to continue on as Buffy
after 2003. "Everything is one day at a time," she insists. "That [decision] is about everyone
sitting down and [evaluating whether] there's story to tell and if I think it'll be, you know...
Yet she believes that the show could and should forge ahead, even if a new Slayer
must be chosen. "Absolutely," she says. "I don't know if it would be Buffy the Vampire Slayer
per se, because you kind of need Buffy for that. But it doesn't mean that there's not [Buffy's
kid sister] Dawn and [reformed vengeance demon] Anya. There are a lot of characters that
could easily go on, and I'd hope that they would."
As a matter of fact, she hints that the powers that be may already have started to set the
stage for a changing of the guard. "I think next year is really going to focus on Buffy teaching
Dawn," she suggests. "Of course, this is totally speculation, because I really have no idea.
"I could tell you it's about Buffy joining the Peace Corps, and it could be just as accurate," she
adds wryly. "Designer Peace Corps."
Hallelujah! Quippy Buffy is back!