July 15/12

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Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a hit TV series that aired 1997-2003. The name is still recognizable today, near on ten years later.

I only saw part of one episode of Buffy, but I think my mother saw all 144. In fact, it was at her apartment I saw it, back on a hot August night in 2000.

From the half-episode of Buffy that I did see, plus what I've heard, plus the backdrop of those times, I believe I can reconstruct the show's essence. Like any story, the setting is key.

True to the '90s, Buffy was an experiment. It didn't try to be like other shows. Rather - in the tradition of the X-Files - it was unique. If you wanted a show like Buffy, you had to watch Buffy. Many people found they did - so they did.

In the '90s, such was the philosophy: "Let's create something new. If people like it, we'll have the monopoly." Tech firms tried tirelessly to acquire monopolies. They did so by funding research, snatching other firms' talent, or just swallowing up the firms that had the talent.

It was in Ottawa, August 2000, that I saw Buffy. In the environ, Nortel was everywhere. Newbridge Networks' (already owned by Alcatel) huge red brick complex stood only a mile and a half away. Remembering those companies, who operated in such heady times, Buffy makes sense.

Well, Buffy the Vampire Slayer lasted until 2003. A month after I'd left Ottawa, Nortel reached a ceiling cracking $124 per share. In January 2009 it filed for bankruptcy protection, never to re-emerge. With that, the '90s were officially over.

Note that Buffy wound up in 2003, and Twilight arrived in 2005.

Looking good, Buffy. Remember: they're lurking everywhere.

Wikipedia was a source for this article: here, here, here, and here.

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