Believe it or not, Patrick McCray has never seen BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
Admittedly, it took me a while to catch the series, which ran for seven seasons on The WB and the the late UPN. I had a friend who stopped short of twisting my arm to make we watch the series, which always seemed to be on television whenever I was visiting him. Having already endured the original movie, though, I resisted. "It's like this generation's DARK SHADOWS!" he argued, and still I resisted. When I finally decided to give Buffy her day in court, though, the sight of Seth Green running around high school hallways in what's arguably the worst werewolf costume ever didn't help matters.
Bit by bit, though, the show wore me down. What finally tipped the scales was the charming, idiosyncratic dialogue between Willow and her mother in the third season episode "Gingerbread." After that moment, I stopped seeing the rubber masks, lo-rent special effects and vampire fu, and started paying attention to the characters. From that point on, I was hooked.
Patrick will be taking a more direct, more aggressive route to Sunnydale. He's going to mainline the entire series over the holiday break, and plans to blog about his experiences here and on Twitter. There will probably be a few bumps along the road ... BUFFY crosses over with its spin-off ANGEL a few times, so you might need to fill him in on what he's missing in those episodes.
The fun begins on December 21. Stay tuned!