Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This article was obtained from TV Guide, 1997.
By Tom Gliatto

WB (Mondays, 9 p.m. ET)

      Once a generation--or so goes the premise of this flip, funny new series, based on the 1992 movie--one girl in all the world is born to wage war against vampires. At the moment, she is Buffy Summers, a cute but moody suburban California teen who has just arrived at SunnyDale High. Buffy left her last school over some unpleasantness, presumably involving vampires, that ended with the gym burning to the ground. But evil, Buffy quickly learned in the two-hour premiere March 10, is festering here as well, literally just below the lawns and after-school hangouts. Down in the sewers, a league of vampires plots to take over the world. Grumpily facing up to her duty, which can get in the way of establishing a social life, Buffy is seen trooping off to her bedroom and rummaging through her stockpile of crucifixes, stakes and holy water.

      Sarah Michelle Gellar plays the part (originated by Kristy Swanson in the movie version) with the right degree of put-upon resentment, and the cast--including Anthony Stewart Head as school librarian--is as smooth an ensemble as you could wish in an hour-long series. The vampires, presided over by a king bloodsucker (Mark Metcalf) who looks like an albino rat in a leather bar, are the only disappointment. Because of his fangs, Metcalf slurps his lines. But, all in all, this looks like one of the brightest new shows of the season.

Grade: B+

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