Tombstones and Print-Screens for Underaged Slaying

Posted: February 15, 2009 in Classic Television
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Thanks to Hulu.com I’ve spent far too much time this week revisiting one of my old favorites, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. During my viewing, I caught something curious in Season 1—Buffy’s age changes three times.

In episode 1:8 (“I Robot, You Jane”), the demon Moloch accesses Sunnydale High’s records database to look up information about our favorite slayer.  But there are either two Buffies in the school, or one of the techs really screwed up, because these glimpses happen within fifteen seconds of each other:

First, Buffys birthday is in 1980.

First, Buffy's birthday is in 1980.

And then, its in 1979.

And then, it's in 1979.

I wonder if Moloch was as confused as I am?

Well, regardless of this little SNAFU, the girl managed to kill the bad guys and save the world, and everything else that goes into slayer badassedness.  I completely forgot about it until—well, actually I didn’t even notice the 1980 birthday until I got to episode 1:10 (“Nightmares”), and I saw this:

Live fast, die young(er) and pretty?

Live fast, die young(er) and pretty?

This one’s set in stone, so my guess is that it’s probably the authority.  Which is good, since this is the birth date that actually makes sense in conjuncture with the show’s premise (“a sixteen year old girl saves the world from vampires and demons”).  I don’t know if the crew was producing the show episode by episode way back when, or what happened exactly, but it amused me to catch these three errors in one season. Two of them within one episode.  But it happens—look at Fox’s Bones. In season 1, Dr. Temperance Brennan’s family history changes two or three times.  But that’s a story for another entry.

Moral of the story?  Apparently even fictional women aren’t immune to the temptation to lie about their ages.

I’m so amused.

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