Buffy The Vampire Slayer Virtual Continuation (MZP)
|Created By:||Darren J. Eldred and Lee A. Chrimes|
|Genre:||Supernatural Buffyverse Continuation (Drama)|
|Running Time:||40-50 pages|
|Number of Episodes:||44 (plus 1 movie) (List of episodes)|
|Series Debut:||3rd February 2004|
|Original Network||Monster Zero Productions|
|External Link:||Official Buffy Site|
Buffy is a virtual series developed by Darren J. Eldred and later run by Lee A. Chrimes, premiering on Monster Zero Productions on February 3, 2004. The continuation stars all of the surviving Sunnydale alumni including Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg, Nicholas Brendan as Xander Harris and Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles. The show follows the Scooby Gang after their relocation to the Hellmouth situated in Cleveland, Ohio.
In a nutshell, Buffy Summers is the Vampire Slayer, the latest in a line of Chosen Ones destined to help mankind battle against the forces of darkness, plucked from her old life as a high school fashion queen and dumped into the murky world of vampires, demons and other things with more teeth than feels strictly necessary. Like previous Slayers, Buffy is aided by a Watcher, who guides and trains her. Unlike her predecessors, Buffy surrounds herself with a circle of loyal friends who become known as the "Scooby Gang".
After seven long years fighting back the darkness in Sunnydale, California, home to one of the Hellmouths (gateways into the underworld and beacons for all kinds of nasty), Buffy's work there was completed by two major events: first, the 'activation' of all the Potential Slayers in the world by means of her wicca friend Willow's powerful spell (Potentials being girls who will be called as Slayers one day when the previous one dies), and next the destruction of Sunnydale and the Hellmouth in one ground-swallowing apocalypse.
The cast of characters grew over the course of the series and MZP's virtual continuation was no exception. The original Scooby Gang make their move to Sunnydale and are joined by old faces and all-new characters.
Buffy Summers is the original Slayer in the newly created thousand-strong army of Slayers worldwide. Her gifts as the Chosen One include dramatically increased physical strength, as well as endurance, agility, accelerated healing, intuition, and a limited degree of clairvoyance, usually in the form of prophetic dreams. In this continuation, Buffy leads the team to Cleveland after Giles' matter-of-fact announcement that there just happened to be a Hellmouth there. Buffy can't take much comfort in the fact that she isn't not the only Slayer the world can call on anymore, as 99.9% of the new recruits have no idea about their powers. Cleveland holds many new challenges for the Slayer including a new romantic liaison and some major losses that rival any she suffered in Sunnydale.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer was written as part of the Virtual Mutant channel of the network Monster Zero Productions. Many of the writers on the show have had or currently have a show as part of MZP or VM.
- Ian Austin (1 episode)
- Lee A. Chrimes (20 episodes, 1 co-write, 1 movie-length)
- Darren J. Eldred (13 episodes, 1 co-write)
- Joel R. Marshall (1 episode)
- Alexander J. Moskwa (1 episode, 1 co-write)
- Matt Thompson (2 episodes)
- Waylon Wyche (4 episodes)
Relocating to Cleveland for Season Eight in order to take on that town's Hellmouth, Buffy quickly found that a world filled with Slayers didn't mean any less work for her. The handsome realtor Jackson Shaw started to work his way into her life, both by day and by night out on patrol, and with deaths and arrivals for the Scooby Gang throughout the year, it was a testing time for all...
Season Nine brought a fresh set of challenges as the gang struggled to get back on their feet, finding that rebuilding their lives was going to take longer than expected. A fresh foe tore its way into their lives, and the gang found themselves pulled from all directions as new responsibilities began to take over their lives. A plan to awaken the evil lurking beneath Cleveland entered its final phases as the gang desperately rallied to stop it... but who will survive and what will be left of them?
Main article: List of Buffy episodes