Converting The Un-Converted

I have a friend who is willing to give Buffy a try after months of raving on my part, and I want to make the most of this opportunity to turn her on to the show.  I’m nervous because I have to do it just right, to hook her within two episodes. I know that if she gets hooked, she will be so glad to have Buffy in her life. She needs Buffy, but she doesn’t know it yet.

So I’ve been asking around, querying people on how they got hooked or how they would recommend hooking someone else. One person said “Start them on Season 2, and then if they’re interested later they can go back and see Season 1.” But a couple people have told me that they started with Season 1 and were hooked from the start. Whereas I was introduced to Buffy during a Season 6 Buffy party when the musical episode aired.

Until that night, I had been a staunch anti-Buffy snob. I assumed that Buffy must be a terrible show, or mediocre at best, probably some campy kind of crap. This opinion was based entirely on having seen the Buffy movie, and having of course hated it. How could such a terrible movie spawn a spin-off at all, not least a watchable one? I wondered. I didn’t have television during the days when Buffy was on, so there was no chance I might stumble upon it. I needed to be taught.

After the musical episode, I was hooked. I realized how very very wrong I had been in avoiding Buffy, and I wanted more, more, more. Next I was invited to another Buffy party, where we viewed the episode “Hush”. After that, I started borrowing tapes from my friend to watch different episodes, and then later the DVDs came out and at that point I started at the beginning and watched Buffy (and Angel) all the way through. When it was all over, I couldn’t bear to part with the shows so I just started watching them again. And then again. And again and again. And now here we are, 8 years later and I am still watching Buffy.

If I could give one gift to a particular kind of super-intelligent person, one thing in the world that I think would benefit them more than anything else, it would be to turn them on to Buffy. And this uninitiated friend of mine is exactly the kind of person who could appreciate Buffy fully, if introduced properly. I adore this girl, and I want to share what is more than my favorite show – it’s my religion. Buffy helps me through my darkest times and I want my friend to have the same light in the darkness. But I have to do it right. If I show her a couple episodes and she doesn’t want to see more, I’ll be crushed and wonder how I could have done it better.

Does anyone have suggestions as to how to rope in a new Buffy fiend? I will take all suggestions seriously, and seriously consider them. Right now I am leaning toward showing her “Hush” and “Once More With Feeling” and then giving her the Season 1 and 2 DVDs to watch on her own. If she can get through Season 1, it will be free flying from there. But if not… well that’s why I don’t know if maybe I should give her Seasons 2 & 3 instead. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. Help?

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