Friday, March 21, 2008

Buffy and Quantum Physics

I've heard people say they don't get Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I'm confused as to why, especially when I see episodes like, Out of Mine, Out of Sight about a student who becomes invisible and has a grudge against Cordelia (who wouldn't). It's Joss Whedon's version of Schrödinger's cat.

In a quantum physics world, reality is determined by seeing it -- or hearing it like the tree in the woods. Nothing exists until you observe it. Everything is in a state of waiting to be seen or never existing at all. In Joss Whedon's world this means that a girl who was overlooked by all her classmates and ignored becomes invisible because no one sees her, which segues into the wackiness that ensues when said girl, suddenly given a most powerful superpower like invisibility, uses it for evil instead of for good. It's an elegant concept and Joss did it proud.

That's the thing about Buffy and her Scooby gang and the various evil elements that pop up on the show. It's not just about a young girl killing vampires and staying alive longer than any other vampire slayer in history but about so much more: quantum physics, philosophy, sociology and the arc of existence that is growing up. The theme of death and how we deal with it is all part of the experience, and not just in the vampires are the undead and they kill people kind of way. Buffy is a very complex and multilayered show.

That is all. Disperse.

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