It started with a conversation on Instagram. I found Marcia Lane-McGee through fellow Catholics on Instagram. I follow her podcast Plaid Skirts and Basic Black. But being the opinionated woman that I am, I couldn’t resist commenting on this post:
I commented: “More like Kyo Ren is emo TRASH! But yeah. I named my anxiety Loki.”
Then meg_corr_20 commented: I absolutely love a Byronic hero, which prompted Marcia to reply “There’s just something about them, girl! It started with Angel for me.”
If you know me, you know which vampire from Buffy I stan, so I replied: “Angel is lame! His hair goes straight up and he’s bloody stupid! If you can guess who I’m quoting, you know MY type!”
One slide into her DMs later, and it out that Marcia and I have a lot in common. We both love superheroes, Taylor Swift, and Buffy. And don’t worry. She’s a total Spike fan, too. She even said “Spike had my heart by the time they stopped the apocalypse.”
So for this special Halloween “Throwback Thursday” blog post, I asked Marcia some questions regarding Buffy and being Catholic.
- For the sake of those who don’t know you, who are you and how do you live out the Catholic faith? Hi! I am Marcia Lane-McGee. I grew up Protestant and when I was 20 years old I went through RCIA and was confirmed at Easter Vigil. I live out my faith in how I love others and through sharing the Gospel as I share my story in my writing, speaking, and in the podcast I cohost.
- How did you get into Buffy? My childhood BFF loved the movie from the early 90’s and I was a Sarah Michelle Gellar fan from her time on Swan’s Crossing and later All My Children. I was really excited to see her on TV again!
- Which characters did you identify with the most and why? That’s a hard one! I would have to say Anya I’m a straight shooter who knows what she wants. I ask know my worth, don’t take anyone’s crap, and learns to be vulnerable and gain strength from it. I’ll also go down fighting. No question.
- Fave characters: Anya, Spike, Xander, and Andrew. Fave Season: Season Two was phenomenal! I also loved season five. Fave Episode: Becoming (parts one and two) for sure is my number one as a set. “The Body” is a close second. That episode is so chilling and so beautiful and I love it. Fave Villains: Angelus. It broke my heart, but he was such a good villain! I also loved Glory. She was terrifying!
- How do you think being Catholic affects your perspectives on the show? I was already into Buffy before I even thought about becoming Catholic so that wasn’t in my radar. Now that you ask, I may just have to do a rewatch with my Catholic lens!
- What aspects of being Catholic do you see in the show? I want to say how Buffy usually made the hard choice with the Common Good in mind instead of what she wants. Sending Angel to hell and dying for the world would go on that list.
- What did you think of the BIPOC characters in Buffy and Angel? Though there wasn’t nearly enough representation, I like how the characterization showed that Black people are not a monolith.
- If Buffy was going to be rebooted, what issues concerning racism do you think should be addressed? I can’t answer that. Buffy should NOT be rebooted! Just like in every generation, a slayer is born, every generation has their own vampire lore. Anne Rice was 90s lore, Buffy was the millenium lore, we got Twilight for the late aughts and early 2010s. Right now we have What We Do In The Shadows. Our vampire lore is both timeless and has a time stamp. I think it should stay that way. Side note: if there was a reboot, Bianca Lawson could still play Kendra. That woman does not age.