Buffy The Vampire Slayer Gets New Merchandise For Its 20th Anniversary

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – for those of you who don’t know the name, you are either a pop-culture recluse or in desperate need of some supernatural goodness in your existence. The cult classic series (helmed by Joss Whedon and starring the talented Sarah Michelle Gellar) will come up on it’s 20th anniversary on March 10, so Fox has decided to grace the dedicated fan base with new exclusive merchandise ranging from new clothing, comic books, books, stationary, board games and even more! BTVS rightfully earns the special treatment after showcasing the struggles of growing up, transitioning to adulthood and all the curveballs life can throw our way – with a supernatural twist.  Though the series has been off the air for years (she was slaying before any pop-star used the word) it has lived on through the collector’s DVD sets, streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, or even the comic book continuation that takes place shortly after the series concluded. Buffy has been and always will be around, so what better way to celebrate than to enjoy some new Buffy goodies to excite our inner-Scooby?

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Fox Consumer Products launched a partnership with various companies to sweeten the deal and expand the exclusives, some of which include new Buffy the Vampire Slayer clothes. Hot Topic has designed a special line of Buffy-inspired items, beginning with Buffy’s “Graduation Day” blood-red trench coat, Willow’s “Dopplegangland” frilly sweater and even Faith’s recurring black leather jacket to channel your rebel slayer persona. Ripple Junction has provided their own line of Buffy tees for men and women, with a limited sale on the items up until March 10. The store Box Lunch will additionally sell items centered around Buffy (shirts, jewelry, etc.) that launch on the 10th itself.

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On the other end of the spectrum, a large amount of Buffy comics will be available through Dark Horse Comics which is the company behind seasons 8-11 (season 11 is currently being published.) Dark Horse will release an omnibus version of season 8 that includes several volumes in one bundle to ease the reading process or join your BTVS collection. The series is produced by Joss himself, another reason to catch up and find out where your favorites are now –  I can personally promise it’s a major treat to all BTVS lovers. The publishing company will include two new adult coloring books to embrace your inner Giles art (hardcore fans will catch that one) with scenes inspired by the series and comics.

A few different publishers (Simon & Schuster, Insight Editions and Harper Design) have a few Buffy related books down the pipeline, from a collection of Buffy handbooks with spells and mystical focus – to an encyclopedia to the Buffyverse (and that is simply a few of several in the works.)  If you are looking for more action, look no further! Jasco has released a Buffy board game that uses a multiplayer function for people to battle major villains of the franchise (here on Amazon) and Legendary will be releasing a deck-building card game where teamwork is key (available August 2017.)

Fox will be revealing more items as they are released throughout the year, but with this much focus on the Buffyverse, this 20th anniversary (still utterly shocked it’s been 20 years) will be a glorious one – Buffy the Vampire Slayer only gets better with age!

Make sure to share your thoughts on the  marvelous anniversary as well as your favorite Buffy moments with the hashtag #BuffySlays20 on social media.

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Scream Queens: 02×08, Rapunzel, Rapunzel (Review/Recap)

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On this week’s episode of Scream Queens, we learn the identity of the third Green Meanie responsible for a season of murders. Consider yourself warned: if you continue to read, there will be spoilers. Now that you’ve decided to be a risk taker, it can be confirmed that Wes Gardner is the final murderer after a string of unfortunate events his daughter Grace experienced in response to surviving the Wallace University massacre. When we initially see Wes again, he has unknowingly eaten his hair to create a massive hairball/tumor doppelganger and reconnect with Cathy Munsch. We find out the two tried to make a relationship post-Season 1, but she inevitably left him and created a wedge between Grace and Wes.

Though Wes initially reiterates that Grace is off pursuing her doctorate at Stanford, he reveals otherwise to Chamberlain after the candy striper is the first to figure out he is involved. Chamberlain is the next hospital patient/employee to meet his demise. However, before he is killed, we do learn that Grace went insane after the murders at Wallace and was unable to overcome the trauma — actually being kept at Stanford Mental Asylum (easy mix up). Wes now holds the Chanels responsible for the struggles his daughter is facing, wanting to use the Green Meanie murders as an easy way to murder the girls and pin the blame elsewhere. The scene that revealed Wes’ involvement and the death of Chamberlain was an intense scene that brought back some of the seriousness to Scream Queens that appeals to me.

Zayday seems to be the one person who continuously explores the ongoing murder-mystery aspect and grows closer to finding out the truth. When fighting off and obtaining materials from the Green Meanie, she takes to fabric shops until finding out three costumes are out there — and that two of them came from Jane (Cascade’s mother). Zayday goes to Jane with the knowledge that she is involved, and Jane tells her she engrained it into her son’s mind to seek revenge; after all, there’s no logic behind a psychopath, she points out before drugging and capturing Zayday. Unfortunately for Zayday, it’s partially her own doing because she pushed away Chamberlain, who could have provided her with the information she needed. (R.I.P. Chamberlain.)

On a somewhat lighter note, Chanel and Brock spend the episode realizing they have vast age differences and life experience, such as Chanel Snapchatting sex or doting on Boy Meets World. As he grows more attracted to Munsch and their similarities, Chanel is granted the idea to seduce him via a World War II-themed party, greatly overestimating his age and offending the already irritated doctor. After coming to terms with the age gap, he decides to stay with Chanel and begin an affair with Cathy to satisfy all his needs and solidify the douchebaggery.

Overall Grade: 8/10

The episode was directed by the insanely talented Jamie Lee Curtis, who handled the interchanging elements with great success. Bringing back Wes in a much darker way was the best way to approach the Wes/Grace dynamic we left behind in Season 1, making them both more interesting as two people who have become unstable from experiencing horror and loss. I am increasingly excited to see how the season closes in just two episodes!

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

– Thank you for giving us a killer with major ties to Season 1 and a new way to tackle the upcoming finale.
– As usual, the Chanels are too caught up in their own personal lives to realize just how many people are after them, but that’s just part of their charm.
– I can’t be more thrilled to see Hester rejoining the ranks of the Chanel clique, which Chanel humorously addresses by stating her importance regardless of framing them for murder.

Catch up on Scream Queens with Season 1 on DVD.

Scream Queens: 02×02, Warts And All (Recap/Review)

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At the end of last week’s episode of Scream Queens, the new green demonic costumed killer made his presence known — ending with the first C.U.R.E. patient being murdered and Chanel #5’s fate left unknown. The second episode, entitled “Warts and All”, picks up from where we left off with the blessing of #5 surviving the attack. The killer (who she describes to officers as a plant) left her alive with no one believing her story about the incident. Once things have calmed down a bit, they take on patient number two, a man completely covered in large warts who is desperately seeking their help. Zayday begins to appear suspicious of why Dean (now Doctor) Munsch would have taken such a reckless risk on investing her fortune in this particular program. With the help of Chamberlain the candy striper, the two agree to look into what her connection to the hospital could possibly be.

On the romantic front, Chanel and Dr. Brock go on a movie date where his semi-possessed hand gets a little aggressive, but Chanel makes it known she’s more than okay with it after years of being single. Chanel #5 sits in the hospital feeling gloomy about her own love life, which the wart-man understands in his own way. She explains her only boyfriend was a lacrosse player who broke up with her around her high school graduation, and oh yeah … He was also imaginary. (Reasons to love Chanel #5.) The patient shows her a picture of him pre-warts, and Chanel #5 is impressed with how “hot” she finds him to be — promising to find a way to finance the equipment needed to cure his ailment. While Chanel sits alone behind the nurses’ desk at the hospital, she hears screams, and the power is quickly cut. She begins to make an escape (smart girl) but is shocked to see the Red Devil killer in close range, as he reveals himself to be a still insensitive Chad Radwell. In reference to the cliffhanger of Season 1, Chanel tells her former boyfriend it wasn’t funny in the asylum, and it isn’t funny now (leading Chad to inform her that he wants to reconcile.)

Chad is back in Chanel’s life because of his friend who has a shrieking response to nearly everything after shooting Liz Cheney (you read that correctly). Chad can tell that Chanel and Dr. Brock have a connection, so presumably a competition will soon take place to vie for Chanel’s attention. #5, on the other hand, is busy creating a GoFundMe style video campaign with Sarah McLachlan playing in the background — which prompts Chanel to advise her minion that staying by his side through the “disease” will insure he sticks around. Zayday and Chamberlain find access to hospital records and history, discovering that the staff was murdered the night of Halloween in 1985 (the same night the season premiere flashback started). We then witness another scene in the 1985 plot where the party continues for the not-so-caring hospital that had just disposed of a man in the swamp behind the property. The masked killer wore the green demon costume, killing every person present — but was never caught by the authorities.

Chad and Dr. Brock have a typical testosterone fueled face-off about who will be with Chanel, leading to a (semi) sporting event that will decide who wins her like she’s their potential prize. With all of that going on elsewhere, #5 goes out for food with the wart-covered man she now cares for and practically assaults two men who publicly embarrassed him to prove her compassion for him (she cites being off her meds as the catalyst). While being confronted by Zayday about the hospital’s past, Munsch shares she believes she is dying from an unknown disease, and that is the true reason she wanted a hospital that addressed incurable health conditions. Munsch is later shown walking down the dark hallway alone and is attacked by the green demon-costumed killer, managing to evade his blade, beat him in hand-to-hand combat and nearly unmask him like Season 1. Unfortunately, #3 and Dr. Cascade interrupt long enough for him to escape, and Munsch hilarious states that, from now on, don’t bombard someone who is close to unmasking a murderer with pointless questions that distract. (Cue Munsch calling in Denise Hemphill to investigate yet again.)

Munsch, Denise, Chanel and #3 make a trip to a prison psych ward where Hester — yes, Hester — returns to give them insight on a psycho’s motives. In a Hannibal Lecter homage, she admits she knows quite a bit about the Green Meanie but must be transferred to their hospital and provided with a few rare beauty products that were discontinued years ago. Did I mention I missed Hester? She tells them that, until they meet her demands, she has nothing to offer them — ending the mini Kappa reunion for the time being. #5 begins to feel strongly about the patient at C.U.R.E., and the other Chanels celebrate how looks can be bypassed (talking about #5 — not the man whose face has been referenced as bubble wrap with a staff infection). Chanel tells them she funded the procedure, which means #5 could soon lose her potential love interest.

After Chad has someone do a little digging, he finds out that the hand of Dr. Brock was actually attached to a notorious racquetball player/murderer who was killed after being caught. He makes Brock aware that he knows his secret, making Brock livid and Chad confident of his place in Chanel’s life. Zayday does her own research and finds that the disease Munsch described is actually a disease from cannibalism that will kill her within the year, but she insists they keep it a secret. Chanel #5 FaceTimes her new boyfriend (yay for #5!), but he is taken into surgery before he can share the news he found out about the Green Meanie. #5 asks the Chanels if it were possible the surgery was moved up, but begins to quickly realize something is amiss. The three rush to the hospital but are too late to save him when a tearful #5 finds his body, and Chanel informs them that another serial killer is in their midst.

Overall Grade: 8.5/10
The second installment of Scream Queens gave better insight on the season’s direction at balancing horror, comedy and mystery at one point during the episode. The return of Hester and a fight with the new masked killer helped the episode improve upon the premiere — along with all those marvelous #5 scenes that remind us of why she is simply wonderful.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

– Hester is back, and her interactions with the Chanels will certainly be one of my favorite things this season.

– #5 had very short lived happiness, but it was nice to see her find at least a moment of love that didn’t include an invisible man or being “Eiffel towered.”

– I have no clue who this new killer could be, but I would assume it’s someone who was the killer during Halloween of 1985 (or at least is aware of their identity)