Buffy Art Historian: Pep talk

by Nandia Foteini Vlachou


XANDER: Buffy, this is all about fear.  It’s understandable, but you can’t let it control you.  ‘Fear leads to anger.  Anger leads to hate.  Hate leads to anger.’ No wait, hold on. ‘Fear leads to hate. Hate leads to the dark side.’ Hold on, no, umm, ‘First you get the women, then you get the money, then you…’ okay, can we forget that?

BUFFY: Thanks for the Dadaist pep talk, I feel much more abstract now.


season 4, episode 1, The Freshman (written by Joss Whedon, created by Joss Whedon)

(artwork: Berenice Abbott, The El at Columbus and Broadway, 1929, gelatin silver print, 15 x 20.3 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)