Butterfly Effect and Following Your Destiny
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a famous American TV show that aired from 1997 to 2003 for seven seasons. The show follows the main character Buffy Summers, a high school student who is also a chosen vampire slayer. She has been given the power and responsibility to fight against vampires, demons, and other supernatural beings that threaten the world. Buffy and her friends navigate the dangers of Sunnydale, a town on top of a Hellmouth, which makes it a hotbed for supernatural activity. Throughout her journey, Buffy faces many personal challenges and moral dilemmas, as she tries to balance her duties as a slayer, and her life as an everyday teenager. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a cult classic with its mix of action, horror, and drama and how their stories can parallel those of real life.
In Season 1 Episode 1 titled, “Welcome to the Hellmouth,” we follow Buffy on her first day at Sunnydale High School after being kicked out of her old school. At the beginning of the episode, Buffy is having a nightmare about monsters, vampires, an underworld, and other dark images. We see her mother, Joyce, wake her up, drop her off at school, and say, “Have a good time […] and honey try not to get kicked out.” This phrase seems to be a catalyst for multiple events throughout the episode. Buffy goes to the library to check out some books for class, and she’s met with her watcher, Mr. Giles, the new librarian. He tries to give her a book titled, ‘Vampyr,’ but she immediately rejects it and leaves. A dead body is found in the gym locker room and once Buffy hears about it, she reluctantly goes to investigate. Her suspicions are confirmed when she sees the body is drained of blood and has two puncture wounds at the neck. Her first instinct is to go back to the library, where she relays all of this information to Mr Giles, and she discovers that Sunnydale is on a Hellmouth.