Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s sequel story is finally giving a powerful vampire a chance to shine after the main series left her aside multiple times.
- Drusilla, a powerful vampire overlooked in the original series, finally gets her chance to shine as the main villain in the upcoming audio series sequel of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Drusilla’s tragic backstory, psychic powers, and unique combination of human and vampire abilities make her one of the most powerful vampires in the Buffyverse.
- The audio series, titled Slayers: A Buffyverse Story, not only brings back beloved characters but also gives Drusilla the opportunity to showcase her true capabilities, doing justice to her character.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is finally getting a sequel thanks to an audio series, titled Slayers: a Buffyverse Story, and thanks to its villain, it’s finally doing justice to a powerful vampire the main series overlooked for years. Created by Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered in 1997 and came to an end in 2003 after seven seasons full of action and suspense. Buffy the Vampire Slayer followed Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), the latest in a line of young women known as “Slayers”, whose mission was to battle vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness, though Buffy also did her best to live a normal life.
Thanks to this, Buffy came across a variety of vampires – some with destructive plans, like the Master, and others who were allies to Buffy and the Scooby Gang, such as Angel (David Boreanaz). Buffy had to deal with some truly powerful vampires during her time as a slayer, but there’s one powerful vampire that the series (and its spinoff, Angel) overlooked: Drusilla (Juliet Landau). However, the upcoming audio series sequel is finally doing justice to Drusilla by having her as the main villain.
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Never Really Did Drusilla’s Power Justice
Drusilla made her debut in Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2 when she arrived in Sunnydale with Spike (James Marsters), her long-time lover. Their plan was to trigger the downfall of Buffy, but also for the energy in Hellmouth to restore Drusilla’s strength and health, as she had been severely injured by an angry mob in Prague. Due to her relationships with Spike and Angelus, along with her powers, Drusilla became one of the main antagonists in the Buffyverse, but unfortunately, she has been painfully overlooked and underused, living in the shadow of Spike and Angelus.
As a human, Drusilla possessed psychic powers, which she kept after being turned into a vampire by Angelus. Drusilla had a very tragic story, as Angelus, obsessed with her and wanting to turn her into his masterpiece, murdered her family in front of her, which along with the visions that had been tormenting her, had a horrible impact on her sanity. Drusilla sought refuge at a convent, where Angelus killed the sisters in front of her, further messing with her mental health and leaving no other choice than transforming her into a vampire. Because of this, she was considered to be insane and was even described as a lunatic by other vampires.
However, Drusilla was one of the most powerful vampires in the Buffyverse thanks to the combination of her human and vampire abilities. Drusilla not only kept her psychic abilities, but she also had the standard powers of vampires (superhuman strength, regeneration from physical damage, immortality) along with hypnosis, extrasensory perception, empathy, and power detection. Even with all these abilities, Drusilla was never the big villain in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, even though she killed a slayer (Kendra), and was always secondary to Spike or even tertiary when Angelus was around.
Drusilla Being The Big Bad Is Great For Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s New Sequel Series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer isn’t getting the live-action sequel many have been hoping for, and instead, it’s getting an audio series titled Slayers: A Buffyverse Story, In it, Spike comes across a new, young slayer named Indira Nunnally, and in an attempt to track down a Watcher for her, they come across a veteran slayer from a parallel reality where Buffy never existed – and that slayer is Cordelia Chase. Cordelia will need Spike’s help with a vampire that has been terrorizing her world, and it’s none other than Drusilla.
Drusilla is finally getting her chance to shine as the main villain in a Buffyverse story, and Slayers can finally seize her powers and more to do justice to the character. What will be especially interesting to see is how Slayers brings Drusilla to life, as a big part of her charm was in Landau’s physical performance. Slayers is not only bringing back together beloved characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but it’s also giving Drusilla a chance to finally show what she’s capable of, while also exploring another side of her relationship with Spike.