I'm coming from a vacuum here. And here's how complete a vacuum: [sacrilege]I've only seen part of one episode, and I never saw the film upon which the series is based.[/sacrilege] *hushed silence* But I'm intrigued. I am fully aware that critics praise the show for its smart writing and engagingly developed characters. However, because the subject matter never really appealed to me, I skipped out on the party. Now I am wondering if I made a mistake. Everyone seems to like the program. And Jeff Kleist's phenomenal--and aptly titled--"eternal" thread testifies to the incredible following Buffy the Vampire Slayer has here at HTF. Because the show is a cult hit that gets a lot of press, even I am aware that it has moved from the WB to UPN, and that somewhere along the way, the show's protagonist was killed and subsequently recurrected. No problems with that concept; if Mr. Spock can be resurrected, I'm willing to concede such to a latter-day teenage Van Helsing. So, I want to know two things: What is it about the program that appeals to you, and how would you recommend that a novice--i.e., yours truly--get into this phenomenon? Thank you for your patience.