Eighteen years ago, Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired for the first time on The WB in a two-part debut. “Welcome to the Hellmouth” introduced viewers to Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a likable, popular 16-year-old who just happened to have a destiny that included saving the world from the undead; while also introducing Buffy to Sunnydale, a small, run-of-the-mill California town that just happened to sit on a Hellmouth—a portal of mystical energy that attracts demons, vampires, and other boogeymen.
Happy Birthday to BtVS, one of my favorite series ever.
The article in the Atlantic doesn’t specifically address it, but the show is an excellent portrayal of the burdens of duty. Beyond those burdens imposed on her by fate, Buffy also freely, if reluctantly, often assumes duties that those outside might consider optional, but which she sees as central to her vision of herself as a decent person.