Thursday, July 29, 2010
The librarian on Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of the few grownups who actually played a grownup, as opposed to a grownup playing a teenager. The character was named Giles, and he was more than just the librarian. He was also the watcher. What is a watcher? Well, in the Buffy-verse, a watcher is like the vampire slayer’s boss. The watcher is an adult who knows all about vampires and monsters, and s/he trains the slayer in hopes that she will live long enough to get her driver’s license. While watchers don’t have any superpowers, they do get a paycheck from the Royal Anti-Vampire Counsel.