While Buffy the Vampire Slayer was at the height of its popularity, there were a few different spin-off ideas in development. The only one to move forward was Angel, but creator of the series Joss Whedon he had also planned a spin-off centered on Giles titled “Ripper”, which was described as “Cracker with ghosts”. A “Slayer School” spin-off was also considered, which would have seen Alyson Hannigan’s Willow lead the group of newly activated Slayers from Buffy series finale. Finally, there was a spin-off that I wasn’t aware of until recently that would revolve around Eliza Dushkuthe character of Faith.
I was a fan of the character Faith, and she is a complex and multi-faceted character, who was introduced as a fellow Slayer alongside Buffy, Faith’s traumatic past and struggles with her identity and power lead her down a darker path . Initially presented as carefree and rebellious, she becomes a stark contrast to Buffy’s sense of duty and morality. Over time, her actions and decisions highlight the fine line between good and evil, as well as the consequences of power without responsibility. Faith’s journey is one of redemption, as she struggles with her inner demons and ultimately seeks atonement for her misdeeds. Throughout the series and its spin-off, AngelFaith evolves from adversary to ally, demonstrating her resilience and ability to change.
The show would have focused on Faith and her travels following the events of Buffy’s seventh season. Writer Tim Minear had already shared his spin-off series idea during a previous interview with the BBC, saying:
“The show was basically going to be Faith meets Kung Fu. It was going to be Faith, probably on a motorcycle, traversing the land, trying to find her place in the world. I’m sure she was going to have a story arc at some point, but the idea of her rooted somewhere seemed wrong. The idea of her constantly moving seemed right.”
Sounds like it would have been a great show! I love the idea of a Kung-Fu style story of faith. Unfortunately, Eliza Dushku was not interested. She was looking to do something different at the time and in an interview with IGN, she explained: “I love Faith. She’s my girlfriend and she’s been really good to me, but I just wanted to try something else. Purely that .”
Dushku went on to explain how he had played this character for five years. He also said that his decision had nothing to do with him [her] not trusting Joss and his writing team”, which he called “fantastic” at the time. He added:
“I personally thought that… that would be a really difficult thing to do, and not that I wasn’t willing to take on a challenge, but with the fact that it would come immediately after the show, I think those would have been really great boots to fill. I think it would have been compared to ‘Buffy.'”
I understand, at the same time, a series centered around Faith would have been really great. It’s just one of those hypothetical scenarios that I would have loved to see happen. There was a great idea to explore.
After Buffy ended, Dushku continued to star in the supernatural drama series Tru Calling, which lasted two seasons. She later teamed up with Whedon again for his Fox series Dollhouse.
by Joey Paur
Source: Geek Tyrant
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