The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1469  Friday, 18 July 2003

From:           Philip Eagle <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           17 Jul 2003 21:06:40 +0100
Subject:        Shakespeare in Popular Culture

Quite an old one this, but I've looked through the archives and found
that while we have some Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans here, nobody's
mentioned the one explicitly Shakespearian episode the series did. The
ep in question is the Season 1 episode "Out of Mind, Out of Sight",
first transmitted in 1997, which has very explicit Merchant references.

The plot deals with an unstable high school outcast who becomes
literally invisible because of the extent to which she is ignored by her
fellow classmates, and tries to mutilate the bitchy social queen who she
blames for all her misfortunes. Like Antonio, the target is saved by a
woman who is more motivated by obligation than personal liking, although
the method is gratuitous violence rather than argument. The parallels
are very explicitly drawn, through the device of having the English
class actually studying the play during the episode.

Quotation from the Antonio figure during one of the class scenes, which
you may find amusing:

"Shylock should get over himself. People who think their problems are so
huge craze me. Like this time I sort of ran over this girl on her bike.
It was the most traumatizing event of *my* life, and she's trying to
make it about *her* leg! Like *my* pain meant nothing."

Philip Eagle

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