Thursday 28 January 2021

Buffy joins Star on Disney+

The Walt Disney Company has announced its biggest content drop for Disney+!

The Star brand launches on Disney+ on 23rd February with hundreds of films and television series from Twentieth Century Fox and Star Originals.

Highlights for fans of cult sci-fi and fantasy include Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files. These seminal series sustained me during the nineties and early noughties before Doctor Who returned in 2005.

Grahame Robertson, a social media friend and fellow fan of all things geek, pointed out that we don't know which version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will appear on Disney+. This aberration is the source material used on All 4, Amazon Prime and Netflix. Pro-tip: keep hold of your DVD box sets.

Emma Caulfield, who played demon Anya in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, currently stars in Marvel Studios' WandaVision. Incidentally, the multiverse mystery of WandaVision is underscored by Emmy winner Christophe Beck (Frozen) who composed the magnificent music of stablemate Buffy the Vampire Slayer: there are echoes of the episode The Hush in Wanda's theme.

Jan Koeppen, President of the Walt Disney Company EMEA, said: "Star will be an integral part of Disney+, making it bigger, bolder and even more exciting. The arrival of hundreds of TV series and movies including our exclusive Star Originals will make Disney+ the premier destination for high quality entertainment with something for everyone."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off Angel, a series I fondly remember discussing with a care nurse who looked after my late mum, is conspicuous by its absence as is Joss Whedon's other series, Dollhouse.

Whilst we're at it. There's no Roswell or Dark Angel, created by James Cameron (Avatar). Hopefully, not for too long.

As Star isn't optional, Disney+ will rise from £5.99 to £7.99 a month. However, I'm using the streaming service daily and have no plans to cancel as lockdowns continue over the coming months.

What are you looking forward to watching on Star? Let me know in the comments below.

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