We could all learn from heroes

I don’t watch a whole lot of TV, but of the shows that I watch with frequency, I have several favorites: “Law ‘ Order” for its great storytelling, “Gilmore Girls” for the snappiest dialogue in all of television, “The West Wing” for the most engaging characters and, finally, the recently-canceled “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

“Woah, back up,” you might say. “Buffy?”

Yes, Buffy. And it’s not for Joss Whedon’s witty dialogue that celebrates the pop culture geek in all of us. Its not for the throng of lovely ladies that the show is famous for —- and they have been legion. It’s not for the show’s so-called “folklore” which is really a combination of Anne Rice, Bram Stoker and pseudo-medieval demonology. No —- what sets Buffy up as one of my favorite TV shows is one simple characteristic: its epic sweep.