Anthony Stewart Head, who played Giles, Buffy's Watcher on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is the latest in a list of Buffy alumni to sound off about the remake of the beloved movie-turned-TV show. For the record: He hates it.
Although Giles was known for his English restraint, Head has no such reserve.
"It's a horrible idea," he said in an interview with the Huffington Post. (WARNING: Although this article is spoiler-free, the Huffington Post article reveals Giles' current whereabouts in the comic book, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8.)
Head said of the Joss-free remake:
"It's a horrible idea in as much as Buffy was a great conceit. It was a great story. ... I don't feel that you can then remake that without the original creator on board. It doesn't make sense. And I mean, somewhere down the line, I suppose sometimes ... I suppose you could, but it never sits very comfortably. With someone like Joss, why would you want to? Well, I know why you want to. You want to make money. As he said recently, 'I hope it's good!' [laughs] I love him."
Head, who spoke about his role as Uther in the BBC show Merlin, even favorably compares his current show with his former series.
[T]he thing that I always loved about Joss' (Whedon) scripts is that everything had a repercussion. Everything had a consequence. And so it is in Merlin. ... You know if someone does something bad, and there is stuff that Uther has done in his past that is bad, you know it's going to come out somewhere. And it really really does.That includes contentious relationships with users of magic, some of whom are closer to him than he realizes.
Whether or not Uther can maintain his kingdom, or become aware that Morgana's dreams are more than flights of fancy, will be seen when Merlin season four resumes in late 2011 or early 2012. The third season makes its American debut on BBC America on Jan. 7, 2011.