He was a sk8r boi!
He’s a skater! He plays in a band! He has spiky hair and is witty and fancies the geeky Willow! Swooon…*
Seth belongs to a delightful category of mid-90s skater boys, which also includes Breckin Mayer (Travis in Clueless) and Ethan Embry who played Mark in Empire Records. When I think of them, I have All The Young Dudes (Clueless version) in my head and I am 15 again, creepily following some random skater boy round Tower Records in Picadilly Circus.
I always preferred skaters to indie boys because they seemed more straightforward - I had this feeling that behind that thin veneer of 'vulnerability' and Belle and Sebastian records, your average indie boy had the potential to be as sexist as any 'mainstream' boy - controversial, I know! So Oz thinks Willow is cute and tells her "you have the sweetest smile I've ever seen" while the perpetually clammy Xander fawns over Buffy, passively-aggressively keeps Willow on hand just in case and makes out with Cordelia in the closet, all while acting like a wimpy loser. Ugh.**
And because the internet is awesome, some Buffy fan has helpfully compiled a little montage of Oz clips set to one of his band's awesome mid-'90s-sub-Bush tracks. LOOK AT HIS FACE!
Seth reprised his loveable stoner role in the Austin Powers movie's as Dr Evil's son Scott and voices Chris Griffin in Family Guy - basically, he is amazing.
*Don’t spoil it for me, I’m only part way through Season 2.
**See above - I may be talking nonsense, I don't know what happens next!
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