Personally, I'm surprised there is not at least a tablespoon or two of Wonder Woman. Not only did Whedon almost helm a feature film for the superhero, but she was a heroine from mythic origins who wore powerful and fancy accessories to fight.There's a whole recipe for how to make a Buffy. Take one cup Sarah Connor from the first Terminator movie; one cup Ripley [from Alien]; three tablespoons of the younger sister in [the 1984 postapocalyptic comedy] Night of the Comet; a few sprigs of A Little Princess -- the book, not the movies; and a pinch of Jimmy Stewart for pain, because nobody does better pain. Bake those up. Once it's cool, add a little Rosalind Russell from His Girl Friday. All of this must be in a P.J.-Soles-in-Halloween crust. That's very important.
What do you think? Is this the right formula? Is Joss missing any important ingredients?