The most obvious way to describe Syfy’s Astrid & Lilly Save the World is as a more lighthearted, less angsty Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s a comparison the show itself not only acknowledges but genially embraces. Astrid & Lilly‘s equivalent of Giles — Brutus (Olivier Renaud), an extra-dimensional monster hunter — even makes a point of introducing himself to Lilly (Samantha Aucoin) and Astrid (Jana Morrison) as “your Giles, in terms you humans might understand.”

Alias gets a shoutout in the premiere too, as does Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. But in the first three of its ten episodes, Astrid & Lilly emerges with a shaggy charm all its own — not as a copy of what’s come before it, but as a worthy successor.

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