Over the weekend, the internet went into frenzy over yet another supposed reunion. Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan posed for a selfie on Instagram that looked like it was literally taken in 1997, but was in fact taken two days ago at a party Hannigan and her husband Alexis Denisof (who also starred in Buffy) threw at their home in Santa Monica. I mean, sure, I guess that’s a reunion, but so is me getting coffee with a friend I haven’t seen in two weeks then.
This is the world we live in now, where Instagram selfies count as a full-blown reunion that elicits lots of OMGs and Holy Shits. The word “reunion” is defined as “an instance of two or more people coming together again after a period of separation,” but it appears that, in the age of technology and social media, that period is significantly distorted.
Sure, it’s been years since we’ve seen Gellar and Hannigan together (and for a while there, fans even thought the two might have been feuding — just another thing the media tricked us into believing) so the sight of them two side-by-side is perhaps shocking and exciting, but we would wager the two have remained friends since Buffy wrapped over a decade ago. In fact, a little scroll through Gellar’s relatively new Instagram account and you’ll see that it’s just one big nostalgic trip with #TBT and present day pics of Gellar with her Buffy co-stars including David Boreanaz, Danny Strong and Seth Green.
Check out this awesome guy @strongdanny that took me out to lunch today. Could he be more talented?? Creator, writer, producer and director of #Empire!! Not to mention #GoldenGlobes and #Emmys for #Recount and #GameChange oh and these small movies you may have heard of #HungerGamesMockingjay (parts one and two) and #Jonathan on #BTVS I'm so proud of him. I knew you when Danny
And really, this also applies to other Instagram reunions we’ve seen reported in recent months including Lizzie McGuire‘s bowling trip, Lindsay Lohan’s quick pic with Mean Girls co-star Daniel Franzese, and any time two Harry Potter stars or Spice Girls are seen standing next to each other. Seriously, the Spice Girls are BFFs and friends likely see each other on a regular basis.
Look, we get excited about these little reunions too. We’re not heartless! But all we’re saying is that maybe we need to set some guidelines on what constitutes a proper reunion before we go dubbing everything a major reunion that we need to drop everything and see.
Here, next time you see a potential reunion, ask yourself these important questions:
1. How much time has passed since these stars last saw each other?
Anything less than a year shouldn’t count as a reunion.
2. Are they well-known pals who have probably hung out in the past year (with or without photographic proof)?
If so, it’s not a reunion. If the stars don’t consider it a reunion, you shouldn’t either. The members of Destiny’s Child all posed for a pic together? Great, but that was probably just another Thursday night out for them.
3. Is there something beyond a photograph for us to see?
We’d hardly consider an Instagram pic a reunion. Sure, we’ll fave it but then what? You continue scrolling and you eventually forget.
4. Is there a purpose to this reunion?
Are these people getting back together to do something like a movie, or magazine cover or a tour? Maybe even a late-night skit? There needs to be a bigger purpose to this in order for us to really want to use the ‘R’ word.
5. Are there any prolonged effects to this reunion?
Will we be getting a movie or tour out of this? Can we revel in this reunion and experience it IRL? If not, well, what’s the point?
As much as we loved Gellar and Hannigan’s sweet pic, we think we’ll skip out on this “reunion” and reunite with our box sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer instead. Prolonged effects? Copious amounts of popcorn.