Four Fictional Seders

Four Fictional Seders

Passover starts tomorrow night, which means Jews all over the world will be sitting down to the weirdest and smallest Seders we’ve ever had.

For those who don’t know, Passover is the time to remember the exodus from Egypt. Different families have different traditions, but they all revolve around the story of the Exodus, complete with plagues, parting the seas, and finally watching The Ten Commandments with Yul Brynner. Okay, maybe that last one is just mine.

Normally we all travel a lot to be with family and have a massively huge dinner, talk about the Exodus, drink wine, and generally have fun time celebrating being free. Some years it’s harder than others, and with the current lockdown, it’s going to be one for the record books. I know of people who are doing a web-cam Seder, while others will be quietly at home.

And that got me thinking about what Passover would be like for some of our favourite shows.

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

While Willow was titularly Jewish, there wasn’t a whole lot of room for traditional holidays in Sunnydale. And really who could blame them? While a vampire can’t come in your house without being invited, there are other demons and monsters out there.

Thinking about Willow trying to have a nice Seder while Buffy has to kill a demon with the lamb shank is a fun idea.

Babylon 5

Susan Ivanova, space Jew, had a shiva (mourning) on B5 when her father died. It stands to reason she’d want to try and have a passover. While you don’t want to light a fire on a space station (Hanukkah is a little problematic), having aliens who are struggling with freedom and wars come to the same table would be an amazing story. It would fit in well with JMS’ world too.

I don’t know that the Narn and the Centauri would be very friendly at Seder, but I bet the Minbari would enjoy it.


The non sensate, Amanita Kaplan, would have a hoot trying to wrangle everyone. She could have eight other people all in one. Or more, actually, since senseates can visit any other sensate they’ve met!

I always felt a little bad for Amanita, having to wrangle Nomi and those other crazy people. Let’s be real, Lito would be a handful on his own!

One Day at a Time

Since Dr. B’s family doesn’t really like him, you know he’d guilt the Alvarezes into hosting a Seder for him. Of course, that might actually bring him and Lydia closer. That’s part of the magic of the show, of course. They all have so many stories that relate to each other.

Of course … Schnieder would tell everyone about his exodus from Canada. But as a bonus, cousin Pilar and her wife Susan could come over!

Of course that’s a drop in the bucket. Whose TV Passovers would you love to be a part of?

About Mika A. Epstein

Mika has been deep in fandom since she could say 'Trekkie.' With decades experience in running fansites, developing software, and organizing communities, she's taken on the challenge of delving into the recesses of television for queers long forgotten. Making this site with Tracy is nothing short of serendipity. Mika lives with her wife and their cats in Southern California. Of course she has a hybrid, but she'd rather ride her bicycle.
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