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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 3 (DVD)
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 3 (DVD)
Advantages: Amazing series, with some fantastic performances.
Disadvantages: None that I can think of!
I'll start this review by mentioning that Buffy is probably my favourite series of all time. I only really started to get into it at about the same time that Series 3 was released, so perhaps that's why I would rate this series as a notch above the others.
A little background...
Buffy is the Chosen One (you will hear this a lot in the earlier series) and she has a sacred duty to protect the world from vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. She moved to Sunnydale - also known as the Hellmouth a few years before the start of Series 3, and ever since then, she has had kind of a rough time! She has a core group of friends that support her and who know she's the Slayer (as it's sort of meant to be a secret!) called 'The Scoobies'. Buffy's best friends are the shy, intelligent, and very kind, Willow, and the nerdy, funny, Xander. Buffy also has plenty of help and guidance in the form of her Watcher, Rupert Giles, who is sort of like her trainer I suppose. I love the group dynamics, and the relationships between the core cast members, and they really are solidified during Season 3.
I don't want to include too many spoilers, in case you are yet to see the first 2 series, but basically Buffy has averted the apocalypse at least twice!
Well, Series 3 picks up with Buffy in L.A, after leaving Sunnydale at the end of Series 2. She is having a pretty bad time of it, and she is trying to do some soul searching. Of course, she winds up back in Sunnydale fairly quickly to a somewhat frosty response from her Mum and friends. It doesn't take too long for Buffy to fit back in, and get back to some serious vampire slaying action! There are some fun surprises in series three, such as the arrival of feisty new Slayer, Faith (if you've seen the previous seasons, then it will make sense as to why there is a new Slayer). There is also the slightly annoying, new Watcher, Wesley - although he actually grew on me the more the series progressed.
I really enjoyed this season, primarily the relationships of the main characters, such as Willow, Oz, and Xander. I love the character of Oz, and I really feel that he helps Willow's confidence grow, and brings her out of her shell a little more. We do see a little of him during series 2, but he features much more prominently in series 3. I really like him, because he seems so different to all the other characters - he's sarcastic, stoic, intelligent, and he's also in a band!
There are plenty of twists, and turns this series, and most of the characters are forced to make some hard choices. I think this series focuses on the characters slowly becoming adults, and the tough decisions they have to make regarding their futures. You certainly do see a new side of some of the characters, and I think viewers might find some of the episodes a little poignant.
The main bag guy in this series is Richard Wilkins, The Mayor of Sunnydale. While he seems like a pretty solid citizen to most Sunnydale dwellers, he is actually hiding some pretty dark secrets, and will go on to be one of the most powerful foes Buffy has faced so far. Aside from being fairly evil, I found the Mayor to be one of the most humorous and quirky villains Buffy has encountered thus far, and thought every episode he was in was thoroughly entertaining!
My absolute favourite episode of season three is Band Candy. This episode see's the entire Sunnydale adult population revert back to thinking that they're teenagers! As you can imagine, it's pretty amusing to see Giles, and Buffy's Mum, Joyce, behaving in this manner. I'm pretty sure Buffy describes it as "disturbing" and I was laughing throughout the whole episode.
The season finale certainly doesn't disappoint and has a fairly epic feel throughout, whilst still maintaining each character's individual humour. I suppose some of the special effects looks a little dated now, but I think this can be overlooked, as the writing for the show is so strong.
I was totally charmed by this season, and I think if you are a fan of fantasy, you will be too!
Price and availability...
This DVD box set is still widely available, and I've done a little research about the various places you can purchase it from, and the current price.
Play.com - £34.99 for a new copy, and £19.99 for a used version. Play are offering free delivery on this item.
Amazon - £31.99. There are also some used copies from £6.97.
It might also be worth having a little scout around on Ebay as sometimes to can score a real bargain.
A little extra...
This series is rated 15.
Directed by Joss Whedon.
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy
Alyson Hannigan as Willow
Nicholas Brendon as Xander
Anthony Stewart Head as Giles
David Boreanaz as Angel
Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia
Seth Green as Oz
Alexis Denisof as Wesley
Eliza Dushku as Faith
Summary: A brilliant end to Buffy's high school career, with some fantastic episodes.
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