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Why season 3? Because it offers you a winning cast of characters who have fallen from innocence: their hearts have been broken, their egos trampled in typically vicious high-school style, and as a result, they've begun to realize how fallible they are. As much as they try, there are always more monsters, or a bigger evil. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the core crew remains something of a unit--there's the smart girl, Willow (Alyson Hannigan) who dreams of saving the day by downloading the plans to City Hall's sewer tunnels and mapping a route to safety. There are the ne'r do wells--the vampire Spike (James Marsters), who both clashes with and aspires to love Buffy; the tortured and torturing Angel (David Boreanz); the pretty, popular girl with an empty heart (Charisma Carpenter); and the teenage everyman, Xander (Nicholas Brendon).
Then there's Buffy herself, who in the course of seven seasons morphs from a sarcastic teenager in a minidress to a heroine whose tragic flaw is an abiding desire to be a "normal" girl. On a lesser note, with the boxed set you can watch the fashion transformation of Buffy from mall rat to Prada-wearing, kickboxing diva with enviable highlights. (There was the unfortunate bob of season 2, but it's a forgivable lapse.) At least the storyline merits the transformations: every time Buffy has to end a relationship she cuts her hair, shedding both the pain and her vulnerability.
In addition to the well-wrought teenage emotional landscape, Buffy deftly takes on more universal themes--power, politics, death, morality--as the series matures in seasons 4-6. And apart from a few missteps that haven't aged particularly well ("I Robot" in season 1 comes to mind), most episodes feel as harrowing and as richly drawn as they did at first viewing. That's about as much as you can ask for any form of entertainment: that it offer an escape from the viewer's workaday world and entry into one in which the heroine (ideally one with leather pants) overcomes demons far more troubling than one's own. --Megan Halverson
We love how this came to us.. watching it tonight... can't wait!!!Published 2 months ago by Tara Grozelle
I have only viewed the first two episodes. So far so good. Love this series!Published 2 months ago by Gail
I love Buffy the Vampire Slyer - nice to have the whole seriesPublished 8 months ago by Louise Price
Obviously, the show is awesome, so I have no complaints in terms of the storyline, etc., but it's a little disappointing when you open the Season 1 case and everything falls out... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nathalie
My wife was a Buffy fan while growing up and I got this as a gift. She was very pleased.
I must say that that delivery time was top notch.
im very impressed with this purchase.. LOve Buffy ! Its The best tv serieS ever !Published 11 months ago by Maggie
Exactly what they described
Minus Missing Episodes in Later Seasons.
Like MacGuyver - It's most likely the result of the government banning some episodes from being... Read more
After purchasing this collection I utterly lost control over my own life due to my obsession. Things got pretty rough, but I had Buffy to get me through it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mandy