It's hard to beat Buffy. Now in its sixth season, this series has proven time and again to be one of the best acted, superbly written and well directed drama series of all time.
Finally, fans have a chance to acquire the show on DVD, complete with commentaries from show creator Joss Whedon. Available in Britain for some time, this DVD has been delayed reportedly due to a conflict with the cable network FX, which has just started broadcasting the series in syndication.
For non-Buffy fans, this collection of DVDs is where you start. For Buffy fans, seriously, how can you resist?
The show starts with one of the better premieres of any program, "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and "The Harvest" -- two excellent episodes that introduce Buffy and her loyal companions Xander and Willow, and blow away any comparison to the mediocre movie.
I won't argue that this is Buffy's best season, mostly because it is a show that gets constantly better. And other seasons, like the second and third, have better villains. But this DVD showcases a great start, and lays the groundwork for everything to come.
Included in the DVD is "Angel" which explains the origins of Buffy's true love, and "Nightmares," where everyone's worst fear is realized (and a killer of an episode not least for Buffy's nightmare -- turning into a vampire herself). Last but not least is "Prophecy Girl," where an ancient prophecy reveals that Buffy is fated to die in her war against the Master.
And the show's start even reveals tidbits of information not fully explored until later episodes, and other series. Note that Darla -- Angel's sire and original bad girl of Sunnydale -- gets her start in the first season. Upon seeing her, Angel remarks, "The last time I saw you, you were wearing kimonos." Later episodes of Buffy's spinoff series, Angel, show that very scene, where she is indeed in a kimono.
Its a nice change from other series, which forget the background comments as soon as they are spoken.
Its impossible to say enough great things about the series. I don't watch that much TV, but everyone I've introduced this show has been hooked.
I wholeheartedly recommend that you purchase these DVDs and experience the show for yourself. Buy it for a friend at Christmas, or just take it home yourself -- you won't be sorry.