Two Slayers Are Born,
This review is from: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Third Season [6 Discs] (DVD)From its start in 1997, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has been a pop culture phenominon that attracted a wide variety of audience-the people who loved soap operas, the horror buffs, the sci-fi people, the drama dwellers, and so much more. "Buffy" has so much to offer and so much to look foreward to each week. Weather its a character's changing or a spectacular looking monster, there's nothing quite like "Buffy". And if you thought that the greatness of the show was over after its awesome first two seasons, you couldn't expect season three. This is a great season for the show, and deals with Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her friends after the events of season two all the way up to their graduation day. Season three is great because of its clever story, great cast, and intense special effects. This is Buffy's last year of High School, and she's graduating with a 'bang'.
First off, the all out story is magnificent. After the heartbreaking season finale of season two, Buffy is drawn out of hiding in LA and realizes that she cannot escape her 'destiny'. She when she arrives back home to her worried mother (Kristine Sutherland), he watcher Giles (Anthony Stewart Head), and her group of friends including Willow (Alyson Hannigan), Xander (Nicholas Brendan), Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter), and Oz (Seth Green) only to discover that while she was gone the monsters were growing bigger and badder. And her personal grief over the loss of her true love Angel (David Boreanaz) gets even more confusing when he mysteriously reappears from a hell dimension, untrusting of the slayer. Even with that, the real surprises come from the new slayer in town, Faith (Eliza Dushku), who is just like Buffy- confused and lost. Faith and Angel adjust to Sunnydale, and soon enough Buffy and her gang realize that the Mayor (Harry Groener) is really and evil monster planning an apocalypse. Sure, there's no real connection to Buffy and her friends there, and this seems just like a normal baddie. But things get even worse when one of Buffy's own turn the sides and after a mistake they take the side of the Mayor, creating a very uncomfortable and threatening enemy to the slayer. The relationships keep on building, with Willow and Oz, Xander and Cordelia, Buffy and Angel, and... Giles and Joyce? Willow loves Oz, but is still attracted to Xander, and Xander has grown an attraction with Willow even though he is dating Cordelia. Soon, that leads to trouble and breakup. Buffy and Angel begin to realize that their relationship is doomed, and with the troublesome Faith in town, Buffy has competition for all of her men- best friend Xander and boyfriend Angel. For sure, this season has a good storyline that is not as great as season two, but it can surely hold its own.
Second, the cast is great still, and they are only getting better as the show goes on. Sarah Michelle Gellar makes Buffy a likable and lovable girl who is really just human, and her choices she realizes effect her whole life. Gellar can be confused, happy, sad, and scared, plus be convincing above it all. Alyson Hannigan and Nicholas Brendan play the friends who don't know how to act around Buffy, each other, or really anyone. Hannigan is a perfect match as a best friend for Gellar, and Brendan can always be the guy you love, or the guy you just want to kill. Anthony Stewart Head still acts as the grown supervisor to Buffy and her friends, but we also get to see the wild side of his character and have fun with it. Head can be a child or a stucky librarian. Seth Green and Charisma Carpernter both are just perfect for their roles, and are both so funny with their witty lines. Kristine Sutherland is the motherly type and very convincing. Harry Groener is a different type of villain that distinguishes him from the Master and Angelus because he is a typical guy with a very evil streak. The real season stealer is Eliza Dushku, with her unforgettable Faith character. Dushku proves that she can act, as a confused girl trying to fit into the world, even if it means murder. The cast is great, and Joss Wheadon once again leads a crew of magnificent writers, and with his imagination, you have a great show.
Lastly, the special effects of this season are amazing. For a television show, there sure are a lot of effects that really capture you and amaze you. The magic spells and flaoting objects are cool enough, but heads splitting open, giant snakes, really fat vampires, alternate dimensions, and of course the improved vampire dusting. On the DVD there is a whole featurette on the special effects of the show and how they are done, which is pretty interesting.
In conclusion, this is a great show that will make your jaw drop for sure. Whether its the clever story, great acting and writing, or the spectacular special effects, Season Three is a must for any true Buffy fan. Loaded with tons of extras, this box set is unbelievable. Don't miss out on the best of the best, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". Complete your collection today!