141 of 149 people found the following review helpful
Season three: How can the cast of Buffy even hope to top the glorious second season? Well, for starters the very first episode is great. In "ANNE", still hurting from the events that occurred at the end of season 2, Buffy tries to forget her past and lives in another town working a waitress job until a girl recognizes her and asks for her help. Buffy realizes who and what she is and returns to Sunnydale, where the Scoobies have been filling in for the Slayer's absence. Then there is the addition of a new Slayer, Faith (Eliza Dukshu...remember her in True Lies? All grown up!!) who appears in Sunnydale as a powerful ally for the Buffy and the scoobies. This is short-lived though, as she soon becomes one of their greatest threats. The foreshadowing of plotlines in the second season become apparent as this season's villain is introduced...none other than the mayor of Sunnydale, who is attempting to ascend into a true/pure demon.
This season boasts many of the show's strongest episodes such as "The Wish", where Cordelia unknowingly makes a wish to a vengeance demon (Anyanka, who becomes the Anya we all love to laugh at later) and wishes that Buffy never came to Sunnydale. This episode is grand, as we see an alternate reality where Buffy left California and never stopped the Master from rising and as a result, he succeeded in opening the Hellmouth. Truly one of the better episodes. We also are given a taste of foreshadowing in later episodes...Buffy's sister Dawn (to come in season 5) is mentioned in a glimmer of dialogue that will remain meaningless until two years later (can you find the episode? Hint...listen to both Faith and Buffy talk in the later epsiodes). Faith is terrific as Buffy's nemesis, a Slayer just like her. Oh, did I mention Angel returns from a hell dimension as well?
The scoobies get their own star time as well. In "THE ZEPPO", Xander proves that he is more than just the weak part of the group, adept at getting them donuts and not much else. In "THE WISH" and "DOPPLEGANGLAND", we get to see a Vamp Willow...very interesting and two of the season's best episodes. This season also brings us more of the Watcher's Council, the mysterious group that Giles works for including Wesley, who later leaves to aid Angel and Cordelia in Los Angeles in the spin-off show Angel. And finally, we get to see the Scoobies graduate in a very typical Sunnydale fashion...with a huge battle. It was hard to top season two, but this season is more of Joss Whedon's masterpiece of television; let people and critics shun it...we all know great TV when we see it.
162 of 174 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2002
While many people claim that Season Two is the best season ever of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I favor Season Three instead. It features the introduction of fan favorites Eliza Dushku (as Faith, a renegade Slayer) and Emma Caulfield (as Anya, former "patron saint" of scorned women) as well as a keeps-you-guessing storyline. Season Three is also the most consistent season - there are no "stinker" episodes like Season Two's "Bad Eggs" or Season Four's "Beer Bad."
This set contains all 22 episodes of the first season. They are:
"Anne" - After sending Angel to hell at the end of the previous Season, Buffy has run to L.A. and changed her name, abandoning her Slayer responsibilities. But when someone she's previously helped recognizes her and asks for her aid again, can she refuse?
"Dead Man's Party" - Buffy's back, but not all is right. She's still expelled from school, and her friends have some serious repressed anger that's just waiting to burst out. And then there's the zombies that crash her "welcome home" party...
"Faith, Hope and Trick" - Eliza Dushku (Bring It On) appears as sexy new Slayer Faith, whose camaraderie with Buffy's friends makes her a bit jealous. It also features the introduction of Mr. Trick, one of the funnier (and one of the few black) characters to appear on Buffy.
"Beauty and the Beasts" - Angel's back from Hell slightly feral and werewolf Oz may have been getting out of his cage during the full moon. When there's a series of brutal murders, Buffy and Willow have to consider the possibility that one of their boyfriends is the culprit.
"Homecoming" - One of the funniest episodes of Buffy ever, along with "Doppelgangland" (see below). Buffy and Cordelia are in a no-holds-barred race to become Homecoming Queen. But they're soon in big trouble when Homecoming coincides with Mr. Trick's new big game event, Slayerfest '98.
"Band Candy" - Another hysterically funny episode, in which a batch of magically enhanced candy makes all the adults in Sunnydale act like irresponsible teenagers - including Giles and Buffy's mother Joyce.
"Revelations" - The Scooby Gang has found out about Angel's return, and are not happy with Buffy for keeping it a secret. And Faith's new Watcher, Gwendolyn Post, arrives in Sunnydale.
"Lover's Walk" - James Marsters returns as a lovelorn Spike, who's lost Drusilla to a Chaos Demon. When he kidnaps Willow and Xander, and forces Buffy and Angel to work together with him, you know badness is going to ensue...and it does in a heartbreaking conclusion.
"The Wish" - Enraged by Xander's betrayal and her social ostracism, Cordelia wishes that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale. Little does she know that vengeance demon Anya (Emma Caulfield) is there to make it come true. Suddenly she finds herself in a world where Willow and Xander are vampires and the Master rules Sunnydale after dark.
"Amends" - When the ghosts of Angel's past victims appear to torment him, Buffy must find out what is doing this. Also, Willow and Oz reconcile.
"Gingerbread" - When Joyce finds two children's bodies, apparently killed by witches, the town gears up for a massive witch hunt. Buffy and Willow find themselves caught in the middle of it.
"Helpless" - On her eighteenth birthday, Buffy finds herself losing her Slayer powers. When her mother is kidnapped by a psychotic vampire unleashed by the Watcher's Council, Buffy must save her armed with only her wits.
"The Zeppo" - While Buffy and co. stave off yet another apocalypse, Xander finds himself hanging out with a bunch of zombies, saving the school from being blown up, and...losing his virginity!?
"Bad Girls" - New Watcher Wesley Wyndham-Pryce makes his appearance, and Faith shows Buffy a walk on the wild side that ends in tragedy.
"Consequences" - After the deputy mayor's death, Buffy and Faith find themselves feeling trapped and scared. Faith takes a decided turn for the worse, and joins forces with the cheerfully evil Mayor of Sunnydale.
"Doppelgangland" - A spell performed by Willow and Anya brings Vampire Willow from the world of "The Wish" (see above) to normal Sunnydale. Hysterically funny; the highlight has to be when Willow masquerades as Vampire Willow.
"Enemies" - Faith shows her true colors when she and the Mayor ask a demon to remove Angel's soul, returning him to the soulless vampire Angelus.
"Earshot" - Buffy gains telepathy after killing a demon, and hears a death threat aimed at the school's students. Unfortunately, the ability to hear others' minds is slowly driving her insane.
"Choices" - The Box of Gavrok, an item essential to the Mayor's Ascension, arrives in Sunnydale. The Scoobies manage to capture it, but in the process Willow is kidnapped. Stop the Ascension, or save Willow?
"The Prom" - It's prom time again in Sunnydale. But when hellhounds trained to attack people in formal wear are unleashed, Buffy must put her plans on hold to stop them. Also, Angel decides to break up with Buffy.
"Graduation Day, Parts One and Two" - The climactic two-part season finale. When Faith poisons Angel, the only cure is the blood of a Slayer. Buffy goes after Faith, but only succeeds in putting her in a coma. Angel must drink from Buffy to survive. And, of course, the Mayor Ascends into a gigantic snake.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Joss Whedon solved a major problem in Season Two of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in terms of how he resolved the tortured love of Buffy and Angel. Many a good television series went down the tubes because one the sexual tension between the two lovers was consummated, there was nowhere to go but down (classic case in point: Dave and Maddie on "Moonlight"). However, Whedon's masterstroke was that after Angel gave Buffy her birthday present, their relationship went down like no other relationship we had ever seen (not even Sid and Nancy) as Angel turned into Angelus. The season finale, "Becoming: Part II," is still one of the 10 best television episodes I have ever seen. The new problem facing Joss Whedon was: How do you top this in Season Three?
In one sense he does not. "Becoming" remains the Mt. Everest of the series, a height that can never be scaled again, no matter how many times Buffy's gift of "death" plays to her advantage. However, what makes Season Three better than Season Two is not that the top is higher, but rather than this is also true of the bottom. Pick the worst episode from Season Three (my choice is the obvious pick, "Beauty and the Beasts") and it is still better than the worst of the first two seasons (e.g., "Teacher's Pet," "Go Fish"). Look at all 22 episodes and you should end up being convinced that this was clearly the show's best season.
By now there is clearly an extremely effective pattern to a season of "BtVS" as crafted by Whedon. The first episode, "Anne," reminds Buffy of why she is the slayer (i.e., function as a way of getting late comers to the party up to speed on the Slayer). Again the season is divided into two halves, the first focusing on Faith ("Faith, Hope & Trick") and the second on the Mayor's Ascension ("Graduation Day"). Like the previous season, the part of the first half (Spike & Dru) joins the party of the second half (Angelus), just like Faith joins forces with the Mayor. Consequently, a season of "BtVS" has a sense of overall narrative structure more developed than most television dramas. What also matters is that Whedon finds the actors to play the parts. Eliza Dushku makes Faith a ticking time bomb who represents the Dark Side of being a Slayer (not to mention being as far removed from Kendra as possible), while Harry Groener as Mayor Richard Wilkins III takes the traditional politeness of a villain to a new level of giddy charm.
The final element, which best defines the uniqueness of Season Three, is that arguably the very best episodes were actually those that did NOT have to do with the major plot threads. There are two fun return visits as Sunnydale is afflicted by another visit from Ethan Raine in "Band Candy" and comes back to kidnap Willow for some witchy help in winning back Dru's love. Fortunately we did not have to wait for Season Four for a visit to "Doppelgangland" after our first taste of the alternative Buffyverse in "The Wish." I was always surprised Whedon did not release those two on a videotape as an addendum to the Season Three Videotape set (double ditto for "Once More, With Feeling"). However, after the Senior gift given to Buffy at "The Prom," the no holds barred fight between Buffy and Faith in "Graduation Day, Part I" and Buffy letting Angel feed on her in "Graduation Day, Part II," the Mayor's actual Ascension seems rather anti-climatic.
Buffy supporting cast fares very well in Season Three. "Amends," the episode submitted for Emmy consideration, gives Buffy and Angel some of their best final scenes together as star crossed lovers while Xander finally has a moment of glory in "The Zeppo" (I find the background apocalypse scenes hysterical and love the fact the Zeppo reference is never explained in the episode at all). Cordy makes her own case for being a Slayer in "Homecoming," Giles touches on new meanings of his role as Buffy's father-figure in "Band Candy" and "Helpless," and the only thing more fun than watching Alyson Hannigan play Vamp Willow in "The Wish" was watching her play Willow playing Vamp Willow in "Dopplegangland."
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" received a lot of unwanted publicity during the spring of 1999 when two episodes--"Earshot" and "Graduation Day, Part Two"--were pulled from being aired because of the shootings at Columbine High School. Ultimately, these proved to be overreactions, but certainly Whedon and the show were fortunate that Columbine happened the week before "Earshot" and not the week afterwards, because I really do not know if "BtVS" would have been able to survive that realignment of events. On balance and from the perspective of the middle of Season Seven, I think Season Three will ultimately be considered the best season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2002
Buffy : The Vampire Slayer is one of the best shows currently on tv, that deals around the life of Buffy Summers and her close circle of friends. After all the adventures and twisting incidents since the first 2 seasons, the third season reveals more plots and twists for the audience, with new stars, such as faith, anya and a new villian, the Mayor as well!! This season being the senior year of Buffy, we also see the changes in the relationship between buffy and her friends and what choices they have to make, and also the relationship between angel and buffy, which is very unique and interesting. The third season consists of the following episodes:
01. Anne : Buffy's problems have followed her to LA.
02.Dead Man's Party : Sunnydale doesn't exactly welcome Buffy back.
03. Faith, Hope and Trick : There's a new slayer in town.
04. Beauty and the Beasts : Oz comes under suspicion.
05. Homecoming : Cordelia and Buffy go head to head.
06. Band Candy : Joyce and Giles get in some Summer Lovin'.
07. Revelations : There's a new Watcher in town.
08. Lovers' Walk : Spike returns to Sunnydale.
09. The Wish : Cordelia accidentally ends the universe.
10. Amends : Angel is tormented by evil spirits.
11. Gingerbread : Joyce begins a witch-hunt.
12. Helpless : Buffy loses her powers.
13. The Zeppo : An ordinary day in the life of Xander.
14. Bad Girls : Faith and Buffy grow closer.
15. Consequences : Buffy's in serious trouble.
16. Dopplegangland : Vampire Willow. Says it all.
17. Enemies : Faith curses Angel.
18. Earshot : Buffy struggles to save the school.
19. Choices : Willow is taken hostage.
20. The Prom : Can Buffy handle a broken heart and save the
21. Graduation Day I : The Mayor's getting hungy.
22. Graduation Day II : It's the end of an era.
Apart from this, we also get the enormous special features such as, audio commentaries by joss and other cast and crew members, photo galleries, featurettes, behind the scenes, interviews and much more!!! This is soo worth for any buffy fan and is worth getting!! Buffy rules!!
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2002
The third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is finally coming out on DVD. In case you've been living under a rock for the past six years, Buffy is a TV show about a young blonde Southern California girl named Buffy - who happens to be the Chosen One, destined to fight the powers of darkness. Along with her friends Willow and Xander and her Watcher, school librarian Giles, she faces vampires, demons and worst of all - the SATs.
Season Three covers Buffy's senior year of high school at Sunnydale High. At the end of Season Two, Buffy sent her true love Angel to hell in order to save the world from destruction. Devastated, she ran away to start a new life in L.A. The episodes are as follows:
"Anne" - Buffy is working in L.A. as a waitress under her middle name, Anne. But when street kids start disappearing and an old friend (sort of) asks for her help, Buffy must become the Slayer once again.
"Dead Man's Party" - Buffy's home, but things aren't hunky-dory yet. And when it seems things couldn't get any worse, a pack of zombies rise from their graves and come after Buffy's family and friends!
"Faith, Hope and Trick" - Faith, a sassy new Slayer, comes to town. Everyone seems to love her, but Buffy's not quite as impressed. Then she finds out that Faith didn't come to Sunnydale alone...
"Beauty and the Beasts" - A series of brutal mauling deaths casts suspicion on Willow's boyfriend Oz (who happens to be a werewolf). Meanwhile, Buffy must deal with Angel, who has somehow returned from hell.
"Homecoming" - Buffy and Cordelia clash over who will become Homecoming Queen. But when Mr. Trick organizes Slayerfest '98 on the same night as the Homecoming dance, Buffy and Cordy find themselves in a race just to survive!
"Band Candy" - The Scoobies are less than thrilled that they have to sell candy to support the band. But when Joyce and Giles - and every other adult in Sunnydale - start acting like irresponsible teenagers, they find they have a lot more to worry about. Like Joyce and Giles kissing and more...
"Revelations" - Faith's new Watcher, Gwendolyn Post, arrives in town. But when Xander catches Buffy and Angel smooching, and Giles learns of a powerful magic glove hidden in Sunnydale, things really heat up.
"Lover's Walk" - Spike returns to town, heartbroken that his lover Drusilla has left him. When he captures Willow and Xander, Buffy and Angel must cooperate with him to save them.
"The Wish" - Cordelia, betrayed by Xander and Willow, wishes for a world where Buffy had never come to Sunnydale. Little does she know that vengeance demon Anyanka is there to grant her wish. Suddenly Cordy finds herself in a world where Willow and Xander are vampires, Giles is leading a plucky band of evil fighters, and the Slayer is in...Cleveland?!
"Amends" - It's Christmastime, and things should be cheery. But Willow and Xander are trying to make amends to their significant others, and Angel starts having terrible dreams of his evil days that are driving him mad.
"Gingerbread" - Sunnydale goes Salem when two children are apparently killed by witches. Who makes a better target than teen witch Willow...or Slayer Buffy?
"Helpless" - Buffy turns eighteen, and must undergo a trial by the Watcher's Council. But when things go awry and Buffy's mother is kidnapped, Buffy has to save her...without her Slayer strength!
"The Zeppo" - Xander takes the forefront in this humorous episode. While Buffy and the Scoobies are busy saving the world, Xander finds his inner tough guy and loses his virginity...to Faith!?
"Bad Girls" - When Buffy starts hanging out more with Faith, friction builds between the Scoobies. The arrival of a priggish new Watcher, Wesley, doesn't help. But when things go drastically wrong on a late-night mission and an innocent man is killed, the two Slayers find themselves in deep trouble.
"Consequences" - Faith's refusal to accept responsibility for the assistant mayor's death makes her very dangerous, as Xander finds out firsthand. But not as dangerous as when she makes a secret alliance with the genteelly evil Mayor of Sunnydale.
"Doppelgangland" - Anyanka's back, and wants her powers back! She enlists Willow to help her, but instead summons Vampire Willow from the world of "The Wish". As you can imagine, this creates quite an interesting situation!
"Enemies" - Faith's alliance with the Mayor finally comes to light when she tries to remove Angel's soul.
"Earshot" - Buffy gains telepathic powers after a fight with a demon. After hearing a threat to kill all the Sunnydale High students, she must try to find the would-be killer...even though hearing everyone's thoughts is slowly driving her insane.
"Choices" - When Willow is captured in a raid on the Mayor's headquarters, the Scoobies are faced with a choice: save Willow, or stop the Mayor?
"The Prom" - Buffy and Angel break up just before the senior prom. But it's just as well, given that Buffy will be busy trying to stop a disgruntled students from releasing Hellhounds to attack the students.
"Graduation Day" - In the two-part season finale, just before the Mayor's Ascension Faith shoots Angel with a poisoned arrow; the only cure is the blood of a Slayer. Buffy has never wanted to kill - can she kill a former friend to save her lover?
A quick word on the extras: there's just episode commentaries by several of the writers and some featurettes on various aspects of the show. (But that's not bad for a TV series on DVD.) All in all, this is a really good set, and comes highly recommended.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2002
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Three
It's interesting how the goals of this show seem to change with every season. Each successive goal comes as a result of the successful completion of the previous goal, or it builds upon the previous goal.
The first season was setting the ground rules of Buffy, everyone's favourite slayer. It immediately laid the groundwork for the chemistry amongst the cast. The second season set about the explore the romance between Buffy and Angel, while elucidating on the overwhelming alienation felt by the Slayer. It climaxed in the two-part series Becoming, the second part being inarguably the single best episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer yet. The third season set out to explore Buffy's struggle between right and wrong, and to end the high school section of the series in a way befitting the show.
One of the strongest facets of the show is the ease that the writers have in conveying the conflicts among the characters. Buffy, Willow, and Buffy's mother have a wrenching confrontation in Dead Man's Party (episode 2) that clearly delineates that discord felt among the Scooby gang. This discord arises from shifting pattern of relationships. The romantic quadrangle between Oz, Willow, Xander and Cordelia is complex and it works. The introduction of Faith (another Slayer) provided some incredible fireworks to the show. Her chemistry with both Buffy (antagonistic) and the Mayor (Harry Groener in a superb comic performance) is real, and intense. The growth of Giles filial love for Buffy reaches a climax in the middle of the third season. The return of Angel allows for some wonderfully sappy romance; and who knew that Xander would go to the prom with an ex-demon?
The show also continues to astutely detail the horrors of high school. In the funniest episode to date (and in my mind, of the show's first six seasons), Earshot (episode 18), Buffy receives a telepathic power. What she hears is a choir of deafening teenage-angst; the ease that this show has at balancing comedy with pathos as well as incisive observations is continually impressive. I also like how Buffy's mother, Joyce, deals with finding out about her daughter's vocation.
Each cast member gets the opportunity to shine throughout the season, and they all make the most of that opportunity. Spike (that marvelous mixture of menace and drollness) returns for one episode in the third season (in Lover's Walk), and James Marsters is an absolute delight. Willow gets to show another side to her in both The Wish (episode 9) and Doppelgangland (episode 16). Alyson Hannigan modulates her voices slightly differently in these episodes, and it works to great effect. Nicolas Brendon continues to work his 'Matthew Perryish' charm strongly, especially in The Zeppo (episode 15). Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Anthony Stewart Head, Seth Green, and Eliza Dushku all turn in strong performances. However, it's Sarah Michelle Gellar who gives this show it's heart. Watching her in episodes like Amends (episode 10), The Prom (episode 20), and Helpless (episode 12) displays her understanding of her character, in all it's facets. She's an underrated television actress. In the second season, the Becoming two-parter was a high point for ensemble acting. While episode reaches the heights of that episode, several (Including Dead Man's Party, Revelations, Helpless, Consequences, and the finale, Graduation) showcase the entire talent of the cast.
Another thing I have to mention is the astonishing fight sequences. Graduation climaxes in one of the greatest of the series.
What always impressed me about this show was the ease at which it brings each episode to a resonant conclusion. The third season continues that tradition. From the sublime ending of Lover's Walk to the tear-inducing conclusion of The Prom, the conclusions were all highly effective. In my mind, none more effective then the conclusion to Amends, the Christmas episode. It features incredible writing, brilliant acting by David Boreanaz and a marvellously redemptive snowfall, one of the most moving moments in this show's history. It's a perfect end to one of my favourite episodes, and my favourite of the third season.
Is the third season better than the second season? I personally think so. For it's elegant and powerful examination of trust, love, and making amends, I prefer it to season two. Just barely. Why carp when there are two brilliant seasons that complement each other impeccably? So, my thanks to Joss Whedon.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2002
The third season of Buffy was the pinnacle of the show's achievement.
Buffy has to regain her sense of mission and her shattered psyche, after being forced to dispatch the one great love of her life to hell - and then to reintegrate him into her and her friends' lives, upon his eventual return. In the wake of previous events, another Slayer has been activated and come to Sunnydale: Faith, who is altogether mad, bad, and dangerous to know. In due course, Faith grows from Buffy's adversarial colleague to her friend, and finally to jealous betrayer, selling Buffy and everyone she knows out to their worst enemy, Richard Wilkins III, demon Mayor of Sunnydale.
Though everything about this season is superior, its true highlight is the best pair of villains the series ever produced: Faith and the Mayor, played beautifully - and with an oddly touching personal chemistry - by Eliza Dushku and Harry Groener. The Mayor is a middle-aged murderer nerd, gleefully ordering his hench-vampires to kill civilians, while in the same breath reminding them, "And boys? No swearing." And Faith is a genuinely sad and tragic figure, though none the less evil for all that. The diabolical duo are not unlike a lethal Lolita and her horrific Humbert Humbert, a sort of surrogate father-daughter psychotic folie-a-deux.
All the episodes of this season are very good, and the all-time best episode of the series - and its sequel - are among them: "The Wish," in which debuting Anya the Vengeance Demon grants Cordelia Chase a Sunnydale into which Buffy Summers never arrived, demonstrating exactly how much one person really can make a difference, and "Doppelgangland," in which a diabolical double of Willow - a really wicked, and morbidly humorous, vampire - is brought from Cordelia/Anya's wish-world into real-life Sunnydale, to wreak havoc.
This entire season is, beyond question, Buffy at her best.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2002
Season Three of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (BtVS), for me and many other fans, was the high point of the series to date (though the current-and-final seventh season may yet manage to outdo it). There are several reasons for this:
1.) It featured BtVS's most memorable villains, the rogue Slayer Faith and the enigmatic Mayor Wilkins, and wove them into an ongoing story arc that remains the most compelling in the history of the series.
2.) It featured some of the best character development in a series that has distinguished itself by strong character development. Buffy, Angel, Giles, Willow, Xander, Oz, Faith, and even Cordelia are explored in captivating detail. This is one season when everybody got their chance to shine.
3.) The intensity of emotion that runs through this season is remarkable and often gut-wrenching. Part of the reason everyone gets a chance to shine is that everyone is put through the wringer. Episodes like "Dead Man's Party", "Beauty and the Beasts", "Lover's Walk", "Amends", and "Enemies" grab hold of your heart and twist it mercilessly, as the characters live out their all-too-believable suffering on screen. Few shows have so many actors who are so good at conveying emotion as the BtVS cast, and their performances in this season were phenomenal.
4.) Oz rocks! The guitarist who won Willow's heart in Season 2 really comes into his own as one of the Scoobies in Season 3. Which is a good thing, because about half a dozen episodes into Season 4 he's gone for good. :( Enjoy the unique, delightful humor of the Scooby Gang's resident werewolf while he lasts.
5.) Faith rocks, too, but she's been reviewed in detail elsewhere, so I won't waste space here.
6.) The Big Finish. The two-part "Graduation" is one of the best, most satisfying season finales in Buffy history; only the season 6 finale "Two to Go"/"Grave" has come close to matching it. Watching the way our heroes deal with their private fears and personal issues while preparing for Armageddon is just flat-out great television, and the climactic battle is unmatched by any other fight in the history of the Buffy-verse.
Consistently strong from beginning to end, Season 3 currently stands at the pinnacle of achievement in the annals of Joss Whedon's cult-hit creation. A must-have for every Buffy fan!
51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2003
1. Anne - Buffy, in LA, must deal with her destiny when something demonic threatens kids living on the street.
2. Dead Man's Party - Buffy finds her homecoming to be awkward and unwelcoming.
3. Faith, Hope, & Trick - A new slayer, a new villain, and a new love interest for Buffy. Plus, the return of another character.
4. Beauty and the Beasts - Buffy learns of Angel's return. Oz-wolf is the suspect of a murder.
5. Homecoming - Buffy and Cordelia compete for Homecoming Queen. Willow and Xander's friendship takes a turn.
6. Band Candy - Candy sold by the SHS Band causes the adults to act like teenagers.
7. Revelations - Faith's Watcher comes. The gang finds out Buffy has been hiding Angel.
8. Lovers Walk - Relationships are torn apart due to a liaison between two members of the gang. Spike returns.
9. The Wish - Cordelia's wish creates an alternate reality where vampires rule.
10. Amends - At Christmas, evil haunts Angel with visions of his past and urges him to kill Buffy.
11. Gingerbread - Joyce rallies the town into a witch-hunt after discovering two murdered children.
12. Helpless - Buffy's 18th birthday comes with a secret test by the Watcher's Council.
13. The Zeppo - Xander makes new "friends" and finds his own adventure and danger.
14. Bad Girls - Buffy's new Watcher arrives. Faith lures Buffy into her world of reckless abandon, with fatal results.
15. Consequences - Faith initiates an alliance with the dark side.
16. Doppelgängland - Willow's vampire doppelgänger comes into the Buffy-verse.
17. Enemies - Faith and the Mayor conspire to steal Angel's soul.
18. Earshot - Buffy can read minds and unearths a plot to commit mass murder at the school.
19. Choices - Willow is in danger when Buffy tries to take the offense against the Mayor.
20. The Prom - Buffy must save the day when someone plots Prom massacre.
21. Graduation Day, Part One - The Mayor prepares for his ascension. Buffy battles Faith to save Angel.
22. Graduation Day, Part Two - With Angel near death, Buffy must risk her own life in an effort to save his.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
If I could I would give this DVD a 1000000000000000000 Stars but you can only give 5. This season was about growing up. It was the last year set in high-school and the last year with Angel and Cordelia. The Episodes for this season are
- Dead Man's Party
- Faith, Hope and Trick
- Beauty and the Beasts
- Band Candy
- Lovers Walk
- The Wish
- The Zeppo
- Bad Girls
- The Prom
- Graduation Day, Part 1
- Graduation Day, Part 2 - the Single most defining episode of Buffy after Becoming
This is a wonderful season and a great box set, and i would recemend this to anybody regardless if your a fan of the show.
The special features as listed in the UK are
The DVDs are presented in a standard television 4:3 picture ratio and in a clear Dolby sound that does full justice both to the sparkling dialogue and to the always impressive indie-rock and orchestral scores. Special features include an overview of Season Three by its creator Joss Whedon, and by writers Marti Noxon, David Fury, Doug Petrie and Jane Espenson and documentaries on the weapons, clothes special effects of the show and the speech/verbal tone which makes it what it is-"Buffyspeak". The episodes "Helpless", "Bad Girls", "Consequences" and "Earshot" have commentaries by, Fury, Petrie, director James Gershman and Espenson, in which we find out some fascinating details about the way the scripts mutate and about the particular illuminations added to scripts by actors' performances.