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First: rest assured that there's no shame in coming to Buffy late, even if you initially turned your nose up at the winsome Sarah Michelle Gellar kicking the hell out of vampires (in Buffy-lingo, vamps), demons, and other evil-doers. Perhaps you did so because, well, it looked sort of science-fiction-like with all that monster latex. Start with season 3 and see that Buffy offers something for everyone, and the sooner you succumb to it, the quicker you'll appreciate how textured and riveting a drama it is.
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
The actual series itself gets a full, bright 5 stars! Buffy's been my favorite show since it went off the air over a decade ago. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Nicole
It arrived in good condition, and is a great addition for those who enjoy the near-cult status of this series. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Teril
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|Buffy DVD's Not Really The Complete Series||
thanks for the thread, I was going to order the set, but I think I'll wait for another re-release in few years
Mar 31, 2014 by Talal | See all 10 posts
|What is the difference between The Chosen Collection?||
The Chosen Collection came on 40 discs, with the 40 disc being a bonus with extras. The red box "Complete Series" is just a repackaging of all the individual seasons.
Mar 1, 2011 by Cesar L. | See all 2 posts
Details say 39 discs. I think you would be looking for Buffy: The CHOSEN Collection
Nov 1, 2012 by Repairman Jack | See all 2 posts
|Is there a play all option on the disc menu?||
The menus for the Buffy DVD's are horrible. They made it very annoying with the looping music for each season being exactly the same on each disc, and the many useless sub-menus for the same things. Does each episode need it's own Language Selection and Subtiles Option? NO! Just put it once... Read More
Sep 10, 2013 by Emissary35 | See all 3 posts
|Three different 'complete' sets..three prices||Be the first to reply|
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