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DVD Review-Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 6

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Sixth Season
20th Century Fox Home Video
Warning: Spoiler’s Ahead! This review was written for people who know the series and have seen season 6.
BuffyI have to say, this review is a bittersweet experience for me. Round about season three of this series I became a convert. I don’t remember when I started watching it, but it was early enough that I got it. I mean, I became an addict. The fact that the show, and it’s spin-off Angel aren’t around in first-run anymore is a sad state of affairs, and writing this just reminds me that season 7 is the end. Well things end, I guess.
This season, the series first on UPN after five seasons on rival fledgling network The WB, raises the bar once again for network series television. Not only is there a full-length musical episode (“Once More, With Feeling,” a natural counterpart to season four’s largely silent “Hush”) it is also jam-packed with series turning points. Among them, this season’s mortality is ratcheted up several notches, with the death of a main character (this time permanent, as opposed to Buffy’s season five demise) and Willow’s wanton murder of Warren and near slaughter of Anya and Giles. In addition, Willow and Tara’s relationship reaches a level of intimacy that is rarely, if ever, seen between two women in film, much less on network television. The courage shown by Whedon, the cast and crew, and UPN should be commended.
Season 6 is also significantly darker in overall tone, with quite a bit less overall humor than some of the previous seasons but a wealth of pivotal moments. Buffy and Spike’s relationship, the death of Tara, Willow’s transformation into an evil, magic-addicted murderess, Giles’ return to England, the journey of the Nerds from comic relief to killers and the end of Xander and Anya’s relationship pack an absurd level of pivotal character development into this 22 episode season.

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