TV REWIND: Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Season 3


It took me a little bit over 3 days to finish the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  After reeling me in with a rivoting second season finale.  The last time we left Buffy off, she was leaving her friends and family behind by leaving town.  Angel was supposedly killed, after getting his soul back.  In my opinion, the end of the second season marked the end of the “happy-go-lucky” part of the series.  Starting with the third season premiere, things got a heck of a lot darker and more serious.  Granted, I am sure it will be getting a whole lot darker as the series progresses, but for now, they are doing the right thing.

One of the major things I saw right away was the cinematography.  It was done a lot different, giving the overall feel to the show, more creepy, not to mention more professional.  This season introduced us to some new characters.  Faith, who was another vampire slayer, and the mayor of Sunnydale, who was secretly a demon plotting to kill everyone in the season finale. Mid-season, Giles was fired from being Buffy’s watcher, and in came Wesley, her new, younger more imature watcher.  Giles didn’t go anywhere, though, don’t worry.

Of course with every good drama show out there, there has to be relationships.  Relationships are very common in this show.  As far as I can tell, there has been a romantic interest, if not more, for everyone in the show.  Especially for Xander, who has liked Buffy, Cordelia, Willow, Faith, and now this ex-demon girl…it’s complicated. Anyways, last season, Xander started to date Cordelia, which I had no problem with, but sparks flew between him and Willow third season.  I have always liked their relationship more, because it is more personal than his and Cordelia.  Naturally, they got caught in the act, and that’s where I had a bittersweet feeling.  I love the idea of Willow and Xander together, but Cordelia and Oz didn’t do anything wrong, so they shouldn’t have to deal with that. Later on, Oz and Willow got back together.

Things got more intense when Faith went bad.  She and Buffy were out patrolling when she accidentally killed a man.  She kind of lost it, and went all Anikan Skywalker, and turned to the dark side, joining the Mayor in his efforts to destroy the world.  Buffy ended up putting Faith in a coma, which upset the Mayor pretty much, leading us to the finale.  

In the finale, a ton of things happened.  Buffy quit the counsel, not taking orders anymore.  She’s a free slayer now.  There was a huge war at the end of season 3 that all the students participated in.  It was like a scene from “Lord of the Rings.”  Then at the very end, Angel left Sunnydale, never to be seen again.  Actually, I think he just got a call from a wealthy producer to come star in his own TV show called “Angel.”  In the end there was no cliffhanger, I was surprised, but it was still good.  

Now I have to start watching Angel as well as the fourth season of Buffy, cause they apparently cooincide with each other.  So I’ll talk to you guys later. Peace out!


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