“There was this other apocalypse, this one time….”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

“End of Days”

Cast and Crew:


Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris
Emma Caulfield as Anya
Michelle Trachtenberg as Dawn
James Marsters as Spike
Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg

Special Guests:
Anthony Stewart Head as Giles
David Boreanaz as Angel
Eliza Dushku as Faith
Iyari Limon as Kennedy
Nathan Fillion as Caleb

Writers:Jane Espenson
Doug Petrie

Director: Marita Grabiak

Executive Producers:
Joss Whedon
Marni Noxon

Plot:

People get injured, Anya and Andrew play doctor, Buffy uses her new axe and finds the last of the Guardians, the first plots, Xander has a shocking experience, Angel returns, Spike gets jealous.

High Points:

The final scene contained a few surprises and left me wondering if the apparent end to the fight isn’t what the First has wanted all along.

Low Points:

The problematic plotting, both by the series creators and the characters. The gang send Buffy packing; two episodes later they’re actively looking for her. Sunnydale has been abandoned by its citizens and some sort of evil is brewing; no one outside Sunnydale cares. What’s the initiative up to? The Marines? The National Guard? Why doesn’t anyone drop by to investigate?

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6 “There was this other apocalypse, this one time….”

Effects: 4/6 Nothing special, but nothing bad, either.

Story: 3/6 See “Low Points.” The appearance of the Guardian, while not yet clearly explained, led to an interesting final scene.

Acting: 4/6 See effects.

Emotional Response: 3/6 We’re getting too much soap opera humanity, where characters discuss things that are supposed to be meaningful, but they’re missing a sense of reality that might make us care.

Production: 5/6 No issue here.

Overall: 4/6 I used to like this show. It hasn’t entirely lost my interest, but it really needs to end now.

Total: 26/42

Next Time:

Buffy ambiguously disappears, so that she can make guest appearances on Angel if SMG’s career doesn’t go anywhere. Faith, regrettably, dies, and Kennedy becomes the next Slayer. Spike joins Angel Investigations. We never see Dawn or Andrew ever, ever again.

I’m making it all up. I have no idea. Joss Whedon has written the final episode, and he’s pulled off some good twists before. Hope exists that the saga will end well.