“I want you to get out of my face!”

Buffy ends with a bang….

And the power of the labrys.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

“Chosen”

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
DB Woodside as Robin Wood
Tom Lenk as Andrew
Nathan Fillion as Caleb

Written and directed by Joss Whedon.

Executive Producers:
Joss Whedon
Marni Noxon

Plot:

After some false starts, Buffy realizes that she can turn all the Potentials into Slayers, and lead them in a Harrowing of the Hellmouth.

High Points:

Finally, we get that mix of superheroics, witty banter, and horrorshow that first made Buffy worth watching. The riff on the pilot episode’s final scene, just before the final battle, made for an especially nice touch.

I laughed out loud at the D&D sequence; it’s been awhile since Buffy‘s made me do that.

Woodside and Dushku have good chemistry.

Low Points:

The show featured the tail-end of the entire season’s biggest problems. Since Buffy went into full soap opera mode, we’ve had too many false leads. Buffy gets replaced, and then returns. Angel arrives, and then he leaves. Xander takes Dawn away from danger, and then they return. The First tempts Spike, but that plot dies. Giles appears evil, but he really isn’t. That isn’t good writing; it’s a piling of episodic hints to keep people chatting.

How the Hellmouth did five ordinary humans manage so effectively against the ubervamps? (at least, before the sun became a factor)

And, once again, where is everyone else in the world who might have a stake in this battle?

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 To be honest, this was nothing new. We knew they’d fight the Big Bad, that someone– and the bets were on Anya– would die, and that the Potentials would become an army. The suggestion made here (and elsewhere) that Faith and the others should temporarily die to “slayerize” their sisters would have made a more dramatic twist, and could also have involved Willow, but this still gave all of those until-now useless Slayers a purpose.

Effects: 3/6 Overdone. Spike’s transfiguration looked cheesey, and the Army of Hell resembled overly The Lord of the Rings.

Story: 5/6 The story had its predictable elements, but the writing and dialogue were the best they’ve been this season.

Acting: 5/6 Good overall. Marsters had some fine moments, and the original four recaptured the chemistry of the early seasons.

Emotional Response: 5/6 I’ve been bored with Buffy this season; I started to care about the principal characters again here.

Production: 5/6 As always.

Overall: 5/6 The ending may have been overdone, but this was a satisfying finale to the series.

Total: 30/42

Next Time:

Oh wait…. There is no next time. Anyone else want to make predictions for future careers?

SMG and Alyson Hannigan have the most potential, but people have emerged from more popular shows with as much and never made it. Let’s face it; the film career of Sarah Gellar thus far hasn’t been quite stellar. Hannigan’s less of a star but more of an actor, so we shall see if H’wood offers her better than this one time, at band camp…. I haven’t exactly been kind towards Michelle Trachtenberg, but that’s mostly due to the superfluous whiner she’s had to play. She’s certainly been the least type-cast by her appearance on this show

Dushku has a gig for next year, and Marsters is allegedly returning somehow to Angel— unless that was a red herring to make his death more of a surprise. Giles’s show has been scrapped, but at least one Angel guest spot seems likely.

We have a literal army of Slayers who can appear on Angel and in any other spin-offs, movie adaptations, comic-books, and licensed products for years to come (After School Special: Portrait of a Pre-Teen Slayer). Iyari Limon has emerged as the most interesting of the young Slayers, and I’ll be looking for her. Of course, she’ll have to deal with all the idiot producer-types who, at this very moment, are thinking, “hey, she’s got a hot bod and she does lesbian scenes!” Berman and Braga probably already have her lined up to be a guest forehead alien in an ep of next year’s Boobyprise: “T’Pol, you and the ambassador from Sapphos IV will have to decon….”