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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 6 - Episodes 12-22 (Box Set) [VHS] [1998]

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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters
  • Writers: Joss Whedon
  • Format: Box set
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 19 Aug. 2002
  • Run Time: 550 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AFI1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,097 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Box set containing episodes 12 to 22 from the sixth season of the popular teen fantasy. In 'DoubleMeat Palace' a cash-poor Buffy takes a job in a fast food restaurant. 'Dead Things' sees the Troika convince Buffy that she has killed the innocent Katrina. 'Older and Far Away' has everyone gather together for Buffy's 21st birthday party. 'As You Were' finds Buffy's ex-boyfriend Riley back in town and now happily married. In 'Hell's Bells' Xander and Anya's wedding day brings all kinds of trouble. 'Normal Again' sees Buffy captivated by a hallucination in which she leads a normal life, free of all her slaying commitments. 'Entropy' has the friends discover that the Troika have been filming their every action with hidden cameras. 'Seeing Red' finds Buffy trying to foil an armoured van robbery. 'Villains' sees Willow go on the rampage after experiencing a tragic loss. 'Two to Go' has Buffy protect the remaining Troika members against Willow's wrath. Finally, in 'Grave', the time arrives for the final showdown between Willow, Buffy and Giles.


The sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the one a lot of people hated--the show's writers followed the logic of plot and character development into some gloomy places, especially in this, the season's second half. The way that Willow's interest in magic had grown into an excessive fascination with her own power was plausible enough, but to move the interest of this over to a crudely explicit analogy with addiction and rehab was a point where the show seemed to be underlining its usual deft, angst-ridden metaphors. The complicated relationship between Buffy and the bleached blond vampire Spike was far more successfully handled. Sarah Michelle Gellar offers sexual self-disgust as well as any other emotion she has had to perform and James Marsters is as elegantly ruthless and obsessive as ever.

This is a season in which chickens come home to roost: everything from the villainy of the three geeks to Xander's doubts about marriage come to a head, often--as in the case of the impressive wedding episode--through wildly dark humour. The estrangement of the characters from each other--a well-observed portrait of what happens to college pals in their early 20s--comes to a shocking head with the death of a major character and that death's apocalyptic consequences. The season ends on a consoling note which it has, by that point and in spite of imperfections, entirely earned. –Roz Kaveney

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "themirror26" on 13 Nov. 2002
Well, this has come in for one hell of a slating. Season Six's dark tones and emotional catastrophes have set off raging debates among fans of the show. There are plenty of people who are claiming the Season is awful. They're wrong. While Season Six is nowhere near as strong as Five, it's nevertheless full of good ideas. It's the execution that is sometimes lacking. The box set starts badly with the cringeworthy 'Doublemeat Palace' but improves radically with 'Dead Things'. This is one of the few episodes of the Season where the dark tone actually works, as the nerd trio commit an atrocity and try to pin it on Buffy. 'Older and Far Away' is dull melodrama and the return of 'Captain Cardboard' Riley is as bland and uninteresting as the character. However, things vastly improve on the second tape. 'Hell's Bells' is a good dark comedy episode, although it heartily embraces the jilted bride cliche and leaves you wondering how you could ever like Xander again. Emma Caulfield saves the day with a strong performance as the heartbroken Anya. 'Normal Again' is one of the most interesting concepts for an episode of Buffy, and the first 25 minutes is a genuine spine-tingler. It takes a downturn with a dodgy 'I must kill all my friends' twist, but is sufficiently interesting to keep your attention and has an amazing ending. 'Entropy' features the return of Anya. This strikes a good balance. The first half is hilarious comedy (Anya trying get the Scoobies to wish Xander's bits would explode!) and the second half is an accurate portrayal of how betrayed people can make foolish, and damaging decisions. Things heat up in 'Seeing Red'. It's one of the best episodes, but falls victim to two big problems (spoiler ahead).Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 30 Nov. 2002
Season Six got a definite bad rap. It's darker, more sinister than the previous seasons, and nearly a letdown after the glorious - bad pun - Season Five. First, I'll get my gripes out, then concentrate on the lighter parts.
From the point of view of my pro-Spike and pro-Buffy/Spike relationshippingness, Buffy's using of Spike turned out to be a disappointment. Joss should have never left the writers on their own for this season, and maybe even Marti shouldn't have co-produced the show along with him. At the end of S5, Spike was being treated like a man. This all goes down the drain in S6, especially in "Dead Things". Also, the near-rape scene in "Seeing Red". Not fun. Not IC for Spike. Might be a demon, still can love. If you love someone, you don't do that to them. Sure, opens the gate for the whole Soulful!Spike idea, but still, iffy.
Also, Buffy is not a character completely incapable of love. If the season had continued on the way I would have wanted it to be, she wouldn't have ended up using Spike and feeling nothing for him in the end. Still, I'm biased. Blatantly biased.
Dawn was also written a little too young in this season. If she had been written her age - which happens to be my current age - the transition from S6 Dawn to S7 Dawn wouldn't have seemed so sudden. She goes from pastels and sneakers to black and high heels.
I know that power corrupts the best of people, but with Willow... it was almost taken too far. Also, Tara's death was completely unnecessary. Yes, it made Willow become the Big Bad, but it was a shame. Amber Benson should have been in the opening credits for all of the season, not just the episode where her character was killed off.
Also, the Troika - the Three Geeks. A little mixed on that. Sometimes it was strong, sometimes weak.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lendrick VINE VOICE on 25 Jun. 2003
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The main thing that season 6 proves is the genius of Joss Whedon. He steps away from his creation for a series and the whole thing goes a bit wobbly. Don't get me wrong this is still way ahead of most television and all of its pale imitators but this series is just to flawed to be classic. Much has been made of the darkness of this series, I have no problem with that - series 2 wasn't exactly light - what I do have a problem with is the quality of the writing.
Firstly there are just too many plot lines competing for attention so that none really held my attention, is this about the (awful) Trio, Willow, or Buffy & Spike? Previous series had a strong central plot combined with sub plotting and standalone episodes all expertly balanced. This series was all over the place and the only good standalone episode was the one Joss Whedon wrote.
Secondly the Trio of geeks were a big mistake, they were never more than mildly amusing at the start and Warren transformation into superbaddy completely ridiculous.
Thirdly there is some truly awful scripting and plotting. The dialogue always one of the joys of Buffy only rarely sparkled. While some of the plot developments are incredibly clumsily handled, oh Tara is back with Willow, oh 1 episode later Tara is dead and Willow is back on the magic. While much as I missed Giles he had at least one to many exits this series; I'm leaving, I'm back but I'm leaving again, I'm back but I'm dying, oh actually I'm OK!!!
Why 4 stars then? Because the best bits are still some of the best things on television and the final confrontation between Xander and Willow was as powerful as anything the series has done - though I suspect only for long term fans, Xanders character was seriously undermined in this series.
Overall a disappointment compared too the high standards Buffy can achieve, for those that don't agree ask yourselves which was more shocking & moving, Taras death or Glory feeding of her mind in series 5?
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