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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of the end...
Buffy the Vampire Slayer has probably surpassed many people's expectations as TV series - despite having a small audience, the show and its stars have become modern pop culture icons. Last year they grew up, dealt with sex, death and addicition. As this season starts, all the characters must come to terms with their demons.
Buffy is now training Dawn, and gets a job...
Published on 16 July 2003 by MR GJ HUGHES

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3.0 out of 5 stars missing episode!
I recently bought the 1st part of series 7 on video. On the whole this is fantastic although it is probably overall my least favourite series of BTVS. HOWEVER! I have an episode missing... it skips straight from 'Bring on the Night' to 'Potential', missing out 'Showtime'. Is my version a one-off? Be careful when you buy and make sure you check before handing over any...
Published on 30 Oct 2003


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5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of the end..., 16 July 2003
Buffy the Vampire Slayer has probably surpassed many people's expectations as TV series - despite having a small audience, the show and its stars have become modern pop culture icons. Last year they grew up, dealt with sex, death and addicition. As this season starts, all the characters must come to terms with their demons.
Buffy is now training Dawn, and gets a job as a student counsellor; Xander gets all professional and successful; Willow learns to cope with her power; Anya struggles to get into the vengeance game again; and Spike is insane in the basement.
Season Seven is the shows most consistently entertaining season since Season Three. The re-building of Sunnydale High, the return of the Hellmouth and the re-introduction of standalone stories gives it a back to basics feel. This is quick-witted stuff, never failing to be dramatic or emotional, but always keeping the cheeky humour. The first 11 episodes set up what will become the seasons main story arc, involving the re-opening of the Hellmouth. There are some dark hints, building to pretty horrific clues, about what exactly the Scooby gang will be facing at the end of the season.
There isn't a single episode in this collection that I would call less than "very good". The show has wavered in the past, but here, Buffy's on top form. Single best episode from this collection? Possibly Selfless - Buffy and Anya come to blows, with Anya being a murdering demon and all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This one has three definitive Angel episodes out of four, 18 May 2004
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Selecting four episodes from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to represent the Angel volume in the "The Slayer Collection" has an advantage over most of the others in the set because they only have to look at the first three seasons. Given the premise of the collection "Angel" from the first season is an obvious choice, because that is where Buffy finds out that Angel is really a vampire. "Innocence" from the second season is another given because that is where Angel turns into Angelus after achieving a moment of pure happiness after spending the night with Buffy." "Amends" from season three, where Angel is tortured by the First, who sends visions of his victims to haunt him, was the episode Joss Whedon submitted for Emmy consideration that year and makes for a nice final choice. The one I would quibble with is "I Only Have Eyes for You," in which Angel and Buffy are possessed by a pair of tortured ghosts.
In terms of performances that episode has one of David Boreanaz's best (Angel gets possessed by the female ghost), but I cannot believe that what I consider the single best "BtVS" episode ever, "Becoming, Part II," is not included in either this set or the Buffy one (which has "Becoming, Part I"). The argument could be that two Angelus episodes out of four would be a bit much, which would scratch "Passions" as well, but then the only other episode in the running would be "The Prom." So, on balance, they did not do too bad of a job with putting this one together. Of course, ultimately "The Slayer Collection" is for those who are not die-hard fans, who will want to own each complete season on DVD, but for those who want the choice episodes to watch when they want. In that regard, three out of four is not bad.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brief History of 3 Key Buffy Characters!, 15 Sep 2004
This is a fantastic little set, which contains some of my favourite Buffy episodes ("I Only Have Eyes For You", "Doppelgangland", "Wild At Heart"). If you can't afford the series boxsets, then this is an excellent way to bide your time whilst saving... 3 discs - each dedicated to a key Buffy character and containing 4 key episodes for each, which span across the seasons.
The boxset packaging is rather simple and unimaginative (no fancy foldout designs nor informative episode guide as with the standard series sets) but for the price and considering the great array of episodes you get, it is easy to let it slide. The Special Features section seemingly doesn't have much to offer (only a Character Profile and a DVD Trailer) but the Character Profile features a range of clips from all seasons and interviews with the actors and writers, which is much better than the screen bio that I was expecting!
All in all, thoroughly recommended - enjoy a selection of Willow, Spike and Angel's finest Buffy moments at a fraction of the usual boxset cost!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars missing episode!, 30 Oct 2003
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I recently bought the 1st part of series 7 on video. On the whole this is fantastic although it is probably overall my least favourite series of BTVS. HOWEVER! I have an episode missing... it skips straight from 'Bring on the Night' to 'Potential', missing out 'Showtime'. Is my version a one-off? Be careful when you buy and make sure you check before handing over any money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Classic Episodes, 27 Oct 2001
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This video contains some of, if not THE most important epiodes of series three. In Helpless, Buffy is tested by the watchers council, locked up in a house with an insane vampire. However things get out of hand as the vampire breaks loose, and althouigh its obvious who wins, the outcome will shape the future of the slayer. The Zeppo sees the gang face their 4th aprocalypse while Xander has a lot of personal growing to do. While they leave him out of the battle to protect him, he gets himself involved with the undead - and nearly becomes one..... Bad Girls and Consequences see Buffy and Faith fnally go over the edge, Faiths bad attitude finally getting to Buffy. While out on a wild night of robbery and assulting policemen, Faith makes a tragic mistake. The concequences shake the scoobies world, and by the end of what is essentially a two parter, nothing will ever be thge same again.
These superb episodes are some of the best writing there has ever been on Buffy. If you havent seen this, you need to, not only to fill in the gaps in your viewing, but also because the events in this video shape the future of Buffy, the repurcussions of what happens here still reaching into season 5. A Must buy for ANY Buffy Fans!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typifies the best and worst of "Buffy" (spoilers), 7 Sep 2004
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Alain English (London, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Series 7 Part 2 [VHS] [1998] (VHS Tape)
The final end to "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" comes with these last twelve episodes, this boxset including the episode "Showtime" that was unfortunately omitted from Part 1. The episodes typify the best of Buffy (engaging story and characters), and the worst (unnecessary cast additions, and logic problems).
Sarah Michelle Gellar turns in a teriffic performance as Buffy, especially in the episodes "Get It Done" where she discovers the true origins of the Slayer and the season finale "Chosen", where she makes a decision that changes her fate forever. She is given fine support by her fellow regulars Alysson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, Anthony Head et al. The return of Eliza Dusku's rogue Slayer Faith is also welcome, and adds some interesting tension between the characters.
Ensouled vampire Spike (William Marsters) becomes a complete character in this season. The episode "Lies My Parents Told Me" shows what really turned this sensitive poet into a bloodthirsty demon: killing his mother. It's a wonderful episode, rounding off his character while setting him up for his role over on "Angel".
The last-minute introduction of preacher Caleb (Nathan Fillion) is something of a double-edged sword. While he's an interesting addition to the series gallery of misogynistic bad guys, his presence severely blunts the impact of the main villain, the First. Furthermore, some episodes feature plot twists that are not adequately set up beforehand.
But these are minor quibbles. The series last episode, "Chosen", completes the story in a suitably epic, grandiose fashion.
Goodbye, Buffy, it was nice knowing you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great improvement overall from Season 6, 27 Sep 2003
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Mr. A. J. Smith "Ydnaj33" (Bristol, S Gloucestershire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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The first half of Buffy's sixth season contains the first 10 episodes of the series ('Showtime' excluded) and doesn't have a major clunker within the entire set.
LESSONS
A strange, yet effective way of opening Season 7. I especially enjoyed seeing Sunnydale High and Willow in GB. The story itself is nothing superb (especially for Joss Whedon's standards), but the final 2 minutes are spectacular. **1/2
BENEATH YOU
Overall, much better than 'Lessons', finally we learn that Spike does indeed have a soul now and the discovery for Buffy of this is a masterful scene. Even the Anya/Xander storyline seems to work. ****
SAME TIME, SAME PLACE
An unpraised gem in my opinion. The demon is brilliant and Alyson Hannigan does probably her best acting from the seventh season here. The reunion is touching, and at moments I even sensed some of the creepiness of 'Hush'. ****1/2
HELP
One of the weaker installments on the boxset, 'Help' feels a bit like a S2 throwaway - an unnecessary for the final season's year. It's linkage to 'Conversations...' later is good though. **1/2
SELFLESS
Emma Caulfield is superb in what will always be known as her swansong episode of the series. Finally we get to learn most things about her past and even see a wonderful song that apparently happened during 'Once more with feeling'. Everything you expect from a top quality Buffy episode. *****
HIM
In some ways this one seems to be crying out for 'Worst episode of the season', strangely, it isn't. It's actually quite funny at times and can't help but provoke thoughts of a Season 1 episode. ***
CONVERSATIONS WITH DEAD PEOPLE
THE BEST EPISODE OF SEASON 7. This is a creepy, intelligent and very important episode of the season. Trachtenburg, Gellar and Hannigan are fantastic in their respective storylines, interesting Buffy Vs Vamp is probably the most effective of the stories, while Dawn's story is simply chilling. Best since 'Once more with feeling'. *****
SLEEPER
Another wonderful episode, James Marsters finally begins to get some stuff to do. The First is really beginning to come into business here and the scene is finally set for the showdown later on in the series. A superb scene in the Bronze also ! ****1/2
NEVER LEAVE ME
A turning point episode where the First's threat really hits home with Buffy and the Scooby gang. The destruction of the council is great and Andrew is fitting in to the gang very well. ****1/2
BRING ON THE NIGHT
The final episode on the boxset and a brilliant one. Landau and Marsters have always been good together and they still haven't lost their spark (even though Landau is playing the First). ****1/2
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Season 7 missing episode!, 14 July 2003
By A Customer
Please note that this is not a review about the quality of the actual episodes (as they are better than ever), I bought this box set today (14/07/03) and have just gotten to the last episode which is supposed to be "Showtime", however it seems that someone has fudded up here because that episode is completely missing and as a result the next episode "potential" is now in its place (Potential should be on the next box set). As a result of this there is a gaping plot hole that is ruined by the intro to "potential" which shows how "Showtime" ends as well as the introduction of more S.I.T.s to the show and the rescue of Spike! I hope it's only the box set I have but it seems someone has messed up big time! (The episodes are still cool though)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Final Season of Buffy, 24 May 2003
Continuing from the horrific events of last season, it is quite hard to pick up the pieces in the first few episodes, which could be better but do give us a general feel for the great story to come. All the characters are happier in this season, especially Buffy who seems much like her younger self.
Characters such as Dawn and Spike are given bigger parts this season, and we discover more secrets that each character is hiding. We also see the return of many familiar faces.After 3 introduction episodes, things soon pick up from episode 4 and the season builds up to some fantastic battles and heartbreaking scenes mixed with the humour that we know and love from previous seasons.
Memorable episodes include - Episode 4 "Help" and Episode 7 - "Conversations with dead people" which have fantastic scripts and dramatic events that change the lives of all the characters, also if you liked the musical episode last year, you may be in for a treat with episode 5.
Buy this boxset if you have seen the other seasons of Buffy, as this is the final chapter of an epic series, bringing together all the loose ties that left us wondering across the years. With increased special effects and a bigger evil to fight, Buffy Season 7 part one is a must to add to your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Strongest Season Goes out with a Bang!, 2 Nov 2003
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Pete (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
Expectations for this season of Buffy may have been different to what fans recieved from Joss Whedon, however it far exceeded those expectations making for a brilliant opening to season 7.
Watch as buffy and the scoobies develop into adulthood. In the first half of this season they ask themselves who they are, in the second half they are more well established in their personas.
Stand out episodes include "Same Time Same Place" (in which Willow returns to Sunnydale only to find she can't see the scoobies and they can't see her, even though they are at the same place at the same time!), and "Conversations With Dead People" (which is probably best described as the "Once more with feeling", or "hush" episode of the season; Buffy talks with a vamp, willow experiences a haunting, and willow gets a message from the grave). The only bad part of this episode, and season, was it was the only episode in buffy history to have Xander abscent.
What a great season! Buy this on video or wait for the dvd (for those who have this option) - it's more than worth the buy.
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