Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Series 5 (Standard plastic case packaging) [DVD] 
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The fifth season of Joss Whedon's hit series started out in excellent form as slayer extraordinaire Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) did battle with the most famous of vampires (that Dracula guy) and then went on to spar with another nemesis, little sister Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg). Wait--Buffy has a teenage sister? Where has she been the past four years? And why is everyone acting like she's always been around? Turns out that young Dawn is actually "The Key," a form of pure energy that, true to its name, helps open the gates between different dimensions. To protect said key from falling into the wrong hands, a group of monks gave it human form and sent it to the fiercely protective Buffy for safekeeping, creating new memories of Dawn for everyone as if she'd existed... well, always. Why all the super secrecy? There's this very, very, very bad girl named Glory (Clare Kramer) who wants the key very badly, and will do anything to get it. Oh, and by the way, Glory isn't just a run-of-the-mill demon... she's way worse. Some fans will tell you that Buffy "jumped the shark" with the introduction of Dawn, when in actuality this season was the pinnacle of the show's achievement, as there was superb comedy to be had ("Buffy Vs. Dracula," the double-Xander episode "The Replacement," the introduction of the "Buffybot" in "Intervention") as well as some of television's best drama. The Whedon-scripted and -directed "The Body" remains one of Buffy's best episodes, when the young woman who faces down supernatural death on a daily basis finds herself powerless in the wake of her mother's sudden passing. The first third or so of the season was a bit choppy, but once the evil Glory came into her own, Buffy was a television force to be reckoned with. Kramer was the show's best villain (after the evil Angel, natch), and the supporting cast was never better. But as always, it was the superb Gellar who was the powerful centre of the show, sparking opposite lovelorn vampire Spike (James Marsters) and wrestling with moral dilemmas rarely seen on television. With this season, Buffy Summers became, like Tony Soprano, one of television's true greats. --Mark Englehart --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Where to begin? I have watched Buffy from the start, and this season is probably my favourite. Better episodes, better effects, although still some dodgy moments where you can easily see that it is not Sarah Michelle Gellar doing the stunts, and better storylines. This is, for any Buffy fan, a must-buy, as it is essential to anyone who enjoys the comedy-horror genre.
Although Season 5 is still comedic, it also has many more serious moments. Not to spoil it for those who have not seen the series yet, two major deaths rock the Sunnydale Slayage Crew. These are excellently handled, and in no way seem like they are tying off loose ends.
The episodes are excellent. From fighting Dracula, to multiple Xanders. Froma new sister, to an old foe swapping sides. This season is excellent.
The first disc houses such gems as the introduction of a sister, without any back story or any clues into why she is there. These facts are revealed slowly through the next disc, with amusing storylines for Spike, clearly an excellent addition to the princpal cast. Anya also comes into her own, and becomes revels in the joys of capitalsim.
Through the next disc a departure of a relatively new character, Riley, hurts Buffy tremendously, whilst the appearance of a troll lightens the mood considerably. The fourth disc includes the funny episode where the Watcher's Council return to Sunnydale, and reveal a shocking secret about the main enemy of this series. Spike also has a choice to make, whether to fall back into the arms of his old flame, Drusilla, or to move on and persue his newest conquest, a source of exasperation for Buffy.Read more ›
The pilot, 'Buffy Vs. Dracula', side-steps potential corniness to put a post-modern spin on the tale. Indeed, for anyone who's read the book it's a real treat to see Buffy and her gang adopt personas from the book and witness an absolutely hilarious ending as well as get a few allusion to what is to come. Other episodes worth pinpointing are 'Fool For Love', an outstanding episode that deserves kudos for its technical innovation as we get to see how Spike killed two Slayers in the past. As usual though the Joss Whedon penned episodes are the best, with 'Family' moving forward leaps and bounds in its gentle depiction of a normal lesbian relationship in Willow and Tara. However, it's 'The Body' that is perhaps not only one of the best 'Buffy' episodes yet but one of the best moments in the whole of television history. Set over one day we get to see, in four scenes only, the gang's reaction to the horrific death of someone close to them. Quite simply, it is the best study of grief that I have ever witnessed, either on the small screen or in the cinemas. Whilst Buffy is too shocked to say anything, Dawn breaks down, Willow becomes paranoid about how she should be acting and Anya achieves a glimpse at mortality that terrifies her.Read more ›
While relationships between the characters are explored on a new level, so is the issue of Buffy's mortality. Although dealt with in previous seasons, this is the first time we really get a sense that the Slayer's life-span is a limited one, and the group as a whole can be seen as completely vulnerable. This tends to be what sets a trend of seriousness that is further explored in the following season.
As always there are the odd disappointing episodes (none as dire, however, as "Beer Bad" and "Superstar" in Season 4), but the season still keeps up the pace with its fine mix of humour and horror. The wonderful thing about this programme is the constant back-referencing, leaving you feeling that, after consuming a season or two, you have watched one long film. Season 5 succeeds in adding to this experience admirably. A must for all Buffy fans - you won't be disappointed
Instead of being about teen problems, this Season starts to see the Scoobies as grown ups (after all, they're in their 20s now). Sarah Michelle Gellar is as stunning as ever, effortlessly portraying the entire range of human emotions. (She suffers a lot this Season). Alyson Hannigan is still excellent as Willow and Nick Brendon and Tony Head get much more on-screen time - great for Xander and Giles fans. Also pleasing are some good character developments for newcomer Tara (Amber Benson) and the loss of the show's dullest character fairly early on.
While there are a few poor episodes (Buffy Vs. Dracula, Triangle, Crush), the gems outweigh them. No Place Like Home, Fool For Love, The Body, Intervention, Tough Love and The Gift are all masterpieces in their own right. If you're a Buffy fan, you NEED this. Buy it and remind yourself why Buffy leaves every other TV show in its dust.
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Perhaps the strongest of all 7 seasons in that the longer term story arcs for Seasons 6 and 7 are embedded here. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Willow Rosenberg
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