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Better packaging and presentation, overall a slower season
on 6 November 2001
The first thing to point out about this DVD boxset is that - unlike the Season 2 set - the makers have obviously taken on board the criticism over the tight-fitting packaging (that had in some cases resulted in scratched CDs) and repackaged this seasons collection in protective sleeves.
This presentation is complimented further still by the no-nonsense menu/episode selection system. Unlike the previous two boxsets this one doesn't force you to sit through endless CGI which, although attractive the first time around, ends up just being irritating. This time around you can choose which episode you want to watch from a single screen, and actually getting to play the episode is a straight forward, no-nonsense (yet still very attractive) procedure.
Unfortunately it is my opinion as a hard core Buffy fan that this season is perhaps the "worst" out of the 6 that have been made. Character development, Buffy speak and Pop culture all features heavily as it does in previous seasons but with the exception of the brilliant portrayal of Faith (Eliza Dushku) and the Mayor (and of course the ever enthralling escapades of Spike) none of the episodes seem to really "gel" together as they have in previous (and future) seasons.
There are some classic episodes - "The Wish" being perhaps the best in my opinion - but overall I would say that this season is more of a scene-setter for future seasons (demonstrating slayer weaknesses, vampires with feelings, etc) rather than being a rollercoaster ride in its own right.
That said, as with the other boxsets, this is an essential purchase for anyone who considers themselves to be true Buffy fans.