Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3 – A Review

Hello, my darlings!
Welcome to another Buffy review. I just finished season 3, so let’s get down to it right away!

The Plot:

Buffy is doneTM. She’s reeling after the events of season 2 and tries to run from her old life. But it has a way of pulling her back in…

The Rating:

Oh wow, a lot of shit went down in this season. There are some things I want to discuss that won’t be spoiler-free, so consider yourself warned.

Let’s being with the events of the first episode, as I wouldn’t exactly call those spoilers. 😉
Buffy ran away from home and from everything that happened in Sunnydale, but of course, her past catches up with her and she ends up returning. In a way, this is a more intense recreation of the beginning of season 2. So, at first, I thought of it as too much of a copy, but actually, this was super well done and I ended up liking it. It was a good kick-off for the season. Buffy has a lot going on, she’s definitely dealing with PTSD, and the way the show addresses it is great. It feels very genuine and you can relate to Buffy. Also, once she’s back in Sunnydale it’s great that she is going through a process there. This is not a problem that can be solved within a minute. It’s only normal that it would take her some time to work through everything and that, of course, her friends and family would be dealing in their own way with it as well.

Angel is also back this season and I’m not entirely happy about it. For a moment I thought this might work, but I just don’t like him and Buffy together. He keeps bringing out the worst in her and they just end up hurting each other.

One of the most interesting cast additions this season was arguably Faith. A new slayer is in town and she has *issues*. You can tell from the get-go that she isn’t exactly the most stable person but it just gets worse as the season progresses. She’s an interesting character with lots of nuance. This is not just some “crazy bitch” thing but actually a subtle character exploration that delves into emotional manipulation and tackles the need to belong. I definitely wasn’t expecting any of that when I started watching, but just because of that, this might have been my favorite season so far.

She struggles with her own past, wants to be friends with Buffy but at the same time is jealous of her life and doesn’t know how to cope with that properly. Then she meets the mayor. He’s the main antagonist in this season and gets Faith to work for him. That where the emotional manipulation comes in. He definitely acts like some sort of father figure and she’s trying so hard to win his approval. Honestly, I was surprised how intricate this was portrayed and how realistic it felt!

In this season, Giles gets demoted by the council and basically can’t be a watcher anymore ’cause he cared for Buffy too much. I had a moment of panic, that he’d be written out of the show but thankfully there is no getting rid of my favorite English librarian. We get a new watcher and I don’t care for him all too much but his interactions with Giles are funny.

I feel like there isn’t much I can say about the other guys, Xander, Oz, Willow, and Cordelia, that I haven’t said before. So as not to repeat myself, it’s basically that same as in season 2. 😉

While the CGI still is a bit cringy but the plot is extremely well-written this season and I love the character additions and their development. My favorite season so far and it definitely has me excited for what is about to come next!

Did you watch the season? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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