Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 6 Review

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In season six of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Scoobies struggled with the realities of adulthood and (mostly) failed. After being dragged out of heaven by her unwitting friends, Buffy tried to deaden her feelings by entering into an unhealthy and mutually destructive sexual relationship with Spike. Dawn’s kleptomania got out of hand. Xander freaked out and left Anya at the altar. Willow got addicted to magic, and increasingly used it to arrange not just things but people to her liking. Including Tara. Giles left. Twice.

In short, fun times were had by all (not) and a lot of fans found the unrelenting darkness too depressing. It’s probably the most “love it or hate it” season of Buffy. Personally, I lean more towards love, but some parts were hard to watch.

My favorite episodes include:

6×07 Once More With Feeling – Buffy’s legendary musical episode joins “Hush” and “The Body” on nearly every fan’s list of top 5 episodes, including mine.

6×08 Tabula Rasa – Willow tries to make Tara forget about a fight and ends up wiping the whole gang’s memories. The ensuing amnesia results in one of the show’s funniest episodes ever, but don’t get complacent – the final scenes are some of the saddest.

6×09 Smashed – Not the greatest of episodes, but a must watch for Spuffy shippers! All that pent up UST literally destroys a house when Spike and Buffy finally fuck. (Sorry for my language, but there’s really no other word for it.)

6×22 Grave – If the yellow crayon speech doesn’t have you in tears, nothing will.

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My rating: (3.5 / 5)


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