The final season of the cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer is uneven to say the least. Some of the episodes are truly great. Like the following five:
5. Potential- In this season, Dawn finally comes into her own a little bit and becomes more of an interesting and complex character. We see glimpses of it up until “Potential,” but it is the episode where who Dawn is becomes a lot more clear. She is a brave girl who has been through a lot, and the idea that she could go through a lot more and becoming a Slayer is both exhilarating and terrifying to her. The final scene between Dawn and Xander is gorgeous and sweet.
4. Storyteller- Perhaps the only truly funny episode in the season, “Storyteller” is also pretty heartbreaking by the end. The episode gives Andrew some well-needed depth and character development while also serving up a nice break from all the doom and gloom. If you don’t laugh at Buffy pouring cereal into a bowl in slow motion then there is probably something wrong with you.
3. Conversations with Dead People- This episode is terrifying, and it is also really great. We learn a lot about Buffy that has been hinted at for several seasons (all the way back in the first season we learn a little about Buffy’s issues with men). We also learn a little bit about how persuasive the first can be, and we see how strong and brave Dawn really is. The only issue I have with this episode is I am still unsure about Joyce’s appearance and what it foretold, or if it was the First.
2. Lies My Parents Told Me- More Spike flashbacks! Whenever we see a flashback to Spike before he was a vampire, we learn a lot about the monster he became. And it all makes sense. Juxtapose these flashbacks with an angry Robin Wood and his attempt to kill Spike, and Buffy and Giles having contentious sparring, and you have a great episode.
1. Chosen- The finale of the series will make true fans gasp (Anya!), cry and cheer every single time that they watch it. When Buffy stands again after being wounded, we see what the whole show has meant. Buffy always comes back, and she always rallies. The smile on her face in the series’ final moments is a stunning conclusion to Buffy’s troubles. A perfect finale for the show.