Well, Buff and friends are back and the soap opera continues. It’s all about Who’s-banging-who and for what reason while plunging stakes into shadow-hopping necros. But I’m still wrestling with a couple of things: Vamps can’t breathe, but they can get drunk and sweat? I would assume the only way vamps could get drunk was to suck on the neck of Charles Bukowski-- more Buffy logic breaking down. The logic completely falls apart when the writers and producers struggle for the best dramatic punch, many times sacrificing the rules they set up. It’s expected from bad cinema, but nearly forgivable on TV considering everything else is so well done.
This is a cool one to add to your Buffy collection. This is the season where they introduce Faith, the post-Kendra-slayer, pre-Angel Wesley Windam-Pryce, Oz becomes a regular, the infamous Columbine episode, the evil Willow, the de-virginified Xander, Giles polishes a police cruiser hood with Buffy’s mom and the pre-Angel Cordelia. However, I did have a problem seeing how they brought Angel back from Hell—smells like cheese.
The special features are pretty standard if you’ve seen Buffy 2. Still informative stuff, though. (I keep wondering if there’s some truth to that whole evil Sarah Michelle Gellar rumor. She’s never once interviewed on any of the featurettes thus far. She’s not a busy actress.) Mostly, the interviews are with the creators, assorted actors and so on. The special features include the script and interviews on selected episodes, a gallery, and a cool start-up menu.
Buffy 4 comes out on Region One in June, 2003 (but available on Region 3 presently if you have an all-region code DVD player). Angel: Season One will be available February 11, 2003.
And for all those looking for a particular episode. Read the following:
Written and Directed by Joss Whedon. Air Date: 9/29/98
While Buffy's trying to find herself and all, Xander, Willow, Cordy and Wolf Boy are picking up Buffy's slack.
Dead Man's Party
Written by David Greenwalt and Directed by James Whitmore, Jr. Air Date: 10/6/98
Buffy's dumb mom hangs a creepy mask in her room and then zombies start roaming around Sunnydale. Don't mothers ever learn?
Faith, Hope & Trick
Written by David Greenwalt and Directed by James A. Contner. Air Date: 10/13/98
The one where Faith shows up on the scene. Cool.
Beauty and the Beasts
Written by Marti Noxon and Directed by James Whitmore, Jr. Air Date: 10/20/98
Oz, the wolf boy, is suspected of midnight snacking on follow classmates. Dude ever heard of McLycanthrope's?
Written and Directed by David Greenwalt. Air Date: 11/2/98
Buffy and Cordy go head to head in a race for the homecoming queen while demons and dark lords conduct their Slayer Fest '98.
Written by Jane Espenson. Directed by Michael Lang. Air Date: 11/10/98
Giles and Buffy's mom turn into horny anarchists after consuming cursed candy bars catered by Giles’ old devil-worshipping friend, Ethan Rayne.
Written by Douglas Petrie and Directed by James A. Contner. Air Date: 11/17/98
Faith's new baby-sitter comes to town and searches for the mysterious Glove of Myhnegon before demon Lagos snatches it up.
Written by Dan Webber. Directed by David Semel. Air Date: 11/24/98
Spike's only episode in Buffy 3. He's drunk and crooning to Sid Vicious' "My Way."
Written by Marti Noxon and Directed by David Greenwalt. Air Date: 12/8/98
Cordy wishes for Buffy to have never have come to Sunnydale. An evil episode a la "It's a Wonderful Afterlife."
Written and Directed by Joss Whedon. Air Date: 12/15/98
Jenny Calendar comes back to haunt Angel and says it's cool to go ahead and kill Buffy.
Written by Jane Espenson and Directed by James Whitmore, Jr. Air Date: 1/12/98
The witches versus the bitches episode. Buffy's dumbass mom campaigns against all witches in Sunnydale--including Willow.
Written by David Fury and Directed by James A. Contner. Air Date: 1/19/98
Buffy loses her slayer powers while chalking up another birthday.
Written by Dan Vebber and Directed by James A. Whitmore, Jr. Air Date: 1/26/98
Xander's episode. Basically, he's on his own, driving, banging slayers, killing beasts. Basically, your wisecracking-guy, etc.
Written Douglas Petrie and Directed by Michael Lange. Air Date: 2/9/98
Wesley Windam-Pryce, Buffy's new watcher, tries to house-break Buffy who's now on a bad girl jaunt with Faith.
Written by Marti Noxon and Directed by Michael Gershman. Air Date: 2/16/98
Angel and Faith square off while Buffy's in peril with the fuzz.
Written and Directed by Joss Whedon. Air Date: 2/23/98
Willow's evil twin from "The Wish" is back… and that's all you need to know.
Written by Douglas Petrie and Directed by David Grossman. Air Date: 3/16/98
The Mayor and Faith got this killer deal. They'll steal Angel's soul again. Talk about an off-and-on relationship.
Written by Jane Espenson and Directed by Regis B. Kimble. Air Date: 9/21/98
Buffy's got this thing where she can hear people's thoughts and stumbles on to a plot to kill all the kids in school. Or the Columbine Episode that wasn't aired until Season Four.
Written by David Fury and Directed by James Contner. Air Date: 5/4/98
The box of demon spiders episode.
Written by Marti Noxon and Directed by David Solomon. Air Date: 5/11/98
Remote control demons run rampant through Sunnydale. Can Buffy stop them in time to save the freaking Prom?!
Graduation Day, Part One
Written and Directed by Joss Whedon. Air Date: 5/18/98
Well, it's that time of year again. Graduation? No, time for Joss to demolish the school in a two-part episode. And will Angel die from a vampire virus or will he spin off on to his own show?
Graduation Day, Part Two
Written and Directed by Joss Whedon. Air Date: 7/13/98
Remember when they pre-empted the second part to "Graduation Day?" Well, now you don't have to wait two months to found out what happened.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Third Season
NR, 1998-1999, 999 min. (6 Disks), Fox Home Video.