Full disclosure, I hate series finales. They're almost always a disappointment, almost always feel incomplete. Same as after a quickie with a frat boy, we're left scratching our heads going 'that's it?'. I honestly remember being super let-down by the 'Buffy' finale, but I was shocked at how fulfilling, complete and orgasmically exciting it was. Socks literally knocked off. Okay, maybe figuratively. So that being said, let's do this! Here is my take on the series finale of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer':
HOT! The fall of Caleb
The show has always had a feminist, girl-power theme to it, so it makes total sense to have a not-at-all sexy misogynistic dickwad like Caleb be the final, tangible Big Bad. As we'll see throughout the course of this episode, the girl-power mantra is heightened to a fever pitch, and we get a pretty damn good indicator at the top of the ep, when Buffy clips Caleb, starting from the balls up. Like Willow said, scythe matters.
HOT! Buffy cookies
I really didn't care for the return of Angel last episode, because I thought it took a big hairy shit on everything Buffy developed with Spike. But it really comes home to roost here, because more than Buffy's relationship arc with either of these soul-happy vamps, Buffy has to complete the relationship arc with herself. If we look at Buffy's track record with men, she's either taking them for granted, or letting them walk all over her. She's never been able to have a functional relationship because, as Buffy discovers, she's 'cookie dough that's not finished baking'. Being the Slayer means she's never had time to discover a sense of personal self, and when she finally gets time to do that, she can't be with someone else. Even though this is such a positive revelation, it'd feel pretty crappy if she delivered it to Spike, because she just admitted there's a part of her that craves a future with him. With Angel it makes sense, because they've already established that they can't be together, but that the longing has never fully gone away.
HOT! Rock 'em, sock 'em
My Wood has never been more 'throbbin that in his battle-prep scene with Faith. Our 'bad Slayer' has a pretty cut-and-dry approach to men which can be summed up as 'fuck and bail'. Faith believes that she needs to be emotionally unavailable, and use men for their bodies, because if she doesn't, she'll get walked all over. The power dynamic is you're either the victim or the asshole, and Faith would rather be the asshole. Wood is brilliant in his interaction with her. By good-heartedly chirping Faith's sexual performance, he uses humor to show that he's not one to be walked all over, but that doesn't mean he's going to treat her like shit either. What can I say? The man is full of surprises.
HOT! Back to high school
The Scoobies really are strongest as a unit, so I was thrilled to see that all previous conflict has been dead and buried, and they are their usual force to be reckoned with. I love that the final battle took place back in the high school, where everything first started for the gang. But more than that, I was just tickled by the witty, snap-crackle-pop dialogue of the core four. They've been, in some cases literally, to hell and back, together and to be able to just blather on about going to the mall, with Giles shaking his head, was a super-sweet moment before the big battle.
HOT! Oh my goddess
If I had to pick a favorite part of this episode, Willow's moment of glory would be it. She's always been my favorite character -- of all time, not just in the Buffyverse -- and her big-shebang spell was so perfect, both in terms of theme and character. With regards to theme, this spell fits right in with the girl-power overtones. A bunch of dudes declared that one girl would be a super-strong sacrificial lamb, and fight vampires, demons and the forces of darkness. As Buffy said, Willow is stronger than all of them. So what bigger 'fuck you' than to obliterate the Slayer tradition and make every Potential in the world a Slayer? That montage of those girls getting their power -- the Potentials we all know and hate, the softball girl, the trailer park chick -- totally gave me chills. As for character, Willow has spent all season in fear of her power. What if she goes for broke and turns all raven-haired magic momma again? So how fitting was it when she went full-tilt in the opposite direction and went all white and shiny? That was nifty.
NOT! Anya always doing the stupid thing
Okay, it would have been a little cheesy to have every single Scooby make it through the big fight. And plotwise, this is really gripping stuff. Andrew is all but ready to die. He knows he's done wrong, and in some ways he will never feel fully redeemed, so why not go down fighting evil? On the other hand, Anya has expressed her reticence for sticking her neck out for anybody, so their character arcs are ironically completed when Andrew survives because Anya saves him. But I really wish she would have made it to the end.
HOT! The epic battle
I'm really not one for war scenes. Sure, I like violence and fights in my entertainment, but big, sweeping battles usually find me reaching for my phone and checking my Instagram. This one was perfect. I don't have much to say about it, just that I was on the edge of my seat. Everyone had some good moments, got in some fabulous kills. Sure, there are a couple of head-scratchers. Like, why did it take every ounce of Buffy's Slayer strength to kill one Ubervamp, but all of a sudden, the likes of Dawn and Andrew are killing them like it ain't no thang? And how does Buffy suffer a stab wound to the gut, take a two-minute nap, and then masterfully clip a gajillion Ubervamp's with nary a blood stain on her shirt? Don't know, don't care.
NOT! I love you not
Spike's arc also came full circle when he donned the champion talisman and sacrificed himself to save the world. I hate to see him go but
HOT! The final scene
FASHION SLAYER! For the last time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Cute jacket from the endless supply courtesy of Hank Summers's absent dad guilt, stylish yet affordable boots, and a badass weapon. 'Nuff said.
Well that's all for me, my lovely readers. Please leave me a comment as to what you thought about the finale to this wonderful show.
When I first started writing this blog, back in October 2013, I started this blog with the intention of exchanging my oh-so hilarious, raunchy take on my favorite TV show with fellow fans, and getting to hear their opinions as well. I am proud to say that I succeeded tenfold. This blog is responsible for my wonderful friendship and collaboration partnership with the spectacular Martin Lastrapes. I have received comments from such a cornucopia for people, ranging from a Belgian fangirl to a war vet, and I have loved interacting with all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Many of you have asked me/kindly requested that I follow up my 'Buffy' blog entries with another show, mainly 'Angel' or 'Charmed'. While I have had a blast blogging for you, I'm going to be straight with and tell you that I have nothing else in the works. Quite frankly, after blogging every week for almost three years straight, I need a break. Most of you know I am a screenwriter, hustling to sell my script, and I need more time to write. In a couple of weeks, I am getting married, so any time I am not writing, I want to spend with my new husband.
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