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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 22: Grave


Written by David Fury; Directed by James A. Contner

Grave is undoubtedly the crummiest season finale of Buffy’s entire seven-year run. The only question is how crummy. Okay, so it’s not Hell’s Bells bad, but it’s still pretty damn awful, as Willow continues her ruthless campaign of lesbian revenge, until Xander halts her with a cringe-worthy speech about a yellow crayon. (Guess all that crazy lesbo needed was a big strong man after all, huh?) The “magic as drugs” metaphors continue here and are as bad as ever, but at least the presence of Giles brings back some of the classic Buffy feel. His response to learning that Buffy has been screwing Spike (gales of uncontrollable laughter) is right on the money, by the way, and kind of sums up my view of the season as a whole. Oh, and at the end, Buffy re-emerges from a grave as melodic Sarah McLachlan music plays in the most hollow happy moment in the show’s history (and this is coming from a Sarah McLachlan fan). I get the metaphor of her being “resurrected” yet again, but this time wanting to live, but what precisely is it about the events of the last few episodes that has suddenly convinced her that this world is worth living in? (Or indeed, given her abhorrent behaviour, why it is that she even deserves to?)

Overall rating: 4/10.

Posted: Monday, September 25, 2006 at 1:11 AM
Categories: Buffy the Vampire Slayer | DVD | Reviews | TV

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