Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Volume 6.2

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
RRP 34.99
Certificate: 15
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There have been many negative responses about the show's sixth year, but I think it would be fair to say that season six offers an up-turn and starts to see the original Buffy humour returning to greatness in the form of the seasons three bad guys.

Perhaps having a darker tone than ever before, season six still has some great shows in its repertoire. Following Willow's story of magic addiction did get a little cheesy at times as its crudely explicit analogy with addiction and rehab was a bit over the top.

The eventual consequences of this however, leading to a surprise death and Willow's character altering dramatically, makes for great television.

Sarah Michelle Gellar yet again handles everything thrown her way, with her sexual self-disgust played as well as any other emotion she has had to perform, and James Marsters was as elegantly ruthless and obsessive as ever.

Darkness oversees everything in the latter part of season six, and the estrangement of the characters from each other, a well-observed portrait of what happens to college pals in their early 20s, is shown very well. Although given a bad rap from many reviewers, I think season six ends with a great storyline and some fantastic acting.

Keri Allan

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