Great series, shame about the product : Anyone buying this product is likely to know Buffy the Vampire Slayer back to front and inside out, so I suspect another review dwelling on the content side of things is surplus to requirement! If I were reviewing on the series alone, this would unquestionably get the full 5 stars - more if I could give them.
However, a couple of points worth noting on the actual box set you're thinking of buying:
First of all, check the little booklet that comes with the set. My first copy had half the pages missing, though it was an early order when the box set in this form had only just been released and seems to have been put right in later editions.
However, the reason I sent my first box set back was a glitch on the final disk of season seven (in the final quarter of Touched, should you want to check it yourself). I just received my replacement today only to discover the self same glitch exists so I can only presume its a problem with the manufacturing of the set which (given I got my original copy in October 2006 and am writing this in August 2007) doesn't look set to be put right any time soon.
On top of that Amazon made me pay recorded delivery for the privilege of sending the first one back... not impressed.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Chosen One's Legacy! : What started out as just an idea of an innocent blonde girl in an alley who is attacked by a monster and turns out to be extraordinary is what became this powerful show! Joss Whedon's Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a series that took the female superhero and re-invented it into this groundbreaking show! After his failed attempt with Buffy at the box office in 1992, the concept of Buffy was revived as a TV series and debuted in the spring of 1997 on the new born WB network. With it's refreshing witty dialogue, horror movie-like atmosphere, well choregraphed fights and memorable characters, Buffy was one of the landmark shows for the WB and TV in general! With her core friends: Willow, Xander, Giles as well as many others who make up the Scooby Gang, Buffy battles countless swarms of demons, vampires and Big Bads that threaten the world she is sworn to protect. All 7 magnificent seasons can be summed up like this:
Season 1 (1997)-Buffy Anne Summers, the recent chosen one of a long line of vampire slayers, arrives in Sunnydale with her mother Joyce, hoping to start a better life after her last vampire encounter got her kicked out of school, forcing them to move. But Buffy is unaware that the little simple town of Sunnydale actually is home to the Hellmouth, a mystical portal to hell which is a magnate to a variety of dangerous vampires and demons. But Buffy is not alone in the fight this time, as dorky computer nerd Willow Rosenburg, the goofy funny man Xander Harris, Buffy's new watcher Rupart Giles, Sunnydale's wealthest teen queen Cordelia Chase, and the myterious Angel make up Buffy's Scooby Gang who help the slayer in the battles along the way. But just as the slayer adjusts to her new home, an ancient and powerful vampire known as the Master plans to open the Hellmouth and unleash hell on earth.
Best episode: Prophecy Girl
Worst episode: I Robot...You Jane
Season 2 (1997-1998)-After defeating the Master, Buffy returns home with a strange attitude that puts off her friends and Watcher. But just as Buffy calms down to continue to balance high school and her slayer duties, a fearsome duo of vampires known as Spike and Drusilla come to reck havok in the town of Sunnydale. But the demonic couple are the least of the slayer's problems as Buffy's growing romance with the soulful vampire, Angel, takes a disastrous turn and he transforms into his terrifying alter ego, Angelus. He is an evil so strong that it shakes Buffy and the Scooby Gang to the core. But with new friends like Oz and an exotic second slayer named Kendra, Buffy must prepare herself for an overwhelming battle that may cost her the greatest love she has ever known.
Best episode: Becoming Part 2
Worst episode: Bad Eggs
Season 3 (1998-1999)-After a lonley and dangerous adventure in L.A., Buffy decides to return home where her friends have been taking over the slayer's duties for the past summer. With her trust with her friends and Watcher intacted not to mention being back in school for her senior year of high school, things seem to be looking up for Buffy. But she's not the only slayer in town when bad girl Faith arrives to shake things up. Also, after sending her lover to hell literally, Angel has mysteriously returned. But as Buffy and Faith get closer as slayers, a shocking event sets into motion the Mayor's plan known as the Ascention. It's a terrifying event that will take place on Sunnydale High's graduation day and it's one Buffy and the Scoobies must prepare for if they ever plan to make it out of high school alive!
Best episode: Graduation Day Part 2
Worst episode: Gingerbread
Season 4 (1999-2000)-With Angel and Cordelia off in L.A., Buffy and the rest of the Scooby Gang continue the fight in Sunnydale as Buffy, Willow and Oz move into college. But as Willow and Oz quickly adjust, Buffy struggles to find her balance as the slayer and a college student. Xander may not be college boy, but his new romance with former vengeance demon Anya keeps him occupied. Giles is unemployed and finds himself lost only to get a new roommate that turns out to be a powerless Spike. It's seems a mysterious group of soldiers and scientists did this to him, but who and what they are about is a mystery. But just as Buffy finally adjusts to college and begins a romance with college stud Riley Finn, he reveals that he is apart of this mysterious group which is known as the Initiative. But Buffy will find this new world won't welcome her with open arms and that the Initiative itself is creating an unspeakable evil that has a horrifying plan of it's own!
Best episode: Hush
Worst episode: Beer Bad
Season 5 (2000-2001)-Buffy is about to begin her sophomore year of college, but her meeting with Count Dracula himself is a unseen event. But the biggest unseen event is Buffy suddenly having a little sister named Dawn. It seems Dawn has been here the whole time with Buffy and the Scooby Gang acting like nothing has changed. But the mystery of who and what Dawn is much bigger than they ever imagined when a Hell god from an alternate dimension seeks Dawn who is the key back to her dimension. But it's not only demonic troubles that threaten Buffy and her family but a tumor which will cost the life of Buffy's beloved mother. But just as Buffy is at her saddest, her loving friends and surprisely Spike, who has fallen in love with the slayer, come to her aid to strengthen her once again as she must do battle with Hell god, Glory. But will it be a battle that the slayer will survive?
Best episode: The Body
Worst episode: Listening To Fear
Season 6 (2001-2002)-Just as the Scooby Gang mourn the loss of the fallen slayer, Willow's growing power allows her to bring Buffy back. But even as Buffy's friends are over joyed that she's returned, Buffy realizes that she was ripped out of heaven by them and her adjustment back to life is a traumatizing one. Things don't get easier when a trio of nerds plan to do battle with the slayer. Buffy's growing pain and depression gets so out of hand that she begins a secret and shocking lustful relationship with Spike. But it's not only Buffy who is feeling pain as Dawn begins a life of theivery, Xander and Anya's wedding day is ruined by deception and Tara grows distant from Willow as she grows too powerful for her own good. But just as Willow tries to quite her magic addiction, it consumes her to a point where the power creates a new chaotic persona for the young witch. One that will not only threaten her friends but the world!
Best episode: Once More With Feeling
Worst episode: Doublemeat Palace
Season 7 (2002-2003)-It's the final year for the slayer and her band of friends when a group of hooded men are killing young women all over the world. To make matters worse, Spike has returned with a soul no less and seems to be being tortured by some shapeshifting entity. But the slayer and the Scooby gang are in for a tough year as the revelation of the entity is Evil itself and it's out to destroy the slayer line. But as the refugees of potential slayers come to Buffy for protection and the hellmouth seems to be more powerful than ever, new allies like Principal Wood and old enemies like Faith come to aid the slayer. But the First has reinforces as well when a strong and fearsome preacher comes into town to help destroy the slayer's army. But just as the First Evil has an army of ancient unstoppable vampires ready to be unleashed into the world, will Buffy, the Scooby gang and the potentials be ready to stop this army and evil itself once and for all?
Best episode: Chosen
Worst episode: The Killer In Me
Buffy all the way : Buffy the vampire slayer is true cool to the end, every character has their life to follow here and the bad guys are just coolness with horns. Season 7, the final season is awesome it fails to fail and ends with satisfaction in a bitter sweet kind of way. "Once more with feeling" will have you in stiches and have you singing along even if you dont want to this is part of the charm that is Joss Wheadon he is a fantstic writer. There isnt much if anything to fault here except maybe the need to keep this show going forever that would rule.
Great item, great value : I too got this when it was at £80, it was only there for a few days at that price. I had been watching it for a while so quickly grabbed it when the price dropped so much !! My copy turned up fine and was sealed and in perfect shape. I am so pleased with it. Great fun to follow the gang from day one to the end. I also bought the Angel box set when this went down in price, again only for a few days. Both great buys and a great combo, how could you have one without the other !?
Brilliant series, shoddy packaging and the price keeps rising... : I've just received this - I ordered it last week when it cost £80. Seems Amazon have a very small window for genuine bargains on boxsets. I'm quickly ordering other boxsets that I wanted to forestall prices rising even further...
The boxset I received could only be described as a 'second' - small rips, scratches on packaging and overall bumps and knocks. Not what I'd call a new product! I'm hoping that all the discs will play ok.
However, I'm glad to have snatched it when prices were favourable - cheaper than eBay, even. BTVS got me through a very dark time in my life and I'll always be grateful.