Guest Starring: 
 Anthony Stewart Head: 
 Nathan Fillion: 
 Eliza Dushku: 
 David Boreanaz: 
 Tom Lenk: 
 Iyari Limon: 
 Sarah Hagan: 
  21. End of Days.  
  Buffy saves the potentials and joins them again as their leader. The Scoobies now prepare for the final battle.  
  Great quotes:  
Anya and Andrew argue about humanity.
  • Guardian: “What is your name?” Buffy: “Buffy.” Guardian: “No, really.”
  • Spike to Buffy: “I’ve done things with you I can’t spell.”
  • Buffy is talking about her death, Anya: “Imminent death doesn’t bother her.” Xander then tells Buffy: “Besides, if you die I’ll bring you back to life; it’s what I do.”
  • Faith and Buffy have been discussing the pressure of being a slayer, Faith: “Thank god we’re hot chicks with super powers.” Buffy: “Takes the edge off.”
  Fantastic moments:  
  • Buffy and Spike finally argue all of their issues out; it is a testament to the quality of the series’ writing that Spike has believably changed this much since his introduction almost 6 years ago. The bleach-blonde psycho killer has undergone several changes and finally ended up as Buffy confidant and lover. Who would have thought it eh?
  • The scene in the deserted hospital, in which Anya and Andrew search for supplies, is multi-layered with comedy, poignancy and humanity; it’s simply genius. The scene kicks off with Anya scolding Andrew for his ineptitude before she appears to launch into a polemic on the beauty of humanity; except that she veers into a tirade of abuse against the same before coming to the conclusion that it is the failings of people that make them as strong and worthy as she believes many of them are. Andrew appears entranced by her speech and tells her that she might be the perfect woman; he then cuts through it all by putting on his best schoolyard voice and telling her that “You lurve them [people]!” The scene ends with Anya and Andrew having a ‘wheelchair fight’. Brilliantly funny while at the same time expressing heartfelt emotion, this is a great piece of television.
  • Seeing Angel for the first time in years brings back a lot of good memories of simpler plot lines and teen crushes. Then him and Buffy have a ‘hello kiss’, well isn’t that just the cutest moment? Some of us didn’t watch ‘Angel’ at the same time as BtVS, we were surprised by how much weight David Boreanaz had put on.
  Duff Bits:  
  • How did Dawn get a Taser gun?
  • Sorry to bang on about plot holes, but why would The First have Caleb trying to dig up the axe if they know that only Buffy is worthy of wielding it? It’s a weapon that Buffy didn’t know about until they virtually led her to it.
  Dean's comments:  
Although the Arthurian metaphor is almost too obvious to bother mentioning, Buffy’s re-emergence as the unquestioned hero begins with her retrieval of the axe and is confirmed by her mercilessly fast dispatching of 3 so-called ubervamps. It’s classic, if unimaginative, storytelling; Buffy finally earns everyone’s respect by questing for the Slayer’s axe and saving the lives of the people who had rebelled against her. This is the penultimate episode and so it is not surprising that a lot of the reminiscing and soul-searching is got out of the way before the big finish. Cue an appearance from David Boreanaz, Faith and Buffy discussing their powers, Spike and Buffy discussing relationships and – of course – Buffy kicking some arse in the old school slayer stlylee, hand to hand, swinging a singing axe. In short, this is one for the fans, one for the people who have been watching from the start and are interested to know what is going to happen next in the lives of these characters. And why not? After a season’s worth of plot MacGuffins and conveniently-placed items of power it feels good to get back to the basics of cutting Whedonesque dialogue married to a healthy combination of kung fu and adolescent struggles.
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