Two years ago I found Seasons One and Three of Buffy the Vampire Slayer at Goodwill for five bucks. And that began my sixteen-month voyage into the entire run of Buffy. I finished the series finale last week and was quite satisfied. And I'm a rather critical series-finale viewer. Very often a show will try to end with a big bang only to disappoint fans (think SEINFELD).
Ironically, the first season of Buffy didn't really do it for me I'm sure in 1997 it was a breath of fresh air, but eighteen years later with a slew of urban fantasy spawned from the show, I found Buffy a rather one-note character who was too powerful and needed a heavy dose of "kryptonite" or some kind of fatal flaw.
But I kept watching and the show blossomed into a fascinating and compelling series that kept me plugging dvds into my player every week. Each season brought new depth to the show and the characters, and I enjoyed watching them both grow and grow up.
My favorite characters were originally Willow and Oz, but Buffy grew on me as the show progressed. Xander became less annoying and quite interesting once he and Anya became a thing. Fortunately Angel left and Spike (ah, Spike!) took over. If any one character was my favorite throughout the entire show, it would have to be Spike with Oz a close second. Faith literally stole the show in every scene she was in Willow took the nerdy smart-girl role and made it her own with her interesting delivery. Tara sneaked in and found a place in my heart. Dawn grew on me as time went by. Anya was totally delightful. Cordelia was fun as the show's popular girl turned Scooby. And Giles was the show's rock.
So now that I've watched the entire series of Buffy in less than two years, I can say my life is richer for it. I can totally see how it is said to have inspired the entire Urban Fantasy genre. And I'm a little sad that it's now over.
But that's what's dvds are for.