Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 22

Grave (21 May 2002)

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The Scoobies continue to try and stop Dark Willow, who is now intent on destroying the world. After Dark Willow neutralizes Buffy, though, Xander is the only one left who can save the day. ... See full summary »

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The Scoobies continue to try and stop Dark Willow, who is now intent on destroying the world. After Dark Willow neutralizes Buffy, though, Xander is the only one left who can save the day. Meanwhile, in Africa, Spike completes the demon trials and gets his reward. Written by katieorse295

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There is a hardcover copy of a William Shatner novel in the pile of books on the floor of the Magic Box after Giles shoots Willow through the wall (DVD, chapter 7, 12:49). See more »

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When Buffy tries to attack Willow in the Magic Shop, a crew member is visible when Willow flings her back. See more »

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[last line in Season 6]
Cave Demon: You have endured the required trials.
Spike: Bloody right I have. So you give me what I want. Make me what I was, so Buffy can get what she deserves.
Cave Demon: Very well. We will return your soul.
[Spike yells in pain as he gets his soul back]
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Season 6
13 April 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Season 6 is an excellent season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", improving drastically on seasons 4 & 5 in every way. For one, the story arc is really quite convincing and entertaining. The trio's geeky conversations are far more entertaining than Glory bitching about something or the other, or Adam droning on about something nobody could care less about. Then you have Evil Willow, who is very entertaining and played excellently by Alyson Hannigan. Michelle Trachtenberg has improved leaps and bounds since season five and Dawn is no longer an annoying brat, and the rest of the supporting cast here, essentially The Trio, are played to perfection by Adam Busch, Danny Strong, and Tom Lenk.

Although season 6 could have had fewer average and occasionally mediocre episodes it makes up for this by having several of the series' best episodes, the absolute standouts for me being:

"Once More, With Feeling"- almost certainly the best-directed episode of the entire series, this episode turns jump the shark potential into glorious television thanks in no small part to its catchy tunes

"Tabula Rasa"- a perfect combination of comedy and drama

"Seeing Red"- perhaps one of the darkest episodes with two of the series' best and most shocking scenes

By combining some captivating and creative one-off episodes with a solid story arc, season 6 becomes my second favorite Buffy season after season 3, and really solid, exciting television by any standard.

Season average based on all episodes: 7.86/10


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