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The third season of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer was marked by the arrival in Sunnydale of renegade slayer Faith (Eliza Dushku), a moody loner who seemed to like her demon-staking calling just a little too much. While Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) was always wary of Faith, the two developed a deep friendship and appreciative rapport--that is, until the evil mayor of Sunnydale (Harry Groener) tapped into Faith's dark side and lured her into his plot to take over the world, first as a double agent spying on Buffy, then as out-and-out nemesis. And as the mayor's ascension approached--which happened to fall on Sunnydale High's graduation day--Buffy and Faith's battles got nastier and nastier, as Buffy attempted to wrestle with her dark side (literally and figuratively), save the world and her friends, and keep her lover Angel (David Boreanaz) out of Faith's evil clutches.

Chock-full of exceptional episodes, this third season started out with a bang (the superb season opener "Anne," in which a runaway Buffy finally returns to her Slayer calling) and never let up. Among other highlights, the season introduced former vengeance demon and soon-to-be regular Anya (Emma Caulfield), fleshed out Angel's tortured character (and readied him for his own series), and featured a hilarious doppelganger Willow (Alyson Hannigan), a vampire from a parallel universe, who in Willow's own words was "evil and... skanky... and kinda gay!" (Total foreshadowing there, folks.) The season's pièce de résistance, though, was the two-parter "Graduation Day," wherein Faith tries to kill Angel, and the students of Sunnydale High prepare to do battle with a mutated mayor and his army of demons. Aside from the series' exceptional writing and acting, this compelling year of Buffy was anchored by the consistently excellent Gellar, as well as Dushku's complicated Faith, a girl you truly love to hate. By the time you finish these episodes, Faith will have cast a spell on you that you'll find very hard to shake. --Mark Englehart

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Commentary by writer David Fury on Helpless'
  • Commentary by writer Doug Petrie on Bad Girls'
  • Commentary by director Michael Gershman on Consequences'
  • Commentary by writer Jane Espenson on Earshot'
  • 22 episodes on six discs: Anne, Dead Man's Party, Faith Hope & Trick, Beauty and the Beasts, Homecoming, Band Candy, Revelations, Lover's Walk, The Wish, Amends, Gingerbread, Helpless, The Zeppo, Bad Girls, Consequences, Doppelgangland, Enemies, Earshot, Choices, The Prom, Graduation Day Part One, Graduation Day Part Two
  • Five featurettes: Buffy Speak, Season 3 Overview, Wardrobe, Weapons, Special Effects
  • Special interviews with Joss Whedon
  • Interview with monster maker John Vulich
  • Scripts for 'Faith, Hope & Trick,' 'Band Candy,' 'Lover's Walk,' and 'The Wish'
  • Still gallery
  • Number of discs: 6

Cast

Sarah Michelle GellarBuffy Summers
Nicholas BrendonXander Harris
Alyson HanniganWillow Rosenberg
Charisma CarpenterCordelia Chase
David BoreanazAngel
Seth GreenOz
Anthony HeadRupert Giles
Kristine SutherlandJoyce Summers
Larry BagbyLarry Blaisdell
Armin ShimermanPrincipal Snyder
Eliza DushkuFaith
Ian AbercrombieOld Man
Jack PlotnickDeputy Mayor Allan Finch
Robin SachsEthan Rayne
Harry GroenerMayor Richard Wilkins
Serena Scott ThomasGwendolyn Post
James MarstersSpike
Mark MetcalfThe Master
Mercedes McNabHarmony Kendall
Saverio GuerraWilly the Snitch
Harris YulinQuentin Travers
Dominic KeatingBlair
Michael CudlitzBob
Alexis DenisofWesley Wyndam-Pryce
K. Todd FreemanMr. Trick
Danny StrongJonathan Levinson

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