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Published:May 19th, 2007 07:38 EST
The Slayer comes full circle in the final season of Buffy on DVD

The Slayer comes full circle in the final season of Buffy on DVD

By Garrett Godwin

In the end, there can always be one: the one that is chosen to make a difference in the world.  In this case, the one known as the Slayer.

The saga of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer comes to an end with the final season featuring all 22 episodes, plus audio commentaries of cast and crew, and much more on DVD.

After going through a dark year, Buffy and her friends come into the light and get back on track this season, as Joss Whedon redefines "girl power" once more, with also the theme of redemption for some of the characters.

Season seven finds Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) returning to her stomping grounds, but as a guidance counselor at Sunnydale High, where little sister Dawn (Michelle Trachetenberg) is attending.  After being saved by Xander (Nicholas Brendan) from destroying the world, Willow (Alyson Hannigan) returns home from England to make amends for her evil acts, as well as try to keep using witchcraft at a minimum, or maybe not at all.

The biggest change within the group is Spike (James Marsters), who finally has his soul back.  The complete opposite of Angel, Spike knows who and what he is, and what he's done.  He's not out to redeem himself in front of others nor has interest in becoming a champion of the people.  But over the course within the season, mostly because of Buffy, Spike slowly to starts become heroic in every sense of the word.

The last season marks the final battle for the Slayer on TV, involving Buffy and the group becoming both the guardians and leaders of potential Slayers as they prepare to take on the First Evil.  Returning to Sunnydale to join this climactic battle is rogue Slayer Faith (Eliza Dushku), who made peace with Buffy, and Angel (David Boreanaz)-- who comes by to give his soulmate a helping hand... and then some.

A role model for young girls, Buffy Anne Summers is not only a symbol of "girl power", but also a symbol of female empowerment as a strong yet vulnerable, and feminine, heroine who finally embraces her destiny... learning the old saying: with great power comes greater responsibility.

Everything comes at a full circle with Buffy, The Vampire Slayer: The Complete Seventh Season, available on DVD.