Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Watcher's Guide - Volume 3

Author: Paul Ruditis
Pocket Books
RRP 12.99
ISBN 0 7434 8995 0
Available 07 June 2004

From the first vampire stacking to the last glimpse of Sunnydale, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a genre-busting hit, attracting millions of fans worldwide. The last three seasons ran the gamut from an episode without music to a musical episode, from the arrival of a teenage sister to the death of Buffy (again).

Now the third volume in this best-selling series of companions breaks down every episode of seasons five, six and seven - from the villains and the victims to quotables and love bytes - it also takes a wide-ranging look back at the entire run of the show.

This series of Watcher Guides are like bibles to Buffy fans - a must have for every collection. The detail in each of them has been amazing - but I have to say that volume 3 is the best of the bunch - mainly because they include critical essays from a variety of people in Buffy related topics including The Journey of Jonathan Levenson, Slaying the Big Lies, Monsters Made to Order and Restless.

There's also a section dedicated to the Trio's Pop Culture explosion - mastering the references of geek speak, as well as the expected episode run down which contains a detailed episode description, relationship issues, pop culture IQ, continuity info and 'dramatis personae'. On top of all that there are a few little extras, depending on the episodes - for example it gives away one of the alternate endings for The Gift.

A really great read, it'll be a loved addition to any Buffy fans home, and will fill them with so much extra info on the show that they devotedly watched for seven seasons.

Keri Allan

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