It’s been hours since I finished watching Chosen, and I’m still in awe and utterly heartbroken that this epic journey has come to an end.
The good news is that it’s one hell of a satisfying ending. Buffy The Vampire Slayer truly came full circle in its final hour, brilliantly putting an end to all evil in Sunnydale while giving our protagonist an uplifting and incredible conclusion. I can’t stress this enough, but the smile on Buffy’s face is the perfect shot to end this show on.
Chosen is much smarter than I thought it was going to be. There’s a renowned focus on the original gang again with those long shots and camera movements floating around Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles every now and then. There’s a bone-chilling score that goes perfectly with Buffy’s uplifting final fight, one in which I seriously defy anyone not to cheer after she eloquently tells The First (who is in Buffy form) “I want you…to get out of my face!”. There’s a devastating death (RIP, Anya, but I will avenge your death), jaw-dropping reveals and a satisfying climax with every potential Slayer in the world gaining power and joining forces to become a group of Slayers. Chosen literally has everything a perfect series finale should have, and it’s without a doubt one of the finest hours of television I have ever seen.
My only complaints would be that it felt a bit rushed near the end. Instead of a necklace (or whatever that thing was) that erases all the Ubervamps, instead of having Spike sacrifice himself (although not really) and instead of cramming so much plot into 40 minutes, we should have been treated to a two-hour epic finale. I’m not bitter about these minor details and it certainly isn’t a slap on the face (unlike a literal slap on another brilliant yet more recent finale) because I can still say that Buffy went out with a bang despite these complaints.
I hope I can one day find a show that’s just half as brilliant, witty, nuanced and complex as Buffy. It completely subverted my expectations from the very beginning, might have had a few mishaps around halfway through its run, but always, always knew how to entertain. I’m speechless.
– Buffy hitting Caleb in the balls was awesome and oh-so-badass! Her puns afterwards were hilarious.
– I’m not okay with the fact that we will never have a Buffy/Angel scene again. Yes, I know, we can’t have happily ever afters, but I can’t let this go.
– So many incredible callbacks to the very first season, but my favorite? Buffy reciting that infamous “in every generation…” speech that Giles used to narrate via voice-over. I couldn’t smile smiling.
– I love how the camera pulled back to reveal that Giles, Willow, Andrew and Anya (kind of) were playing Dungeons and Dragons (I think?).
– Hilarious moment with Andrew having prepared a speech to give before he dies.
– The original gang discussing what they’re going to do the next day is just beautiful and heartwarming.
– Oh good lord, does anyone in the special effects department have a job in 2016? Because yeah, their work here was possibly their worst yet. The vamps in the Hellmouth? The buildings collapsing? The huge hole? My God, my eyes actually hurt.
– Chilling montage as we see every potential Slayer across the globe becoming more powerful thanks to Willow’s spell and the red axe.
– Anya FINALLY changed her mind on bunnies! She called them “floppy” and “hoppy”. My poor, poor Anya.
– Jaw-dropping moment #1: Buffy getting stabbed in the gut. A part of me said “aha she will die like I predicted!”.
– Jaw-dropping moment #2: Anya getting sliced to death! Ouch, this one hurt.
– Amanda also died, in case anyone was wondering. But hey, at least Kennedy made it!
– Loved how Willow turned into White Willow this time, instead of the usual Evil/Black Willow. Wonderful little juxtaposition here.
– Still love Faith, but I don’t see the point in pairing her with Principal Wood. Kinda wished he’d died.
– I love how the finale went back exactly to where the show started: Sunnydale High.
– Andrew’s shocking realization the he, of all people, survived was shockingly emotional.
– Final Fight by Robert Duncan is already on one of my playlists now. What a score.
– Goosebumps-worthy moment with Buffy telling Spike she loves him, but what I loved even more is Spike telling her that he knows she doesn’t yet is thankful for her saying it.
– Joss Whedon had to have that Welcome to Sunnydale! sign fall off into the hole, and I’m very thankful for that epic moment. I needed a good laugh.
– Most of all, I’ll miss the way the characters spoke on this show. Truly unique and fascinating.
– Even though this might be adding too much unnecessary pressure on a show, but I truly believe a series finale is only as good as its very final shot, so I’m grateful that Buffy ends with Sarah Michelle Gellar staring into space with a smile on her face. Wouldn’t have wanted this show to end any other way.
– Thanks for reading! I’ll be finishing Angel‘s last two seasons soon (and starting Dollhouse, most likely because I need to believe Faith still exists).
Buffy: Angel, what are you doing–don’t even. I just want to bask. (Pause) Okay, I’m basked. What are you doing here?
Angel: Not saving the damsel in distress, that’s for sure.
Buffy: Oh, you know me. Not much with the damsel-ing.
Angel: Got your share of distress, though.
Angel: That’s great, everyone’s got a soul now.
Buffy: He’ll make a difference.
Angel: You know, I started it. The whole having a soul. Before it was all the cool new thing.
Buffy: Oh, my god. Are you 12?
Buffy: OK, I’m cookie dough. I’m not done baking. I’m not finished becoming whoever the hell it is I’m gonna turn out to be. I make it through this, and the next thing, and the next thing, and maybe one day I turn around and realize I’m ready. I’m cookies. And then, you know, if I want someone to eat— (eyes go wide as she catches herself) or enjoy warm, delicious cookie me, then…that’s fine. That’ll be then. When I’m done.
Angel: Any thoughts on who might enjoy— (sighs, irritated) Do I have to go with the cookie analogy?
Buffy: I’m not really thinking that far ahead. That’s kind of the point.
Buffy: Angel. (he turns around) I do…sometimes think that far ahead.
Angel: Sometimes is something.
Buffy: Be a long time coming. Years, if ever.
Angel: I ain’t getting any older.
Buffy (about Angel and Spike): You know, one of these days I’m just gonna put you two in a room and let you wrestle it out.
Spike: No problem at this end.
Buffy (her eyes widen with excitement): There could be oil of some kind involved.
Buffy: In every generation, one slayer is born… because a bunch of men who died thousands of years ago made up that rule. They were powerful men. This woman (points to Willow) is more powerful than all of them combined. (Willow whimpers) So I say we change the rule. I say my power…should be our power.
Faith: Look, I’m sorry if it seemed like I was blowing you off the other day. I was just trying to, you know, blow you off.
Principal Wood: Yeah, you know what, I figured that one out all by myself.
Xander: If you have to go to the bathroom, it’s to your left. If you don’t have to go to the bathroom, picture what you’re about to face. Better to go now.
Andrew: We will defend it with our very lives.
Anya: Yes, we will defend it with his very life.
Xander: And don’t be afraid to use him as a human shield.
Buffy: So, what do you guys wanna do tomorrow?
Willow: Nothing strenuous.
Xander: Well, mini-golf is always the first thing that comes to mind.
Giles: I think we can do better than that.
Buffy: I was thinking about shopping. As per usual.
Willow: Oh! There’s an Arden B. in the new mall!
Xander: I could use a few items.
Giles: Well, now aren’t we gonna discuss this? Save the world to go to the mall?
Buffy: I’m having a wicked shoe craving.
Xander: Aren’t you on the patch?
Willow: Those never work.
Giles: Here I am, invisible to the eye…
Buffy: I love you.
Spike: No, you don’t. But thanks for saying it. Now go! I wanna see how it ends.
Xander: Did you see what happened? I mean, was she…
Andrew: She was incredible. She died saving my life.
Xander: That’s my girl. Always doing the stupid thing.
Faith: Looks like the Hellmouth is officially closed for business.
Giles: There is another one in Cleveland. Not to spoil the moment.
Giles: The mall was actually in Sunnydale, so there’s no hope of going there tomorrow.
Dawn: We destroyed the mall? I fought on the wrong side.
Giles: We have a lot of work ahead of us.
Faith: Can I push him in? (points to the hole)
Willow: You’ve got my vote.
Faith: I just want to sleep, yo, for like a week!
Dawn: I guess we all could, if we wanted to.
Willow: Yeah. (smiles) The First is scrunched, so… what do you think we should do, Buffy?
Faith: Yeah, you’re not the one and only chosen anymore. Just gotta live like a person. How’s that feel?
Dawn: Yeah, Buffy. What are we gonna do now?
(As the others chatter around her, Buffy just stares straight ahead at the hole formerly known as Sunnydale. As she contemplates what’s next, she smiles.)