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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3 [1998] (6 discs)

Composer:Nerf Herder
Length:968 minutes
(16 hours 8 minutes)
MPAA Rating:TV-14
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Synopsis: There's a new slayer in town, and the mayor is desperately campaigning for more power.

Reaction: Another good season and they definitely like expanding the mythology and upping the stakes.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Guest Cast
Alexis Denisof => Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Bad Girls)
Christian Clemenson => Balthazar (Bad Girls)
Bonita Friedericy => Mrs. Finkle (Choices)
JR Reed => Vamp - Guard (as Jason Reed) (Choices)
Brad Kane => Tucker Wells (The Prom)
Joe Howard => Priest (The Prom)
Carlos Jacott => Ken (Anne)
Dell Yount => Truck Guy (Anne)
Harrison Young => Old Man (Anne)
Larry Bagby => Larry Blaisdell (as Larry Bagby III) (Anne)
Mary-Pat Green => Blood Bank Doctor (Anne)
Chad Stahelski => Kulak (Homecoming)
Ian Abercrombie => Old Man (Homecoming)
Jennifer Hetrick => Ms. Moran (Homecoming)
Channon Roe => Jack O'Toole (The Zeppo)
Vaughn Armstrong => Cop (The Zeppo)
Dominic Keating => Blair (Helpless)
Harris Yulin => Quentin Travers (Helpless)
Jeff Kober => Zachary Kralik (Helpless)
Elizabeth Anne Allen => Amy Madison (Gingerbread)
Emma Caulfield Ford => Anya (as Emma Caulfield) (The Wish)
Gary Imhoff => Teacher (The Wish)
Mark Metcalf => The Master (The Wish)
Mercedes McNab => Harmony Kendall (The Wish)
Nathan Anderson => John Lee (The Wish)
Nicole Bilderback => Cordette #1 (The Wish)
Gary Bullock => Shrouded Man (Enemies)
James MacDonald => Detective Stein (as James G. MacDonald) (Consequences)
James Marsters => Spike (Lovers Walk)
Jane Espenson => Lunch Lady (Band Candy)
Peggy Stewart => Ms. Barton (as Peg Stewart) (Band Candy)
Robin Sachs => Ethan Rayne (Band Candy)
Jeremy Roberts => Kakistos (Faith, Hope & Trick)
Phill Lewis => Mr. Platt (Beauty and the Beasts)
Robia Scott => Jenny Calendar (as Robia LaMorte) (Amends)
Serena Scott Thomas => Gwendolyn Post (Revelations)
Susan Chuang => Nurse (Graduation Day: Part 2)
David Greenwalt => Director / Writer
David Grossman => Director
David Semel => Director
David Solomon => Director
James A. Contner => Director
James Whitmore Jr. => Director
Joss Whedon => Director / Writer
Michael Gershman => Director
Michael Lange => Director
Regis Kimble => Director
Dan Vebber => Writer
David Fury => Writer
Douglas Petrie => Writer
Jane Espenson => Writer
Marti Noxon => Writer
Nerf Herder => Composer
Alyson Hannigan => Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Head => Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Armin Shimerman => Principal Snyder
Charisma Carpenter => Cordelia Chase
Danny Strong => Jonathan Levinson
David Boreanaz => Angel
Eliza Dushku => Faith
Harry Groener => Mayor Richard Wilkins
Jack Plotnick => Deputy Mayor Allan Finch
Jason Hall => Devon MacLeish
K. Todd Freeman => Mr. Trick
Kristine Sutherland => Joyce Summers
Nicholas Brendon => Xander Harris
Sarah Michelle Gellar => Buffy Summers
Seth Green => Oz

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Faith, Hope & Trick -> The vampire seen dancing with Faith uses somewhat dated dance moves, harkening back to [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Welcome to the Hellmouth (1997)] in which Buffy picks a vampire out of a crowd based solely on his out-of-fashion clothes. Joss Whedon had originally wanted vampires to wear clothing from the era of their human lives, but felt that this would make them less frightening.
  • K. Todd Freeman (Mr Trick) auditioned for the role of Spike and was a front runner for the role alongside James Marsters.
  • Joss Whedon's basis for creating the Slayer was the horror cliche of a beautiful girl being attacked by a monster in an alleyway but instead of her being a helpless victim as she appears, she would turn around and defeat it instead. In her first appearance, this is exactly what happens to Faith.
  • Faith, Hope & Trick -> The interior of the vampire hideout is the firehouse from Ghostbusters, located in a firehouse in LA.
  • Homecoming -> Sarah Michelle Gellar broke a bone in her hand during filming.
  • Band Candy -> Kristine Sutherland has often named this as her favorite and most fun to film, along with [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ted (1997)], [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: When She Was Bad (1997)] and [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Innocence (1998)].
  • Lovers Walk -> According to James Marsters he burnt his hand quite badly whilst filming the scene where Spike is struck by sunlight while passed out drunk. But rather than go to the on-set medic, he pretended everything was fine and went to a hospital directly after shooting wrapped.
  • Lovers Walk -> This is Spike's only appearance in season three. It was his performance that convinced Joss Whedon to bring Spike back as a series regular in season four.
  • The Wish -> Anyanka was introduced as a one-shot character but was brought back for [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Doppelgangland (1999)] where she was made more humorous. When the producers realized how funny Emma Caulfield Ford was they simply kept bringing her back, until she was made a regular cast member (including appearing in the opening credits) at the start of season five.
  • Amends -> The snow was artificial, as southern California was going through an extreme heat-wave at the time. The ground would have been too warm to accumulate that much precipitation so quickly, let alone at all.
  • Amends -> Xander reveals that he "reads" Playboy magazine. Charisma Carpenter and Mercedes McNab would later go on to pose for the magazine, as would Kristy Swanson, who starred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). Playmates [?] Daphne Duplaix (Miss July 1997) and [?] Jaime Bergman (Miss January 1999) would both appear on [Angel (1999)], with Bergman later marrying David Boreanaz.
  • The Zeppo -> Nicholas Brendon cried when he read the script because he was "so delighted with it, and its meaning for his character."
  • Alyson Hannigan first met future-husband Alexis Denisof on-set. While Alyson was immediately attracted to Alexis and asked him out, he declined saying that he didn't date coworkers. The two remained friends for over a year before they started dating. They married on October 11th, 2003.
  • Doppelgangland -> This is one of Alyson Hannigan's favorites.
  • Enemies -> When the Mayor suggests miniature golf to take her mind off her troubles, Eliza Dushku's laughing at the absurdity wasn't scripted.
  • Enemies -> Eliza Dushku recalled that during one take of Faith kissing Angel, she pierced her tongue on David Boreanaz's fake vampire teeth.
  • Enemies -> In Season 2, makeup was added to David Boreanaz so that Angelus appeared noticeably more pale than Angel, differentiating the two. Although Angel imitates Angelus' slow, deliberate pace of speaking, his skin tone remains normal, a hint to the audience that Angel is only pretending to be Angelus.
  • Earshot -> The final scene, in which Giles walks into a tree, was not in the shooting script. It was a last minute addition by Anthony Head, intending to provide the scene with more comic relief.
  • The Prom -> In the scene where Angel breaks up with Buffy, Sarah Michelle Gellar has admitted that she "could not stop crying," and the set was closed for 25 minutes to allow her to recover.
  • The Prom -> Sarah Michelle Gellar's favorite Buffy episode.