“Chosen”, the final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, aired a while ago, but I suppose it isn’t too late to say something about it. Overall, I liked it. It found a good balance between ending things and leaving things open for the future, which is a difficult balance to find. Also—and this is perhaps more a comment on the rest of the season than on this episode—it was nice to see the classic interaction among the core characters
That being said, there were a few points that bugged me. I’m going to restrict myself to the finale itself, rather than season seven in general. (The Buzz has a good look at the season as it stood before “Chosen”.)
- What was Buffy’s plan? Empower all the potential slayers, head down into the Hellmouth, and… what? Kill all the thousands of Übervamps? Sure, it turned out that getting Spike’s medallion into the Hellmouth was critical to destroying it, but if Buffy knew that, she sure didn’t tell Spike.
- Buffy tells the potential slayers that they will have to make a choice. What was it? Certainly not whether to become slayers, since Willow’s spell seems to have empowered every potential slayer in the world.
- Why open the Hellmouth, send all the known potential slayers inside, and then have Willow activate their powers? If there was some reason that Willow needed to cast the spell above the Hellmouth after it had been opened, it might have been nice to allude to that during the story.
- Those Übervamps sure were easy to kill. It took Buffy several episodes to kill that first one, but in “Chosen” unpowered humans like Andrew were able to stand up against them. Maybe that first one was the king or something.
- The last two times the seal started to open, an Übervamp popped out almost immediately. This time, they were all some distance away from the seal having lunch or something. What, did the First call ahead?
- Clearly, the seal is equated with the Hellmouth in this season, but the Hellmouth has opened twice before in prevous seasons (in “Prophecy Girl” and “The Zeppo”). Both times, the first demon out of the Hellmouth was a tremendous tentacled thing. I suppose it’s possible that it was killed in “The Zeppo” and the Übervamps moved in afterward, but we never saw the seal before, either.
These are not fatal flaws. As I said, I enjoyed the episode and felt it concluded the series well. I just wish they had tried a little harder to at least acknowledge these issues.