Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997)
|Air Date:||Monday, March 10, 1997|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox|
|Rating:||This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.|
Buffy Summers, (Sarah Michelle Gellar), seems like a typical teenager dealing with the run-of-the-mill adolescent frustrations ... except she's also a vampire slayer, preordained to slay the evil in the world. Aided by her friends, Buffy sets out to save the world from the demons and evil that surround the Hellmouth, Sunnydale, California.
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What we got was Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 the comic book. The first issue picks about a year after the events of the series finale. Our girl Buffy with friend Xander are now living in a castle in Scotland with all the other slayers they helped "awaken" during the finals moments of the big battle. Willow is nowhere to be seen and Dawn, Buffy's sister, is having some problems of her own which need to be seen rather than explained.
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So for those of you who might think about checking out the Buffy Season 8 motion comic, do yourself a favor; find a local comic shop and go pick up the actual issue. You'll be helping the fellows who run these fine establishments stay in business and who knows; you may make a new friend in the process.
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