This Season starts with a hoot and an odd way of slaying vampires, gone is our queen of slaying and instead the Scooby Gang is trying to replace her. This mostly comes about due the fact that the relationships that were being formed in the last season are pretty much broken. Admittedly death caused a fair few relationship breakdowns but so did the truth. Finally Buffy’s mum found out why her daughter keeps on getting into trouble and she did not take it too well. This and the fact that Buffy had to rip out part of her heart (not literally) meant that the opening finds our heroine a little lost, so much so she is no longer in Sunnydale hence the gang needing to go it alone.
We do start seeing other changes like the first appearance of “previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and an upgrade in the visual quality of the filming. Obviously this has a lot to do with technology but the quality is very noticeable between the end of the last series and beginning of season 3. Although the quality remains the changes that the season began with will ebb and flow as the season goes on. We also get the best new character (in my opinion) entering the Buffyverse in the form of a new slayer with the name of Faith. Her entry is interesting and her time spent in Sunnydale is eventful to say the least.
We do get a great moment of slayerhood between Buffy and Faith that shows the sometimes quirky comedy moments the show is built on.
As this is senior year the obvious conclusion of the season would be graduation, however would it be a Buffy season without a sting in the tail.