Apparently I missed an important anniversary by one day. 15 years ago yesterday, The Gift – the beautiful 100th episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and finale to its fifth (and final, as far as anyone knew at the time) season – aired. 22 May 2001.
I’m starting to doubt there will ever be a better television series.
No, this isn’t my personal favorite episode. That would be season 4’s finale: Restless.
No, Season Five wasn’t – despite what a lot of people will tell you – the show’s best season. That was season 4. (I’m not kidding: watch it again.)
Nor was it the show’s emotional high point. That – and I realize almost no one will agree with me on this – was the final bit of Grave, when Xander saves the world with love.
But it is nevertheless one of the high points of a remarkable series and easily its most memorable moment, and I’m proud to be a fan!