Lessons-The re-opening of Sunnydale High School feels just like old times for Buffy as some undead students and faculty rise up and blame the Slayer for failing to protect them. Dawn and Buffy, together with some of Dawn's new friends join together to defeat the evil. Meanwhile, the newly-ensouled Spike is seeking solace in the maze-like basement of the new school, and Willow begins her rehabilitation with Giles in England.
Here begins the final year of the Buffy and as season premieres go, it's prettystandardbut it has certain moments that worth watching. The biggest development of the season are starts off in full swing as Sunnydale High isreconstructedand Dawn going to school there. I already love the back-to-basics feel that final season is giving off but also continuing to progress the character developments made last season. Buffy really is true to her word as now she trains Dawn how to fight vampires. Also after the borderline morbidness of Season 6, the show feels light-hearted and humorous here. Not that there weren't any laughs in Season 6, but with all the serious, complex arcs being thrown around, those laughs were very few and far in between. Gotta love all the priceless jokes from Dawn making fun of Buffy being the "shorter", older sister to the vampire being stuck to Buffy freaking out about her "mom hair" everytime someone thinks she's Dawn's mom to Buffy telling one of the ghost zombies she only dates hot dead guys and assuming he must have a "nice personality".
Speakingof the ghost zombies, there are pretty forgettable. They certainly look scary but the reason behind their manifestation is so vague with the talisman and the faced that we never found out who summoned them in the first place makes the plot feel even more like a waste of time. The only thing to come out of it is the moment Buffy discovers Spike in the basement of the school...looking all crazy with...really messy hair. With Sunnydale High being back, we're introduced to Principle Wood, who seems younger and cool than any High School principle I've ever seen. It's obvious he know more about Buffy than he's letting on, especially when he offers her a job as a counselor at the school. Meanwhile, in England, we get to see some nice location shots where Willow still healing from her dark turn last season and Giles continuing to mentor her. The dynamic between these two is stunning her from Willow's sadness over how much she's change to Giles' reassuring her "We're all who we are in the end"! The intense chase scene at the beginning of the episode was well done, the first time I saw it, I was surprised Buffy could have that kind of scope on such a small budget but it was definitely a great way to open the season with mystery behind the hooded men killing young girls around the world. While a pretty good episode, the last scene is possibly one of the most riveting scene of the series. As Spike is being haunted by the season's Big Bad ("The First Evil" we soon find out) that manifests itself into former Big Bads of the series: Warren, Glory, Adam, The Mayor, Drusilla, The Master and finally Buffy. Once again, bringing the series full circle by reminding us of past villains and delivering one of the most chilling dialogue of the series. "Lessons" may have a pretty weak main plot, but the stunning introduction of the main arcs and the final Big Bad of the series make it quite good overall.