Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Complete Second Season
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Overall rating: 5/5
Tagline: Arguably the best season of the show, in a perfect package.
The Shows: After the 12-episode first season, this show really hit its stride. The original formula of making the horrors of the evil undead a metaphor for the hell that is high school never worked better here. Spike and Drusilla are introduced, and the Kendra and Jenny Calendar plotlines play out. Buffy falls in love, and Angel goes insanely evil. The handling of her and Angel’s liaison is delicate and touching. Fine acting; clever, unpredictable writing; great action and stunts. The only reason not to love it is that you just don’t get it.
The DVD: Perfect-quality episodes, great menu presentation and a number of appealing bonus features that don’t go to the fanboy-obsessive level of, say, a Kevin Smith package. Series creator Joss Whedon appears in brief interviews discussing several key episodes, and provides funny and fascinating commentary on some. Other episodes have commentaries by key writers/producers David Greenwalt (boring) and Marti Noxon (fun).
Easter Eggs: None. All the goodies are up front.
Five Degrees of Seperation
Buffy: First Season – Right from the beginning, It’s all there
Buffy: Third Season – If the second season isn’t the best, this is. The mayor is the finest TV villain ever.
Cruel Intentions – Dangerous Liaisons gets the “Clueless” makeover, and Gellar goes wicked brunette.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – From such a humble now-cult feature film came greatness.
Iron Monkey – Like Buffy, it has action, heart and humor. Plus yummy subtitley goodness.