Hello, my darling readers!
Welcome back to my Buffy the Vampire Slayer review marathon. This year I watched the show for the very first time (yes, I am aware that I’m approximately 20 years late to the party). Let’s get to the bottom of season 2!
Buffy is back! Things went down and got dirty in the last season finale. Naturally, Buffy is shaken and it takes a hot minute for her to come to terms with everything that transpired. But she doesn’t have time to mope around, new evil is afoot!
Wow, this season was a handful. So many things happened and, to be honest, it’s impossible to discuss them all without spoilers. So, in case you haven’t seen this show yet, beware!
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Buffy clearly suffers from PTSD and is still figuring how to deal with everything. I found it very interesting how the show incorporated that. Buffy leaving but then returning, yet still realizing that she is not the same person anymore. It’s a struggle for her to fit back into her old life. I appreciate that instead of her just brushing it off and waking up bright and early the day after the last season finale, this is what we get. It makes the character so much more realistic and relatable. No wonder this show was so popular!
To be honest, I don’t care all that much for Angel or Buffy’s and his relationship. However, the subplot with him losing his soul was quite intriguing! And with Buffy ultimately having to kill him, I thought we’re in for some major character development. He always brought out the worst in her, lying to her friends, betraying her responsibilities, acting selfishly. Not to forget that he is several 100 years older than her. Don’t even get me started on how messed up that is.
Speaking of vampires, the new additions we get are quite cool. Spike and Drusilla have a certain je-ne-sais-quoi and I liked the Bonnie and Clyde vibe they had going. Judging from what I know about the rest of the show, we will be seeing more of them in later seasons. I’m already VERY curious about that!
Giles is still very amazing and very British. I swear I almost died during that episode where we found out about his past! How is that guy still single? Oh yeah, right. Because his girlfriend died in this season. Ups. My heart broke over the death of Jenny Calendar. She was a great character and I would have been delighted had her character arc developed. As is, she’s just another body to bury.
Apart from that relationship, love appears to be in the air in Sunnydale. I don’t know what is going on between Cordelia and Xander but it certainly isn’t healthy. They each have so many issues of their own that they need to work through before we can even think of addressing all the issues they have as a couple. Not a fan of this pairing. Willow on the other hand scored with Oz. I already know that he will be one of my all-time favorite characters of the show. I wasn’t aware that Seth Green even starred in this, so imagine my surprise! I think we can all agree that Oz is the MVP here. If you find a guy as amazing as Oz, never let him go.
I did enjoy the overall story of this season. The plot was compelling and – at times – heartbreaking. Even though I don’t care too much for Angel (what’s up with the leather pants he’s wearing 100% of the time?!), this story-line was great. I mean, the CGI was a bit ridiculous but I’m sure it was top-notch at the time. That’s the problem with computer effects, it always looks old super fast. I mean, I might have snorted at the scene where Buffy has to kill him because of that. Sorry.
Kendra, the other slayer was an interesting addition to the mix. I still have a lot of questions on the logistics and the logic behind that though. For example, apparently in the Kendra family, everybody knew what a slayer is and what that meant? That’s why her parents sent her off to live with the watcher? So, does Buffy have to keep it all hush-hush? What happens if Buffy and Kendra both die? Does that mean there will be two more slayers? Also, thought a new slayer popping up after the old one dies means a new one is born, but as Kendra and Buffy are practically the same age, that can’t be the case. As I said, many, many questions.
But you know what, I am prepared to overlook that. Obviously, they didn’t fully think this through but we got some pretty bad-ass fight-scenes. Overall, this season’s plot was captivating and has me interested in watching more. What more is there to ask for?
Did you watch the season? Let me know in the comments what you think!