Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 2 (1997)

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7.0 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Action, Coming-Of-Age, Creature Film, Fantasy, Fantasy Comedy, Horror, Prime-Time Drama, Superhero Show, Supernatural Drama, Teen Show, Vampire Film
A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama. --IMDb
Review by Griffinheart
Added: January 06, 2009
Most movies and shows out there are only good enough to warrant a slot in your Netflix queue but not a space on your shelf. Joss Whedon's work, almost in its entirety, is great enough to have its own shelf in my home, the better to be pulled down regularly. The second season of "Buffy" is Whedon's latest piece that I have watched, and it was certainly worth my time.

Season 2 of "Buffy" follows the same premise as the previous season and the movie (though the show and movie have completely different tones and are not connected at all story-wise): every generation, there is a chosen one, a slayer with the strength and will to fight vampires and slow the spread of their evil. Buffy Summers is the current slayer, and, due to living in a town on top of the aptly named Hellmouth, there is plenty of evil to fight. Being sixteen, though, means that Buffy needs the help of her friends to both kill vampires and pass her high school classes. Among her friends, she has witches, trained Occultists, regular kids, and a vampire. Among her enemies, she has the same.

This show, for the most part, follows the standard Scooby Doo formula for plot: 1. Something strange happens; 2. That something is investigated; & 3. A monster is found responsible. The key point that "Buffy" adds is that the monster is real and is often killed to prevent future somethings from happening. Pulling a mask off Mr. Higgins from the old amusement park is fine, but I always though Daphne could have kicked a little more ass. Even though a bit formulaic, the plots move quickly and are filled with humor and likable characters. I burst out laughing when Buffy was asked "Are you sure you're a slayer? How long have you been a slayer? Have you tried not being a slayer?"

Season 2 of Buffy is much like the first season but smoother as if the writers and directors were broken in and ready to produce a show. Most of the actors (Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz) carry over into this season, and several new actors were added, none of which annoyed me (though some I could have lived without). Still, the writing is generally excellent, and the actors are more than up to the task of delivering their lines. Season 1 served to introduce most of these characters, but it's in this season that they begin to grow and become more fleshed out. Event the shallow pretty girl Cordelia shows new depth in this season.

I did have a few minor problems with the show. While the characters are beginning to show depth, they sometimes feel like "characters" and not real people. Additionally, the campiness can be a bit excessive at times. These flaws are minor, though, and have never hindered my enjoyment to any significant degree.

The bottom line is that a lot of people will find Buffy to be at the very least watchable, if not enjoyable. You'll like it if you've enjoyed anything else by Whedon, and you'll probably enjoy the general campiness if you liked Adam West's "Batman" even though I knocked the campiness above

Watch a few episodes, and I think you'll find your time was well spent.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2 = 8/10.
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