Reviewing Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Season Four)

7. The Initiative

The Initiative is revealed – and Riley’s working for them! Meanwhile, Spike gets a chip in his head that stops him from biting people. Very funny, surprisingly good Riley-centric episode. 8.5/10

8. Pangs

The Scoobies try to have the perfect Thanksgiving in a very clever, witty episode with some strong colonialist themes discussion hidden behind the jokes. Plus, Angel is back! 9/10

9. Something Blue

Willow accidentally makes whatever she says come true. Totally hilarious, this one – how can you not love Buffy and Spike getting engaged! One of Buffy‘s best comedy episodes. 9.5/10

10. Hush

One of those Buffy episodes that rank up there with the best TV has to offer. The lack of dialogue makes it unique viewing. ‘Hush’ is creepy, funny, clever and everything you could want the show to be. 10/10

11. Doomed

It’s the end of the world (again) as the Hellmouth is about to be reopened. A fairly good one in which the characters question if they have grown since high school. 8/10

12. A New Man

Ethan Rayne returns – and turns Giles into a demon! This is a very fun, fairly slight episode but I would have liked a deeper look at how the experience affects Giles. Beware 314! 8/10



13 thoughts on “Reviewing Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Season Four)

  1. I’ll admit, watching this on TV week to week, I found this season kind of dull. However, when it came out on DVD and you could watch it more rapidly, the characters develop really nicely throughout this season making the transition from teens to young adults, and while Adam will never be a good villain, there’s more than enough other points of interest to keep this season moving. It also has my favourite villain of the week in this season which are the Gentlemen. Those guys are incredibly creepy.


    1. Really agree with you there. Season four is much better when binge-watching. It’s very much a transitional season, with some great stuff and some less good stuff. Yeah, Adam is rubbish but the Gentlemen are amazing!

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  2. I never understood how people can hate Buffy season 4 but love Angel season 5 when they’re essentially exactly the same:

    -A sort of ‘soft reboot’ to show, change of main locations and sets.
    -Bringing in Spike to replace Cordelia as the comic relief.
    -Gimmicky episode that everyone seems to love (Hush//Smile Time)
    -Dream episode (Restless// Soul Purpose)
    -Terrible character with biblical name (Adam// Eve)
    -Serious 2 parter, one of them written-directed by Whedon (Faith Episodes// Fred’s death episodes)
    -Season starts off humorous and becomes more serious a bit after the halfway point.
    -One of the worst episodes in the series according to fans (Beer Bad// The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco)

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    1. That’s a really good point, I hadn’t thought of these similarities before – except Spike replacing Cordelia in both.

      For me, I enjoy both, I’m not sure which one I prefer. Like you say, both have great points and less good points.


  3. I actually enjoyed season four except Adam being the Big Bad. I love all the seasons of Buffy honestly but this season was a transistion from high school to college and dealt with very real issues. And I loved the character development in this season in particular.

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    1. Thanks for reading! Totally agree with you there. It’s a really strong season in terms of the characters and the themes. I think some fans forget that because of how poor Adam is.


      1. Ah this is the hardest question for me because I have multiple favorites for all different reasons. Okay so my favorite character Willow and Cordelia for the Angel series because her character development was so good. My favorite season…6 season because of the dark themes and how deep everything got. What about you?

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      2. Great picks! It is really hard to choose but for Buffy my faves have to be Willow/Spike – Wesley’s my fave Angel character. I guess seasons 2-3 are the best for me – maybe 3, If I had to pick just one.

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