Reviewing Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Season Four)

13. The I In Team

Buffy joins the Initiative as she gets closer to Riley – but can Maggie Walsh and her organisation really be trusted? It starts out fun but then gets dark and dramatic, with a great shock ending. 8.5/10

14. Goodbye Iowa

A decent episode in of itself but this is where the whole Initiative plotline starts to unravel. Adam is dull, but at least there are some interesting Frankenstein parallels. 7.5/10

15. This Year’s Girl

Faith wakes from her coma and finds the world has moved on without her – including her old nemesis Buffy. A strong first part for Faith’s return. Plus, more from the Mayor! 8.5/10

16. Who Are You?

Faith and Buffy switch bodies in one of the most underrated Buffy episodes. A fantastic examination of how our surrounding lives make us who we are. 9.5/10

17. Superstar

Jonathan becomes the hero of Sunnydale in a hilarious, high-concept episode that showcases on a character who usually is left in the background. Some Riley/Buffy relationship drama, too. 9/10

18. Where The Wild Things Are

Along with ‘Beer Bad’, this is my joint least favourite episode of the show. Boring plot with weird, random ideas – orgasm wall? Really? Only saving grace is Giles singing ‘Behind Blue Eyes’. 6/10

 

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  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.

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    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.

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  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. 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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