March 1st, 2007

New Tilley Hat

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2: Thoughts and Observations

If you have never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer and want to know what the fuss is all about, start with the second disk of Season 2.

I'm not going to go into episode-by-episode detail as for the first season. Too many comments would be spoilers, and I'm gearing up for Marscon.

Season 2 is much, MUCH better than season 1, which was awful (with a few good moments). A major caveat: Season 1 was short, 12 episodes, and while it has a Season Ending Show, all the weaknesses of the first season spill over into the first four shows of season 2. Fortunately for the casual viewer wanting to catch up, that means you can ignore the first disk of the six-disk set.
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Between Buffy 1 & 2, I cleansed my palate with Mission: Impossible, and am still working my way through the first season, before Jim Phelps arrived. It doesn't really hold up, but it's nice to see so many Star Trek personnel in other roles. (ST and MI were made by the same production company, Desilu.) On the other hand, MI is a full 50 minutes (vs. Buffy's 44), and a season was 28 episodes (vs. 22 max). Ah, the good ol' days, when we had to walk uphill both ways and the tv set was black and white BUT there were fewer commercials and more show.