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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2 (Disc 1 of 6) back to product details

Slow Start to an Excellent Season
written by Saroz February 5, 2004 - 2:48 PM PST
This is one of Buffy's best seasons (perhaps the best), and is probably the best to introduce new fans on. However, these first few episodes are rather slow going. "When She Was Bad" doesn't pack much of a punch until you've seen the rest of the season; "Some Assembly Required" is one of the worst monster-of-the-week episodes from the whole show. "Inca Mummy Girl" is quite funny (the twinkie scene with Xander is priceless), but the plot is totally disposal. "School Hard," though, is excellent - the brilliant and extremely witty introduction of villains Spike and Drusilla - and the one reason why you really should watch this disc.

Also, it should be noted that while season 2's video quality is uniformly poor - it was shot on 16mm film, and very grainy - "Some Assembly Required" has the worst in the whole DVD set. There are two shots (both in the scene where Willow and Giles search the lockers) that look as if they've been run over by a truck.

One of the Best Buffy seasons.
written by bacchus68 September 3, 2002 - 12:48 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
season 2 of buffy has everything. It is probably the best season of Buffy. Spike,dru,Angelus are all in it. If you have only seen the first season of Buffy or a few episodes and don't know what the fuss is about with this show you must watch this season. If you aren't hooked on the show after this I don't know what will work. great angsty character episodes like When she was bad,Passion, Becoming and incredibly Funny episodes like BEwitched,Bothered,bewildered gives you the best of a show that can be dead serious one minute and side splitting funny the next. It also has great music. I still can hear the music for the Buffy/Xander dance in my head(you'll remember it to) This is the season the show really hit it's stride. I would watch the last disk of season 1 (prophecy girl episode especially)first before watching this though so you would understand the relationships of the characters and the resolution of stories there occur in the first epiosode but otherwise you could pretty much jump right into it without much history of the show.

Grrr. Arg.
written by oldkingcole July 2, 2002 - 5:34 PM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I missed the whole Buffy phenomenon while it was unfolding on weekly TV episodes. My exposure to the series is entirely from the first and second season DVDs. But I just finished watching the second-season set, and I think I get why the show was such a hit. It's a terrific blend of soap opera, drama, horror, and, most importantly, humor. This show is often laugh-out-loud funny. And unlike many a TV sit-com, the laughs in Buffy are hardly ever cheap. They remind me more of Woody Allen-style humor -- arising out of the audacity of the ideas as much as out of funny one-liners. Plus, the humor is mercifully free of what I call "Alf humor" -- humor based on references to other TV shows, which to me, is the lowest, safest, cheapest type of humor. It is, also mercifully, not as campy as Xena or Hercules. Just when the soap-opera elements threaten to become too sappy, someone (often Cordelia) will deliver a funny line with such impeccable timing that you can't help but laugh. Highly recommended.

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