As the summer weather seems to have left the UK for now I'm back on reviewing DVDs and books for the time being. Hopefully I will get to actually review things that involve an outside element to it soon.
Anyway Buffy Season 2 is in my opinion the best series of the whole Buffy The Vampire Slayer saga.
I'm sure I will incur the wrath of the cult of Joss Whedon but I maintain the second series is the best of all seven years of Buffy.
This is due to several reasons. The budget and number of episodes has increased so the writers have more of an opportunity to explore different story lines and the creators have more money to make those stories happen.
The whole narrative surrounding Angel and Buffy's developing relationship is also a very absorbing arc. David Boreanaz and Sarah Michelle Gellar have great chemistry and the passion of their affair really comes across on the screen.
Boreanaz also makes a very convincing leap from a tragic, would be lover to villain mid-season. He is truly horrible in every sense and you hate him every step of the way. He is a real threat to all the characters, the death of Miss Calendar adds to this.
All the actors are also coming into their own having already had a year to develop the characters. Charisma Carpenter does a fine turn as the cruel but essentially good hearted Cordelia Chase. Alyson Hannigan is a wonderful Willow and Seth Green is a welcome addition as the peculiar but charming Oz.
Episode highlights include When She Was Bad, the opener when Buffy returns damaged and disturbed by her experience with The Master from the previous season. This episode all works because it explores the possibility of a relationship between Willow and Xander.
What's My Line? Parts 1 and 2 are also very good because of the introduction of new villains Drusilla and Spike played by Juliet Landau and James Marsters.
Inca Mummy Girl and Go Fish are fun because they are lighter and explore the humour in the vampire slaying business rather than focusing on the main story arc.
The finale is also excellent because every character has a role and the narrative pits Angel and Buffy against each other in the ultimate fight.