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4.0 out of 5 stars
Underappreciated Season, 16 Mar. 2003
While many dislike this season due to its drastic change in tone and character development, this is by far one of my favorite seasons. This season was definitely needed due to the fact that season 5 didn't allow much time for development. Season 5 was quick paced with a seasonal Big Bad early on. Most of the focus was on that, but this season you got to see each character in a spotlight all their own. You see the parts of your character that you don't always like, which is a nice change from the norm. This season is definitely not your kid siblings Buffy. This season is also very pivotal for setting up a fantastic season (7 and final) and is quite needed. When viewed as a whole, this season is much better than as it aired. During the original airing, you often forget what is going on, and the multiple story lines that are entangled. That is my only problem with Buffy by the way, is its airing will have so many repeats during pivotal points in the season and you forget where the stories all tied. The DVD set will definitely show what alot of people didn't get to realize. That this season is a very powerful season and Buffy is worthy of the Title as The Chosen One once again. My favorite episodes include Bargaining part 1 and 2, Afterlife, Once More with Feeling, Wrecked, Seeing Red, Villains, and Two to Go. I will admit that the season finale left me feeling a little cheated, but the other episodes leading up to it made up for the anti climatic ending.
While this is only getting 4 stars, only season 3 and 5 get a full Best rating in my book. Season 6 is a masterpiece. Thank you Joss and Marti once again