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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Buffy
Many would say that the second series of BtVS is the most important and well-written. I would be inclined to agree in many ways - the season contains significant story arcs and events which are often mentioned in later seasons. The major events of this season are, obviously, the entry of Spike and Drusilla, Kendra, Ms Calendar; and the whole Angel thing which is, in my...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, but poor DVD execution
While Buffy season 2 was excellent and very much worth buying on DVD, this package has a few serious flaws that will hopefully be rectified by the manufacturer. First off, the packaging looks nice but is VERY poorly designed and actually SCRATCHES the DVDs as you take them in and out of the tight cardboard sleeves. Secondly, episodes 1 and 2 have SERIOUS mastering...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Buffy, 15 Jan 2004
Many would say that the second series of BtVS is the most important and well-written. I would be inclined to agree in many ways - the season contains significant story arcs and events which are often mentioned in later seasons. The major events of this season are, obviously, the entry of Spike and Drusilla, Kendra, Ms Calendar; and the whole Angel thing which is, in my opinion, the most important storyline in Buffy history. Minor storylines are also introduced which become of more relevance in later seasons: Willow dabbles with Wicca, Xander starts to move on from Buffy and Giles is shown to feel human emotions! (No offence Giles!)
As well as being important for the serious fan's collection, Season 2 is great for the casual viewer as it provides simple entertainment as well as th plotlines, something which became more lax in the later seasons as the plot took over entirely. Brilliant stand-alone episodes include "Halloween", "The Dark Age" and "Bad Eggs".
The season is beautifully written, especially the final Buffy/Angel face-off which is very poignant and moving. A brilliant season of drama, action, comedy, sci-fi and great all-round entertainment!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'High school is hell!' The Best Season by Far, 14 July 2007
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Season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is quite possibly the best season of the bunch. While the series peters off rather a lot during its final two years the first few seasons truly remain emotionally resonant, beautiful, complicated and well written metaphors for the emotional trials of becoming an adult. Season 2 is by definition, where things get darker and more complex, this was the season that really made Buffy an unpredictably smart series. The beginning of the year starts off a little unsteady with several episodes that aren't really all that well formed. Yet despite a few shaky plots these early stories contain a lot of interaction between the main characters -- fun moments that really give the show its character-driven quality. The latter half of the season contains the best arc ever conceived in Buffyverse history with the emergence of Angelus. The season opens with 'When She Was Bad' which deals with the fallout of Buffy's momentary death in the previous year one finale; this episode, whilst not my favourite is appropriately handled and sees Buffy acting rather out of character after returning from her summer away from Sunnydale. The preceding episodes are a fun affair and help the viewer to settle back into the rhythm of the series with various episodes focusing upon certain characters. The 'Big Bads' of the season appear early on and come in the form of Drusilla and Spike, the former being a rather off-her-rocker vampire and the latter a bleached, leather wearing, cocky undead Englishman! As villains they are a lot of fun and help to shape season 2 as something unique and well constructed. However, come the end of the year things are considerably shaken up in terms of 'the Big Bads', with the appearance of Angelus.

Willow, Xander and Giles all find themselves venturing into new territory: dating! Cordelia continues to redeem herself and becomes a fully fledged scoobygang member, whilst Buffy and Angel undergo many changes to their relationship which is mostly the driving force of the season. By the middle of the season the episodes gradually become darker and a more coherent storyarc begins to emerge, starting with the events of 'Surprise (Part 1)' which culminate in the emotional and incredibly shocking 'Innocence' (Part 2). Said episodes are some of the best in the history of the series and set in motion events that help to lead to the end of the season. The circumstances surrounding this two parter does literally change everything once established between Buffy and Angel; and brings into question their future. The continuity, witty one liners, oblique use of language does continue into this season and helps to boost the chemistry between the actors as they discuss, for example the oddness of some TV movies and sore thumbs (among other things!). These subtle touches give the season a vibrancy and kooky edge; what makes Buffy such an enjoyable show is the warmth and heart it retains, mostly provided by the actors but also by the wonderfully consistent writing.

The two part finale 'Becoming' is well set up as a consequence of the episode 'I Only Have Eyes For You', which happens to be beautifully moving and tragic respectively. The complexity of the Angelus arc presented here really sets up and supports the actions that lead to the occurrences of the finale. 'Becoming' part 1 & 2 with all it's flashback goodness brings about tumultuous change and throws one through the emotional wringer all the while its still surprising, sad and gut wrenching upon each rewatch. The issues dealt with this season are far more adult and dark than is the usual, and in turn it delivers a wonderfully realized arc which never fails to amaze.

Highlights of season include: 'Surprise', 'Innocence', 'The Dark Age', 'Some Assembly Required', 'Passion', 'I Only Have Eyes For You', 'What's My Line? Part 1 & 2' 'Becoming Part 1 & 2'.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content, so-so quality, mixed presentation, 18 Jun 2001
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This review is from: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2 [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
I agree with other reviewers comments about the physical nature of the set - the disks are difficult to get out of the cardboard sleeves, and you do feel as if they could get scratched (I've bought a 3rd-party wallet to hold these and my series 1 disks). As regards the quality of the images/playback, I wonder if some of it down to the fact that the original media for seasons 1 & 2 was 16mm film? - they went onto something better for the later seasons. I agree that it's not the crispest DVD I've ever seen, but it doesn't seem any worse than the series 1 disks, and is certainly better than basic TV or VHS tape.
Of course, the content is excellent - there was a freshness and fun in these early seasons that has gone in the later ones, and the acting is excellent. Nicky Brendon really found his feet in this season, they find something to do with Cordelia, and you see the first sight of occasional characters such as Jonathan. But where's Harmony?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The series that defined Buffy - never bettered since!, 12 May 2002
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Jonathan "deadmarlowe" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2 [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
In Season 2, Buffy the Vampire Slayer transformed from a cutesy tongue-in-cheek horror-fantasy romp into a TV milestone. Certainly, the show subsequently may have managed to equal highlights from this season but it has never managed to exceed them. Stand-out episodes are too many to mention, but the stellar quality comes from the slow-burning backplot of surprise reversals, unexpected deaths and an apocalyptic series finale. The ratcheting-up of tension, drama and moral seriousness never tips over into long-faced solemnity (as it does in later series) and the crisp, exciting storyline elicits a new calibre of performance from the young cast. This is the season that got us hooked on Buffy in the first place and it stays fresh, funny, alarming and provocative after many repeat viewings.
Cannot be praised highly enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars of masterpiece proportions, 18 Jun 2004
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This review is from: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2 [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
Season 2 is the real beginning of Buffy and has the honour of containing some of the best written, acted and made episodes of the whole series: Whats My Line parts 1 and 2; Surprise and Innocence, Passion, and the Becomings. In retrospect, which is what the majority of young fans will be watching in since they probably became fans in the later Spike years, the episodes are even sweeter with the knowledge of future seasons and episodes.
Briefly though, the reason I gave it just four stars is because every episode is not brilliant or even relevant--namely (in my opinion) Ted, Bad Eggs, and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. These eps and ones like them hark back to the simplistic monster of the week formula from season 1--not that this formula is bad it just doesn't compare to episodes like Becoming, Part 2.
The fact that Joss Whedon got no major awards for the writing and direction in these episodes is criminal. The way he builds up the storylines and suspense and then mixes them all into two episodes is really stunning. The episodes mentioned above contain more excitment, action, surprises and brilliant storytelling then the whole of season 4 put together, (which was the shows lowest point). The season finale, becoming parts 1 and 2, are I think the two best episodes ever. Buffy simultaneously tells Joyce who she is, gets expelled and arrested, gets kicked out of home, is lied to by Xander in a crucial moment, forges her first bond with Spike (in a hilarious scene which sees Spike sitting with Joyce in the house politely making conversation) and Buffy forced to send her boyfriend to hell. We also see Willow's first signs of her powerful spell workage, the first signs of unrequited love/longing from Xander about Willow (who seems to have moved on to Oz) and a briliant fighting climax between buffy and angel.
I cant stress how brilliant the good episodes actually are. Don't get me wrong, all episodes on the disc are good, we find out about Giles's past, and about Oz, and witness the adorable relationship between him and Willow.
Buy this DVD now, Buffy fans who don't own this are missing out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, but poor DVD execution, 13 Jun 2001
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This review is from: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2 [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
While Buffy season 2 was excellent and very much worth buying on DVD, this package has a few serious flaws that will hopefully be rectified by the manufacturer. First off, the packaging looks nice but is VERY poorly designed and actually SCRATCHES the DVDs as you take them in and out of the tight cardboard sleeves. Secondly, episodes 1 and 2 have SERIOUS mastering problems, as the picture often breaks up and goes all pixelated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy Seaon 2, 16 Oct 2005
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Ms. R. V. Page "becki247" (Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2 [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
This is clearly one of the best Buffy Seasons ever! Possibley one of the greatest TV shows in history.
The season picks up brilliantly where the first pilot season left off. After her death at the hands (or teeth) of the master there was sure to be some reprocutions. 'When She Was Bad' is a perfect opener, seeing Buffy falling into 'Cordelia like' behaviour before finally working out her issues by beating the stuffing out of them. After this we get off to a slow start with episodes such as 'Inca Mummy Girl' and 'Some Assembly Required' however the introduction of Spike spices the season up. The arrival of this daring, sarcastic, cockney vampire proves to be one of the seasons highlights. His killing of 'The Annoying One' gives him the 'Big Bad' of the season. Along with his insane girlfriend Drusilla they provide some much needed drama and continuity.
The first 2 parter 'Whats my line' is good, giving us the best surprise since we found out the truth about Angel. Kendra, however, is a very dull slayer, but offers some good insights into how unique buffy as a slayer, actually is.
The relationships are key in this season. With the romantic Giles and Jenny, the twisted Spike and Drusilla, very unexpected Xander and Cordelia, sweet Willow and OZ and the groundbreaking Buffy and Angel. Buffy has to grow up a lot after the monumental 2 parter 'Innocence' and 'Surprise'. 'Surprise' is acted beautifully by Sarah Michelle Geller and I challenge anyone not to get a lump in their throat during this. The final scene between Buffy and her mother is perfect in everyway and the line 'I got older' sums up what this season is all about. The turning of Angel starts a downward spiral by Buffy. However the strength of this character is shown as she claws her way back to confront her ultimate enemy.
The writing for Spike is genius. He steals every scene he's in and completely destroys Angels hero act in 'Innocence'
Ange:Leave her alone!
Spike:Yeah that'll work
However towards the end of the season we see a totally new Spike as he clashes with Angelus. Every scene with these two in is a gem. He finally betrays his 'family' and makes a dangerous alliance with Buffy.
The 2 part finale is really some of the best and emotional TV i have ever seen. Willow's emerging talent for withcraft plays a big part in this conclusion and the fall apart of Buffys life bit by bit peaks at an emotional climax of violence and desperation. The final scenes accompanied by the beautiful soundtrack brings tears to anyones eyes and leave swith the biggest cliffhanger yet.
The memorable episodes include 'When she was bad' School Hard' 'Halloween' 'Surprise' 'Passion' and 'Becoming 1 and 2'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic, 15 Jun 2005
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This review is from: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2 [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
The second season of Buffy is considered by many to be the best. I personally think it is a toss up between this and season 3. This season begins with the fallout from the previous season as Buffy confronts the trauma of having been temporarily killed by the Master. There are a good few stand alone episodes in this series which I prefer to the soap opera style of later seasons and means that you can watch isolated episodes without having to watch them in the context of the whole season. Having said this, step forth the genius of Whedon who successfully manages to intertwine the main story arc amongst many seemingly stand alone episodes.
The length of this season allowed for a lot of character development and also the introduction of three popular characters, those being Spike, Dru and Oz. Buffy, while still retaining her wise cracking pep, becomes a little more grown up and appreciative of her friends while she deals with having died, the jealousy of finding out she is not the only slayer anymore and her growing yet doomed relationship with Angel. This is the last season in which Buffy is allowed to be a teenager, by the end of this season we see her as a broken young woman as everything is taken from her. We get to be more acquainted with Angel, only for him to turn evil and break Buffy's heart. Willow also gets her heart broken by long term crush Xander, but unlike Buffy is able to move on to a loving relationship with guitarist Oz. She also begins to dabble in Wicca paving the way for future story lines and beginning the journey to a more confident self. Xander meanwhile hooks up with Cordelia who continues to take sarcasm to it's natural conclusion but with a slightly more mellower side showing through. Giles sheds some light on his sexy ripper days and continues to build up a strong paternal relationship with his slayer.
There are so many classic episodes in this season that it's difficult to single out a few standout ones, but here goes: 'When she was bad' (Buffy spanks her inner moppet), Halloween (Willow gets sexy, everything goes crazy), 'The dark age' (Giles reveals his past), 'Ted' (beg to differ little lady), 'Innocence' (Angel turns evil), 'Bewitched, bothered and bewildered' (got the love), 'Passion' (heartbreaking), and my personal favourite all time episode 'I only have eyes for you' (ghostly, atmospheric and genuinely creepy).
If you have the first season then this is the one to get next, it is absolutely brilliant and a modern day classic of it's genre. The special features are plentiful and of top quality, as are the index graphics. If you're going to buy anything Buffy related, buy this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premium Buffy, 28 Nov 2004
This review is from: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2 [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
It was the year that Angel turned evil. The second season of Buffy starts with on a complete downer. After the summer that she had killed the Master, however had also died briefly, as a result she has become afraid of death more so than before. With Buffy becoming more isolated from the group she has to put her fear behind her. This is dealt with by the end of the episode with Buffy crushing the Master. After this the season progresses with the arrival of a new partnership in town, Spike and Drusilla. The two begin a conquest to kill Buffy and to restore Drusilla to what she was.
With Angel becoming a huge part of Buffy's life the two look to destroy Spike and Dru. Spike and Drusilla start recruit powerfull allies in there quest to destroy the slayer and take over the world. In the episode surprise the pair re-create a demon that can't be destroyed by any weapon forged. However in the modern day though will it be able to survive the latest technology. This is also the episode where the big bad arrives in the form of Angelus.
Angelus then starts on the path that will lead to the end battle. However first Angelus wants to target those around Buffy due to the feelings that he had for her that made him feel like a human, as a result he tries to pick her friends off one by one.
This season also introduces love intersets for some of the other characters. Surprisingly Cordy and Xander get together, shocking considering their hate relationsip. With Willow looking beyond Xander she turns her attention to Oz however this has dramatic consequences when Oz realises he's a werewolf. Giles also has a spark with a teacher Miss Calender, who also has a dark secret that involves Angelus.
There are some terrific episodes in this series that are right up there in Best episodes of Buffy. In the episode Ted, Buffy's mum meets the perfect man who only has one flaw, he's an evil robot. Before we find this out though Buffy kills him and is questioned over his death. However when he re-awakens from his temporary shutdown he targets Buffy in an act of vengeance. When Willow is looking into Ted's past she dicovers that Ted was just looking for true love to replace the ones he'd lost.
As the season comes to a close there are some great moments, one being Spike in Buffy's home sitting with her mum. When Her mum asks where she recognises him from Spike reminded her that she hit him over the head with an axe. Buffy then allies with Spike in an attempt to save the world. The final battle results in Buffy having to sacrifice someone she loves to save the world. For buffy fans out there if you were unable to get the ultimate box set then you must buy this and watch it while you still can. For people that have not watched Buffy before if you buy this season you'll be hooked within 15 minutes, trust me.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The obsession grows...., 7 July 2007
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The second season starts with Buffy back in Sunnydale after spending the summer with her Dad in LA. She is understandably in a bit of a mood seeing as last year she died, found out her boyfriend was a vampire and had to put up with Principal Snyder coming in to her life. Oh boy, wait til she hears what this season has in store for her.

This year has, in my mind, the best season-long arc and big bad out of the whole series. After finally admitting how much she loves Angel and losing her virginity to him, whoops he's all of a sudden perfectly happy and loses his soul, sending him back to being Bad Angelus.

What fun David Boreanaz has playing Angelus! Also this season sees the introduction of Spike and Drusilla as well as Seth Green as Oz.

This season is much darker than the first, there is even a death among the good guys. However, it also has some great comedy episodes like the Xander-centric Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.

The 2 part season finale is heartbreaking. I've saw these about a dozen times and I do cry every single time. This is a very strong season and a massive improvement on the first.

One final point to note. Freeze frame for the episode Go Fish when Xander walks out in his Speedos (woo!)
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