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Buffy the Vampire Slayer 7 Seasons 1999

Season 4
4.3 out of 5 stars (117) IMDb 7.8/10

Buffy begins college feeling completely overwhelmed but once the monsters show up, it's just like old times. Then she starts dating Riley, a handsome commando battling the same monsters. He's part of a secret organization called The Initiative, and Buffy is all too happy to join the team.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon

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1. The Freshman

As Buffy adjusts to college life, she realizes that classmates are mysteriously disappearing.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 1 January 1999
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2. Living Conditions

Buffy finds herself at odds with her new roommate; and is troubled by a series of disturbing dreams involving a soul-sucking demon.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 1 January 1999
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3. The Harsh Light of Day

As Buffy has an affair with a handsome student, Spike searches for a ring that, according to legend, makes the wearer invincible.

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4. Fear Itself

On Halloween, Buffy and her friends find themselves trapped inside a haunted frat house; complete with real-life bats, zombies and a terrifying demon from beyond.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: 1 January 1999
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5. Beer Bad

Xander finds employment as a bartender at a pub where some of Buffy's friends metamorphose into terrifying Cro-Magnon creatures.

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6. Wild at Heart

Oz finds himself unable to control his attraction to a sexy singer - who just happens to be a werewolf.

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7. The Initiative

Spike finds himself targeted by a group of commandos after he escapes from a futuristic lab located beneath the streets of Sunnydale.

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8. Pangs

On Thanksgiving, Buffy encounters the spirit of a Native American warrior whose people were wiped out by settlers.

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9. Something Blue

One of Willow's spells causes her every wish to come true; causing Giles to go blind; Buffy and Spike to plan a wedding; and Xander to become a magnet for demons.

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10. Hush

A group of murderous creatures straight out of a fairy tale steal away the townspeople's voices.

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11. Doomed

Buffy attempts to stop demons determined to bring about the apocalypse by reopening the Hellmouth.

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12. A New Man

After being transformed into a demon, Giles attempts to track down Ethan Rayne in hopes of reversing the process.

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13. The I in Team

Buffy teams with Riley after she is allowed access to the mysterious underground complex known as the Initiative; Spike is targeted by commandos.

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14. Goodbye Iowa

Tension erupts between Buffy and an ailing Riley as they pursue Maggie Walsh's killer.

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15. This Year's Girl

Faith awakens from a coma and seeks revenge against Buffy; Riley joins Buffy in the hunt for Adam.

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16. Who Are You?

Buffy, having switched bodies with Faith, finds herself at the mercy of Watcher council members. Meanwhile, Faith uses Buffy's body to further her own ends.

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17. Superstar

Buffy and her friends sense that something is amiss when a ubiquitous Jonathan becomes a hero to everyone in Sunnydale.

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18. Where the Wild Things Are

Buffy and Riley's passionate lovemaking energizes supernatural elements inside a frat house.

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19. New Moon Rising

Oz's return to Sunnydale leads to his incarceration inside the Initiative; and complicates the relationship between Willow and Tara.

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20. The Yoko Factor

After joining forces with Adam, Spike drives a wedge between Buffy and her friends; Angel's return to Sunnydale leads to a violent confrontation with Riley.

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21. Primeval

Having gained control of Riley's mind, Adam sets in motion his plot to destroy the Initiative and create an army of unstoppable soldiers.

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22. Restless

Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles experience dreams in which they are pursued by a mysterious figure.

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There was a lot of criticism about season 4, mostly from fans who didn't like the change in the Buffy formula and Angel and Cordelia's departure. Buffy couldn't be a schoolgirl for ever and season 4 introduces us to the challenges of becoming a young adult, living in a dorm, falling in and out of love, exploring sexuality, facing an insecure future.
This is a difficult year for Xander, desperate to escape his parents basement and trying to keep up with his college-going friends and Giles, who loses his job.
We are introduced to the lovely witch Tara, whom Willow falls in love with. When Willow's ex Oz comes back in 'New Moon Rising' he discovers she's not waiting for him and this brings pain to all concerned.
Xander's girlfriend, ex-demon Anya, brings fun to the show with her ignorance of society's rules and her rude behaviour.
Bad guy Ethan Rayne is back in 'A New Man' and rogue slayer Faith in the excellent 'This Year's Girl' and 'Who Are You'.
There is an episode centred on Jonathan (the student who tried to kill himself in season 3), the very enjoyable 'Superstar'.
Buffy's new love interest is Riley, a soldier in the Initiative, a secret government organisation hunting and experimenting on demons.
I didn't particularly like the Initiative/Adam storyline but looking back, this was probably the best Buffy season ever with strong episodes as well as good storylines in the background.
Spike is back with a twist as a conflicted, 'neutered' vampire with a chip stopping him from hurting humans. This season sees him trying to find his new place in the world. Spike's situation brings humour to this season when he teams up with Harmony and while he lives with Giles and then Xander.
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Buffy Season Four got many bad reviews. There were moans about some of the core cast leaving, the fact that the gang were no longer in high school, that Buffy's new boyfriend was dull, and that the main villain of the season was poor. The only one of these niggles I agree with is the latter one - Adam wasn't the best villain and the arc of the season, concentrating on the Initiative, was not the strongest either. However, open your eyes and look further and you'll find that this season is one of the best Buffy seasons ever when it comes to consistency. It changes the formula drastically but with success, unlike Season Six - while the new setting and new characters are disorienting, the change is for the good. If the characters had remained the same, then the series would have gone rapidly stale. Instead of this, though, we get a number of classic episodes - Pangs, Something Blue, This Years Girl, Who Are You?, Superstar, New Moon Rising, Primeval and Restless being just a few. Oh, and could this review not include a mention of Hush? Of course not! Release it in a cinema and it would scare the pants off any non-fan who went to see it. Joss Whedon and his team have done themselves proud - in terms of acting, direction, writing, production and pure quality, this season lags just a little behind Seasons Three and Five. However, I find it way more appetising than the totally overrated Season Two. Anyway, that's my rant over and done with. Now, what about the pesky discs?
This DVD set is remarkable. The episodes themselves are pure class but the extras make them even more enjoyable. We've never had six commentaries before but if the standard of the ones on this set keep up, we should have one for every episode!
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With the loss of David Boreanaz and Charisma Carpenter to the spin-off show, "Angel", there were voids to be filled in this, the first season out of high school, and Marc Blucas and Emma Caulfield suitably obliged. The fragmentation of the Scooby Gang was for many the core reason why Season Four didn't match the heights of the previous three: nobody seemed to care enough about each other any more. With Giles out of work, Xander flitting from one deadbeat job to another, and Buffy and Willow settling in to life on campus, there was concern that the old gang would never get back together.
A big risk was taken in introducing a more classic sci-fi element with the arrival of a secret government demon-hunting operation. But there's a big difference from other genre shows: the Initiative was never in control of its actions. And that's the gist of the season: that Buffy and her traditional methods will always be superior, and that it's through her skills and her friends that evil is defeated, not bureaucracy. Which is why there's no big finish in episode 22 (the grand climax happens in episode 21), because the most important storyline is about the reaffirmation of friendships, demonstrated in the most bizarre way imaginable in an episode composed almost entirely of dream sequences.
There are a few misses among the hits (watch "Beer Bad" for the cavegirl activities of Buffy, but don't expect much else), and some classics (the Emmy-nominated "Hush" was possibly the boldest piece of television attempted before "The Body" the following year). And in the final scene of the season, we get a great setting-up of what's to come, without knowing any specific details.
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