Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 4 Review

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In season four, Buffy went to college, and the show floundered a bit trying to regain its footing after the change in setting and the loss of Angel and Cordelia. It is widely considered the weakest season of the show after season one. The pod people, refreshed from their extended vacation in season three, turned up quite a bit. (To be honest, several episodes had such bad reputations that I never even watched them.) Season four was also hurt by a boring Big Bad.

Another reason many people dislike season four is due to Buffy’s relationship with Riley. I actually kind of like Riley myself (possibly I’m biased due to the Iowa connection), but I nevertheless agree with the fandom at large that he’s a distant third on my list of favorite Buffy boyfriends.

Despite its flaws, the fourth season does contain several outstanding episodes. My favorites include:

4×09 Something Blue – The very first Buffy episode I ever saw. One of my friends wanted to hook me on the show and chose a perfect episode to do it. I love bickering couples, so I fell instantly for Buffy/Spike and remain a Spuffy shipper to this day.

4×10 Hush – One of the best episodes in all seven seasons of the show. In fact, many fans rank it right at #1. Most of “Hush” contains no spoken dialogue and instead relies entirely on body language and facial expressions. You might expect this to be a bad thing in a show so famous for its witty repartee, but it works brilliantly. “Hush” also features the single scariest monsters the Buffyverse ever produced.

4×16 Who Are You? – Bodyswap!

4×22 Restless – I don’t know what the writers were smoking when they came up with this episode, but whatever it was, it was good.

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My rating:2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

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