Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 5 Review

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Season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer had two big flaws: Glory (the Big Bad) and Dawn (Buffy’s surprise younger sister). Glory was too boring (I’ll be upfront here: none of the later Big Bads ever equaled season 2‘s Angelus or season 3‘s Mayor in my eyes), and Dawn was too annoying, and unfortunately, we got a lot of both of them this season.

Nevertheless, season 5 was pretty good. Not only did it have some great individual episodes, it was also much more consistent than season 4, or even season 2 (though I prefer season 2 overall.)

My favorite episodes include:

5×07 Fool for Love – A peek into Spike’s past, when Buffy turns to him for advice about how to survive longer after being seriously injured by a vampire.

5×14 Crush – Drusilla is back in town, and Spike tries to prove his love to Buffy by offering to spike her. It doesn’t go well.

5×16 The Body – Makes almost every list of top 5 Buffy episodes for good reason – heartbreaking but beautifully done.

5×22 The Gift – Intense and memorable finale.

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My rating: (3.5 / 5)


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