I would have to say 7 because to me, it lost the 'Buffy' sparkle when all of the potentials came into it. Also the whole Spike/ buffy thing just totally got on my nerves after like episode 2 lol. And what happened to the Buffy we knew and loved? She turned into mega bitch from Hell, at least season 8 is bringing back the character that we had a little laugh about, and who could crack a joke before the whole DEATH WAR DRAMA!!!
Post by ladyparasyte on Jan 24, 2008 17:11:34 GMT -5
Hmmm...I would have to say Season 5 for me. I just thought Glory was kinda weak. The idea of the character was good however the actress failed to perform for me. I had some great episodes dont get me wrong. Maybe for me it was the season that the fun really stopped and life got serious.
Alot of people didn't care for Season 4 but I liked it. They were still kids but with the beginnings of adult responsibilities.Still having fun.
Season 5 felt like the comedic timing was off. It's like they perfected the rythym for the show with Season 3 in my opinion.Perfect mix of drama,horror and comedy.
Season 7 for me... It's really the only time that I felt my attention waning episode to episode and it's definately the only time that while rerunning through the entire series I felt the same. I too didn't really like Season 4 on first run through but now I actually find it to be one of the show's more interesting seasons. As much as the main plot really sucked, the character plots had a lot going on that really related to the growing up theme that would persist until Season 6. I really felt like the characters grew a lot in Season 4 and even characters like Xander and Giles who were given a backseat a lot of the time had an interesting arc going on. Also, Oz's early episode drama is pretty damned good, Riley as boring as he was at times wasn't as bad as everyone made him out to be and Spike's role in the season as the outcast was always pretty classic. I especially liked Giles unemployed storyline, it added a lot to the character and even let him become quite comedic at times.
Season 7 on the other hand really didn't have all that much that I dug. The main plot was fairly boring and none of the characters really had any real life drama to deal with. Willow barely dealt with Tara's death or even worse, her own darkness. Buffy just retreated into herself and became a bitch. Xander did essentially nothing save for a few key scenes across the season. Spike's newly ensouled self wasn't given a lot to play with despite how interesting that story would have been. I know the writers didn't want to risk rerunning Angel's story with Spike but that was exactly what would have made it interesting... just how different Spike reacted to his newfound soul. Instead we had to wait until Season 5 of Angel to see just how different Spike's quest for redemption was. What did we get? Well...Anya's vengeance demon plotline which was halfbaked and poorly pulled off, the introduction of Andrew as a main character for absolutely no reason and almost every main character (Wllow, Giles and Xander) taking a back seat to most of the action. Oh...and potentials. The last five episodes are really solid and are a pretty decent close to the series but the middle bunch of eps are really not all that interesting.
In defence of Tracy Forbes, we all know that the stories are broken in groups and later assigned. And there is funny material in all of those episodes.
"Nothing can defeat the penis!" "Stop I can hear the smacking!" "Hot, sweaty, Biiig sex!"
Damn I'd hate to have her resume though. Beer Bad? Not quite Hell Bells bad but damn..
I do have to give Joss and the other writers (excluding Tracy Forbes) credit, I'm sure it would've taken hours of rewriting to make "Something Blue" good. That is the only episode that she was given credit for writing that was good. The other two had good moments but in general were not good in comparison to the rest of Buffy.
I disagree about "Hell's Bells". I really enjoyed that episode. "Doublemeat Palace" on the other hand, well I can forgive Jane Espensen for that. She gave too many awesome episodes to hold grudges.
Post by MawdurnBukanier on Feb 1, 2008 2:07:15 GMT -5
I have to go along with the Season 4 thread. Although I've warmed up to Riley since my first viewing, the whole Initiative thing just annoys me. Maybe it's the Browncoat in me but I just don't enjoy the government/army thing. The Initiative meddled where it didn't belong and almost caused something really bad to happen. Luckily for the world they set it up under Buffy's college.
Season 1 -- campy and obviously low-budget (unlike Season 5 of Angel, which hides its low budget well). Would have been Season 4, if not for some incredible standalones (Something Blue, Hush, Who Are You?, Restless etc).
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Post by worldwithoutshrimp on Feb 7, 2008 18:59:41 GMT -5
I'm going with Season One, since the show simply wasn't as consistent or complex as it would become in the later seasons. Of course, a lot of that is due to the writers getting their bearings and the fact that S1 was only 12 episodes long. It had some great moments, though, and was good enough to get me into watching the show.
Beyond S1, I think the worst season is probably Season Seven, with the dropped plot threads and Potentials who stole screen time from the regular characters. I actually really like S4, though I can't rank it above 2, 3, or 5. (I could maybe rank it above 6, but I doubt it.)
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