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Buffy Summers, college freshman

Dec 21, 2008
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Pros:Some of the best individual episodes of the entire series

Cons:Not the best overall arc

The Bottom Line: It's not the best overall arc, but this season does have some of the best episodes from the entire series


Buffy faces her biggest challenge yet ... the University of California at Sunnydale, beginning with the fourth season of the popular television series.

The Scoobies have all graduated from Sunnydale High and moved on to bigger and better things.  Well, most have - Giles is now unemployed, his library having been blown up with the rest of the high school.  Angel has moved to Los Angeles (where his own show is set), Cordelia went with him, Xander is a bartender at a college watering hole, and Buffy and Willow are freshmen at UC Sunnydale.

But as Buffy and Willow come to find out, a different (and much bigger) campus than Sunnydale High School doesn't mean all that much has changed.  There are still vampire menaces lurking in every corner.  Including a returning Spike!  There's also a super-secret government-funded demon-hunting group called the Initiative to deal with - are they a solution, or are they part of the problem?

Oh, and Buffy has a new love interest in masters' student and teaching assistant Riley Finn.

Many fans consider this to be one of the lesser seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  In the extras, Joss Whedon even concedes that the individual episodes didn't gel into a cohesive overall arc the way they did in seasons 2 and 3.  But the season does contain some of the best individual episodes ever produced in the show, such as the award-winning Hush, and Restless, not to mention a couple of my personal favorites, funny episodes Beer Bad and Something Blue.

I recommend this season as a definite must-see, though I also suggest watching each episode on its own merit and not trying to follow an overall arc - viewing it that way should lend to a better overall viewing experience.


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