I have recently been re-watching 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' from the beginning, and doing short 140 character reviews of each episode on our Twitter account. One day I would love to find the time to give all 145 episodes of this fantastic series a proper review, but for now, the tweet reviews will have to suffice.
One of the problems with Twitter though is that tweets get easily lost in the stream as time goes by. These review entries of each season of BTVS will serve as an archive of those tweets so that they can be easily viewed on a single page.
Season 1 recap | Season 2 recap | Season 3 recap | Season 4 recap
Before I get to the tweet review recap, some quick thoughts on season five of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Season five boasts one of the better 'big bads' of the show's run in Glory, the goddess who is looking to find the 'key' (who we know as Dawn) ,Buffy's sister that was introduced suddenly this season. While season five lacks the school setting of the previous four seasons, it brings a new dynamic to the show through Dawn's introduction, and offers many memorable moments and episodes.
Looking at my overall season rating, I didn't realize just how great this season was until I watched it again. In conversation I often refer back to seasons two and three as being my overall favorites, but if I take the nostalgia out of it (as I've done here), it becomes obvious just how amazing this season was. In fact, this is the highest scoring season of BTVS in my reviews so far. Shows how sometimes you view things through rose-colored glasses, as it wasn't until now that I realize just how high the quality of season five is.
With more 10/10 ratings than any season so far, season five of BTVS is one that cannot be missed. Originally conceived by series creator Joss Whedon as the final season of the show, all stops are pulled out at the end, and the emotion with which this season climaxes is tough to beat. This is the final season that aired on the WB network before moving over to UPN for the final two seasons. Both of those networks would later combine to become what we now know as The CW.
Season five also brings audiences one of the more famous BTVS episodes in 5.16, 'The Body'. 'The Body' showcases the raw power that this show can achieve, and is a significant moment in television, often being referred to as one of the greatest individual episodes of any show, ever. 'The Body' is currently ranked #59 on IMDB's list of all-time highest ranked television episodes, making it the third highest rankeing episode of the show on that list. The only BTVS episodes that rank higher are (4.10) 'Hush' at #47 and (6.07) 'Once More With Feeling' at #21.
Per usual, I don't recommend skipping episodes since they all contain at least some bits of important information that affect the series as a whole, but if you're looking for high and low spots, here they are.
Must watch episodes (there are many in S5)
- 5.05: No Place Like Home
- 5.07: Fool for Love
- 5.13: Blood Ties
- 5.14: Crush
- 5.16: The Body
- 5.17: Forever
- 5.18: Intervention
- 5.19: Tough Love
- 5.20: Spiral
- 5.21: The Weight of the World
- 5.22: The Gift
Skip if you absolutely must
- 5.11: Triangle
That's it, a very short list of things you could possibly skip and not feel guilty about it!
Hit the "READ MORE" link to the right to see my tweet reviews for every episode of season five of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and check back later as I make my way through seasons six and seven!