Buffy Summers is a vampire slayer, or the vampire slayer, as the show focuses on again and again – she’s the chosen one to fight against the evil forces in the world. Season 2 really gets to explore a good deal more than the shorter Season 1 (which started mid-season).
Season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer starts to explore themes that will be carried throughout the show, namely choices and their consequences, the responsibilities of young adults, as well as the death of loved ones and the trials and tribulations of relationships.
As relationships bloom, we’re presented with various forms and levels of love. Xander (after having an encounter with an Incan princess in “Inca Mummy Girl”) begins a strange relationship with “enemy” Cordelia; Willow meets a kindred spirit in werewolf Oz; Buffy and Angel advance their relationship with disastrous consequences; and even Giles finds love in a new teacher, Jenny Calendar, though that relationship is sadly short-lived.
Fans of the show will obviously appreciate this DVD set, but fans of science fiction and fantasy also have a good chance of enjoying this series. Anyone who appreciates a good drama series can also enjoy this series as its fantasy elements often are pushed to the background as characters deal with real-life issues.
My personal favorite episodes of Season 2 are “Bad Eggs” (the typical classroom assignment of caring for an egg like it was a child, with a supernatural twist, of course), “Ted” (Buffy’s Mom starts dating, but is the guy evil?), “Lie to Me” (which deals with another aspect of growing up, dealing with a friend’s illness and finding disappointment in others’ choices) and “I Only Have Eyes for You” (which forces Buffy to face her feelings toward the currently evil Angel).
After finishing Season 2 of Buffy, I always want to move forward to Season 3. It’s almost like an addiction – once I finish a season, I continue to the next until the series is completed. Then, often times, I start all over again. Buffy is a classic!
New to the cast this season is Seth Green as Oz (Willow’s love interest), Robia LaMorte as Jenny Calendar (Gile’s love interest), as well as James Marsters as Spike and Juliet Landau as Drusilla, evil vampire lovers who have a connection to Angel.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer may seem like a typical supernatural or teen-drama television show, but its depth, plot, intelligence and humor are exceptional. It’s a much deeper show than you might expect.