Buffy the Vampire Slayer : season 5 review


22 50 minute episodes

SF elements

teen vampires


Season 5 is a bit spotty in places, but it also has some remarkable highlights, and the overall arc of Dawn/Glory gave it a degree of coherence missing from season 4.

There are a lot fewer cross-over episodes with Angel this season. Riley lasts for only the first half of the season, and after he's gone, Spike (yes, Spike!) is being groomed for the part of love interest. Unfortunately this means he's had to become "good" (due to the chip), but he still adds a good dose of cynicism and repressed evil -- and some of the funniest moments.

The strongest episode is, paradoxically, the one with hardly any "supernatural" component: The Body . From there to the end of the season, events just spiral more and more out of control, until the end-of-season climax.

Roll on season 6...

Rating: 2.5

[ unmissable | great stuff | worth watching | mind candy | waste of time | unfinishable ]

reviewed 23 February 2002