Series five brings on another dark series for the Buffy
cast. Yet another change in direction sees them begin the
maturing process both in terms of characterisation and content.
Episodes like The Body provide the whole cast with
ample opportunity to shine in their roles, while the script
manages a tight balance between heavy emotion and maintaining
characterisation. One of the downsides to this series is this
darkness however. Look back to series one and two and by the
end of an episode you'd have a grin on your face and think
that life was great. Now you're pretty much on the verge of
crying! Hats off to both the writers and actors though, as
it really shows what they are capable of.
the mediocrity of season four, season five sees a move of
improvement in storyline and humour, which will eventually
lead to the still dark season six, but with that spark back
into each episode. Whilst adopting a much darker tone and
focussing much more on drama this time round, this season
is incredibly strong. The ambitious main storyline is successful
due to the great writing and acting.
of being about teen problems, this season starts to focus
on the Scoobies as grown ups (after all, they're in their
20s now). Sarah Michelle Gellar is as brilliant as ever, effortlessly
portraying the entire range of human emotions. (She suffers
a lot this season). Alyson Hannigan is still excellent as
Willow and Nick Brendon and Tony Head get much more on-screen
time - great for Xander and Giles fans. Also pleasing are
some good character developments for newcomer Tara (Amber
Benson) and eventfully the removal of Riley (everyone cheer!).
Also there is the introduction of Dawn, the most annoying
character on the planet, however give Trachtenburg credit
- she pulls off an annoying teenager perfectly!
While there are a few poor episodes, the gems outweigh them.
The Replacement, No Place Like Home, Triangle, The Body,
and The Gift are all masterpieces in their own right.
you're a Buffy fan, you NEED this. Buy it and remind
yourself why Buffy leaves every other TV show in its
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