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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best shows on TV is finally being released
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the most clever, stylish and deep shows on TV today, and Season Two is where it really starts to shine. This boxset contains all 22 episodes of the show's second season, which featured one of the biggest story arcs ever on the show: Angel (good vampire and Buffy's boyfriend) loses his soul after a night of passion with Buffy and becomes...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Lousy Presentation
The average review, allegedly of this product, is five stars, but since the reviews came out before the product, these morons have obviously rated the SHOW, not the DVD they're supposed to be reviewing. Yes, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is one of the greatest shows of all time, but this package is a disgrace. Of the dozens of DVDs and videos I have, the DVD package of...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Lousy Presentation, June 10 2002
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"ah952" (Jamaica Plain, MA United States) - See all my reviews
The average review, allegedly of this product, is five stars, but since the reviews came out before the product, these morons have obviously rated the SHOW, not the DVD they're supposed to be reviewing. Yes, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is one of the greatest shows of all time, but this package is a disgrace. Of the dozens of DVDs and videos I have, the DVD package of "Buffy"'s 2nd season has by FAR the worst picture quality. Since one of the biggest advantages to DVD technology is improved visual quality, you'd think Mutant Enemy and 20th Century Fox would at least take the time to clean up the image and give us a decent product. But the picture is so bad (especially on Disc 1) that it is sometimes difficult to follow the action...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best shows on TV is finally being released, May 11 2002
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Joseph Rodriguez (Iowa City, IA United States) - See all my reviews
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the most clever, stylish and deep shows on TV today, and Season Two is where it really starts to shine. This boxset contains all 22 episodes of the show's second season, which featured one of the biggest story arcs ever on the show: Angel (good vampire and Buffy's boyfriend) loses his soul after a night of passion with Buffy and becomes the evil, sadistic Angelus.
Note that while several of the episodes from Season Two have been released on VHS, this is the first time that all 22 episodes have been available (at least in the U.S.).
Notable episodes in this boxed set:
"School Hard" - Spike and Drusilla, two British vampires who become series villains, are introduced.
"Inca Mummy Girl" - Oz, a laid-back guitarist who will eventually romance Buffy's friend Willow, is introduced.
"What's My Line" (2 parts) - Career Day coincides with several assassination attempts on Buffy. Introduces the "other Slayer," Kendra.
"Ted" - John Ritter plays the stepfather from hell to Buffy.
"Surprise/Innocence" (2 parts) - The seminal episode in which Buffy turns seventeen and Angel turns bad.
"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" - One of the best comic episodes of the show, featuring Buffy's friend Xander.
"Phases" - A werewolf is attacking teens, and apparently Oz has something to do with it...
"Passion" - The Angelus matter comes to a head when he starts going after Buffy's friends.
"Becoming" (2 parts) - The tearjerker season finale, in which Angelus is determined to send the world to hell and it's up to Buffy and her motley Scooby gang to stop it.
This boxed set also includes a boatload of extras, including interviews with actors and with the creator of the show, Joss Whedon. And while it may help to have seen Season One, it's not really necessary to understand the events of Season Two. If you've never seen Buffy, this is a good place to start (I have a feeling you'll like it). If you have seen Buffy before, then I bet you already have this set preordered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible (spoilers below), March 9 2002
The second season continued one what was successfully started in the first season. The second season is a lot more ambitious (remember, the first season only had twelve episodes, unlike the rest which had 22).
The story arcs in the second season are brilliant. The romance between Angel and Buffy reached gothic heights with Surprise/Innocence (Surprise is astonishing). When Angel turns bad, David Boreanaz manages to do a sensational job of acting the transition (the episodes "Passion" and "I Only Have Eyes For You" are incredible in detailing this, and Buffy's reaction). Willow's romance with Oz is wonderful, and Giles attachment to Jenny Calendar a welcome addition.
This show still manages to be surprisingly funny (as seen in Halloween, and Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered) and packs a wallop (the two part season ender, Becoming I & II, are essential viewing for any Buffy fans. They are incredibly moving). Yes, there are some clunkers (Killed by Death, Bad Eggs), but they are more than redeemed.
My favourites are: Becoming I & II, Surprise/Innocence, I Only Have Eyes for You, Passion, School Hard, When She Was Bad, and Lie To Me
For a show set in high school, the writers have neatly side-stepped making a caricature of Anthony Stewart Head's librarian/Watcher Giles. His befuddled sexiness is immensely appealing. Alyson Hannigan's performance as wallflower Willow blooming into a witch (her growing powers are smartly charted by writers all the way through season six) is strong, and having the animosity between Xander and Cordelia boil over into lust was a masterstroke. Finally, we have to give the star her due. Sarah Michelle Gellar proved with this season that she's actually a capable actress, both with comic timing (Halloween) and pathos (Surprise/Innocence).
The second season was an immense improvement over the first season (a solid debut) and the quality continues. In my mind, the second and third season need to be bought together (or at least both bought). Story arcs introduced in the second season are wrapped up in the third season. Buy this set, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The World of the Scooby-Gang, June 28 2004
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Buffy's second season is an exceptional one! If you love the Buffy/Angel relationship then this is the season for you. We've seen over the past yaer the connection between Buffy and Angel strenghten, but never like this. Buffy comes back to Sunnydale, from a much needed vacation, with a much NOT needed attitude problem. Who can blame her, though? After facing the Master and having an untimely death Buffy has the right to be a little pissy. This attitude plays off of the doomed relationship of our blonde heroine and her handsome vampire love. However they continue on their path of endearing, finally climaxing in the act of a night of sex. After that we learn that the one moment that Angel needed to have his soul taken away was found when he and Buffy proclaimed their undieing love for one another. Perhaps though, love isn't enough. Without a soul, Angel becomes an cold-hearted killer, out to exact revenge on the thing that mae him feel most human, Buffy. We see an entirly different side of Angel and are just as shocked as the characters. This season is a real tear-jerker, especially the end, when Buffy is forced to send her lover to Hell, even though his lovable personality has been magically restored. If it's Angel you want, it's Angel you get, but beware...love alone isn't enough in this doomed relationship...But who cares?!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's overrated - but still a great season, June 24 2004
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Mitch Weaver (Houston, TX) - See all my reviews
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After the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, fans knew that the show could only get better, and season two definately brought the show to a whole new level. Season two had so many things working for it, from the introduction of my favorite character Spike and Buffy's relationship with Angel heating up, to the introduction of Angel's darkside Angelus who turned out to be one of the show's greatest villans. Now season two is very good and I definately enjoyed it. However, I also feel that the season is overrated because many fans of the show think that season two is the show's best season, when seasons three, five, and six were much better overall. I mean, let's be honest here. There were some really bad episodes in this season like - "Some Assembly Required", "Ted", "Reptile Boy", "Inca Mummy Girl", "Bad Eggs", and "Go Fish". In order for a season to be worthy of a five star rating, it needs to be great from start to finish, with a minimum number of bad episodes.
The second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer does feature some wonderful episodes however that manage to make up for season two's shortcomings. "School Hard" is one of my all time favorite episodes because it introduced my favorite character Spike. The bad ass leather clad vampire proved to be so popular, that the writers ended up keeping him around for the rest of the show. The classic episode "Halloween" has everyone turn into whatever they dressed up as for Halloween. "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered" is another one of my all time favorites and is definately a candidate for funniest episode ever. When Cordelia dumps Xander on Valentine's Day, he seeks help in a witch at Suunydale High named Amy to cast a spell on Cordelia to make her fall in love with him. Unfortunately, Xander ends up becoming the object of every woman's affection in Sunnydale. The two best Buffy/Angel episodes of the entire show are "Suprise" and "Innocence" in which their relationship ascends to a new level, and we are introduced to Angel's darkside Angelus who turns out to be one of the best villans ever. Season two comes to an amazing conclusion in "Becoming" parts 1&2. Other episodes worth mentioning are "What's My Line" parts 1&2, "Passion", "Phases", and "I Only Have Eyes of You".
Even though season two is not quite as good as a lot of people claim, it is still a highly enjoyable and definately worth owning. What really makes the season two DVD set special is the bonus features. The set has many featurettes and interviews, as well as commentary on several episodes.
A solid 4 stars...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best seasons, June 12 2004
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Kerry A. Walsh "lilgracie346" (Chicago, Illinois United States) - See all my reviews
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Season 2 is one of the best seasons of Buffy not only because of the Buffy-Angel romance (which, I would imagine, is what draws most of this season's interest), but also because of Joss Whedon's examination of the nature of good and evil during this season. The arrival of Spike (at this point, the antithesis of Angel) to Sunnydale signals the arrival of the "big bad". While Spike and Drusilla plot the elimination of the entire world, Buffy has no clue that the biggest bad is right beside her... in Angel.
Outside of the obligatory running vampire arc, the other episodes this season all really deal with the nature of good and evil and identity, shadowing the arc with the vampires. The Halloween episode (where the characters become their costumes) is nothing short of hillarious with Buffy prancing around as a helpless ladylike debutante. Its interesting to see what each character would be like if just one thing about them was changed - if Buffy didn't have strength, if Xander was confident and "manly," etc. Another interesting episode is the Dark Age when the consequences of Giles' past come back to haunt him... and those he loves. Hillarious and harrowing is Ted, the episode with guest star John Ritter as Joyce's boyfriend/robot serial killer. The most interesting part of the episode is the few minutes when both Buffy and Joyce think that Buffy has killed Ted and how they handle it.
Finally, of course, is Buffy's now consumated romance with Angel which ultimately causes him to lose his soul and become his former murderous self. The pain that Buffy goes through is intense and many girls can relate to it at a romantic level. When Buffy is ultimately forced to kill Angel (with his soul returned to him), both Buffy and the audience is grief-striken.
The season works well as a whole - possibly the best of all the seasons. Each episode, though whole onto itself, moves the characters and stories toward the ultimate goal of examining the good and evil in each of them and what each of their identities entail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buffys best season!, June 9 2004
This is my favorite season out of all 7 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but seasons 3 and 5 are right behind it! This is the season that really got me hooked on the show, I had watched season 1 on and off but wasn't really totally obsessed with it till this season. I don't like most tv but this show is so smart, so funny, the characters are so endearing and the actors are just fantastic. Season 2 is where we really get into some heavy storytelling and mythology. You get the Buffy and Angel romance, we meet Spike and Drusilla which are the cool new vampires in town and Oz meets Willow! What I still feel is the best storyline ever is in this season, Buffy's love Angel losing his soul and turning evil after she sleeps with him. To me Angelus was the best villain because besides the fact that he's a really evil and strong vampire, there's this huge emotional connection that the gang didn't have with Adam or The First or other villains, and it's that this was their friend and the love of Buffy's life. If the rest of the season doesn't hook you check out Becoming 1 and 2, the season finale. I think it's the best season finale I've ever seen, I never knew tv could be so good! If you've already watched this season you already know you want to buy it so I'll go over the extra's. There's some great commentary by Joss Whedon you'll want to listen to and some interesting featurettes. I love the trailers especially because they usually don't put those on US dvds and this is the only season that has so many on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of Buffy, June 9 2004
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DONNA J. MILLER (New Jersey) - See all my reviews
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If you thought that it couldn't get any better than the first season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", they you were 'dead' wrong. Now, with the show fully in motion and a hard core audience viewing, "Buffy" is for sure becoming a classic and great television show. Not to mention, this second season is the best season of "Buffy" over all- without a doubt. It builds on the relationships, has a great story once again, and has a perfectly assembled cast. Don't stop your collection with season one, be sure to get the 'Best of "Buffy"'- season two.
First, the tangled web of relationships from season one gets even more tangled in this season. Season two starts out with the same love story- Willow (Alyson Hannigan) loves Xander (Nicholas Brendan), Xander loves Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Buffy loves Angel (David Boreanaz), Angel is a vampire. But as the story moves on, the characters begin to split and find other people to fall in love with. Willow, for one, falls in love with a socially strange guy named Oz (Seth Green), who is also a lead guitarist in a band titled "Dingoes Ate My Baby". Besides that, Willow discovers that her first boyfriend is more than just a cool quiet guy, but he's also something dark underneith. Xander finds his first girlfriend to be the one person he truly does not like, the self-centered Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter). As the two try to hide their feelings for each other, they are drawn out, and eventually, have to reaveal themselves to their friends, creating tension between Willow and Xander. Buffy lives her life dieing to be with Angel, and when the two finally do connect, serious and heartbreaking consequences occur. Meanwhile, Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) and Jenny (Robia LaMorte) have a budding romance that also ends in tears. Also, the villains have a great relationship. They are the punk vampire Spike (James Marsters) and the insane vampire Dru (Juliet Landau). Their relationship also has challenges and makes the couple even more appealing and fun to watch knowing that they care for each other as Buffy cares for Angel. Without question, the relationships of this season could make a show in themselves, and add so much more to anticipate.
Second, the story follows as a great work of art that only Joss Wheadon, the creator, could have thought of. Besides the disasterous soap opera going on within the relationships, the story arc for the season is just amazing. Spike and Dru are perfect villains, but when tradgedy strikes and Angel's soul is taken, he turns into the killer and monsterous vampire Angelus, who teams up with Spike and Dru to end the world in several ways. From battling the Master's last minions to fighting Angelus, from fighting a demon that steals the humanity from people to stopping a demon from sucking the world into hell, Buffy's second season is a perfect mix of grief, joy, chills, thrills, laughs, romance, sci-fi, and mythology.
Finally, the cast is once again unbeatable. Sarah Michelle Gellar plays Buffy with such emotion that truly deserves an award for all she puts into it. Alyson Hannigan steps up and makes Willow more interesting and complex from season one's dull Willow. Nicholas Brendan does a great job as some humer with Xander. Anthony Stewart Head is even better this time around as he gets to interact more with his slayer and begins to develope a fatherly relationship with her. David Boreanaz does a wonderful job changing from a good hero to an all out evil villain. James Marsters and Juliet Landau are a lovable yet hateful couple, which is exactly what they are meant to be. You just won't be able to get enough of them. Charisma Carpenter plays the loud mouthed Cordelia as a funny and likable girl, while Seth Green plays the quiet Oz as a mysterious and great guy. Kristine Sutherland once again plays Joyce, who gets even more screen time as Buffy's mother who just doesn't know what to do with her daughter. The guest stars are still great, and John Ritter tops it off as a step dad who's just a tad evil. Joss Wheadon created the best television show and his ideas are just so unpredictable and fun.
To conclude, this is a great show with great relationships that could have an show on their own, a great story with pure heartbreak, and a great cast and crew that puts the show where it all is. Although it is just the beginning, it's still the best of the series. Season Two is a must for anyone who is even interested in buying this DVD, and be sure to continue your collection and complete it with all seven seasons of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Second Season, June 4 2004
It is just as good as the first if not better. 10 out of 10.I liked this one more than the First Season.The characters were still the same and it had the same presence as the first season.The episodes seemed more mature and there were even some new characters(Spike, Drusialla).The shows really elaborated and become a little more drama but also having witty comedy and action pack moments with horror.Anyone who enjoyed the first season will love this one.The season finally is great.I really had a lot of fun watching all the characters and their problemsThis six disc set is great with an episode guide and tons of bonus footage.Make sure to check this one out.(10/10)
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With her summer vacation at an end, Buffy returns from LA and prepares to face off against the Anointed One, who is trying to bring The Master back to the living world. A new evil comes to Sunnydale with the introduction of Spike and Drusilla. Although quite a motley crew, the two vamps kill the Anointed One, who Spike dubs, "the annoying one." Due to the fact that Buffy briefly died the previous spring, a new Vampire Slayer is born named Kendra. In Buffy's junior year in high school...
Buffy returns to Sunnydale pissed and confused about her death.
A bunch of vampires excavate The Master's bones.
A dork from school revives his sporto brother with several dismembered body parts.
Two very nasty vampires, Spike and Drusilla, arrive in Sunnydale.
Spike and Drusilla make the "Annoying One" kiss daylight.
Xander falls for an Inca mummy girl.
Buffy and Cordy are almost dinner to a snake lord at a frat party.
Giles's old pal, Ethan Rayne, opens a costume store in Sunnydale and creates havoc with evil Halloween costumes.
A dying friend from Buffy's LA high school transfers to Sunnydale hoping to become a vampire.
A demon named Eyghon possesses Sunnydale's unconscious and dead.
Buffy and new Slayer Kendra pit themselves against a gang of assassins called the Order of Taraka.
Spike tries to kill Angel to help his lover, Dru.
Buffy's mom, Joyce, falls for an insane killer robot named Ted.
Two vampires named Lyle and Tector Gorch raise hell in Sunnydale. The school is invaded by zombie-manufacturing parasites.
Buffy and Angel have sex, turning Angel back into the evil Angelus.
Angel, teaming with Spike and Dru, sends a demon named The Judge after the gang.
Willow's boyfriend Oz turns out to be a werewolf.
Xander gets a witch to create a love spell to get Cordy to fall back in love with him.
Angel kills Giles's girlfriend Jenny Calendar.
While in the hospital, Buffy fights against Der Kindestod, a child killing demon.
The spirits of a dead teacher and her lover student return during the Sadie Hawkins Day dance.
The swim team transform into a bunch of sea creatures.
The lore of Angel, Darla and Drusilla is explained.
At the end of the school year, we have come to several conclusions. First of all, Drusilla kills the new Slayer, Kendra. Willow casts a spell to return Angel's soul. Sadly, Buffy must stab Angel to close the portal to Hell and he is taken from her by the evil below. After a hectic year, Buffy jumps on a bus and cruises out of Sunnydale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A complex show., June 4 2004
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Sebina C "ClassicMaiden" (Europe) - See all my reviews
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The second season was a season that many remembers as the best season of television that year.
Not only did the show have good music that defined the genius of the show, it also proved to be a complex show with brilliant storylines that was ever changing. The characters always changed and seemed so realistic.
This show soon proved to have one of the best writing ever. Even though, it dealt with supernatural forces. It was and is probably one of the most realistic TV shows to date.
Season 2 was the season where the relationship between Buffy Summers and the good vampire Angel, became closer.
This was a romance that would nearly end the world. The powers that be wanted angel to do good, after he was cursed and they new, the slayer could help. Angel was a champion and could be able to do a big differents. Angel who had been one of the most evil Creatures on earth as Angelus, not only would become the hero and champion they wanted, but he fell in love with Buffy, which was a big problem.
Season 3 explores the fact that each of them is meant for something bigger. And they have to leave each others lives, because it was to dangers for him to be near her because of the curse.
This romance would never end it seemed, even though they would end up, being on different roads, to keep the greater good. They would save the world, separately.
This season was the beginning of the long arc story of angel. This season shows Buffy getting angel on track but also turning him into angelus again.
Season 2 is in many ways the groundbreaking year for Buffy. It was a year that would have a big meaning later.
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