Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 4 Wrap Up

So here we are at the end of another season and what a diversive season this one has been which was the general opinion going into it, with some fan regarding it as the worse while I proclaimed it my favourite.

Revisiting this season in a more critical frame of mind it unquestionably has been clear this time round how many ups and down this season has had as we essentially saw the group being divided as Buffy, Willow and Oz headed off to College. Xander hit the road and Giles celebrated his new unemployed status by hooking up with old friends and giving us the occasional musical moment. Unquestionably it was a transformative season and perhaps because of the division these various life paths caused with the group that it failed to sit with some fans who perhaps would have preferred more of the group mentality we got with those first three seasons.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer S:04 Ep:22

Episode Title: Restless

Original Air Date: May 23, 2000

“It’s a shame that I never got to tell you how happy I am that you were eaten by a giant snake.” – Xander

So while last week should have in a normal world been the finale to this forth season as we saw Adam vanquished but strangely this episode was the one which they choose to end the season on and in doing so causing the show to fall into the same trap as “The Walking Dead” were the season ends one later than it should have.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer S:04 Ep:21

Episode Title: Primeval

Original Air Date: May 16, 2000

“Xander, just because this is never going to work, there’s no need to be negative.” – Giles

So after a season of up and downs we finally reach the final climatic showdown with Adam…well it would be had the show runners not had the bright idea of randomly making this the penultimate episode instead of the finale. Still after spending most of the season since he was introduced hiding in his lair hidden within the Initiative facility its kind of a relief to know he actually had a plan, as it turns out all those extra demons being captured by the Initiative were infact him pulling his own version of a Trojan horse making for a fantastic climax to the episode.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer S:04 Ep:19

Episode Title: New Moon Rising

Original Air Date: May 2, 2000

Giles – “How did you get in?”

Spike – “The door was unlocked. You might want to watch that, Rupert. Someone dangerous could get in.”

Buffy – “Or, someone formerly dangerous and currently annoying.”

This week is kind of a confusing episode seeing how its more caught up in teen romance drama than any real monster action as Oz returns to Sunnydale now able to control his werewolf side thanks the spiritual quest he embarked upon at the end of “Wild At Heart” where his werewolf side saw him cheating on Willow with the female werewolf Veruca. Of course since he’s been gone things have changed leaving Tara no longer sure where her relationship with Willow now stands.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer S:04 Ep:18

Episode Title: Where The Wild Things Are

Original Air Date: April 25, 2000

“Okay, you get Fangs, I’ll get Horny. I mean…” – Buffy

It’s a sense of Deja Vu which this episode comes with as strange things are happening at Riley’s frat house / Initiative hide out while Buffy and Riley suddenly find themselves unable to keep their hands off each other. Needless to say its hardly the best time for the house to host a party either which only serves to make matters worse when all kinds of ghostly chaos is suddenly unleashed on the guests.

It’s a real meh feeling that comes with this episode as Buffy and Riley spend most of it having sex, which I’m sure back when the episode was first aired back in 2000 was much more of a big deal for us seeing how they where much more innocent times and gratuitous sex scenes where far from the norm and pornography was something you stumbled across in the woods rather than the ease of access to endless stream of smut the internet now provides. Still the cast are unquestionably sexed up this week as Anya questions the direction her relationship with Xander is heading. Willow meanwhile continues to grow closer to Tara only to find their blossoming relationship hampered by the spirits in the house.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer S:04 Ep:17

Episode Title: Superstar

Original Air Date: April 4, 2000

“These spells, they really work? I mean, can you really turn your enemies inside out? Or…Learn to excrete gold coins.” – Riley

Opening with Buffy and the Scoobies battling a group of vampires (big surprise there) only to stumble upon a nest and in a rare moment for the group decide that they might actually need some back up. But who do you call you deal with such an issue? Riley and the Initiative? Spike?

No for a job like this you need former high school nerd turned man of action Jonathan Levinson!

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer S:04 Ep:16

Episode Title: Who Are You?

Original Air Date: February 29, 2000

“Giles, you turned into a demon, and I knew it was you. I mean, can’t you just look in my eyes and be all intuitive?” – Buffy

So last week things weren’t looking great for Buffy for not only had the rogue slayer Faith woke up from her coma with revenge on her mind, but by the end of the episode she’d swapped bodies with Buffy leaving Buffy now in Faith’s body to be carted off by the cops. Needless to say things were looking pretty rosy for Faith as she had essentially claimed Buffy’s life for herself while putting all her many issues onto Buffy who not in Faith’s body not only initially has to deal with the cops but soon the operatives sent by the Watchers Council who plan to ship her back to England.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer S:04 Ep:15

Episode Title: This Year’s Girl

Original Air Date: February 22, 2000

“It’s called a blaster, Will. A word that tends to discourage experimentation. Now, if it were called “the orgasminator”, I’d be the first to try your basic button-press approach.” – Xander

So just when it looked like we had everything in place for this season with Adam now on the loose and figuring out his own master plan which you can pretty much guarantee won’t be anything good for Buffy and the Scoobies. However this week things are shook up by the return of rouge slayer Faith, who last time we saw her had been put in a coma by Buffy with the doctors holding out little hope that she’d come out of it. Well it seems you can’t keep a good (or should that be bad slayer?) slayer down as snapping out of her coma she wastes little time on plotting her revenge on Buffy.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer S:04 Ep:14

Episode Title: Goodbye Iowa

Original Air Date: February 15, 2000

“I’m going to the crime scene to see what I can find out. You guys research the polgara demon. I want to know where it is. When I find it, I’m going to make it pay for taking that kid’s life. I’ll make him die in ways he can’t even imagine. That probably would’ve sounded more commanding if I wasn’t wearing my yummy sushi pyjamas.” – Buffy

So with Buffy now back with the Scoobies after Professor Walsh attempted to have her killed, this week’s episode is largely about dealing with the fallout from those events, especially now that her Frankenstein creation “Adam” has awoken and escaped the lab after killing her at the end of the last episode.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer S:04 Ep:13

Episode Title: The I In Team

Original Air Date: February 8, 2000

“Professor Walsh. That simple little recon you sent me on…wasn’t a raccoon. Turns out it was me trapped in the sewers with a faulty weapon and two of your pet demons. If you think that’s enough to kill me, you really don’t know what a slayer is. Trust me when I say you’re gonna find out.” – Buffy

This week we have another of those episodes which make it so hard to defend this season as Buffy and Riley continue to grow ever more closer, she starts to work more with “The Initiative” as she assists them on their patrols as they set out to capture a Polgara Demon unaware of the plans which Professor Walsh has put in motion. Elsewhere without Buffy the Scoobies find themselves at something of a lost as Xander sets out to support himself selling Boost bars and Willow well its another episode of her generally moping around so there’s that to look forward to.

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