Buffy The Vampire Slayer 8 Seasons 1999

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1. The Freshman TV-14 CC

Buffy's initial trouble adjusting to college life is soon overcome when she discovers the only difference between high school and college is that the monsters are bigger and badder.

Starring:
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon
Runtime:
45 minutes
Original air date:
October 5, 1999

The Freshman

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    1. The Freshman Buffy's initial trouble adjusting to college life is soon overcome when she discovers the only difference between high school and college is that the monsters are bigger and badder.

    TV-14 45min October 5, 1999
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    2. Living Conditions A series of nightmares concerning a soul-sucking demon leave Buffy convinced that the best way to deal with her overly perky college roommate is to simply kill her.

    TV-14 43min October 12, 1999
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    3. The Harsh Light of Day As Buffy begins a new relationship, Spike returns to Sunnydale in search of a fabled ring which allows vampires to walk unharmed in the light of day.

    TV-14 45min October 19, 1999
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    4. Fear, Itself A Halloween party at a campus frat house takes a frightening turn with the sudden appearance of blood-sucking bats, zombies, and a demon that plays on everyone's innermost fears.

    TV-14 43min October 26, 1999
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    5. Beer Bad Buffy starts behaving strangely after sharing a pitcher of Black Frost beer with a group of fellow college students at the campus pub where Xander bartends.

    TV-14 44min November 2, 1999
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    6. Wild at Heart Willow's feelings of jealousy over a sexy singer at the Bronze are confirmed when she discovers the woman is a werewolf who has her eye on Oz.

    TV-14 44min November 9, 1999
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    7. The Initiative Buffy begins a relationship with Riley Finn unaware that he is part of a military organization tracking down and experimenting on the demons and vampires of Sunnydale.

    TV-14 45min November 16, 1999
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    8. Pangs Warned that Buffy may be in great danger, Angel returns to Sunnydale just as the spirit of a Chumash warrior rises to avenge the death of his people.

    TV-14 45min November 23, 1999
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    9. Something Blue When Willow casts a spell in hopes of getting over the pain of losing Oz, the exact wording she uses causes mayhem among her friends.

    TV-14 45min November 30, 1999
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    10. Hush From out of a fairy tale comes a group of murderous creatures known as The Gentlemen: first they steal everyone's voices, then they begin to collect human hearts.

    TV-14 45min December 14, 1999
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    11. Doomed As Buffy and Riley struggle to come to terms with each other's secret identity, a Vahrall demon begins gathering objects for a ritual that will reopen the Hellmouth.

    TV-14 45min January 18, 2000
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    12. A New Man Feeling suddenly old and useless, Giles drowns his sorrows at a pub with old friend and sorcerer Ethan Rayne and winds up with much more than just a simple hangover the next morning.

    TV-14 45min January 25, 2000
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    13. The I in Team As Spike tries to elude The Initiative's Commandos, Buffy gets a look at The Initiative's underground complex and discovers she's not as welcome as first thought.

    TV-14 45min February 8, 2000
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    14. Goodbye, Iowa A death inside The Initiative tests Buffy and Riley's relationship, and reveals that there are sinister and deadly aspects of the organization that not even Riley knows about.

    TV-14 44min February 15, 2000
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    15. This Year's Girl As Riley joins Buffy in the hunt for one of The Initiative's creations called Adam, Faith awakens from her coma to find she's been given one last gift from Mayor Wilkins.

    TV-14 44min February 22, 2000
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    16. Who Are You? After magically switching bodies with Buffy, Faith pays a visit to Riley - leaving Buffy in the hands of the Watcher Council Special Ops unit who've come to take Faith back to England.

    TV-14 45min February 29, 2000
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    17. Superstar Buffy suspects reality has somehow been altered after an unpopular former Sunnydale High student named Jonathan becomes the coolest and most popular person in town.

    TV-14 45min April 4, 2000
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    18. Where the Wild Things Are While Adam is recruiting an army of vampires and demons, Riley and Buffy's passionate lovemaking unleashes a group of poltergeists inside a frat house.

    TV-14 45min April 25, 2000
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    19. New Moon Rising Oz's surprise return to Sunnydale causes complications in Willow's current love life and leads to his transformation into a werewolf and subsequent capture by Riley.

    TV-14 45min May 2, 2000
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    20. The Yoko Factor As Spike and Adam plot to drive a wedge between Buffy and her friends, Angel returns to Sunnydale only to be attacked by Riley and a group of Initiative Commandos.

    TV-14 45min May 9, 2000
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    21. Primeval Xander, Willow and Giles join forces to magically imbue Buffy with supernatural powers in order to do battle against Adam and overthrow his plans for creating a "demonoid" army.

    TV-14 44min May 16, 2000
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    22. Restless After battling Adam, an exhausted Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles all experience dreams in which they encounter a strange, savage woman - and The Cheese Man.

    TV-14 45min May 23, 2000

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Genres Fantasy, Drama, Action
Director Joss Whedon
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon
Supporting actors Alyson Hannigan, Seth Green, Anthony Head, Kristine Sutherland, Marc Blucas, Dagney Kerr, Pedro Pascal, Katharine Towne, Lindsay Crouse, Mike Rad, Shannon Hillary, Mace Lombard, Robert Catrini, Scott Rinker, Phina Oruche, Denice Sealy, Evie Peck, Anil Raman
Season year 2000
Network FOX
Executive Producer Gail Berman
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165 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 16, 2003
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In Season Three of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Joss Whedon and the show's writers proved that the series could survive Buffy killing Angel. For Season Four the task was to prove that "BtVS" could survive losing Angel, Cordelia, and Wesley, who were spun off into their own film noir vampire detective series. The surprising success of their effort is displayed in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fourth Season," a season that is more impressive with each viewing.

When last we left our heroes most of them had just survived graduating from high school. Now Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Willow (Alyson Hannigan), and Oz (Seth Green) are off to UC-Sunnydale while Xander (Nicholas Brendon) tries to survive in the real world and Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) twiddles his thumbs in his apartment. Instead of the "high school is hell" idea, the underlying symbolism of the season is now the brave new world of college. Buffy has moved out of the house to live in the college dorm (surprising), but with somebody other than Willow (more surprising), and is trying to move beyond Angel (sad, but not surprising). After a dalliance with Parker Abrams (Adam Kaufman), the personification of that horrible "transition" person your friends always warned you about after your first big breakup, Buffy hooks up with clean-cut Iowa farm boy Riley Finn (Marc Blucas), charming psychology graduate assistant by day, Initiative super-soldier by night.

By now we are familiar with the double-story arc structure of a "BtVS" season. For Season Four the first half story arc has to do with the mystery of the Initiative, while the second half is the confrontation with Adam.
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160 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Sean on March 29, 2003
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When a local TV station in my area first started airing the WB, the only show I wanted to check out was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I had read good reviews of the show from places like Entertainment Weekly and Cinescape Magazine, and I was searching for something new to watch. I first started watching Buffy around the beginning of the third season, and as you have probably already guessed, it didn't take long for me to get hooked.

During the time the fourth season was airing, I had a routine. I specifically chose a schedule at work where I was off Tuesday through Thursday. I would finish my guitar lessons at the music store where I taught part-time about six thirty or so. Throw my Strat in the trunk, cruise through Tim Horton's for an Iced Cappuchino, and home at eight. Every Tuesday, like clockwork. After half a year of this, I realized something: I was addicted to Buffy in a way no television show had ever managed before.

The fourth season is widely regarded as the worst season of Buffy on the Internet. Because of this, I believe everybody is crazy.

Why? Why do I revere the fourth season above all others, when the majority of my fellow Buffyphiles see it as an embarrassment to be forgotten?

The answer, I think, lies in the very theme of the season - change. The loss of Angel and Cordelia, and later Oz, shook the show's formula to its roots, not to mention the shift from high school to college, from the library to Giles' place, from awkward Xander-piney Willow to blossoming funky-bohemian sexual awakening Willow. We were comfortable with the way things were! After two stellar seasons, Joss was changing everything! If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

But as I think back on it now, The Joss knew what he was doing.
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Let me start by issuing a spoiler alert. It is not customary by Internet etiquette to issue such an alert for shows that have been out for several years, but let me err on the side of caution.

Immediately after offering THE X-FILES in new and cheaper slim-pack editions, they now offer the entirety of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER in similar packaging. The difference is that unlike THE X-FILES, where they cut out enough special features to reduce the original seven discs to six, the BUFFY releases are uncut.

Of the seven seasons that comprise BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, Season Four is the most perplexing. On the one hand, it is almost universally regarded as one of the weakest of the seven seasons, usually ranked with Season Six as the weakest. I personally think that Season One is the weakest followed closely by this one. On the other hand, a lot of BUFFY fans, when they rank their all time favorite episodes, end up putting a disproportionate number of Season Four episodes on the list. Two of the episodes, "Hush" and "Restless," might be consensus picks for the five best episodes ever. How to resolve this paradox? It isn't hard. Although Season Four had a large number of truly great episodes, the overall Season Four arc was probably the weakest of all seven seasons. The introduction of the Initiative and the Frankenstein-like Adam, the season's "big bad," seemed in conflict with the show as a whole. In the earlier seasons and especially Season Five, much of the brilliance of the show and a great deal of the emotional tension derived from the season-long narrative. Season Four almost completely lacked the kind of narrative drama that made Seasons Two and Three so exhilarating.
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