*warning: Spoiler things ahead.
Day 1 of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer challenge asks fans to select their favorite season of the show, and if you are as big a fan as I am it’s near impossible. After debating between seasons four and five I decided to pick season five as my favorite season. There are a lot of reasons why I picked this season as my favorite. The main reason though is that it’s quality is simply above the rest.
Introducing a child actor to a popular television series is often considered a jumping the shark moment, and some consider it just that when Joss Whedon and crew introduced Dawn Summers into this season of Buffy. The introduction of Dawn had many viewers wanting answers. How did we not know Buffy had a sister? Where was she these four years? This is ridiculous Mr. Whedon and I am offended. Well it is kind of ridiculous but it’s a show about vampires dude. All of these questions are later answered when we find out that Dawn is the key. The key is a mystical energy that was transformed by Monks into Buffy Summers younger bratty sister Dawn Summers. The monks used an essence of Buffy to create what would be the key’s human form. Each person Buffy was acquainted with became aware of Dawn through transplanted memories. But why did they need to protect the key? What was the big deal with this mystical energy anyway?
Glory was the big deal. Glory was revealed to be an exiled God from a demonic dimension searching for a way to both leave her human body and return to the universe she ruled, and she can only do this with the key. So here we have our major conflict. Buffy versus a God, and there lies what makes this season stand above the rest. Buffy would later go on to face the first evil in Season Seven, and that may have been her hardest opponent, but my favorite conflict in all of the series was the Scooby Gang verses Glory.
What I did not mention earlier in this entry is that there are many sub-plots in this season which further fuel my love for the show. Willow falls deeply in love with Tara bringing about one of, if not the first really well done Lesbian relationship in primetime television. Spike falls in love with Buffy, and he hates himself for it. Anya and Xander form a very dysfunctional relationship. Giles opens a magic shop, and Joyce Summers would die of a brain aneurysm, and the show would be forever changed for the better because of these plots that the writers brought up this season.
Season Five is probably my favorite season in all of television along with Season Five of Six Feet Under, the first season of Firefly and Season Four of The Wire. It’s rare when I think something is truly perfect and Season Five of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is just that, perfect.
Favorite Episodes of Season Five
- The Body: Written and Directed by Joss Whedon
- Tough Love: Written by Rebecca Kirshner and Directed by David Grossman
- Spiral: Written by Steven DeKnight and Directed by James A. Contner
- The Weight of the World: Written by Douglas Petrie and Directed by David Solomon
- The Gift: Written and Directed by Joss Whedon