I just finished watching seasons 1 and 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Season 1 was not great. It was good TV, but it wasn’t Buffy good. Also Season 2 started not so great. But I can’t fault the show too much for that. Having watched all of Angel a lot of Season 1 and 2’s shocking moments were, well, backstory and thus not so shocking. But the last two episodes of Season 2 where Buffy is completely broken were amazing. Joss Whedon really knows how to write. And the actors on the show deliver big time. The glory of the show is it is about humanity. It is about human beings in improbable situations, what so many horror films fail to capture are the human components and only play up the gore or horror. Whedon is the exact opposite. He lets the horror and gore slip away so that the humanity, consistency, and characters shine. This makes it all the more touching and heart wrenching when they die. That is not to say there were not truly scary episodes in season 2, there were! The one with the hospital is particularly unnerving and an obvious nod to the first (and scariest) Nightmare on Elm Street. The constant pull of the core characters becoming closer and then flying apart again, one would think would get old and tiresome. But it is pulled off with such charm, such genuine clever wit, and such skill that it never does. I am truly glad I have decided to watch Buffy and Angel, it is an amazing show. Can’t wait for season 3, which I have seen some episodes on TV. I particularly like the Faith character and look forward to seeing the episodes in order.