At the heart of the first years of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire
Slayer was the romance between Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), slayer
of all things evil, and hunky Angel (David Boreanaz), the tortured
vampire destined to walk the earth with a soul. The second season
of Buffy took the Buffy-Angel pas de deux from ecstasy to agony
in a now-classic plot arc that catapulted the show from WB teen
drama to true TV greatness. You see, if the cursed Angel ever experiences
true happiness for a moment, he'll revert to being an evil vampire
again. And guess what happens after Buffy and Angel finally declare
their love for one another and consummate their relationship...
Buffy found its true momentum during the second season, as geeky
Xander (Nicholas Brendon) fell in love with popular girl Cordelia
(Charisma Carpenter), Willow (Alyson Hannigan) gave up her crush
on Xander in favor of werewolf boy Oz (Seth Green), and watcher
Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) began a sweetly tentative relationship
with computer teacher (and witch) Jenny Calendar (Robia LaMorte).
Mayhem came to Sunnydale, though, in the form of evil vampires Drusilla
(Juliet Landau) and Spike (drolly wicked James Marsters), who were
more than ready to aid and abet Angel as he turned bad. It all sounds
like horror-action mayhem (and there are great fight scenes), but
Buffy took on its plotlines with amazing depth, intelligence, and
humor. And oh, man, the love story! Buffy and Angel's tragic relationship
is one of the most heartbreaking you'll ever find. Buffy's final
dilemma finds her having to save the world at Angel's expense, and
Gellar (who deserves a passel of Emmys for her work) is phenomenal
at telegraphing Buffy's swirling conflicts between love and duty.
This is some of the best TV ever made, period. --Mark Englehart
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably
NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Box set
Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
DVD Release Date: June 11, 2002
Run Time: 999
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
Disc 2: Audio commentary for "Reptile Boy" by
writer and director David Greenwalt, script for "Reptile
Disc 3: Audio commentary for "What's My Line?"
(part 1) by co-writer Marti Noxon, Audio commentary for "What's
My Line?" (part 2) by co-writer Marti Noxon, script for
"What's My Line?" (part 1), script for "What's
My Line?" (part 2)
Disc 4: Interview with Joss Whedon on "Surprise"
(1:20), Interview with Joss Whedon on "Innocence"
(1:50), audio commentary for "Innocence" by writer
and director Joss Whedon, script for "Innocence"
Disc 5: Interview with Joss Whedon on "Passion"
(2:10), interview with Joss Whedon on "I Only Have Eyes
For You" (1:30)
Disc 6: Interview with Joss Whedon on "Becoming",
interview with Joss Whedon on, featurette: "Designing
Buffy" (13:42), featurette: "A Buffy Bestiary"
(29:21), featurette: "Beauty and Beasts" (20:13),
2 UK TV spots, 6 domestic TV spots: "Spectacular",
"Sensation", "The Warrior", "Ultimate
Scare", "Deadly Trap", "Big Bad John",
"Angel" video trailer (1:00), season 2 "Buffy"
DVD trailer (1:00), still gallery of set designs and monsters,
updated cast bios, additional still photo galleries (150 stills)