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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2 [1997] (6 discs)

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Composer:Nerf Herder
Length:968 minutes
(16 hours 8 minutes)
MPAA Rating:TV-14
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Synopsis: Buffy and Angel get closer and closer, but end the season on opposite sides and trying to kill each other.


Reaction: A somewhat heart breaking end of a season, but it's a great experience overall.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Guest Cast
Alexandra Johnes => Sheila Martini (School Hard)
Brian Reddy => Police Chief Bob (School Hard)
Andrew J. Ferchland => Collin (When She Was Bad)
Dean Butler => Hank Summers (When She Was Bad)
Angelo Spizzirri => Chris Epps (Some Assembly Required)
Michael Bacall => Eric (Some Assembly Required)
Angie Hart => Self - Band Member (I Only Have Eyes for You)
Christopher Gorham => James Stanley (I Only Have Eyes for You)
John Hawkes => George (I Only Have Eyes for You)
Miriam Flynn => Mrs. Frank (I Only Have Eyes for You)
Bernard White => Tour Guide (Inca Mummy Girl)
Gil Birmingham => Peru Man (Inca Mummy Girl)
Bianca Lawson => Kendra (What's My Line?: Part 1)
Kelly Connell => Norman Pfister (What's My Line?: Part 1)
Laura Silverman => Vampire #2 (What's My Line?: Part 1)
Patricia Bethune => Mrs. Kalish (as P.B. Hutton) (What's My Line?: Part 1)
Brian Thompson => The Judge (Surprise)
Vincent Schiavelli => Uncle Enyos (Surprise)
Carlease Burke => Detective Winslow (The Dark Age)
Tony Sears => Morgue Attendant (The Dark Age)
Charles Cyphers => Coach Carl Marin (Go Fish)
Conchata Ferrell => Nurse Greenliegh (Go Fish)
Shane West => Sean (Go Fish)
Wentworth Miller => Gage Petronzi (Go Fish)
Coby Bell => Young Man (Reptile Boy)
Robin Atkin Downes => Machida (Reptile Boy)
Elizabeth Anne Allen => Amy Madison (Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered)
Lorna Scott => Miss Beakman (Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered)
Mercedes McNab => Harmony Kendall (Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered)
Jack McGee => Doug Perren (Becoming: Part 1)
Julie Benz => Darla (Becoming: Part 1)
Max Perlich => Whistler (Becoming: Part 1)
Richard Riehle => Merrick (Becoming: Part 1)
Shannon Welles => Gypsy Woman (Becoming: Part 1)
James MacDonald => Detective Stein (as James G. MacDonald) (Ted)
John Ritter => Ted Buchanan (Ted)
Ken Thorley => Neal (Ted)
James Parks => Tector Gorch (Bad Eggs)
Keith Campbell => Werewolf (Phases)
Larry Bagby => Larry Blaisdell (as Larry Bagby III) (Halloween)
Robin Sachs => Ethan Rayne (Halloween)
Richard Herd => Dr. Stanley Backer (Killed by Death)
Willie Garson => Security Guard (Killed by Death)
Robert Young => Man on TV (Innocence)
Ryan Francis => Soldier (Innocence)
Spice Williams-Crosby => Patrice (What's My Line?: Part 2)
Bruce Seth Green => Director
David Greenwalt => Director / Writer
David Semel => Director
David Solomon => Director
Deran Sarafian => Director
Ellen S. Pressman => Director
James A. Contner => Director
James Whitmore Jr. => Director
John T. Kretchmer => Director
Joss Whedon => Director / Writer
Michael Gershman => Director
Michael Lange => Director
Carl Ellsworth => Writer
David Fury => Writer
David Tyron King => Writer
Dean Batali => Writer
Elin Hampton => Writer
Howard Gordon => Writer
Joe Reinkemeyer => Writer
Marti Noxon => Writer
Matt Kiene => Writer
Rob DesHotel => Writer
Nerf Herder => Composer
Alyson Hannigan => Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Head => Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Armin Shimerman => Principal Snyder
Charisma Carpenter => Cordelia Chase
Danny Strong => Jonathan Levinson
David Boreanaz => Angel
James Marsters => Spike
Juliet Landau => Drusilla
Kristine Sutherland => Joyce Summers
Nicholas Brendon => Xander Harris
Robia Scott => Jenny Calendar (as Robia La Morte)
Sarah Michelle Gellar => Buffy Summers
Seth Green => Oz

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • I Only Have Eyes for You -> The show has dealt with many disturbing subjects, but this is the first one that has prompted a public-service announcement. Following the end of the final act, Sarah Michelle Gellar did a voice-over on the dangers of teenage suicide.
  • Robia Scott lamented at her character being killed just as the show was getting popular.
  • Originally, Angel was supposed to kill Oz, but his character had a lot of potential so the decision was made to kill Jenny instead.
  • Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered -> Buffy was turned into a rat to allow Sarah Michelle Gellar time off to rehearse & perform on [Saturday Night Live (1975)].
  • Passion -> The tenor who recorded the piece of Opera used when Giles discovers Jenny's body wasn't even aware that his performance had been used on the show until it aired. One of his daughters told him. Since the recording company owned the rights, no one had informed him, but thankfully, he was delighted it was included.
  • Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered -> The difference in the personalities of Angelus and unsouled Spike is ably demonstrated by their choice of valentine gifts.
  • Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered -> Nicholas Brendon claims this as one of his favorites, and found it hard not to laugh while filming the seduction scenes.
  • Innocence -> Filming had to be halted for 25 minutes after Sarah Michelle Gellar's big crying scene for the actress to compose herself.
  • During Angel and Buffy's first lovemaking scene, Joss Whedon and sound editor [?] Cindy Rabideau provided the heavy breathing, because they were too embarrassed to ask Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz to do it.
  • In the Buffyverse Oz, aka Daniel Osborne, is a Werewolf played by Seth Green. In It (1990), Seth Green plays Richie Tozier who is actually afraid of a Werewolf chasing him.
  • Innocence -> The explosion of the rocket actually begins slightly before impacting the Judge. Joss Whedon'' commentary explains it as necessary because "We had to mask the rocket bouncing off of the statue."
  • Innocence -> Kristine Sutherland told the BBC that this was her favorite as a fan.
  • Asked about his decision to turn Angel evil, Joss Whedon said that he feels it was necessary to keep the story fresh. Although the fan base wanted Buffy and Angel to be together romantically, Whedon said "What people want is not what they need."
  • The Jenny Calendar character was not originally intended to be a Romani, that plotline arose out of a need to further explain and deepen the curse storyline.
  • Innocence -> This is Joss Whedon's favorite Buffy.
  • Surprise -> In giving Buffy a Claddagh ring, and remarking that it is a tradition of his people, it suggests Angel is originally from Ireland.
  • Bad Eggs -> A promotional poster for [Ally McBeal (1997)] is shown in the mall. Numerous Buffy alumni would appear on the show most notably Armin Shimerman, Mark Metcalf and Sarah Hagan.
  • John Ritter was the first actor on the show to be billed as a Special Guest Star.
  • Ted -> John Ritter claimed this influenced his understanding of his own step-daughter.
  • Ted -> In the final fight between Buffy and Ted, both actors were ill. Sarah Michelle Gellar had flu and John Ritter was suffering from food poisoning.
  • Ted -> One of Alyson Hannigan's favorite, largely because of the participation of John Ritter.
  • What's My Line?: Part 2 -> Buffy tells Kendra not to watch the in-flight movie if it has dogs or Chevy Chase in it. Sarah Michelle Gellar had an uncredited cameo in Funny Farm (1988), which starred Chase.
  • What's My Line?: Part 2 -> Marti Noxon said in her commentary for the season four DVD, that all the lines after Oz's compliment about Willow's smile were ad-libbed by Seth Green and Alyson Hannigan.
  • What's My Line?: Part 1 -> Spice Williams-Crosby (Patrice the 'cop') later portrayed Debbie in {Angel: Salvage (2003)}. She attacks Faith in prison working on behalf of The First.
  • What's My Line?: Part 1 -> The Tarot cards that Drusilla consults are not real ones. Writer Marti Noxon had no idea what images were used on real Tarot cards so she just made up whatever images were necessary for her plot.
  • Bianca Lawson (Kendra) originally auditioned for the role of Cordelia.
  • Reptile Boy -> This was an allegory for college rape culture, where students can do unspeakable things to young women and still climb the social ladder to a place of prestige. In classic Whedon fashion, a twist was added to the message in that the members of the fraternity became so successful because they abused women.
  • Spike was originally intended to appear in only a few times in the Second Season. However, his character was immediately embraced and loved by [Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)] fans, which resulted in Joss Whedon's decision to keep him around longer.
  • Joss Whedon originally intended for Collin, the Anointed One, to be the main villain of Season Two. This had to be abandoned because Andrew J. Ferchland's voice had begun to change, ruining his believability as a non-aging being. Thus, Collin was killed off and replaced by Spike.
  • When James Marsters later played Milton Fine/Brainiac on [Smallville (2001)], one of his lines to Clark ([?] Tom Welling) in {"Smallville: Thirst (2005)"}, in which Clark encounters a sorority of vampires, is "There's no such thing as vampires."
  • James Marsters would later go on to narrate the audiobooks for [?] Jim Butcher's ['Dresden Files'] in which the main character is a private detective and wizard who fights the forces of evil. In particular, the primary antagonists throughout the series are vampires.
  • School Hard -> Spike, promising to kill the slayer, says, "I'll chop her into messes". He is not refering to an untidy, sloppy condition. 'Messes' is an old English term for food (especially meat) cut into small pieces, and later for food in general. Military dining halls are still called 'mess halls'.
  • School Hard -> Spike calls Angel his sire, an intentional misdirection to make fans believe that Angel was the vampire who sired him. When Spike uses sire he also mentions "Yoda", indicating that he thought of Angel as his mentor - the father-figure who taught him after he became a vampire. In interviews, Joss Whedon has stated that a "sire" can mean any vampire ancestor. So Spike can consider Drusilla, Angel, Darla, and the Master to all be his sires, even though he was sired by Dru.
  • School Hard -> Despite, or because of, Joyce's attack on him, Spike later has a deep respect for Joyce Summers, developing somewhat of a friendship with her.
  • James Marsters (Spike) has revealed in interviews that he played Spike having an attraction to Buffy from the start, which is evident in the scene where he observes Buffy for the first time, on the dance floor at the Bronze.
  • Juliet Landau didn't have to audition for the part of Drusilla. Joss Whedon had been very taken by her performance in Ed Wood (1994) so she was offered the part within an hour of meeting with Whedon.
  • When She Was Bad -> Willow says there are no miniature golf courses in Sunnydale. Obviously one is added before [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ted (1997)] and other times where the Scooby gang plays putt-putt golf.
  • Christophe Beck replaces [?] Walter Murphy as the shows Music Director.
  • This season marks the first appearance of David Boreanaz in the opening credits.
  • When She Was Bad -> As part of the band [?] Cibo Matto, [?] Sean Lennon can be seen performing at The Bronze. He is John Lennon and [?] Yoko Ono's son.
  • When She Was Bad -> Xander makes a comment about Buffy's new shorter, blonder hair. This is because Sarah Michelle Gellar had had her hair restyled for Scream 2 (1997) which she filmed during the hiatus between Seasons 1 and 2 of [Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)].
  • When She Was Bad -> David Boreanaz played The Master in the non-flashback footage.
  • When She Was Bad -> The title is derived from a poem by [?] Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "And when she was good, She was very, very good. But when she was bad she was horrid."
  • I Only Have Eyes for You -> The singer at the Bronze in the opening scenes, Angie Hart, also appeared in [Firefly: Heart of Gold (2003)] singing {"Amazing Grace."}
  • I Only Have Eyes for You -> Joss Whedon said in an interview with TV Guide that he got the idea for an [Angel (1999)] spin-off from the scenes where David Boreanaz (Angelus) is possessed by a female spirit.
  • Go Fish -> Wentworth Miller's first screen credit.
  • Go Fish -> Marti Noxon has said in several interviews that this was written to show how athletes who use steroids ruin their bodies.
  • Go Fish -> Shane West makes an uncredited cameo as one of the teen boys in the steam room.
  • Go Fish -> During filming, Charles Cyphers accidentally got hit on the head with a piece of pipe. Although Cyphers was not seriously injured, Sarah Michelle Gellar "snapped to it," and angrily lectured the crew about the mishap.
  • Go Fish -> Regarding Dodd McAlvy's remains on the beach, Xander dramatically intones, "In other words, this was no boating accident." In 'Jaws' 1975 a marine biologist says of the mangled human remains found on the beach, "Well, this is not a boat accident!" The misquote "this was no boating accident" became ridiculously popular.
  • Becoming: Part 1 -> Whistler was originally going to be Angel's sidekick for the [Angel (1999)] spin-off, however, Max Perlich could not commit.
  • Becoming: Part 2 -> Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz practiced with sword fighting instructors and did some of the fighting themselves, but it's clear that the stunt doubles do most if not all of the wide shots.