over a year ago:
Oh yeah...I agree that season 3 was the strongest season. We have Bangel, Faith, good bad guy....and season 5 drove me absolutely insane. It was like they couldn't leave Buffy single so let's throw in Riley....and then there was the "let's see how loyal our fans are by throwing in a ridiculous twist that is annoying, 15, and has key issues". I thought it was great to show how Buffy had a hard time meshing her "real" life and her "vamped" life in the earlier seasons. It seemed pretty realistic to me. It was also nice in season 7 to see how she reached her peak...she was in the best physical shape ever and was actually embracing her role as the slayer.