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I thnk the show needed a change after three years in the same setting, just to keep it fresh and I think the college setting does work. I always enjoyed seeing a more confident Willow and Buffy being a bit lost.
One of the reasons it may feel more 'peaceful' is that the big bad didn't seem as threatening as in other seasons. Adam seemed a bit lame, and Maggie Walsh as the mad professor would have made a much better villain and it's a shame she was sidelined in favour of her monster. The monster is never as scary as it's creator.
In the Freshman it does give that very wide open space, clear air vibe, almost like its a more futuralistic sort of feel than the busy, noisy halls of Sunnydale. I think this was as a way to sell a different experience for the characters full of possibilities, but also one that was masking something darker.
That's why I love season 4. It's a whole new world for them and they had the chance conquer it, while also fighting demons, of course. And for me it's one of the last season of the scoobies as best friends. After that they just drift apart and season 4 is where we get to see they starting to grow up and realise everything will be different from now on.
It's definitely the most "lighthearted" in a sense. Seasons 1 and 4 are kinda alike, in the sense of everything being uncharted territory, and the Scoobies being blissfully unaware of what they're getting into. The Big Bad wasn't as effective as all the other villains, everyone knows that. But we had a great array of standalone episodes, the series started to become more experimental (Hush, Superstar, Restless), which is always big fun, and you had the core four together to beat the Big Bad for the last time before things started to get real (or bad, depending on your point of view) in seasons 5-7.
Sure. Adam was there, but he didn’t really do anything that required remediation by final exams. And for lack of a better term, if the Scoobies did nothing, the story would have ended the same way. The government pumps the facility full of concrete. Arguably, Faith was the big bad of the season, not Adam. Compared to the freefall into chaos of the first three seasons, or the pressing menace of five and seven, and the misery of 6, season 4 was a nice sexy holiday.
I completely agree with this. I used to hate S4 but now I see the good part and enjoy the fresh new look and atmosphere. And there is a lot of very funny moments like @Living Dead Boy pointed out. I personally really like this one: