- Oct 18, 2019
A fantastic, utterly engrossing story arc; a beautiful character arc for Dawn (who is not nearly as annoying upon rewatch); a delightfully catty and underrated villain; the banishment of that fool Riley; the most heartbreaking episode of the entire series; and the sheer volume of insane and shocking twists make this season my #1, with my rankings being something like S5 > S3 >> S2 > S4 > S1 >>>> S6 > S7 probably. Dawn as a plot device was just so freaking cool, I mean you wander into the season like "who the hell is this bratty little kid? Buffy never had a sister..." I remember first watching No Place Like Home, the episode where Buffy performs the ritual and Dawn and all her possessions start fading in and out, and she starts fading in and out from the family portraits in the house. It was just so creepy and cool and masterfully, artfully done, and you felt so sad for Dawn when Buffy told her that she wasn't her sister, and then getting to the end of the episode and understanding the meaning behind all that was so, so crazy. I don't agree with some people that the original series should have ended with this season though, I think the show is perfect the way it is.