Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Season Four
Season Four (1999–2000) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the first season of the show to be produced without the high school setting. The show also received a budget increase, and is also the first season of the show to have substantially better aesthetic than the ones that preceded it.
In the season three finale, several integral characters of the show, including Angel, Cordelia, and Wesley relocated to the spinoff, Angel. This prompted the show to introduce new characters, including Riley and Tara. In addition, Spike and Anya return and reprise their roles. Because of the new spinoff, we see many crossover episodes in this season, several of which impact both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel in a big way.
This season acts as the pivotal point of the series. Without high school to keep them together, the Scooby Gang has no other choice but to drift off into their own separate lives. As a result, many of the main characters are forced into a state of limbo where their character remains stagnant for much of the middle half of the season in favor of other characters who are over-emphasized. This was a sharp criticism of the season that is eventually corrected in the last few episodes leading to the breakthrough season finale, Restless.
The villains play a backseat this seat to the main characters, although not intentionally. The original Big Bad of the season, Maggie Walsh saw a quick departure when Lindsay Crouse broke her contract. This prompted a new, less inferior Big Bad to be created hastily, through Adam. Since Adam appears very late into the season, the Big Bad is an afterthought to many viewers of the fourth season.
The theme that is explored throughout this whole season is relationship, whether it be a relationship with your friends, the person you love, or the company that you work for.
|57||1||The Freshman||October 5, 1999|
|58||2||Living Conditions||October 12, 1999|
|59||3||The Harsh Light of Day||October 19, 1999|
|60||4||Fear, Itself||October 26, 1999|
|61||5||Beer Bad||November 2, 1999|
|62||6||Wild at Heart||November 9, 1999|
|63||7||The Initiative||November 16, 1999|
|64||8||Pangs||November 23, 1999|
|65||9||Something Blue||November 30, 1999|
|66||10||Hush||December 14, 1999|
|67||11||Doomed||January 18, 2000|
|68||12||A New Man||January 25, 2000|
|69||13||The I in Team||February 8, 2000|
|70||14||Goodbye, Iowa||February 15, 2000|
|71||15||This Year's Girl (1)||February 22, 2000|
|72||16||Who Are You? (2)||February 29, 2000|
|73||17||Superstar||April 4, 2000|
|74||18||Where the Wild Things Are||April 29, 2000|
|75||19||New Moon Rising||May 2, 2000|
|76||20||The Yoko Factor (1)||May 9, 2000|
|77||21||Primeval (2)||May 16, 2000|
|78||22||Restless||May 23, 2000|
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