Seriable recommends experiencing the entire fifth season of Buffy. However, for those of you who want to dive in at the deep end, we believe the following episodes to be the most crucial to understanding the BtVS Season 5 character/story arcs:
5.02 – “Real Me” – Introduction to Dawn and her place in Buffy’s world. Giles buys the Magic Box and creates a ‘head-quarters’ for the gang.
5.04 – “Out of My Mind” – Joyce becomes ill and Ben is introduced at the hospital. Cracks begin to show in Riley and Buffy’s relationship as Spike discovers his new feelings for Buffy.
5.05 – “No Place Like Home” – Glory is introduced and Buffy finally discovers Dawn’s true nature and her role in the world.
5.07 – “Fool For Love” – A rare look at Spike’s past and his ties to Darla, Angel and Drusilla. The dynamic between Buffy and Spike also change when he makes an uncharacteristic choice.
5.09 – “Listening to Fear” – Riley makes a dark choice as a result of Buffy’s attitude. In a rare moment, Joyce sees the truth and tells Buffy to keep an important promise to her.
5.10 – “Into the Woods” – Buffy and Riley are faced with a difficult decision and Xander and Anya fall deeper in love. Riley is given an enticing offer.
5.12 – “Checkpoint” – The Watchers Council arrives in Sunnydale with powerful information about Glory.
5.13 – “Blood Ties” – Dawn finally discovers her true nature. The link between Ben and Glory is revealed.
5.14 – “Crush” – Drusilla arrives in Sunnydale only to discover Spike’s feelings for the slayer. Buffy and Spike battle it out and Buffy makes her feelings clear to Spike.
5.16 – “The Body” – Death touches the lives of Buffy and her friends as they struggle to deal with loss.
5.18 – “Intervention” – Buffy goes on a spiritual excursion to seek advice from the original slayer who gives her a cryptic message that echoes in the finale.
5.21 – “The Weight of the World” – Buffy shuts down as a result of losing her recent battle with Glory. Willow discovers a secret guilt that Buffy harbours. Everyone finally discovers the link between Ben and Glory. Xander and Anya explore a commitment to each other.
5.22 “The Gift” – Buffy and Spike begin a tentative friendship. Giles makes a dark choice and Willow becomes stronger with her powers. Buffy fights Glory in a final battle to save Dawn and makes a shocking sacrifice.
More in this series:
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Review
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Review
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3 Review
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4 Review
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