A new school year and some problems have gone and some new ones are just beginning for Buffy. She is no longer the new girl on campus but those pesky Vampires are still an ever present threat and they even have a new friend for Buffy to play with in the form of Spike. The blonde haired slayer slayer comes in and takes charge of the job of removing the thorn in the side of evil that is Buffy. He is very resourceful and dedicated as he goes through the entire series finding new and inventive ways to achieve his goal. You get kind of a sense Wyle.E.Coyote vibe with Spike just in a more sinister way.
Perhaps the biggest change we get in this season though is Buffy herself. In the first season the fight choreography wasn’t very fluid. There were constant pauses in the middle of combat however from the first episode of this series we get to see an altogether stronger and more able Buffy. This was more than likely due to extra combat training for Sarah Michelle Geller in the off season but it did bring a whole new level of authenticity to the show. For an action show the violence needs to be created within reason but if it is too slow it would become boring to watch. Thankfully the combat is great to watch and continues on from this point.
Overall the second season of Buffy is a step up from the first. We have more action and character development as well as a growing cast. The wonder of the cast growth is that we get to lose characters along the way meaning no one is safe not even the slayer herself if the finale of season 1 is anything to go by.