|I always thought that Buffy seasons had a tough time starting off, but by the end they were into high gear turning out great ep after great ep. Season three, to me, is the most obvious supporter of that theory.|
Yup, in the middle of "Dopplegangland."
Yeah, it does kind of seem to parallel the awkwardness of meeting up with your friends after missing them for three months and trying to get back to the same place everyone was when they left for the summer.
I'll be interested in seeing how future seasons deal with and explain the "summer gap" after everyone is out of high school.
Wasn't the Season Three finale originally delayed due to the Columbine shootings? The only Buffy episode I ever saw before starting the DVDs was, IIRC, "Graduation Day Part 1." Thankfully I remember almost nothing of what happened but I do remember being horribly lost.