SPOILER ALERT: I'm going to be talking about seasons 1 - mid-4 of Buffy, so if you haven't seen them, don't read. SIMILARLY: Please don't spoil me. I've never seen any Buffy before; I'm watching from the beginning and I'm currently in early season 4. I'm also watching Angel (also new to it) and I'm toward the end of season 1 (1:17 Eternity) Beer Bad. Oh my . That was painful. Seasons 2 and 3 were fantastic. I seriously dug the Angel/Buffy storyline, and everything else seemed to really be hitting it. Then they graduate, and so far season 4 is missing something. The writing seems poorer. "I can deal," I thought. "It's got to get better." But then I came to that abortion they called "Beer Bad" and I'm officially becoming skeptical. I've watched a couple eps more, and it's back to 'ok', but then in the latest episode I saw, they just revealed the 'grad student vamp hunter association' and I'm back to pulling a serious . Random thoughts: Giles and Xander seem seriously underutilized. I'm frustrated with Buffy's hangup on ass-face she slept with. I miss Angel, although the Buffy crossover in mid-season 1 was wonderful. I dug the Oz/Willow breakup. Well-played, especially by Oz. I think the Anya-Xander relationship is strangly touching. I guess what I'm asking is: I have heard that season 2-3 are the high point on the show, but are the remaining seasons going to rape my nascent Buffy childhood, so to speak? Does the writing improve somewhat? I can take silly, but graduate students are too jaded and bitter to moonlight as vamp staking commandos.