It’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies and… everybody lives happily ever after. x
20 years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (March 10, 1997 - May 20, 2003)
Under cover of a tiny network (WB), a young audience and po-mo-gothic
darkness it came and gave us everything – laughs, tears, epic sweeps,
tiny moments, comedy, drama, realism and surrealism – without a missed
beat or a wasted word. It made young female characters central without
sidelining the male in a way not seen before or – at least with such
complexity, such care – since. It fed your heart, your soul,
your mind. Several TV generations have elapsed since it ended, but we
have not yet seen the Slayer’s deft, clever, moving, thrilling, funny,
feminist like again. Buffy still stands alone.
"I've always been bad" cut to the nerdiest poet ever to appear on tv
I made the weirdest giggle snort when I saw this in my inbox.
Fun fact - there was one summer where I was stuck in a tiny, tiny town in Nebraska with very little to do. We’re talking the kind of town with one restaurant, one grocery store, and two bars- all located on Main St. I’d brought a VHS tape with me that had Fool for Love recorded on it and… well…
I had that entire episode fucking memorized by the time we went back home.
I seem to have two main types when it comes to characters - awkward heartfelt nerds and villians who want to redeem themselves. So learning that Spike was secretly a love struck dork who wrote really bad poetry was like ~a chorus of angels singing~ moment for me.
I just want to take him and wrap him up in a blanket.
One of my favorite parts about Spike were the moments where we saw flashbacks to his life before Sunnydale. Because when you put those pieces together, he repeatedly comes across as a man who is deeply insecure, constantly seeking the approval of others despite behaving as though he’s above that sort of thing. He was a human who only wanted to be loved and accepted despite knowing he didn’t fit in. As a vampire, he couldn’t stand Angelus and yet looked up to him like some twisted father figure who he wished would see him as an equal. He completely dedicated himself to Dru as if they were soulmates and yet that level of devotion was never fully reciprocated. And eventually, he reaches a point where that same desire to find somewhere to belong, somewhere to fit in, applies to Buffy and her gang. It’s an ill-fitting transition that hits of a lot of bumps in the road, but it’s there all the same.
I also appreciate him as a character because he makes the Buffyverse’s line between good and evil really blurry. With Angel, it’s a relatively simple dichotomy - he has a soul, he’s good. He doesn’t, he’s all-out 100% sadistic evil. But with Spike, he’s kind of caught somewhere in between. Even as a demon-driven vampire, he feels sympathy. He has the capacity for kindness. He tries to offer comfort. He holds the safety of the Summers sisters above his own survival. And at the exact same time, he’s still making morally questionable if not outright despicable choices because he’s still a soulless creature… I feel like the writers didn’t always strike the right balance between the two, which made it feel as though they weren’t exactly sure what to do with him. But the fact that that grey area existed in the first place is really interesting to me in a show that is all about good vs evil.
I know you probably weren’t expecting a rant from a little joke ask like that but… well… here ya go.
I suppose it’s a consequence of having not talked about a fandom you were intensely into for years… it all kinda spills out at once.