- Jul 29, 2016
The sad fact is that Buffy, a slayer and also who had the obligation of motherhood thrust upon her at a young age, agrees with Spike of all people and never even attempts to sympathize with Wood.
Lots of dislike for that episode and those characters, right there. But that's OT.
I quite like this episode. I think Buffy is firmly in fight mode now, she's got the First to face and she needs all her troops together not trying to kill each other. I also think Buffy is ranking her troops in value, Spike is a more valuable asset than Wood.
They could've had Spike reject going to far 'back into himself', that would've been interesting, that struggle to find a balance- where to draw the line. But nope, he puts on the coat and he';s the Big Bad again. Boring.
I disagree. Spike needed to do what he did, to accept both parts of himself and find the balance rather than rejecting a part. I do wonder if perhaps this is why Spike is more even when it comes to soul/soulless compared to Angel's Jekyll and Hyde act. Angel rejects Angelus so when he does lose his soul Angelus gleefully comes out to play because he gets no other chance. Spike accepts his vampire side but tempers it with his human side.
I guess I would say that Spike is heroic, he does hero-things, but he isn't a nice guy. Mildly put.
I agree with this, however I think that makes him more interesting, otherwise he would just be another Angel.
I would've like to see more empathy from Mr. intuitive sensitive poet-guy to be honest. Maybe something along the lines of 'both my Mum and your Mum were victims of ME, the demon, and I know the anger and the pain that you feel, cause I've felt it for about a hundred years- that loss and pain.'
That is so unlike Spike though. If he did that it would be very OOC.
Again, the writers went a different way- I get that, but it still feels like Spike is bullying and belittling somebody who he caused a large amount of pain and had the chance to apologize to.
I know, Wood tried to kill him, but Holtz took Angel's son, and he still heard the guy out.
Spike wasn't bullying. And he did start to acknowledge some of the damage he had caused in one of the Angel episodes. The thing with Nikki though is she was the slayer and on both occasions, we didn't see how they came into conflict with each other. Who approached who? If Spike was minding his own business when Nikki started trying to kill him then he's not going to feel guilty about defending himself. If he approached Nikki then it was a simple matter of hunter vs prey which works on both sides of the coin. With their first fight I don't think Spike was aware Robin was there which suggests Nikki clocked him before he clocked her which gave her enough time to tell Robin to hide. The second fight could've been Spike finding her first. The thing though is that it's vampire vs Slayer, both are trying to kill each other, that's just the way of things. Why should Spike feel guilty for killing someone who was trying to kill him. If anything, the fact he didn't kill Robin "on account of his mother" shows that Spike does recognise that he does have some accountability but that's where it ends.
Holtz was just playing Angel. He made it look like Angel had killed him.