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‘Rest in Peace’: Missing in Buffyworld

Reasons why I miss hearing from Buffyworld
Angel. The original Angel in Seasons 1 & 2 was half of the reason for the popularity of the show. He was the best ‘good’ vampire in all the vampire lore. The new ones are just copycats.
Giles. The show wouldn’t have been half as good without Giles in it. Why does Joss Whedon always fit in a Brit somewhere in his shows? I don’t care why. I love that he does it, and those are some kick-ass Brits (Adelle Dewitt from Whedon’s Dollhouse).
Spike. Of course, I’ve written an entire post on Spike previously. He filled in the gaps after Angel and Cordelia left. He filled in the gaps when the show turned sticky, and he twisted it around somehow, always unpredictably predictable. He also brought a whole lot of ‘cool’ to the Scooby Gang.
Mythology. Buffy’s screenwriters used a lot of really good, really researched mythology, and turned it around Buffy-way. A Preying Mantis schoolteacher, an Egyptian mummy-girl, Inca gods, Native American lore, different worldly dimensions and witchcraft, werewolves- it was all there- in a good way.
A Good Bout of Buffy-whining. Buffy was a whiner. Yes, she always saved the day, but most of the times she was the one who got the day in trouble (turning Angel into Angelus). An episode wasn’t complete without Buffy whining, and I loved that.
Evolution of Willow. That was a roller coaster in character development- it started in innocence, wide-eyed, went into heartbreak, and headed straight toward ‘Dark Willow’.
Xander’s Loyalty. He deserves a spot here. He never left Buffy’s side. Not even in the comics. Not even when nobody remained.

On Spikes: Reasons for a Spike Spin-off

If another character deserves a spin-off from Buffy, it’s Spike. I think I recently read an article on Rotten Tomatoes which had one such ‘most wanted spin-off list’. I fail to remember exactly if Spike was on that list or not. But, for me, if there was such a spin-off, I’d probably be a pre-release fan. William the Bloody, or Spike, made his debut appearance on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2, when he came to Sunnydale with his then-girlfriend, crazy vampire-chick  Drusilla.  Spike and Drusilla were two of the trio with Angel who made Season 2 one of the best season’s of Buffy. Anyway, here are a couple of reasons why I would love to see (or read) a spin-off based entirely on Spike.
1. Recollections from Spike’s past: We know that Spike was originally a struggling poet ridiculed because of his ‘bloody awful’ poetry, earning him the nickname of William the Bloody. But I would actually like to watch those parts of his life, shown in some seasons as flashbacks. For me, that’s not enough and I’d rather see them in a more continuous and detailed form; parts which would make Spike’s character a whole rather than just a part of Buffy’s gang.
2. Focus on Spike’s character: The reason why Spike was a ‘breakthrough’ character was because he was different from the run of the mill vampires. He didn’t have a soul, yet he had feelings which sometimes caused conflicts in his own behavior. He truly loved both Drusilla and Buffy, up to the point of dying. He was more of an anti-hero, which made watching Spike bits in the show both unpredictable and the most awaited ones.
3. Unruly destruction: Spike’s love for brawling and picking up fights with literally every kind of beings, from humans to demons to vampires is also one of his classic traits. His cheerful references to blood and destruction in ‘Buffy’ also makes him funny, in a sadistic way of course.
4. Spike’s accent and pretty cool vocals: Undoubtedly, the best thing about Spike is his accent and a really good, throaty singing voice (as heard on in the Buffy musical).
5. Coming to the rescue: In a lot of Buffy moments, Spike comes unexpectedly to the help of the Scooby Gang. In Season 2 he brings Angelus down temporarily after pretending to be confined to his wheelchair. In Season 6 with Buffy dead, he’s the only fighter in the Gang, protecting Dawn and warding off demons. In Season 7, he ultimately dies helping Buffy to destroy the Hellmouth.
6. Uncanny ability for detecting the truth: Spike has always homed in on the weaknesses felt most by the members of the Scooby Gang. In Season 3 he gives Buffy and Angel the home-truth about their relationship. In Season 4 he tells Willow and Xander the rotten disabilities they face in their lives because of Buffy. This is also another feature of Spike’s ability to create discontent between the members of the Scooby Gang by sensing what’s under the skin and playing on their weaknesses.
7. Spike’s wardrobe: Spike’s trademark bad-ass black leather jacket always manages to create a presence. He’s hot, he brawls, he drives a hot classic (through Season 2 to 3) and a wicked bike stolen from a demon in Season 6. Go James Marsters, I say.
Some of Spike’s character bits can be read on Buffy Season 8 and Angel: After the Fall comics. However, I would dearly love to watch a spin-off, mini-series or even a movie about Spike because he is one of the greatest characters in television history. Hats off to Joss Whedon.