Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Best Love Story Is Actually Angel and Spike | TV Guide
"Crush" is the fourteenth episode of the fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, back into Spike's life, causing Spike to re-examine his relationships with the . Undeterred, Spike attempts to follow her into her house, but discovers that she. Mar 8, Late last year, the Sydney Opera House invited three A.V. Club staffers to By the time Buffy and Spike engage in their first rough n' tumble Part 2” pushes at those twin narratives, edging Spike toward a relationship with the. Mar 9, The 25 best episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer There was one major flaw in Buffy and Angel's relationship, though: He was unable to be.
They may be enemies, but are not entirely useless to the other. At first, the plotline appears to be recycled because the audience has already seen this, even before the predicament of an implanted chip came into play — Spike has a plan, Buffy stops the plan, and Spike fumes until another plan for another episode is conceived. During the retreat back to his crypt however, the flare and feist in his rage appears more elevated than usual: The scene is shot in a blue and gray tint that is ambiguous in that it is neither overtly light nor dark.
According to Leigh Clemons, colors in clothing on the show are also far from insignificant.
Dream Spike wears all black as a symbol of his inherent evil, and Dream Buffy dons a pair of flaming red leather pants, a shade that attracts the eye and is a stimulant for eroticism. When Dream Spike tears off his shirt, he is also symbolically removing his evil front and reveals the vulnerability that is beneath it. Dream Spike then grabs Dream Buffy roughly by both arms and submits her to a hungry kiss, though she willingly returns it.
When the real Spike lunges upward in bed, he is panting and his limbs rise uncomfortably beneath the sheets, suggesting an erection. So how to classify Buffy and Spike now?
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While they are no longer mutual in their opinion of one another, the inclusion of romantic feelings are unquestionably one-sided. Spike, on the other hand, has schemed, kidnapped, and tried to kill them. The rarity in this one-sided affection is significant because Spike falls in love with someone who is an adversary not just in principle like Angel but also in personal history.
Spike does fit this qualification, for a while anyway. He regularly composed dreadful verses in an attempt to win over socialite Cecily, who declared him as beneath her. While this behavior is at times wonderfully comedic, it is nonetheless undeniably creepy. He takes it to its most extreme form when he, the obsessed lover, threatens murder in the name of the beloved.
In addition to obsessed lover however, the courtly lover in Spike is also still active. The robot may be uncanny in appearance but is a simplified and degrading version of the real thing that Spike programs to talk dirty and pleasure him.
Similarly, Buffy also steps back from her attitudes when she displays her first genuine regard for him. She acknowledges his loyalty with a soft kiss that is not driven by formality but by a gratitude held between friends. She articulates this sentiment afterwards: What you did, for me and Dawn, that was real. The fifth year for Buffy and Spike began with a relationship based on mutual hatred to a relationship based on imbalance, with Spike becoming a courtly lover, an obsessed lover, and at times a hybrid of both.
When Buffy is determined not to sacrifice Dawn to save the world, she goes further to say that she will kill anyone who even goes near her, a pointed comment that gives insight to her apprehension, even for her friends.
And yet, Spike is the one that Buffy personally counts on to protect Dawn because she instinctively knows that he will. Buffy may not trust him, but she values him in a conditional manner.
This concept is best demonstrated in the scene when Buffy and Spike return to the Summers home for supplies. When Buffy is on the staircase, he calls her and she stops halfway to listen: But you treat me like a man. This is precisely why a utility friendship fits them in these circumstances. Spike loves Buffy, Buffy values Spike conditionally.
The beginning of the sixth season finds Buffy gone and her friends and sister carrying on the fight against evil without her — and then there is Spike. Having wept openly at the sight of her lifeless body, Spike fights alongside the Scoobies all summer and continues to look after Dawn. Spike believes that he has failed Buffy, and can only make up for it by protecting her sister in life where Buffy, having died, cannot. Gone is the notion of courtly love, obsessive love, and the perversity of the previous season — Spike has entered another league in his emotions towards Buffy, even without her in the picture anymore.
This is not to say that their sentiments have not changed however, for Buffy connects to Spike in ways that she cannot with anyone else — note that he is the only one that she allows to touch her without an initial flinch when he takes her bloodied hands in his.
Only Spike knows instinctively what Buffy went through, and it is in this shared trauma that a deeper bond is forged. Buffy then accepts Spike as her confidant by confessing only to him that she was torn out of heaven and not hell, a level that no longer qualifies their relationship as a utility friendship.
Buffy, however, steps out of the dark and into the sunlight after swearing Spike to secrecy. They express the same desire in the other partner in wanting to feel, but it is grounded by lust. Their kiss is not like any kiss that Buffy has shared with Angel and Riley — it is not a sensual, soft, close-lipped kiss that is framed in glorious close-up, but rather a hungry, open-mouthed, lunge that is framed wide in order to include their bodies, which are being heatedly pressed against one another.
They each recognize the ability to feel something through their partner, but the situation is hardly ideal. When Spike discovers that his chip no longer activates with Buffy, the two engage in foreplay in the form of a full-fledged fight that culminates when Buffy mounts him, pulls a zipper down, and begins to thrust erotically.
The fact that their first sexual encounter takes place after a knockdown fight that brings walls down is an easy metaphor and foreshadow of a literally destructive companionship. Pressed against a yellow wall with a dumpster just a few feet away, they are hardly in an ideal location for romance. The fact that they go at it in this environment is a product of their erotic desires. Though their sex is not loving and romantic, it is the first instance where a confidant becomes a lover.
Confidants in the series, to a large extent, have been nonsexual and are people that are turned to when they want to talk about love relationships with other people. The fact that Buffy and Spike are the first to make the shift from confidants to lovers is not insignificant.
They have a history that progressed to this point rather than one that starts from it, an early indication to a more mature and messy adult relationship, even in light of being currently driven by lust and not love.
When Buffy and Spike acknowledge the ability to feel something through their partner through sex, they both engage in mutual enjoyment. The problem with their pleasure friendship is that falling into lust under separate pretenses proves harmful to both of them.
They both desire the other partner to make them feel, but while Spike is in love with Buffy, Buffy is using Spike for sex. What is clear, however, is that Buffy is ashamed of herself. Spike, on the other hand, is and always has been the one more emotionally invested. While Spike enjoys sex with Buffy, he continues to push for something deeper with her despite her insistence that it will never happen.
In a climactic moment, Buffy, in a manner that Wilcox notably points out is similar to when Faith beat on her own body, pummels Spike in the face mercilessly while insisting that he or substitute she cannot love or feel anything real because he she is dead.
The problem with Buffy and Spike is that lust cannot survive on its own. Through the lust, they are able to express the same desire to feel through the other partner, but they do not feel equally. Spike feels love, while Buffy feels shame. Buffy is wise to end the relationship, but to have Spike go from an erotic pleasure partner back to the confidant that he was before their connection turned sexual, is simply not logical for them.
I could never trust you enough for it to be love. The second she kicks him off, it is harder to say who is more horrified by his actions.
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Perhaps the reason that the imbalance between Buffy and Spike has existed all this time is not solely because their feelings for one another have never been mutually shared, but also because they have always been, at their core, two separate beings; one with a soul and one without. Spike acknowledges this at last, and seeks the necessary change. Though Spike is already well on his way to Africa at that point, the fact that Buffy even agrees to the idea is something. It cannot simply be severed, but the elements that now comprise and define it are left intentionally ambiguous for their sake… and the sake of the seventh season.
The seventh season finds Buffy and Spike estranged and ambiguous to one another. Second, he wholeheartedly acknowledges to Buffy that his attempted assault on her was unforgivable and that he has changed, but prevents Anya from revealing his soul by starting a fight in the Bronze with his usual attitude and goads that negates the previous testament.
This conscious attempt to ignore who he is and what he has become fails him, and he later removes his shirt: The difference here is that Spike is no longer beneath Buffy; he is not an empty shell that a human once inhabited, for like her he has a soul — an asset that has proved so often in the past makes all the difference.
Awkwardness to Friendship Thus we enter into my second favorite stage of Buffy and Spike's relationship. Here we spend most of our time chain smoking with Spike outside Buffy's house underneath a large oak tree just to catch a glimpse of her. When they do finally meet, Spike tries to dispute all the things her likes about her by engaging in their witty yet he can't bring himself to actually mean it.
This is where we start to see Spike's humor come out in his actions too. Like when he wakes up Buffy and she tries to put on clothes while he peeks or when he snoops around her room.
He also starts taking interest in the things that Buffy is interested in, namely fighting evil and protecting her friends, and really starts to help the Scooby Gang. It doesn't mean he's necessarily nice to all of them all the time but he does start to try and care for them the way Buffy does. Buffy finally takes notice of all his attention and realizes that Spike is putting in all the extra effort for her.
At first, she's horrified by the idea. She's had her fill of vampires and Spike is the worst sort. But she gets her first hint that his feelings might be legitimate when he is captured by Glory and tortured to give up the location of the key she is looking for who is actually Buffy's little sister Dawn.
Spike refuses, willing to die to keep this information safe. It's in this moment that they go from the awkward phase to building an actual friendship.
Buffy doesn't feel the same about Spike as he does about her but she realizes that his feelings are genuine and begins to trust him with Dawn and their duties. Their friendship becomes so strong that Buffy entrusts Spike with Dawn's life at the end of Season 5 and Spike carries on guarding Dawn even after Buffy is gone in memory of that promise. When Buffy comes back, she only tells Spike about being in heaven and in Once More With Feeling, he is the one that begs her to let him help her.
Their friendship phase is just as essential to their relationship as their hate phase. It's here that we get a sense of what they might be like together. After all, he has a demon in him and he still doesn't have a soul. Though his feelings for Buffy are true and Buffy can rely on him, we learn soon that she can't trust him. Let's Get Physical Buffy comes back broken and this is were we truly see that even though Spike can be relied on, he can't be trusted.
Instead of wanting to make Buffy better, he wants to pull her into darkness and force her to embrace her dark side. He sees this as the only way they can be together and in a lot of ways, that's true.
Spike tried to be good and that didn't really stick so being bad is a better route. Buffy proves that she can embrace her dark side, initiating in an often physically violent relationship wtih Spike.
For them, pain is pleasure. Spike enjoys the pain, that Buffy can hold her own against him, and Buffy throws all of her self loathing into their relationship. She takes out all of her anguish on Spike and hates herself afterwards. During this time, we really see how horrible these two can truly be. Buffy goes dark with her hatred of being alive and treats Spike like crap. Spike takes the abuse because it's all a big game to him. Whatever actual feelings he has for her are pushed aside so they can enjoy their physical relationship but it leaves neither of them feeling that satisfied in the end.
When she finally commits to living again, she decides to end her relationship with Spike, leading to one of the most intense episodes I've ever seen on television: A Buffy and Spike relationship analysis can't exist without a discussion on that episode and I could probably do an entire post on the horrific nature of that bathroom scene.
In case you need a refresher, this is where Spike drops by Buffy's house to beg her to continue sleeping with him. He believes that the only way to do this is to force himself on her. Buffy is able to fight him off long enough for him come to his senses but it feels like there is no going back from there. Seeing a character like Buffy who has always been portrayed as strong and good and with the ability to take care of herself almost get sexually assaulted by a character that we were supposed to think of as a possible leading man or love interest is enough to make you sick.
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After watching, I wasn't sure I could ever go back to wanting them together because of the sick feeling in the pit of my stomach as Buffy sits there on her bathroom floor in her dis-shoveled robe and cries. This is rock bottom for their relationship. After this, their relationship doesn't even exist.
All of the secret kisses and touching hands and witty banter and beating the crap out of each other just doesn't matter because you've just witnessed something so horrific. The only thing that is left, the only question that comes to mind is: Is redemption even possible?
Well, maybe you ask "why? When Buffy finally finds him in the basement of the new Sunnydale High, he has been with The First Evil and his own sins for a very long time. He wants to make everything better, the fact that he can't makes him crazy, and her ends up hugging a cross while his flesh sizzles.
The moment that Buffy learns that Spike now has a soul, everything changes. As Spike starts to integrate back into the group and readjust to life with a soul, he begins to prove that he is worth a second look. Eventually, he gets kidnapped by The First and refuses to cooperate even though it tortures him relentlessly. All the time he is there he believes that Buffy will come and get him due to the bond they began to develop before he was captured.
When Buffy does come to get him, this strengthens their relationship and his faith in Buffy. That strength is what finally redeemed his character in my eyes. After suffering endlessly for most of the season, Spike finally gets his groove back, finding a balance between kicking bad guy butt, being his old self and dealing with having a soul again.
She leaves them and Spike comes back looking for her. He finds out what happens, tells everyone off and goes to find Buffy.
When they find each other, he gives the best damn speeches I've ever heard on television: I've been alive a bit longer than you, and dead a lot longer than that. I've seen things you couldn't imagine, and done things I'd prefer you didn't.
I don't exactly have a reputation for being a thinker; I follow my blood, which doesn't exactly rush in the direction of my brain. So I make a lot of mistakes. A lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years, and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of. Hey, look at me. I'm not asking you for anything.