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12 March 2005 @ 07:23 pm
Angel: Just Rewards  


Angel is The Hotness. Yowza. Those clingy shirts, that trimmed-up bod.

Spike breaks my heart in this. And voices all my disgruntlement with Angel's alpha-male, king-of-the-castle role. On more superficial notes, Spike's old leather-coated persona bothered me less on rewatch--he's looking pretty. There are early parts in the ep when his voice is badly dubbed, and the vapid Britishisms come thick and fast. I can't remember if I mentioned that before. Probably. However, he also gets off some snappy, snarky zingers at Angel. I laughed out loud a bunch of times, loving him again. (Angel: "I'm in a meeting, Spike." Spike: "Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't care.")

But the heartbreak--all that contemplation of oblivion and Hell, his edgy unhappiness, his resentment of Angel, who literally holds his fate in the palm of his hand. Gah. I have a love/hate thing for Angel, obviously; probably rather like Spike does, beneath all his surface posturing. But the Angel/Spike vibe was much, much stronger for me as I watched them this time around. It's pretty irresistible. There was one point in the bedroom where if Spike had been corporeal they would have jumped each other's bones. And damn it, they should have. The show would have gone out in an even bigger blaze of glory if they'd let themselves show two hot man-vamps rolling around in bed, rubbing their naked chests and silky pyjama-clad hips together as they kissed.

Reality is mean.
 
 
 
tabaquitabaqui on March 13th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
Dude.
I am so there with you.
*sigh*
Clioladyclio16 on March 13th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
I too have the love/hate thing for Angel. There are times I really like him and feel for the character. Other times I just think he's an asshat. So I totally get where you are coming from there. It usually depends on how much of a jerk Angel is in that episode.
Estepheia: Angel & Spikeestepheia on March 13th, 2005 07:06 am (UTC)
Word.

It was a truly happiness inducing season from a slasher's pov, because S/A really came on strong, but yeah, I would have liked that to be even more explicit. It would have melted the TV screen and given me wonderful images for years to come. Oh well, I'll have cling to fanfic instead.
peasant_ on March 13th, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
all my disgruntlement with Angel's alpha-male, king-of-the-castle role.
But what I love about alpha-male!Angel is that he never quite manages to pull it off. He clearly knows that he ought to be alpha male, with the brow and teh dark commanding broodiness, but we all know that underneath he is just a dork who is acting big all the time. Bless him.

Bit like Spike really. But with a less cool coat.


Spike breaks my heart in this.

Me too. It is very hard not to yell at the screen 'but that's not fair!'

One of the things I love about this season is Spike finally gets to be part of the AtS understanding shown for the pathos of the vampire's situation. On Buffy he was just the evil dead thing who only very rarely (say in Entropy) given props for having feelings. On AtS all demons are considered much more equally. I won't spoil you but there is stuff coming that wrung my heart.
Trepkostrepkos on March 13th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
"It is very hard not to yell at the screen 'but that's not fair!'"

Why hold back? We're all doin' it!
Someday you'll need to stand tall again: Spike/Emella iconemella on March 13th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
But what I love about alpha-male!Angel is that he never quite manages to pull it off. He clearly knows that he ought to be alpha male, with the brow and teh dark commanding broodiness, but we all know that underneath he is just a dork who is acting big all the time. Bless him.

I agree! I think a lot of it is because Angelus was like the only Alpha ever back in the day, but Angel isn't like that, and now Spike is his equal, so it doesn't really work out.

Love Dorky!Angel. and Primal/Alpha!Vamps.

So great!
Trepkostrepkos on March 13th, 2005 09:35 am (UTC)
This season is definitely looking better the third time around.
I've been quite surprised how much better.
Someday you'll need to stand tall again: My OTPemella on March 13th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
*drool* at the thought of nekkid boys.

I agree with you on this stuff. I love the first 10 minutes of the show, before they go to the lab. That whole scene(s) is fabulous. I also love how Spike wraps his coat around him like a shield. I could so see writing a fic from Angel's P.O.V. about that coat.

There is another scene, in Soul Purpose, that I love, where Spike is doing "Buffy" on Angel's bed. I thought that was great, Angel is horrified and Spike is like. 'Yeah uh huh, this is fantastic, shut up Angel'

I could so take that scene places.

Alas, I love Angel. *points to Icon* hee! :D
Shapinglightshapinglight on March 13th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
So glad you liked it better this time. Agree with everything you say. And, yes, the Britishisms got out of hand, and some of them were innaccurate too - 'starkers', for instance.

Mind you, since ME ended up having Spike saying he was 'going to drive Angel naked', it could have been a good thing, if taken literally.
Anna S.eliade on March 13th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
Ha! I caught that too. I was like, WTF? But then said to myself, "Okay, you're not *actually* British, so maybe that's just a variant, because... 'Stark raving mad...' It kind of makes sense..." Heh.
Shapinglightshapinglight on March 13th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
No, you were quite right to say WTF. Not a variant at all.

My kids were rolling on the floor laughing the first time they heard it. I wrote to ME and offered to be their Britslang consultant after that, but, sadly, they never got back to me.