harsens_rob (harsens_rob) wrote,

We Have Buffy Poll...!

Alas, it's for the uninspiring episode, Killed by Death. Blah.

Angelus says that Xander still loves Buffy. True?

Xander always loves Buffy, so the poll answer is 'yes, absolutely'. The real question is "Is he in love with her?"

Back during this episode, I'd always answer an emphatic 'yes'. Buffy has yet to fall off of her pedestal at this point, so she's easy for Xander to love - after all she's still 'perfect' and that's easy to love from afar, at least. I'd argue that Xan moves from being 'in love' to just loving her post-Spike affair in S6 where her all too flawed humanity could no longer be ignored, denied or forgotten through his rose-tinted glasses.

What about Angelus? Does he still love Buffy?

This one is a bit more complex. I wouldn't vehemently disagree with anyone who claims that Angelus loved Buffy in his own warped way, but I don't think he ever did and doesn't here. He's certainly fascinated by her, he wants to own and break her, he wants to defeat her, but love her? I don't think so, despite his line to Spike on the subject.

I think Angelus is incapable of actually loving anyone, including Darla. He's too much of a sociopath to genuinely feel anything for anyone but himself and his own desires. I think, in the case of Darla, it probably comes the closest to being a sort of love, but this is the Sire-influence, rather than an organic emotional impulse originating within Angelus himself. Even Drusilla was largely a "project" and a tool more than actually caring one way or the other for her.

But, like I said, I could see where someone might argue that Angelus is capable of love of some sort and that Buffy was loved by him in his own way. I wouldn't agree with it, but I might be convinced otherwise with strong enough examples (which would consist of solid evidence, and not his "To kill this girl, you have to love her" dialog).

In this episode, Angelus with Buffy and the Scoobies at the beginning of the episode. Then he tries to bring flowers to her in the hospital and messes with Xander. Is Angelus threatening yet?

Angelus was turned threatening in Passion. I don't care what he did or didn't do after that. He's a menacing presence from now on.

Pretend you're a movie reviewer and give this episode a star rating.

I'd be surprised if my (eventual) review granted this episode even a 3-star average rating. I had to vote 2 for the poll - but I think it will probably be 2.75 out of 5.

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