Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

13 times we wished Angel from Buffy was our boyfriend

13 times we wished Angel from Buffy was our boyfriend

Buffy's relationship with her college boyfriend Riley (Marc Blucas) presented her with professional challenges after he recruited her to work in concert with the Initiative, a military organization he was a part of that fought demons. I mean REALLY attached. But for me, it was a line in the next one that hit the closest to home. As the demon world begins to slowly invade Earth, Buffy's newly appointed sister Dawn Summer's blood is what can stop the process. She begs her to stop and just be sad with her. Buffy herself remains, conceptually at least, a sharp inversion of horror movie clichés - the "dumb blonde" who would normally be slain by the monsters in the first act, but is instead the one slaying them. "I learned every day from the experience and from her", Gellar told The Hollywood Reporter in January. You can see her in the young women on Pretty Little Liars, in Scandal's Olivia Pope, and Stranger Things' Eleven.

Of course, in true Buffy fashion, the evil side of Angel's character - played by David Boreanaz - disappears just moments before she was forced to send him to hell. And to be honest I wasn't insane about it at the time.

Angel: Because I could see your heart.

In 2003, Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended in the most appropriate and poignant way possible.

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Perhaps the most prominent example of female empowerment, "I Only Have Eyes For You" placed Sunnydale within a poltergeist's grasp, endlessly repeating a male student's love affair and murder of his high school teacher onto possessed students and faculty. That's the vicarious experience that we're offering.

Buffy and Spike's relationship starts off volatile; after all, before they developed feelings for each other, he was one of her greatest foes. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the incredible crew that worked tirelessly (and also really tired) to bring this show to life. You have to go through the pain to get to the other end, and then once you get to the top, you're not down - you gotta climb other mountains.

I know the show is dated and looking back, maybe it wasn't as great as I remember it. We were a tribe. As a teenager, I felt that shame right alongside Buffy, but as an adult, I can't lie that I find the moment exhilarating and wonder why it was even written if it only exists to shame our heroine. It might sound terrible to be able to be transported back to a moment of trauma just by pressing "play" on a Netflix menu, but it's not.

Thank you, Cheese Man.

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