Minuscule Redheaded One
- Feb 8, 2011
- Northern Minnesota
Over on AtS Angel encounters Darla again and, despite her evil past, makes an attempt to save her soul...to turn her good. He tries to give her a second chance. Buffy doesn't have the history with Spike that Angel has with Darla, (and Angel and Darla were once lovers) but still. It's worth noting the difference between Angel and Buffy.
It's totally understandable that Buffy finds Spike revolting. And sure, Spike has done a lot of evil in the past (just as Darla had). But if she had Angel's attitude, she might have seen Spike's infatuation with her as a possibility to change Spike to a good guy. Small chance maybe, but he is consistently choosing to do good things now, and sometimes not even for Buffy's sake.
I know that Angel feels differently about giving people second and third chances because he himself is trying to make up for his own dark demons. He's sympathetic. He has to be. Buffy's attitude is understandable, but I think to myself, maybe she didn't learn all she needed to from Angel.
In my opinion, if a person is willing (or shows the capability) to change, everyone deserves a shot at redemption. An opportunity here is being wasted. It might just be possible to change Spike for the better. Buffy can't see past her revulsion of Spike to maybe offer that help to him.
This episode is probably the worst one for my argument, and I agree that his games after tying up Buffy was a creepy thing. Born of Spike's desperation to be honest. But I'm taking in the accumulated evidence of this entire season. My first impression from the season as a whole is that Spike just might be redeemable. The good things he chooses to do from time to time is not just because of the chip in his head.
You do have to remember though, that *SPOILER* Darla had a soul when Angel was trying to save her. Buffy and Angel fell in love while Angel had a soul. Spike is a completely different animal/vampire: he is a demon/vampire with NO soul who is obsessed with a Slayer. Because of his lack of soul, his infatuation/love/feelings aren't going to come out in a normal, healthy manner. At this point, redemption isn't possible for Spike - he is basically, as Buffy said, "like a serial killer in prison". He has no remorse and he wants to do good simply because he thinks Buffy will like him then.
Anyway, more enlightenment will come on this topic as you watch.