Your grandfather is a cat
- Mar 13, 2009
They both try to be head-over-heart, but neither are all that successful, especially not Angel. Angel is one of the most reckless and impulsive characters on the show. For better and worse, he often makes important decisions when he is either very angry or very desperate, usually with his whole team beginning him to calm down a minute and breathe.Angel and Wesley are the most head-over-heart, logic-over-emotion individuals on the shows to the point where they're often criticized for being heartless in their big-picture decision-making
Just about every character on the show is saved by someone else at some point, you're only singling Buffy out to make Spike sound special.@Thieving gypsy Season 2 Spike nearly killed Buffy on several occasions and she was only saved because of plot armour eg another character does something at the last moment that falls in Buffy's favour. If it wasn't for Joyce and Giles, Buffy could've been dead by the end of School Hard and Halloween respectively.
This was never about Spike killing Buffy. Buffy could have been under threat from anyone, the threat was interchangeable. The point was showing that Joyce would stand up for her daughter.In School Hard, he attacks Buffy several days earlier than planned thus using the element of surprise to put her on the backfoot. He nearly killed her until Joyce intervened which caught him by surprise. As he said, "a slayer with family and friends, that sure as hell wasn't in the brochure".
I'm not trying to make Spike sound special, but are you seriously trying to say that Giles breaking Ethan's spell at the exact moment Spike was about to bite Buffy and kill her isn't plot armour? What about the fact that Spike was taking his sweet merry time to actually go for the bite, much slower than he did on the Chinese slayer, in order to give Giles time to break the spell?Just about every character on the show is saved by someone else at some point, you're only singling Buffy out to make Spike sound special.
Buffy was about to get her face smashed in. She was on the floor on her back, if Joyce hadn't turned up (despite Buffy telling her to escape), Buffy would've been a goner.This was never about Spike killing Buffy. Buffy could have been under threat from anyone, the threat was interchangeable. The point was showing that Joyce would stand up for her daughter.
Spike not being killed off doesn't undo the fact that he'd killed two slayers and could be a very real threat to Buffy. The whole chip storyline and then Spuffy is to keep Spike from being a threat, first by having him unable to harm Buffy or her friends physically, then having him in love with her so that he doesn't want her dead.The only reason Spike's background was he had killed two slayers, was to make him appear as a real threat. The only reason he was meant to be threatening, was so that when Angel killed Spike, it would propel Angel further up the food chain. When Spike isn't killed off, he continually rides the coattails of killing those two slayers for the rest of the series, when that was not the original intention.
Spike was shoved in a wheelchair because the writers needed to keep him out of the action. If Buffy had to take on all three vampires, she wouldn't stand a chance, she struggled with Angelus alone and that's with Spike keeping Drusilla out of the fray.In season 2, Spike's shoved in a wheel chair for a ridiculous amount of time, so he appears nonthreatening and we can ignore the fact that he should be killed off.
It all falls down to Oz and his sense of smell. Given that Spike was drunk, he wasn't operating with a clear head so he is going to make stupid decisions, just because the scoobies also make stupid decisions isn't evidence against Spike's intelligence but highlights their stupidity.In Lovers Walk, instead of just randomly following a drunk Spike to the magic shop, Buffy could have said she was going to the factory to see if Willow and Xander were there and Spike was coming with her. There's also a point in that episode where Buffy pulls out a stake to kill Spike, but don't worry, Angels there to stop her. Angel could have tracked Willow and Xander on his own, but this isn't a time for anyone else to use their intelligence.
It may be common sense to an audience, but for a villain, it shows a level of intelligence that Spike tries to avoid the standard villain tropes.The examples you posted above are common sense. That doesn't equal higher intelligence.
I think it is far more noticeable that other characters are dumbed down to accommodate Spike being present, than what we see happen to Spike over the course of the show.