- Feb 24, 2019
Good writing is why Buffy is still such a great show. Spike got kept around because the story changed. More importantly, Angels story changed. Angel was meant to kill Spike, then they had Angelus come back and it makes sense to keep his old crew around.Good writing is only half the formula. A good actor can elevate a bad script whilst a bad one can drag a good script down. JM is a good actor who managed to turn what was meant to be a half-season recurring role into a 5 Season regular role (Buffy Seasons 4-7 and Angel Season 5). Spike was supposed to be killed off during Season 2 but proved so popular with the audience that he was kept around. That's thanks to JM's performance.
David Boreanaz is a crappy actor on Buffy. Angel was given crappy writing on Buffy. David does his best acting on Buffy when he's Angelus. It's no coincidences that when the writers actually give him something to do, David acting improves.
Joss has said Spike is his favourite character yet when James asked for his own show, Joss shut him down hard. The only reason to not give Spike his own show is because they didn't believe James could carry it.