Friday, March 23, 2012

Gone But Not Forgotten: Angel in Buffy Episode "I Only Have Eyes For You"

I Only Have Eyes For You. One of my favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

David Boreanaz as Angel in Buffy The Vampire Slayer I Only Have Eyes For You
This episode is a master class in supernatural television. When it begins, our two lead romantic characters have been split apart by sex. After Buffy gave it up, Angel changed. He turned into a monster and claims to no longer love her. And Buffy has finally come around to realizing she must move on and stake him.

David Boreanaz as Angel in Buffy The Vampire Slayer I Only Have Eyes For You
Enter the ghosts. Two spectres from the 50s keep forcing innocent people to act out their last violent night alive. Unfortunately, because the haunted humans keep dying, they don't have the chance to reconcile the dead lovers' story.

David Boreanaz as Angel in Buffy The Vampire Slayer I Only Have Eyes For You
Wouldn't you know it - if you put a vampire in the role of murdered lady teacher, he'll be able to get back up after he's shot. Then he'll be able to prevent the whole suicide thing and forgive ghost-boy (Buffy).

David Boreanaz as Angel and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy in Buffy The Vampire Slayer I Only Have Eyes For You
It's brilliant. Buffy and Angel, who will have no normal conversations (or catharsis) until season 3 when Angel is back to Angel, are able to have a somewhat normal breakup argument through these ghosts. She yells at him, tells him there's no way he just stopped loving her. And he tells her that she's right. He does still love her, despite everything he's said.

David Boreanaz as Angel and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy in Buffy The Vampire Slayer I Only Have Eyes For You
And then they make out.

David Boreanaz as Angel and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy in Buffy The Vampire Slayer I Only Have Eyes For You
David Boreanaz as Angel and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy in Buffy The Vampire Slayer I Only Have Eyes For You
It's the only way to give the audience a moment of reprieve from the vitriol of their current relationship; to have them talk to each other like people rather than like a vampire and a slayer. It's the best use of supernatural happenings - as highlights and reflections of real life and real problems. Plus, Buffy calls Angel a bitch. Which is pretty awesome.

David Boreanaz as Angel shirtless in Buffy The Vampire Slayer I Only Have Eyes For You
Angel doesn't kill Buffy in her moment of vulnerability, despite having the advantage. Instead, he runs away.

David Boreanaz as Angel and James Marsters as Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer I Only Have Eyes For You
Angel goes home, showers in his waterfall of weirdness, insults Spike and goes out with Dru to kill a toddler or something. He's shaken by having love in his evil, soulless being. It creeps him out. And now we're full steam ahead to the restoration of Angel!

1 comment:

  1. DEWD i missed that you started re-watching old stuff, bless your bones, your eternally angst-lovin' bones! Now about this ep -
    What was up at this time on BTVS with the whole "let's put a LOT of gross lipstick on Angel that is exactly the same shade as his skin"? Is it concealer? If so, why use it on his (what must be, under all that hideous pancake make-up) naturally gorgeous colored lips? It is totally ew, and I see it all the time on this show.
    You have inspired me to go and to re-watch this ep, even though I have seen it ELEVENTY times. Oh it's on ;-) I may re-comment later!

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