All vampires must be annihilated
Passion” is the episode that best shows the difference between Angel, the man cursed with a soul, and Angelus, the bloodthirsty man. And it is important to say “man” and not “vampire” because Buffy, a series that uses monsters as allegories for real world problems, brings in Buffy and Angelus the image of a relationship that ended with the evil of one of the parties – which, happy with that, he still remains present threatening, invading, coercing and frightening the other party.
As Joyce does not know that her daughter is a hunter, nor does she know the dark world that exists within the normal world, this is exactly Buffy’s explanation for her mother: the courtship didn’t work out and he became a perverse stalker. The statement is important to emphasize how intolerable it is. Yes, they had a story, yes,
Buffy was very fond of Angel
(and still does, he lost his soul just four episodes ago and we know that love doesn’t end overnight), but that doesn’t make it any better . This does not make his attitudes acceptable – nor are they treated as such. Everything he does is wrong, and although the episode is called “Passion”, it is never romanticized. It is tragic, painful, cruel.
- Angelus does nothing for love, because love is not cruel; all his actions are driven by passion, but passion for himself and the destruction he is capable of causing. Remembering that now he is a
- vampire without a soul, and his evil has no limits. Oh, and the passion … Jenny, who became important in history, a second adult on the Scooby Gang, explores a new side of Giles:
more than Buffy’s dedicated Sentinel, the Englishman gains a little life of his own, separated from his pupil , as the episodes painted the delicate and splintery relationship – Giles is not a fan of computers – with Jenny. And the character is not limited to the romantic interest of a man: part of the same people who cursed Angel in the past, the teacher is there to monitor the vampire,
since his relationship with Buffy was making him increasingly happy and close to lose your soul. It is a pity that she is so short in the series, becoming a victim of Angelus in the heaviest episode (yes, we are still talking about “Passion”). However, something interesting to note is that, even though Jenny’s death is a common trope,
Known as “woman in the fridge”
(that is, the death of a woman to motivate the protagonist) – not even Buffy managed to escape some tropes – , does not follow traditional patterns. In this case, the protagonist is Buffy, the 17-year-old teenager, the skinny blonde who enters the dark alley and is not killed by the monster (!!!). In addition to motivating
- Buffy’s actions with her death, professor Jenny Calendar plays an important role in life, showing Giles how information technology can be useful to
- understand a little about the forces of good and evil. She is also the bridge between
- Angel and Angelus, the person who mediates between these two completely different vampires and helps us to better understand the soul’s curse.
The Angelus issue affects all characters in some way, more or less intensely. It is something that often divides the opinion of the group and causes major conflicts. As expected, it is also a decisive issue for the conclusion of the season and the transformations that go through Buffy and Kendra. Despite their somewhat conflicting relationship at first,
it is evident how much the two hunters can learn from each other and empathize with their issues. Because of his rigorous training, Kendra is less flexible than Buffy about Angel’s existence: When things reach their limit and Angelus sets out on his quest to annihilate the whole world with the release of the demon
Acathla, Kendra returns to help Buffy
in her battle against her ex-boyfriend and the end of the world. As every war has its casualties, Kendra did not resist the final fight, but left Buffy with many experiences and his beloved stake “Mr. Pointy ”. It is more of a problem that the series faces: the black character barely appears, and then when it appears, it dies that way … simple.
- Yes, yes, Buffy The Vampire Slayer is amazing for the past year, there are a dozen amazing women, but mistakes happen. In the previous season, Cordelia’s lack of depth was mentioned – she was
- only the popular and superficial colleague -; this time, the lack of black characters with greater participation is what emerges as the biggest
- problem. Still, it’s impossible to ignore the variety of female characters that dominate this story: Buffy, Kendra, Cordelia,
Buffy, Drusilla and Willow – the computer-loving nerd who is approaching magic – to name the main female characters in the series until here, they are complex, profound, real women with loves, dislikes, opinions and different tastes, which clash and complement each other.
They change, grow, confront their fears, save the world. Love is the engine behind the season, and the love between these women is not left out, especially between Buffy and Willow, best friends who have a very big and beautiful feeling of brotherhood. It is important to see them saving each other, helping each other even in the midst of sarcasm (which happens a lot when Cordelia is around) and supporting each other in different situations, whether in the psychological terror caused by Angelus,
or by a demon who has emerged in a filler episode. Watching Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, leaves her heart warm for all her characters, sure that it is possible, yes, a story that treats her girls as people and not as simple objects to serve men. Drusilla is part of the evil team, configuring the group of the big bads of the season, and the woman is crazy.