TV Vampires - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Feat. David Boreanaz' Angel and James Marsters' Spike
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Please beware that this article contains spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2002)
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Above: Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Angel (David Boreanaz).
Vampire shows were popular even before the Twilight Saga books became huge hits and were made into movies. It pretty much started with Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy was first shot as a movie in 1992, starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry. The movie was written by Joss Whedon. In 1997, Whedon created a series of the same name. The title role went to Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Sarah Michelle Gellar plays Buffy Summers, a high school girl who has incredible physical and emotional strength. She fights all sort of demons and evil creatures, not just vampires.
The vampires in the show can’t walk in the sun, they are killed with a wooden stake to the heart, their faces turn into demonic versions when they are very angry or are in pain, they can’t see themselves in the mirror, get burnt by crosses and they need to be verbally invited in to a person’s home or they can’t enter. Once invited, they can come and go as they please.
The leading vampire of this show was Angel, played by David Boreanaz for 3 seasons. His vampire character Angel got so popular that Joss Whedon co-created Angel, another vampire/supernatural show, starring David Boreanaz. Angel went on for 5 seasons.
Vampire Angel has been around for about 250 years. He is originally Irish and he used to be a total party boy when a beautiful woman named Darla (Julie Benz) lured him into a dark corner and turned him into a vampire. In Buffy, when you turn into a vampire, you lose your soul and you turn into a complete monster. Angel’s evil version’s name is Angelus . Angelus killed everyone he ran across, including his own family. Vampires typically feel no shame, remorse, sadness or love. They have no conscience. But when Angel feeds on a gypsy girl, her clan puts a curse on Angel, and restores his soul through magic. After he gets his soul back, he becomes Angel- a vampire who remembers and regrets everything he has done. So he decides to help as many people as he can, to be able to make up for the evil he has done. He stops hurting people. He helps Buffy out and he falls in love with her. Things get complicated when the curse is lifted after Buffy & Angel have sex for the first time. Angelus returns & chaos ensues.
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James Marsters as Spike.
After Angel TV show started, the leading vampire role was taken over James Marsters, who guest-starred on Buffy as Spike before. Spike used to be Angelus’ friend, having been turned by an unstable vampire girl named Drusilla. Drusilla (Juliet Landau) had first been driven insane by Angel and then turned into a vampire. Spike and Drusilla were lovers.
After Angel left Buffy, things got even more complicated as the government placed a chip inside Spike’s brain, preventing him from harming others. So Spike unwillingly turned good, helping out Buffy and her gang. He later fell in love with Buffy.
Angel moved to Los Angeles and worked as a private investigator, helping out people put in (mostly) supernaturally dangerous situations.