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AtS prequel 2.1-2.4



When She Was Bad

First things first: CC&DB’s credits are next to each other and they smooth together like they belong <3

I love Cordy’s spank your inner moppet speech. Buffy really needed to hear it.

Anti-Bangel: Really not a fan of the B/A dynamic in this episode. First of all, Angel, it’s really creepy that you’re in Buffy’s room while she sleeps. Also, that stalking-esque stuff, urgh. I mean, he’s not being at all subtle, so it’s crappy stalking and he’s just trying to look out for her.

In addition, Angel just coming back for more every time Buffy dishes out her PTSD-inspired bitchiness hurts to watch. Angel’s just trying to help but she’s not having it. I assume the way I feel about WSWB!Buffy is the way most people feel about AtS S2!Angel. I get why she is like that, I just don’t like watching it.

Angel: Happy to oblige (I’m gonna start using that)

I do like how Angel seems to be a really comforting presence. Many women have cried in his arms.

Cangel: In addition to the credits, we get our first Cangel rescue, in a way, Angel and Xander pull Willow/Jenny/Cordy/Giles back when they’re hanging in the air for the sacrifice.

Also:

Cordelia: I’ll just see if Angel feels like dancing.

Stupid Anointed One minions!! *shakes fist*

Also, that indicates that there must have been some prior, off screen, interaction between the 2. It’s clearer on SAR, but that just adds fuel to the fire :) <3

DB: He seems a lot more comfortable as Angel in S2. He’s really coming along nicely yay!

Some Assembly Required:

Angel: When you first wake up, it’s a little disorienting. He’ll show. – It’s weird to go through.

aww

Jealous!Angel is cute. I love the whole: Xander or someone. –Xander? A: Or someone. (smooth save Angel) Angel’s always to obvious, I love it. Also, snarky!Angel is back. He’s really having more personality now, yay!

Anti-Bangel: acerbic banter continues. Still don’t like it. They are rather hostile with each other in this episode.

Angel, you’re knowledge in this episode comes across as creepy. Not enough parts to make 3 whole girls! Someone know what they were doing when they cut off those body parts! Angel, baby, no, that’s creepy knowledge.

Buffy: Angel.

Angel: Xander.

Xander:  Angel.

This amuses me for some reason.

No one finds you amusing, Xander, stop it.

Let’s get the ickiness that is Xander being too much of a Nice Guy TM to notice Cordelia is trying to show how grateful she is that Xander saved her life out of the way so we can concentrate what is important. AKA

CANGEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HIS SMILE!!!!!!!!! HIS FUCKING SMILE! NO SMILES LIKE THAT FOR BUFFY, NOPE. HE MAKES A JOKE! ANGEL MAKES A JOKE! “CORDELIA, THIS IS THE LAST PLACE I’D EXPECT YOU TO HANG OUT.” THEY KNOW EACH OTHER THEY HAVE SPENT TIME TOGETHER THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN AMNASKNFJKNAJKBJHbvjhjhadbd MY FEELINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE SOUNDS I MADE WERE INHUMAN!!!!!!!!!!

CORDELIA SUGGESTS THEY HANG OUT TOGETHER AND ANGEL IS NOT PROTESTING!!!!!!!!! ANGEL AND CORDELIA MIGHT HAVE HANGED OUT IF IT WASN’T FOR THE ARM!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANGEL SAVED HER FROM AN ARM!!!!!!!!!!!

CORDELIA JUST KEEPS HOLDING ON TO HIS ARM EVEN WHEN THEY ARE MOVING TOWARDS BUFFY!!!!!!!! HE DOESN’T MIND HER HANGING ON TO HIM!!!!!!!!!!!! ANGEL LEAVES WITH CORDELIA TO KEEP HER COMPANY BECAUSE SHE IS STILL FRAGILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I DON’T KNOW WHAT MY FEELINGS ARE DOING AGKAHJKABAJMBBFBN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

School Hard:

Angel: You said you weren’t  sure you were goin’. (Angel is GPOY, Angel’s not going to hang out in a place with people unless there’s certainty, same as me)

Cordy’s becoming part of the group, making stakes with the rest of them. That’s nice. If the scoobies appreciated the effort at all.

Willow being an asshole: Giving Cordy the no sugar lemon punch.

I really enjoy Angel just grabbing Xander by the neck and using him as bait. Let’s face it, Xander had that coming for a while for the way he treats Angel.

I like the Angel-Spike stuff. Angel x family issues!

Angel kicks some ass on his own, I love that a lot!

Joyce is a bad ass mother.

X: So when you gave him my neck to chew on, why didn’t you clock him first before he had a chance to clock you?

A: I told you. I couldn’t make the first move. I had to see if he was buying it or not.

X: And if he bit me? What then?

A: We’d known he bought it. (<3 and he just walks away)

X: What’s the deal with you being Spike’s sire? What’s a sire?

Re: Angel-Spike sire thing, Joss pretty early on made a post on The Bronze where he said that sire can be just about the sireline and not a literal sire. I have no problem with the Master-Darla-Angel-Drusilla-Spike Aurelius line.

Inca Mummy Girl:

2 points about this episode:

Hi Jonathan! Nice to see you!

I don’t like the Cordelia-Sven storyline. It’s ridiculous that Cordelia would think that Sven didn’t know any English and that she just spoke gibberish to him. Really, Sven didn’t manage to say anything to Cordelia before she started treating him like an idiot? Urgh.


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samsom
Feb. 4th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Cangel: In addition to the credits, we get our first Cangel rescue, in a way, Angel and Xander pull Willow/Jenny/Cordy/Giles back when they’re hanging in the air for the sacrifice.

What's so sad and telling about that scene is that we see Giles holding Jenny and Xander holding Willow while poor Cordy is lying unconscious and forgotten in the background, all by herself. Same for Angel, forgotten as soon as he's served his purpose. I have always seen him and Cordelia as the two Outsiders among the Scoobies, the unaccepted ones. That might be why they gravitate towards other in those early episodes, they sense it about each other.

Also, that indicates that there must have been some prior, off screen, interaction between the 2. It’s clearer on SAR, but that just adds fuel to the fire.

I'm also convinced there must have been some contact between them, like in the summer after S1. They had never spoken to each other onscreen prior to SAR and yet they are so FAMILIAR and FRIENDLY. I know it's probably a continuity error, but within the narrative, there HAS to be an explanation.

Seriously the dumpster scene....in my mind, it cements the idea that while he was "falling in love" with Buffy, he was still drawn to Cordelia. Sure, it's creepy and shit the way he stalks her while she thought it was Xander (and isn't it telling that Cordelia thinks Xander is capable of that kind of behavior?)...in my head canon, he's enjoying the little taste he allows himself of her fear, the thrill of stalking that he keeps buried under his soul. The soulless monster finds Cordelia delicious, her body and her attitude and her fear. She's the total package for him, which is why I'm convinced he never killed her even when he had the opportunity. And his excuse that he wasn't sure who it was is the flimsiest excuse on the planet. This is the same vampire that knew Wes had done a bottle blonde the night before and he couldn't tell the difference between Cordelia's scent and Buffy's? Especially after she called out to Xander fifty times? Right. All he smelled was sweaty, yummy cheerleader and he wanted more.

Joss pretty early on made a post on The Bronze where he said that sire can be just about the sireline and not a literal sire.

Joss won't let continuity get in the way of a good storyline. Up until he needed it to be Dru, Angel was Spike's direct sire. This is what I dislike about Joss. Instead of making it work with the narrative he wrote, he changes it. *chokes the bitch*

It’s ridiculous that Cordelia would think that Sven didn’t know any English and that she just spoke gibberish to him.

It's amazing to me that Cordelia managed to get fleshed out the way she was when you consider things like this. She's the spoiled child of rich parents and she vacations in other countries...so why would she act like such a clichéd Ugly American to Sven? It's bad storytelling. Luckily, Inca Mummy Girl is Xander!centric so I have no problems ignoring it completely. That, and the whole Impata/Buffy anvilicous parallels.
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