5.8 Destiny--The Cup of Life Nov 24, 2003 14:57:07 GMT -5
Post by SpringSummers on Nov 24, 2003 14:57:07 GMT -5
I just realized that Spike's walking in Angel's footsteps has put him in the position of being a souled, heroic vampire.
Would Spike have thought of going out and getting his soul back without the example of his souled vampire grandsire/nemesis? Would Spike now have an example of heroism to follow-or-ridicule, or both, if Angel hadn't blazed the trail first? This can either be used as evidence that Spike is a wannabe poseur riding on Angel's saintly coattails, or a reaffirmation of the father/son bond between them. I had thought that Angelus was Spike's only father-figure, but now I see that Angel is also Spike's father. A good father sets an example for a son, tries to guide him; then lets the son decide, on maturity, what the son will do with his life. Angel hasn't been a good father to Spike; he's been a very poor father, but Angel/Angelus has been the only father Spike has apparently ever known. And so far, he's followed Angel's pattern of souled heroism, albeit with Spiky variations on the theme.
I don't want to see Spike reject the idea of being a souled hero just because Angel is one.
Spike is still defining himself. He is neither the snarky bad boy of BUFFY S2-4 or the romantic and gentle and noble Spike of the last part of S7; but someone in between. He took a big step forward in his evolution in DESTINY, now, hopefully he can move forward in his relationship with Angel and the rest of the world. (though some snarking will always be welcome; I love Spike-snark)
Maybe there's a possibility of an eventual Spike/Lindsey rock band after all.
Yes - the Angel/Spike relationship was very father-son, with all the good and the bad that goes with that.
I definitely agree with your view of Spike still defining himself, and the big step he took in Destiny. Someone said he was "just like Season 4" but he isn't - far from it.
He was excited and thoughtless and impulse-driven with Harmony in this last episode, but he's no longer a guy who would shove her against a wall for whining, and stake her for complaining about not going to Paris.
He helped Angel defeat the necromancer at a great cost to himself, and he saved Fred at a great cost to himself, and he saved Gunn last week. But he's not the shining, totally selfless, adored and adoring hero he was right before he went up in flames.
He'll find himself, as will Angel - with a little help from their friends (including each other).