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Unbidden, but not unwelcome

Seemingly out of nowhere, I remembered the first seconds of Jesus Walks — not the song per se, but the Gunn fanvid, which I just watched for the first time in years.

It's still a great vid, and, damn, I miss Angel now, the endlessly depressing and at times very funny story of how a motley crew of secondary characters got their own show and went off to save Los Angeles with admittedly very mixed results. I think that at its core it was simply an object lesson on the ubiquity of unintended consequences, a meditation on the nature and costs of heroism when stripped of the false possibility of a final victory, and, more than anything else, it was about this:

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A bit of nostalgia.

Just saw again Buffy's graduation day. Xander kicked all kinds of ass. You know who he suddenly made me think about during the battle with Giant Snake Thing? Spareverse's Jason (echoes of Diana's soldier/general comment).

Also, it's interesting to note that Buffy's strategy resembled what she'd end up doing to close the Hellmouth itself, again against overwhelming forces: empower everybody, and then blow everything up.

Angel's failure to do the same at the end of his series might, metacontextually, mean somethingsomething. Pound by pound, I think Angel's crew at the end kicked more ass, but all the bruhahaha on "Champions" clouded the issue.

Hmm, perhaps Angel (for all I love the series) is a cautionary tale of what happens when you can't figure out a way to outgrow the myth/pattern/prophecy you are trapped into, while Buffy (for all the problems it had, specially in its last season) showed what happens you do say "Fuck this noise about The One. I'm the one... with an army of slayers."

In that light, it's cool that the story stopped there, because that's the point. You don't kill the monsters until you think outside the parameters of the story, effectively ending it.

So you smile to the big hole in the ground that was your nightmare of a town, and go on with your life.

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