When I first waas introduced to BTVS in 1998, I didn't much think of this pairing. My favoritewas Xander & Cordelia. And Oz & Willow.
I just watched the first 3 seasons through for the longest time and was surprised how little I remembered while watching them, seeing to how many times I've ssen them.
SO, Buffy and Angel...
The end of the second season is still officially the saddest things I've ever seen. Such quality drama in very deep and heartfelt tone. And the song "Full of Grace" is just the perfect choise for that end. And all of that makes the end of the third season so perfectly bittersweet. I can't decide which ending I love the most.
"What about me? I love you so much. And I tried to make you go away. I killed you but it didn't help. And I hate it! I hate it that it's so hard. And that you can hurt me so much. I know everything you did because you did it to me. And I wish I wished you dead. I don't. I can't."
I noticed while I still love the whole idea of a vampire and a vampire slayer in love and how true and dramatic their love and it's story is... I became to wonder - would this pair really be much, without that? I mean, if there was no danger that Angel could lose his soul, or if he wasn't even a vampire - 'cause I think they really do love each others for who they are, and the practical matters have no meaning for them. I haven't seen all the seasons through, especially not of Angel TV serie, but do we ever get to know what kind of a personality Angel REALLY is? 'Cause I think he is sweet and caring and a little funny and everything loveable but... I think much of what he does and says is driven by his tortured humanity, and that's not exactly too real. WOuld Buffy and Angel be a realistic couple and so much in love if Angel's story was at least somewhat different and if they still somehow were to meet?
And what about the gypsy curse then? "One moment of true happiness"? Whoeve rdecided it has to take literal SEX to feel true happiness? Shouldn't it be enough that ANgel has Buffy's love and gets to be near her? I suppose not then because that wasn't enough to lose the soul... And the third season suggests that even sex just generally would make him lose the souls, with Faith trying to get it on, in efforts to bring Angelus forward. This makes even less sense. He wouldn't have even loved Faith. I mean, after all sex is just physical bliss. In my view of world TRUE happiness comes from simply true love, friends, family and all that stuff. Not from physical bliss. I guess it does make sense if the sex was with Buffy, as Angel truly loves her but as said, I would've thought having her love and in his life would've been enough for true happiness. Or maybe "true" in this case is trying to mean "undistracted" or something. A moment where he doesn't remember they can't have the future they'd want. Still. A little poignant vision for my taste, about the whole true happiness thing. (: