I am posting this question with the general idea that Tara is going to be the answer on this one but from the start of the show all the way through to the end Jesse to Anya  hell I will even throw in the Angelverse as well. You have the power to take away one death. Any death. Who do you pick.  

 

My answer would be Cordeila. I always felt she kind of got a rough shot. She was innocent and deserved better then she got. It also felt like she had this whole idea of what she wanted who she wanted to be and it never came to fruition. She went to LA to become a famous actress. Now I know people are going to say she made her choice cause she had that chance and there is truth in that. I just think it sucks that she didn't do anything really wrong but she kicked the bucket.

 

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This is a tough choice. I agree with what you said about Cordelia, and I hated that they let her die, as I think she was so very important in Angel's positive development, but I have to admit that her death was one of the outstanding moments in the show, as far as CC and DB's performances were concerned.

 I would have to choose Fred, because I think Fred was just about the most tragic death in the whole series, and that is a hard call, too, but-when you think about it, most all of the other deaths were related to direct choices the characters made, in one form or another.  Doyle and Darla both made choices to give up their own lives for the good of others.  Wesley knew he was risking his life-as they all did-but he was the one that Joss decided would pay the price.  Gunn did die in the comic, but he was turned into a vampire, and then became human again when Angel forced W & H to push the reset button(hope that's not too spoilery for some if you haven't read AtF.)

Connor also died in the comic, but was brought back to life with the reset. 

Fred was the one innocent in the whole thing-at least in terms of not realizing that she was in imminent danger. I guess it could be argued that she, too, put herself at risk by going to work at W & H.  The actual circumstances of her death, though, were nothing that she ever anticipated. I guess she also might be guilty of not taking precautions like she should have, because I think that real life people who deal with sarcophagi that have never been opened-when are coming out of an environment that hasn't seen the light of day-or air-for centuries would wear gloves and a mask. Fred, though, did neither. She just started looking at it out of curiousity and then she was infected by Illyria's essence, and that caused her death.  I don't think they really touched on that in the show-but even though Fred was a scientist- she was more of one from the scientific equation POV, so maybe it is supposed to be that the guy who set her up deliberately didn't show her all the safety things, or misled her somehow concerning that just so she would expose herself. Of course, we weren't shown that Fred was influenced somehow to be curious about the item. I always assumed that he just observed Fred enough to think that she would have the professional curiousity about it, and he was right-she did.

 I am also going to choose a runner up here, and that would be Lindsey.  Lindsey did some rotten things, but Angel  held more against Lindsey than he did others, and I think that his death was more a personal vendetta on Angel's part than it was a pre-emptive strike because he thought that Lindsey would betray him.  Now, obviously they could have written it where it was obvious that Lindsey was, and how he was, but they didn't. They justified it by having Lorne state that he perceived Lindsey would never change, even though Lorne was not always a hundred percent on his readings. I think that Angel never forgave Lindsey for restraining him while he watched Drusilla turn Darla back into a vampire, after he had worked so valiantly to save Darl's "soul," so to speak.  Also, Angel needed everyone to fight, and except for Lorne's comment before he killed Lindsey, as far as we know Lindsey had every intention of fighting to the end on Angel's side. Christian Kane said in an interview I have read, over the past year, that he would have like to have seen his character allowed to survive and go out fighting, and he thought that Angel also needed Lindsey as a fighter, too.  Lindsey was the one character who seemed to be leaning toward redemption, even if he was really late in coming around, but was not given the chance to really show whether he was serious.

Wow I have to say Lindsay shocks me. I am not questioning. Truth be told I can hold my own when it comes to any Buffy knowledge but don't know much about Angel the tv show. What I do remember is Lindsay is the bad guy. But you know him better then I do so it's all good.  

While I wouldn't give him the redemption card I felt bad for Jonathan when he died. Of all in the nerd trio Jonathan was the least likely to do any real damage. 

I would save Cordelia and Wesley - while I love Tara the writers did not develop her very much to make a huge difference in the Buffyverse.  Fred I like very much, but again I find Illyria much more interesing a character and I would not replace Illyria for Fred.
Think you are totally right about Lindsey and Angel  and the deep anger that Angel felt against him with Dru and Darla.  An episode that featured Angel and Lindsey and their past regarding Darla would have been very interesting.   I hated that Lorne was dragged into Angel's Last Grand Gesture.  While I can see the advantage of having Lorne reconnect with Angel in AtF, I would have like for Lorne to keep a distance way from Angel, but that would not have been Lorne.  There was too much love and joy in Lorne to be vindictive. 

I really liked Cordelia - I was sorry to see how they used the character in the late seasons and that the Cordelia-Angel romance was not allowed to grow.

I read some where that someone weather it be from the network or maybe Whedon himself wasn't happy with Charisma for getting pregnant and there were other issues that didn't help matters and ultimately that was why she was written out of season 5 and then brought back for 1 ep then killed off.  The funny thing is how ever many years ago when Angel was on I recorded that episode and set it to turn off at the end of the show I got all of the episode except for the last 20 seconds. I saw Cordy kiss Angel and walk out then fuzz. So 6 months later I read that she died and I was like That sucks. I know it's the Whedonverse and not everyone gets a happy ending but would it have been that hard for Cordy to wake up tell Angel what he needed and then write her out. Hell make it something crazy.

"Sorry Angel I want to stay and fight but the higher powers are telling me to go be one of the showcase models on the Price is right ." 

 

"Sorry Angel I want to stay but I'm going to move to Alabama and marry a guy with 3 teeth and spend my life in a trailer. 

 

"Angel I am really an alien and it's time for me to return home to my own world where I will live and people can be happy for me cause I'm not going to die young and alone in a crappy hospital bed."

I'm not sure he would be the one I'd save, but I totally agree with Lulurose on Lindsey -- I absolutely hated the way he was murdered and how Angel never gave him a chance (compromising Lorne's integrity in the process too).

Yep, CORDELIA and WESLEY for sure!!! These two were my favorite characters. I want Cordy back with Angel – I think only Cordy is able to heal Angel of his inner “soul wounds”. She was his everything, his good balance, his soulmate. They could be an awesome couple, but… Cordy was something like a “moral compass” for Angel – she always showed the right path to him… and when Cordy went in coma and died Angel lost the right way…

And I was so sad when Wesley died – his death was one of the most tragically deaths in B/A wese. And I want him back even in a ghost form as he was in ATF…

And I totally agree with Lulu and DD about Lindsey, I’m still angry about Angel’s decision to kill him off and to use Lorne to do that… that was so wrong… But I think Lindsey knew something and that’s why Angel wanted him dead…

Another great character that died in absurd death was Anya. I would like to see her again, but I don’t see her role in the story now. The same is for Tara – Tara was great character but bringing her back wouldn’t serve to the storyline, well, as a ghost maybe.

And Giles death in season 8 enraged me either. Giles is too interesting character to being wasted in such a way. I will miss him a lot… I knew that someone of the Scoobies will die, but there were better candidates than Giles.  

The Giles thing I understand cause it was probably the biggest character death in the history of BTVS.  The show started with what I like to call the core 4. Every week you would see Buffy Giles Willow and Xander and then depending on the week you might have a different guest but you knew you were going to see them. So Giles was the first of the 4 to ever die and stay dead. The thing is though his death wasn't as big to me but that's because it was done in comic book format. I enjoy the comics but every time I read one you have to read it with the understanding of it's fun but how much of it matters. RIght now it matters a lot cause it's our only Buffy source available but if tomorrow Whedon decided he wanted to make a Buffy movie he's not going to pick up from the comics. There would be too many fans who never read who wouldn't understand why Giles is dead.  

So back to point I get that Giles death is sad but had it happened on the screen and not the comic book I might be more willing to give it priority.

I have to say I am surprised by the non Tara answers. Not that I am a fan of hers. I think she was a nice character but to me she was very boring. But on different message boards and such she has huge Support. I mean there are whole Kennedy haters that wanted Tara back.  I remember reading one of the ideas for the final episode I am so glad didn't come about.  Buffy after years of service gets a reward. She can make one wish. She was to spend the entire episode thinking of what she wanted and then the last image you were to ever see on the show is Tara stepping out from behind Buffy. I personally would have hated that idea. Of all the people Buffy could bring back why would she choose Tara. I think her own mother would come ahead of her. Don't get me wrong. She was fond of Tara and she liked her but in the world of Buffy there was a whole lot of characters just as worthy to be brought back.

 

The Death of Giles - it had to be someone of great importance to match the important of the crime and characters involved.  Like the Medea story, the crime and consequences to  the characters had to be equal in the emotional impact.  The metaphor of Giles, the father being killed by the corrupted new lover/husband and the worlds colliding and destroying - it all fits.  As does the salvation of Earth and the changing from Twilight into Dark of Night and the New Dawn brings in a new cycle.  One of the reason I like so much Dawn and Xander together and happy in their love is that potential for making things right and better. 

Giles is the death of the first parent, Angel/Twangel the corrupted recreation couple and Dawn-Xander the potential for the new cycle. 

I just hope that Darrow's statement to Angel in this new issue is not going to bring in some convoluted foundation for Buffy Season 9 with Angel/Twangel and this Twilight Prophecy.  There is still so much that, IMO, needs to be told  about this prophecy andthe Uber Forces manipulating events of S8.

Veiriti said:

Yep, CORDELIA and WESLEY for sure!!! These two were my favorite characters. I want Cordy back with Angel – I think only Cordy is able to heal Angel of his inner “soul wounds”. She was his everything, his good balance, his soulmate. They could be an awesome couple, but… Cordy was something like a “moral compass” for Angel – she always showed the right path to him… and when Cordy went in coma and died Angel lost the right way…

And I was so sad when Wesley died – his death was one of the most tragically deaths in B/A wese. And I want him back even in a ghost form as he was in ATF…

And I totally agree with Lulu and DD about Lindsey, I’m still angry about Angel’s decision to kill him off and to use Lorne to do that… that was so wrong… But I think Lindsey knew something and that’s why Angel wanted him dead…

Another great character that died in absurd death was Anya. I would like to see her again, but I don’t see her role in the story now. The same is for Tara – Tara was great character but bringing her back wouldn’t serve to the storyline, well, as a ghost maybe.

And Giles death in season 8 enraged me either. Giles is too interesting character to being wasted in such a way. I will miss him a lot… I knew that someone of the Scoobies will die, but there were better candidates than Giles.  

I rhink that Tara's death was sad, and I know that the character had her fans, but she was really just a peripheral character to Buffy, like Anya was. They had very little contact with Buffy, for the most part. I think the most Tara had was when Buffy confided in her. Not to diminish Tara, but I think that Buffy was so distraught, and ready to explode, that if it had been anyone else besides Tara she still might have broken down and admitted all her misery, because she just couldn't keep it inside any more.  That is just from Buffy's POV, I believe. Now, in terms of the story, I think Tara was chosen because Tara was always portrayed as a calm, loving individual who was not judgemental-or at least less judgemental than many people-and she was the perfect person for Buffy to confide in, plus she had the ability to find out whether Buffy's suspicions of coming back "wrong" were right.

About backstage rumblings, I remember hearing that about when Charisma C. was pregnant, and I didn't understand how that could have caused waves when Joss is supposed to be a "feminist" guy, and many other shows make adjustments for their female cast members who get pregnant. I know many don't like the Jasmine story, but, me personally, its the fact that they involved Connor sexually that  I object to-which is why many don't like it-but that is the only thing I object to. I don't object to the storyline itself.  They could have had Cordy still be used to bring Jasmine into being, and kept her in a coma while Charisma gave birth, and then she could have returned.  There was no reason-except they just wanted the character out of the story-to write it the way they did, unless they were doing a very "soap opera" thing, and they thought that they could get SMG to make some appearances in the next season as Buffy, to cause conflict between Angel and Spike. That is kind of what they did anyway, even without SMG herself, and just filming some blonde actress from the back  and pretending it was SMG. Sending Angel back to brooding about Buffy would have made Cordelia a third wheel, so that might have been what they were thinking when they planned on writing her out. Of course, things didn't work out so that SMG appeared on the show, so instead of just letting Cordy die from the coma-which they could have done off screen, and which is how DB was written to play it anyway-they at least let Charisma come back and her character has one last important impact on Angel's future-at least from the tv show perspective.

I saw a clip where Charisma was at one of the conventions, and she stated that is why she came back and did the part, because she wanted her character to have the importance and the send off that she deserved as one of the original BtVS characters. and I think she was right.

It was also said that Amber Benson would not come back and reprise the role as Tara because she didn't want Tara to come back as a Big Bad. Most people think that Amber also wasn't happy that her character was killed off-most people aren't happy to lose parts, since they are losing their job-and that is why she didn't come back.  I have assumed that Tara really wouldn't have been a Big Bad, but just would have been one of the forms of the dead characters that The First assumed to appear to Spike and all the others it appeared to.

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