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Buffy/Angel vs Buffy/Spike is just the beginning. The worst thing about Buffy and Riley's relationship was the way it diminished Buffy. . only in a time capsule , like everybody's first teenage romance they think will last forever. The world of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on our small Honestly, I didn't really root for any of Cordelia's relationships until Angel. A teenager when I first watched Buffy, I totally related to Willow and. Cordelia Chase was an agent of the Powers That Be. She attended Sunnydale High School as a teenager, where she was a popular When the Cordettes found out about her relationship with Xander, Cordelia was unable to withstand . However, even in this alternate timeline, Cordelia felt compelled to help others and.
Bianca Lawson originally won the role of Cordelia Chase, but turned it down due to other contractual obligations. Lawson would later be cast as vampire slayer Kendra in the show's second season.
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In the latter, Dr. Lorna Jowett of the University of Northampton describes Cordelia's initial place in the series where "At first glance, Cordelia seems to have the 'normal life' Buffy often longs for. She is a familiar character from the teen drama: Furthermore, Cordelia's exceptionalism is based on 'real' material privilege rather than supernatural power. She represents in more exaggerated form the unnamed white middle-class heterosexual qualities read privilege of the other characters to the point that it becomes visible.
The article focuses on the competitive relationship between the characters. Buffy's initial friendship with Cordelia is compromised once Cordelia sees the attractive, socially competent Buffy as a threat to her.
Even after Cordelia joins the Scooby Gang and becomes Buffy's friend, theirs is not a friendship of "mutual support, warmth and intimacy" but rather one of "mutual antipathy". The authors opine that Cordelia, unlike Buffy, is a "representation of the archetypal 'feminine type'", one who conforms to the "pervasive stereotypes of femininity while, at the same time, dominating the other girls in the school" and commanding the attention of the boys. She is further endeared to the viewer when Xander betrays her, because the scenes showing her pain are shown only to the viewer.
After Cordelia is cheated on by Xander with Willow she chooses not to go back to him, and instead retains her autonomy. One of Cordelia's strongest traits, her honesty, is also highlighted in " Earshot ", where Buffy temporarily develops telepathic powers and can hear the thoughts of her friends, who avoid her to hide these thoughts. For Cordelia however, "her thought processes and actual utterances are completely identical" and because of this she embodies an "antithesis of female self-sacrifice" in these years but also "the opposite of the kind of hypocrisy that is typically attributed to women".
She does not mean to argue that Cordelia is stupid however, pointing out "Cordy's solipsism could easily be mistaken for stupidity, but it comes coupled with a keen intelligence and a fixity of purpose that makes her almost invincible. Despite becoming more sympathetic as the series progressed, "bitchiness enhances Cordelia's comic appeal", as it offers viewers an opportunity to relish its honest truth-telling. Any concerns that she was simply one-dimensional were alleviated for the actress when writers developed the character through her relationships with Xander and later Wesley, which led Carpenter to become more convinced of her potential.
Schlozman writes about how "Cordelia is wealthy and, at first glance, superficial, appearing to care most about her own popularity. However, as the show progresses, we learn that her mother suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and her father was prosecuted for income tax evasion. She is a reluctant participant, baffled at her own loyal feelings and bewildered at her attraction to the unpopular Xander. Because she is in love with him in spite of herself, or in spite of him.
I have my best moments with [Nicholas Brendon]. I didn't want her to be nice; I didn't want her to change because that's who she is.
She's got to be somewhat tolerable or why would they hang out with her? But I [try] not to lose her edge, her honesty. Describing this evolution, Carpenter comments, "When I first started playing Cordelia, she wasn't nice.
She has really deepened and has a stronger sense of responsibility. She's a team player, which was not the case in the beginning. Heroic, vulnerable, just angry, possessed, funny — I get to be all those different things rolled into one.Angel & Cordelia ~ Between the Raindrops
Getting this role, in hindsight God I made a good decision, or they did. Manners describes Cordelia as a "rich gal whose family ended up losing everything to the IRS. So in episode one of Angel, Cordelia showed up in LA trying to start a career as an actress because her family was in jail, actually.
It is from this episode Cordelia is also forced to mature as she mourns the death of Doyle, whose visions serve as a painful reminder of him. The first-season finale saw Cordelia's visions inflict all the suffering of the human world upon her, and to effectively act this, Carpenter's acting coach showed her pictures of real human pain as motivation. The scene took over eight hours to film, and Carpenter was relieved when it was over.
Unfortunately, that was her last appearance on the show, leaving the audience to wonder what the heck happened. I went to U. The audience is supposed to see Eve as a carefree, unfazed powerhouse, but instead, are left to wonder if her traumatic past led her down an evil path.
The show just had to throw in another obstacle for Wesley. Any eagle-eyed Whedon fan knows that Jonathan M. Whedon clearly liked his acting, but his reappearance on Angel as a new character just felt forced. Knox was cute and breezy, but ultimately spent a bunch of episodes just getting in the way, never really proving what made him interesting to dear Fred.
However, linking him romantically to Eve felt like grasping at straws. The question of whether or not Eve was evil was a fun one, but it was abruptly and lazily answered by her connection with Lindsey.
Eve had a lot of promise when the season began, but was quickly deemed irrelevant once it became clear that her motivations were just based on a desire to help her boyfriend exact revenge.
Disappointing, to say the least. The introduction of Nina provided a nice reprieve from all the drama. Sure, she was a werewolf, but successful werewolf relationships had worked in this universe before.
Theirs was a lighthearted courtship, proven by the fact that it began when Angel was turned into a puppet. Cordelia, perceiving Connor's life as one big sham, decides to sleep with him in order to give him one moment of truth in an otherwise horrible life of lies.
Angel, witnessing this after checking to see if they were okay, grows incredibly frustrated and resentful towards the two of them.
Angel is informed of this and goes in with his team to rescue his son. Holding back a force of reanimated corpses, Angel and his team make it to the infamous White Room and come face to face with the Beast again who is seen sucking energy from the conduit who resides there.
Using her last ounce of strength, the conduit teleports the team away before they are harmed. This event leads to the gang realizing that the Beast is on a quest to kill the five totems of the sun god Ra known as the Ra-Tet in order to block out the sun, which he subsequently achieves. In their most recent confrontation, The Beast refers to Angel as if they are old friends calling him "Angelus"which leads Wesley to surmise that Angelus may know a way to defeat it and subsequently uses powerful magic to willingly remove Angel's soul, bringing forth the vicious monster at his core.
Angelus tells the team little of value but instead taunts and ridicules each of them by exploiting a weak spot either in their self-esteem or relationships. He baits Fred and Gunn by bringing up her feelings for Wesley and manages to reach through the bars and grab Fred by the throat.
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After Wesley saves Fred by shooting Angelus, he watches her and Gunn embrace before walking away. When Fred goes to Wesley to thank him for saving her life, the two share a passionate kiss. Gunn walks in and realizes what's happened, which results in him and Wesley coming to blows.
Lilah returns and offers to free Angelus if he'll help her kill the Beast. The team stop her just in time and bring her back to the hotel along with an ancient text that details knowledge of the Beast.
The gang come to realize that the Beast is not a sole agent as they presumed but is in fact working for an even greater entity.
With this knowledge they decide to return Angel's soul, but find that its container, the Muo-Ping, is missing. Meanwhile, Fred and Gunn break off their relationship citing the Professor's murder, and Fred's feelings for Wesley, as the reason while Connor does his best to beat back the rising demonic hordes in L. Angelus eventually escapes his cage and hunts down Cordelia and Lilah in the hotel.
They both make a run for it but Lilah is subsequently captured—not by Angelus but by Cordelia who then stabs her in the neck with a dagger, killing her. The gang return to find Lilah dead and Angelus feeding off her corpse. Wesley takes Lilah down to the basement to decapitate her in case she's been turned where he is met with a vision of Lilah who makes him realize what he must do and that the two perhaps did love one another. Wesley then goes to prison to free the rogue Slayer Faith in order to stop Angelus.
Faith, Angelus and the Beast compete in a battle wherein Angelus slays the Beast, bringing the sun back. Meanwhile, the Beast's master, whom it turns out is Cordelia, has been communicating with Angelus to try to woo him to her side.