Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel are long over. But any Joss Whedon fan knows that something worth watching is worth watching again (especially if it has crazy awesome foreshadowing that you didn’t notice). But there are Buffy fans out there who haven’t watched Angel simply because they don’t much like David Boreanaz, or the character Angel. But Angel is actually a great show for Buffy fans to take some time for. Here is why:
1. It feels like new Buffy episodes. Though Buffy fans agree, the show never gets old, it’s still awesome to have access to new stuff that takes place in that universe. And while Angel does eventually get its own, albeit darker, tone it is still rife with “Buffyspeak” and is very much in keeping with the world that fans got to know and love on the original show.
2. The amazing crossovers. If you’re a fan of Buffy and know it well, or feel like watching it again, you will appreciate all those unfinished moments where Buffy leaves to go to LA and seeing them from the other side. On top of that, there is one crossover in particular that is absolutely awesome. The fan favorite episode “Fool for Love” in season 5, remembered as the one where Spike tells Buffy about how he killed two slayers, has a flashback that we see from a different angle on Angel. Knowing the context from Angel and Darla’s point of view, as well as Spike and Drusilla’s is so very cool.
3. Angel is different. Angel is a little boring on Buffy. He is there to be the perfect, complicated and ironic love interest. The vampire with a soul that the slayer falls in love with never really becomes more than a handsome face. But with his own show, Angel becomes a more complex character. He becomes more interesting, which the Angel and Boreanaz haters out there may think impossible. But it is true. They even let him be funny, which works out shockingly well.
4. The development of Cordelia and Wesley. Cordelia and Wesley, love them or hate them, also don’t have much depth on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But Angel sure makes up for it. Wesley and Cordelia become two of the most complicated and interesting characters in the Whedonverse on Buffy‘s spinoff. Cordelia becomes softer and more dedicated to the cause, and Wesley becomes oh so very Machiavellian and dark (while still being lovable) in a way that is gradual and surprising.
So if there are any Buffy fans out there who haven’t seen Angel, hopefully this might change some of their minds. Fair warning, the first season, like the first season of Buffy, is a little campy and a little rocky. But once Angel gets going, it is very easy to binge watch.