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Things I've been giving thought to

And it occurred to me the other day that it's not just the show "Angel" I've always liked, but that I really like ANGEL. The character. That I'm really horribly fond of the big doof, whether he's in "romantic leading man brood mode" or when he's goofing around cheerfully going on about Charleton Heston, Bonanza, or how not on fire he is. Somehow along the way these folks made up a character who went from the annoying, cryptic guy-in-the-shadows to being someone I'm really going to miss having around. Repeats and DVDs are great, but they don't make up for knowing more about the character's life -- and we're not at an "ending" place for Angel, and I doubt we will be by the finale. The best way I can see to stop the series would be for Angel to still be going on, fighting the good fight, no matter the enormity of the losses he's suffered, and pretty much, the overall theme of AtS has been all about "going on in the face of LOSS." Crippling, devastating, heart-searing, pulse-pounding, LOSS. Loss of friends, loss of stature, loss of family, loss of self -- Angel's lost pretty much everything that ever mattered to him, and he still squares those huge shoulders and moves forward, trying to do good even when he's at his most despairing. So he'll go on, somewhere out there, and we won't get to see any more of his adventures.

And I'll miss him.

I look at some of my own characters and wonder if I don't like Angel because he's a lot like how I might have written someone like him. And comments about acting ability aside, Angel was infused with a lot of warmth by David Boreanaz, who hopefully will get to play a role or two that allows him to smile more.

On the home front, I'm making enormous changes to Sean Patrick's story, which I've tentatively starting calling "Ring of Fire." I said I didn't want to do that until I finished it, but somehow that didn't happen, naturally.

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, so don't forget to wear your green. :) I stopped by our local Irish House shop and finally, for the first time EVER, found something with the Coleman coat-of-arms on it. Also just HAD to pick up the O'Connor crest, too. Unfortunately, the other Irish lads in my head just have to deal, because their names are so Americanized I'd have to backtrack and find the alternate, Celtic spellings.

Erin Go Braugh!

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harrietthaspy
Mar. 16th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC)
You know, when my favorite show of all time, Alias Smith and Jones, was cancelled, I was upset that the last ep was just a regular ep--the boys never got their amnesty, there was no closure, nothing to show for their efforts, and it bothered me for freaking years. But now I'm kind of okay with it being that way because it's left the door open for a lot of fanfic speculation that couldn't have come about otherwise (the fact that I don't like most of the futures they've been given is entirely beside the point). I think I feel that same way about Angel--I don't want any ultimate resolution for Angel and Spike, just all the alternative endings the fic writers will come up with that'll be available for me to look at--if and when I catch up on all the past seasons I've missed (I'm really enjoying season one).
wildrider
Mar. 17th, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC)
One thing about any "closure" with Angel is that it's going to annoy SOMEONE, because there are so many factions. I'm in one of the factions that believes that Buffy should stay far, far away, because this show is about ANGEL, and it has never been about Buffy and never should be -- this is HIS story, and if it's to end, then it should be his ending; but since he's a vampire, and "happily-ever-after" is sort of not his calling in life, a satisfactory ending would be him continuing to help the helpless. At this point, he's lost Buffy, Cordelia, Connor, Darla, Fred, and it's looking like he's going to lose Gunn and Wes, too, before the end. All that's left for him is to square his shoulders and go on...

Possibly with Spike at his side and under his skin. :)
tiirz
Mar. 18th, 2004 12:54 am (UTC)
When Ian found out it was Saint Patrick's, he just had to make us get a corned beef... ;)
wildrider
Mar. 18th, 2004 04:49 am (UTC)
I learned yesterday that corned beef as a St. Patrick's Day staple came about because New York Irish, who received a special compensation to eat meat during Lent on St. Patrick's Day, turned to their Jewish neighbors for something different -- i.e., corned beef. :)
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