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Buffyverse and Beyond - nmcil12
James Marsters - Beneath You 
This was the first picspam I did for the Buffy Forum Art Challenge - This is one of the best performances from James Marsters - I can't even imagine the Buffyverse without Spike and James Marsters.  Joss Whedon made a great creative decision with bringing James Marsters back and making Spike a regular cast member - Season Six, IMO, made the series into a great dramatic powerful series.


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2nd-Jun-2015 10:45 pm (UTC)
Such iconic images! You just can't go wrong with this powerful scene.
3rd-Jun-2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for visiting and your comments - James Marsters was so GREAT as Spike - for all dislike by some viewers and current fans - I believe that the series would not have been as powerful and great without Spike and the entire journey of transformation.

I really was so disappointed with the latest SMG posting paying tribute to CHOSEN - she chose once again to give precedent to Angel and totally left out the most significant character and her equal in the series finale. Of course she has every right to post what she wants - but, it is my opinion that if she posted this as a tribute on the anniversary of the series finale - she ought to have been true to that finale and not made it another personal statement about her preferences of Angel over Spike.
3rd-Jun-2015 06:41 pm (UTC)
> but, it is my opinion that if she posted this as a tribute on the anniversary of the series finale - she ought to have been true to that finale and not made it another personal statement about her preferences of Angel over Spike.

Couldn't agree more! The show was way bigger than just her or her preferences. The climax (or one of them, at least) of "Chosen" was the destination of Spike's redemptive path, from demon to champion. It would've been way more powerful to honor the role of Spike in her tribute.
4th-Jun-2015 04:03 am (UTC)
I really do think that the stars of a series of this high caliber and that had such a tremendous impact on TV should be considerate in their public statements. And she did make this about a public tribute to the series and Angel had absolutely zero to do with the Chosen episode.

But SMG also did that, IMO, very strange acceptance speech for the People's Choice Award in 2014 for the new series The Crazy Ones when she chose to bring in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and what a great series that way and what great fans followed the series. What did that have to do with the award she won for The Crazy Ones?

Well to each their own as the saying goes.

7th-Jun-2015 12:46 am (UTC)
I don't know anything about what SMG has posted, but from how you describe it, it certainly sounds a bit odd.
3rd-Jun-2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
I plan on doing more of these picspams for all the James Marsters films - you should try some when you get a chance. I know your schedule is super tight just now, but it's a great way to give yourself a little earned respite from your heavy work schedule.
3rd-Jun-2015 06:33 pm (UTC)
I caught your journal update while I was at work. I didn't want to open it then, because "Beneath Me" is one of my absolute favorite episodes (even though it's not universally loved by fans or critics--some call the episode cheesy and I cooould see that, but I disagree), and I just love the whole thing. The ending monologue for sure, but I loved that it's the first time in a long while *all* the main characters come together but not reunited as a group anymore, with the changes that Anya is back to being a vengeance demon and that Spike, unknown to everyone else, is ensouled.

Absolutely love what you've done here. The agony of Spike with a soul, the shock of Buffy's realization, the burden of the whole situation. I really appreciate that it's not overly embellished, as it's sometimes tempting to do. You've captured the power of the scene so well with the simplicity of the design, as if afraid to intrude on such an intimate, soul-baring (literally!) moment. The non-aligning framing creates tension, like Spike is desperately reaching out but the two of them are failing to connect (echoed by the unconnecting eye contact). Perfection choice.

Wow. Just wow. Absolutely stunning!
4th-Jun-2015 04:17 am (UTC)
Well - it sure as hell is not cheesy in my Buffyverse Love - I thought it was a wonderful episode and that the scenes that featured Spike were awesome and the church scene was a great dramatic presentation - everything about it.

I also like how the writer handled the return of Anya to her vengeance demon life - Xander has it just right when he states the obvious - how long could she keep using the abandonment at her wedding as justification for her actions as a vengeance demon.

I never was able to understand when so many fans had and continue to have this big dislike for season six - I think it's the best season of all. But there are fans who think that Spike was ruined once he is given the journey of transformation as his primary arc of the series.

Sure - not all elements of Beneath You were of equal dramatic power - but the great parts more than make up for any of the weaker parts.

Had a chance to visit your stories over at EF - looks great and I love all the banners.

Edited at 2015-06-04 04:18 am (UTC)
4th-Jun-2015 08:32 am (UTC)
> Had a chance to visit your stories over at EF - looks great and I love all the banners.

Thanks for visiting! As for the banners...ugh, I only had access to GIMP, a free, open-source image manip program, when I did the banners for the "New Territory" trilogy. It was so PAINFUL it literally drove me to tears. I did the other banners with a 30-day trial version of Photoshop (which was sooo much easier).

I think fans who didn't ship Spuffy were pretty annoyed with Season 6. Makes sense. :)
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