Spike lips. Lips of Spike.
Those lips have given us some real gems over the course of the years. And even when they weren’t moving, they were something rather nice to look at.
In honour of James Marsters’s 50th birthday today, I wanted to look back over some of my favourite moments on television. Surprise, surprise — he’s responsible for most of them!
From the season 4 episode Pangs, this quote never ceases to make me giggle. There are a lot of Spike gems in that episode, but this is my favourite.
“His hair grows straight up, and he’s bloody stupid.”
Even though the quote is from BuffyBot, this punching bag is classic.
Spike’s speech from the season three episode Lover’s Walk is one of the Big Spike Insight moments of the show. It gives me chills every time I hear it even now. That’s Spike. Vessel O’ Truth.
Forget the fact that this is one of my favourite Buffy episodes (season six Once More With Feeling). James Marsters has a fabulous voice anyway, and I love this song.
Anyone wants to give me tickets to see James perform live? I’ll give you a cookie.
Any scene with Andrew is an auto-winner. Add Spike and a conversation about bar food, and you get me giggling.
I ate a blooming onion once. Then I found out that it has about 2500 calories. Damn vampires with their unbeatable metabolisms.
The only vampire in history to go earn his soul back from whatever part of the ether holds vampire souls, Spike succeeded where probably no other vampires even tried.
” ‘Cause Buffy – the other, not so pleasant Buffy – anything happened to Dawn, it’d destroy her. I couldn’t live, her bein’ in that much pain. Let Glory kill me first. Nearly bloody did. ”
This prompts Buffy’s first real kiss with Spike. It’s also one of the first moments she sees his love for her as it is: real. And she tells him so.
Buffy: You got your soul back. How?
Spike: It’s what you wanted, right? It’s – It’s what *you* wanted, right? And – and now everybody’s in here, talking. Everything I did, everyone I – and him. And it. The other… the thing… beneath… beneath you. It’s here, too. Everybody… they all just tell me go. Go… to hell.
Buffy: Why? Why would you do that?
Spike: Buffy, shame on you. Why does a man do what he mustn’t? For her. To be hers. To be the kind of man who would nev- To be a kind of man. And she shall look on him with forgiveness… and everybody will forgive and love. And he will be loved. So everything’s okay, right? C-can we rest now? Buffy? Can we rest?
Spike’s evolution is one of the most poignant things I’ve ever seen on television. And this scene gets me every time.
One of my favourite moments of double entendre on the show. Newly-chipped Spike tries to bite Willow and fails, with the following exchange.
Spike:I don’t understand. This sort of thing’s never happened to me before.
Willow:Maybe you were nervous.
Spike:I felt all right when I started. Let’s try again.
(He tries, but he can’t do it.)
Willow:Maybe you’re trying too hard. Doesn’t this happen to every vampire?
Spike:Not to me, it doesn’t!
Willow:It’s me, isn’t it?
And finally, my favourite all-time Spike quote.
This is love.
I have seldom encountered something that never loses its effect on me over the years, but this is one of those things. I can’t watch Touched without tears, and I can’t define love without thinking of this speech.
That wraps up my favourite Spike moments!
Happy Birthday, James Marsters! On behalf of every Buffy fan who is forever grateful for your excellence in portraying one of the most complex and well-developed characters ever on television, I hope your day is full of love, joy, and maybe a few monsters. Because we know you can take them.
You’re brilliant. Happy 50th!
(Check out this awesome meme from the folks over at BTVSonline.com!)
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