Passion

Passion.
It lies in all of us.
Sleeping,
waiting,
and though unwanted,
unbidden.
it will stir,
open its jaws, and howl.

It speaks to us,
guides us.
Passion rules us all.
And we obey.
What other choice do we have?

Passion is the source of our finest moments.
The joy of love,
the clarity of hatred,
and the ecstasy of grief.

It hurts sometimes more than we can bear.
If we could live without passion,
maybe we’d know some kind of peace.
But we would be hollow.
Empty rooms, shuttered and dank,
without passion, we’d be truly dead.

–Angelus narrates
“Passion”
Season 2—Episode 17
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I just saw a rerun of “Passion” on AXN Beyond, which, for me, was probably one of the best and beautifully written episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer of all time. At least it’s in my top 10 best. Creator Joss Whedon broke the mold right here. The series up to this point was already inimitable, exciting, and remarkable, but this turned the whole thing around and set a different tone to the show and pushed it on to the right road to becoming a cult favorite and classic.

I personally liked this episode because it reflected the passion and drive the creators had for the series. They gambled and pushed the limits that existed for TV shows during that time. They meant business. They were not afraid to go deep into the murky recesses of their minds and bring us along for the ride. They were ruthless and cold and had no qualms about killing a character to fortify a storyline. No one was safe. Buffy was not just another teenage angst ridden, campy fantasy series; it made you think, feel, and see things differently. It was more real to me than any other show that was being aired during that era–even if I was not a vampire or a Slayer or part of some Scoobydoo gang (Although I wanted to be a blood-sucking, night crawling creature! heh).

“If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank, without passion, we’d be truly dead.”

Would you like to lead a life without passion and not experience the risks, joys, follies, madness, exhilaration that come with it? I think not. I might as well be dead.

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2 Responses to “Passion”

  1. Karen Says:

    Hey.
    Love this post.
    I just watched a rerun of Passion. It’s also one of my favourite episodes. Angelus’s voice over is fantastic. I feel something funny every time I hear that speech. Poor jenny calendar. I’m glad people are still respecting and enjoying Buffy. I wish it didn’t end!

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