in the pitch dark all i see is you
i revolve endlessly, but no matter how i try
i know i can’t come any closer
if watching all those episodes is still a prospect you find too daunting, all you really need to know is:
Angel is a vampire who was ~*~*~~Angelus~*~*~*~, like the worst nastiest vampire ever, but then a Romani clan cursed him with his soul to give him a conscience again and make him feel bad. He fell in love with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and ended up staking his vampire ex-girlfriend/vampiremom Darla to save her. Eventually he got turned evil again and killed some people but then he got his soul back again and felt EVEN MORE BAD. Then he was sent through a portal to Hell where he was tortured for a couple hundred years, and then he came back and broke up with Buffy because she’s 18 and he realized it was fuckin weird and selfish of him to be dating her tbh.
Cordelia was the mean rich popular girl but she always had a strong sense of needing to protect people so when she learns about the supernatural stuff she becomes a reluctant part of Buffy’s gang, especially after her boyfriend is murdered by vampires. Eventually she starts dating Buffy’s friend Xander, but he cheats on her and she falls through a rotten staircase and gets impaled by a rebar and decides fuck all those people basically. Then the IRS catches her dad for tax evasion and they lose all their money, so she can’t go to college.
Wesley is a Watcher which is a bunch of stuffy patriarchal English dudes who control the Slayer and tell her what to do. Wesley was a very bad Watcher. He was sent to watch Buffy and Faith (see below) and screwed it up at pretty much every possible turn. Buffy told him to take a hike. He had a thing for Cordelia that he felt gross about when he found out she was a high school student, but they eventually kissed and discovered they had no chemistry whatsoever. (This is important mostly bc it means they are the only characters on Angel with NO sexual tension of any kind lmao)
Faith is a Slayer who was called even though Buffy is still alive (there’s only supposed to be one at a time) because a bunch of plot contrivances happened. She was jealous of Buffy and had a tragic tortured past and eventually went super off script and became a knife-for-hire in the service of a demon politician, so Buffy put her in a persistent vegetative coma.
Spike and Drusilla are Angel and Darla’s vampire ‘children.’ Spike is an asshole and Dru is a wacky psychic who speaks in riddles.
There now you are ready 2 watch Angel.
sadly contemplating that ginny weasley post again and warming myself (heh) with thoughts of long afternoons with cho and angelina in the holyhead harpies locker room