Buffy fans -
I have a slightly quirky question. I’m currently directing a musical theatre production in which there is a villain character. The actor playing this character is quite talented, but is an extremely nice guy. He has very little trouble imagining a sort of over-the-top, angry, evil monster, but much more trouble conceptualizing a type of evil that is, for lack of a better term, more fun-loving than angry.
For me, the character that exemplifies that sort of bad guy was always Spike from BtVS, before his conversion to (sort of) good guy. He always seemed to be in it for the thrill of the kill; causing suffering, psychological torment, ending the world - these were all distractions from the entertainment and amusement he derived from his unlife.
I’d like to illustrate this quality to the actor in question by assigning him a couple of *BtVS * episodes to watch in his spare time. He has never seen a single episode of the show. I’m trying to pick out a few episodes that will get to the heart of this character most quickly, and illustrate the sort of thing I’m describing above. I have already decided to use “School Hard” (the character’s debut episode) and “Fool for Love,” but am looking for suggestions on other possibilities.