Monday, August 3, 2009

Weekly feature: Excerpt from original script

The speech Angelus gives in Passion(Buffy, season 2) is completely different from the one that was in the original script. The cheerful original version was as follows:

"Passion, it is born, and though uninvited, unwelcome, unwanted like a cancer, it takes root. It festers. It bleeds. It scabs only to rupture, and bleed anew. It grows, it thrives until it consumes. It lives so, it must die in time. Passion, it drives some to distraction, some to despair, some to vengeance. It drives some to murder and others to madness. Passion is the source of hope and the cause of despair. It is the source of life and the cause of death."

Here's the aired version:

"Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping... ...waiting... And though unwanted... ...unbidden... it will 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."

I don't know about you, but I think the original version represents Angelus more. His hatred for emotions/passion can be cleary seen in the original, while in the aired version, he's just a story teller.

I understand that the voice over for the episode could have been read by any character, since it's more a lesson about passion, not a character's point of view of passion. Don't get me wrong, I don't think Angelus disagree with everything in the speech, but since it was read by Angelus, I wanted it to be more like the original version. Because I don't think he would have called "the joy of love" one of his/ours "finest moments".

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