So the other day I was rewatching my favorite episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You may disagree, but I’ve always had great fondness for The Prom episode, near the end of season 3.
Buffy has always felt alienated from the Sunnyvale High Student Body, seeing that slaying vampires doesn’t leave a lot of time leftover for extracurricular activities or even class. She thinks no one outside the Scooby Gang will even remember her.
But the students surprise her with the award of Class Protector, and when Angel shows up in his tux for one final dance, Buffy finally has her one perfect high school moment.
While she’s dancing with Angel, this version of Wild Horses by the Sundays plays, and it’s perfect. Even though their is a certain irony to the line “wild horses couldn’t drag me away” when Angel is in fact, leaving her. But “the only reason I am leaving is because our love turns me into an immortal, sadistic, homicidal animal who will kill you and everyone you love” just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.