'The Order' Season 2: James Marsters's cameo has fans feeling nostalgic about 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
James Marsters, who played Spike in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Angel', had fans nostalgic as he played the head of a rival society in two episodes
Spoilers for 'The Order' Season 2
The second season of 'The Order' may have upped the ante by bringing about the apocalypse for one, but more importantly, by featuring some of the most popular faces from fan-favorite television shows of the '90s.
There was the episode where Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering — stars of the hit 'Beverly Hills, 90210' — played fictional versions of themselves who are members of the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose. Both Ziering and Priestly play members of the "adepti" of the Order and were called to the Belgrave University to elect a new Grand Magus. While Priestley's and Ziering's cameos had fans laughing, another 90s' TV star made them nostalgic. In the third and fourth episodes of the second season of 'The Order', James Marsters plays Xavier, the head of the Sons of Prometheus, a rival magical society of the titular Order.
Marsters is, of course, best known for playing the vampire Spike on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and its spinoff 'Angel'. As Spike, who eventually falls in love with Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Marsters earned a big fan following. It's evident that Spike remains Marsters' most impactful role after fans of 'The Order' instantly recognized him. One fan tweeted, "OMG SPIKE FROM BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER IS ON #TheOrderSeason2 #theordernetflix I’M SO HAPPY RN," while another wrote, "Watching #TheOrderSeason2 on @netflix and boom my fav from Buffy! Spike @JamesMarstersOf super excited to see him on screen again!"
A fan tweeted, "Omg Spike is in the new #TheOrderNetflix season! Awww I miss Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel," while another fan expressed, "Really enjoyed season 2 of The Order on @NetflixUK. More light-hearted and lower stakes compared to the arc of the first season, but I think it remained fresh because of it. And always cool to see Spike (@JamesMarstersOf) from Buffy show up again." A fan opined, "I freaked out when (James Marsters) showed up!!! Such a nice surprise."
We meet Xavier when the Prometheans come for a parlay with the Order after a member of the Sons of Prometheus was accidentally killed by Jack Morton (Jake Manley). Both the Sons of Prometheus and the Order were being pitted against each other by Praxis, though it was not known at the time. For two episodes, Xavier negotiated with the Order's Grand Magus, Vera Stone (Katharine Isabelle). While they came to an understanding in the end, one of the Praxis members who was caught unleashed violence and killed most of the members of the Sons of Prometheus.
However, Xavier was one of the few Prometheans who survived, so it may not be too much of an ask to wish that Marsters returns to 'The Order'.
All episodes of Season 2 of 'The Order' are now streaming on Netflix.