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Angel: Eternity

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 29th 2006 4:27PM

Angel -- Eternity(S01E17) Eternity - waste of time. -- Natalie Clifford Barney

How can we obtain eternal youth? This has been a question that humanity has pondered for centuries. We've tried diet, exercise, clean living, creams, pills, herbs (the legal kind) and surgical procedures. Some of us have even resorted to cryogenics in order to be thawed out in some future time where old age has been cured. However, we have missed the one obvious way to obtain our youth for eternity . . .

Die from a vampire's bite and then come back as a vampire yourself. Of course, you won't be able to walk into the sunlight, you'll need to drink pig's blood, you'll be allergic to crosses, and some super-strong blond-haired girl will try to hunt you down and kill you with a stake. But, you'll be eternally young, so that won't matter.

At least that's what Rebecca Lowell thinks. Who's Rebecca? She's the newest client of Angel Investigations. A big television star in her teens and early twenties , she's now having a hard time finding another role because she is seen as being too mature. On top of that she is being stalked by some sort of lunatic who wants her dead. That's how she becomes a client of our favorite vampire with a soul: he saves her life, three times.

Rebecca also knows that Angel is a vampire; she notices his non-reflection in a mirror during one of his life-saving maneuvers. Being the intelligent person that she is, Rebecca also realizes that Angel will always be eternally youthful. After her manager admits to hiring a stuntman to be her stalker, so her public exposure would increase once again, the actress decides that eternal youth is not a bad idea at all, even if you lose your soul in the process.

So, she works on seducing Angel into doing a little 'necking' (Get it? Necking? Heh). She gets him drunk, flirts a little and, oh yes, puts a little "happy pill" into his champagne to make him a little more susceptible to suggestion. The drug she gives Angel induces a temporary feeling of perfect bliss.

Whoops. See, Angel can never be perfectly happy. It's that whole Gypsy curse thing; have total bliss, lose your soul. Which is what happens. Oh, Angel doesn't really lose his soul, but it just feels that way. Suddenly, he becomes the sarcastic, truth-telling, monster known as Angelus; something that Rebecca didn't expect. Luckily, it's only temporary. With the help of Wesley and Cordelia they are able to subdue Angel until the drug's effects wear off. However, even though Angel's role as Angelus was temporary, he opened up some sore points between himself and his colleagues.

All in all, this was a good episode. I liked the status change that was put on Rebecca . . . from scared Hollywood starlet to a conniving, selfish woman who is willing to hurt someone else for her own goals. It was also refreshing to see Angelus for a brief time (we see more of him in the 4th season). He is the opposite of the sulking, moody Angel and was a nice change of pace. Also good to see was Angel finally moving past his infatuation with Buffy Summers.

Thank the Lord that this was a quiet episode (for the most part) because all hell breaks loose in the next two episodes. More about that in my next post.

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Gaz

Good episode, and David Boreanaz as Angelus was frightening.
Two things:
Rebecca wouldn't have drunk pigs blood, obviously. She would have made a very nasty vampire and devoured men and women alike.
Did she conside that people would say to her: "hey, you look stunning", but that she wouldn't be able to see it for herself, unless she incessantly took pictures of herself?

August 30 2006 at 12:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason

I've always really disliked this episode for it's drug-induced Angelus bit that throws past (and future) canon out the window.

The curse doesn't have Angel lose his soul temporarily while he's happy then restore it, so it makes no sense that Angel would revert to Angelus just because a drug induced perfect happiness in him, but only for while the drug is in effect.

I imagine the story came from the writers wanting to have Angel as Angelus at some point in Season 1 to show viewers that the threat of him changing back remained true, but there should have been a better way to do so. Otherwise, in S4, why didn't they just drug Angel temporarily to bring out Angelus to get his info on the Beast?

August 29 2006 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

"Also good to see was Angel finally moving past his infatuation with Buffy Summers."

His INFATUATION with Buffy Summers? INFATUATION?

Now, I was never a Buffy/Angel shipper, and was glad as could be that the Brooding One moved on to L.A. and left Buffy to go on with her life, but please. The whole problem with "Angel" was that it completely disregarded the history set up during "Buffy." And one thing that was very very clear was that in his 240 years on the earth, Angel had never felt love for anyone other than Buffy.

So please--infatuation? That's something of an understatement.

Also--the "Angel" series really had a thing for equating Angel having sex with triggering the curse. Yes, Buffy and Angel had sex, but it was because he'd had sex with the great love of his life that the curse was triggered. Are we really being asked to believe that everytime a guy has sex he's experiencing true and perfect happiness? (Hmmm. Maybe I shouldn't have asked that.)

The same thing came up with the Darla story line a couple of seasons later. The AI crew were so sure that if Angel and Darla had sex he would go feral again. But when were we ever supposed to believe that Angel's feelings for Darla were that intense? She seduced him, they had sex, end of story.

Geez.

August 29 2006 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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