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Angel: To Shanshu in L.A. (season finale)

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 5th 2006 8:10PM

Angel season finale

(S01E22) Don't believe everything you're foretold. -- Angel

Finally! After 21episodes, the death of Doyle, the introduction of Wolfram & Hart, Cordelia's visions, Wesley's partnership with Angel Investigations, and the appearances of Spike, Faith and Buffy (twice), we come to end of season one of Angel. During this first season we watched Angel become the undead hero of Los Angeles. In that time he became the enemy of Wolfram & Hart, a partner with Charles Gunn and his rag-tag team of vamp hunters, and the object of hate by Detective Kate Lockley (whom Angel pretty much tells off this episode. Good for him!). So, in this 22nd episode you would think that Angel and his crew would rest on their laurels and take a well-needed break.

Nope. In fact, totally the opposite. As they say on television, after this episode nothing is the same. So, read on to find out why.

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Angel: War Zone

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 5th 2006 2:56PM

Agnel -- War Zone(S01E20) David: Are you familiar with Dungeons and Dragons?

Angel: Yeah, I've seen a few.

Wesley: You mean the role-playing game?

Angel: Oh, game. Right.

In this episode we are introduced to Charles Gunn, who eventually becomes an official member of Angel Investigations. Although this time he is the leader of a ragtag team of vamp killers that our friendly vampire with a soul gets introduced to during a separate investigation. With Angel being a vampire, and Gunn being a vampire-killer, their first meeting isn't that cordial.

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Nick Brendon and Charisma Carpenter together again

by Brett Love, posted Sep 3rd 2006 11:55AM
Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas BrendonNo, it's not any sort of Xander/Cordelia reunion, but as a starved Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan, I'll take what I can get. A friend pointed me to Nick's website where he has an audioblog. In his latest entry he talks about the play he recently did for the Blank Theater Company with Noah Wyle, how Wyle bought him for $1000 in a charity auction, and a TV movie for ABC Family that has him working with Charisma Carpenter again.

Relative Chaos is the story of the Gilbert family's annual contest for the Gilbert Cup. Every year the three Gilbert children, Dil (Christopher Gorham), Gil (Nick Brendon), and Lil (Jennifer Robertson) compete in contests that, as the website says, 'test their intelligence, agility, and sanity'. And yes, I said Dil, Gil, and Jil. It's ABC Family. Much to Dil's chagrin, he has never won the cup. But this year Dil has his new girlfriend Catherine (Charisma Carpenter) in his corner, which could make all the difference. And if that isn't enough chaos, the father of the Gilbert clan, Will (of course!), is played by Terry Bradshaw.

A video preview, wallpapers, bios, etc. are all available at the movie's website. Relative Chaos premieres Monday, September 4th on ABC Family.

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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.

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Angel: The Prodigal

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 23rd 2006 9:34PM

Angel -- The Prodigal(S01E15) Ah, family! You do all you can to make your them proud of you, make them respect you, and all they do is give you crap. Then, they get bitten by vampires and die without even a 'good job' or 'thanks for everything'. To quote the famous philosopher Stephanie Tanner 'How rude!'.

Hence, the premise of this episode of Angel. We delve into the family lives of two of the players: Angel and Detective Kate Lockley. For Angel we go back to the mid-18th century to his time as the young upstart named Liam. For Kate we stay in the present and focus on her relationship with her father, a retired policeman. In both cases, neither child is given the respect they deserve.

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Angel: The Ring

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 23rd 2006 1:51PM

Angel -- The Ring(S01E16) And now, ladies and gentlemen, the gratuitous illegal fight episode. You know, the one that's usually featured in every science fiction or fantasy show ever made. The one where the hero, in this case our pal Angel, is kidnapped to partake in fight-to-the-death matches against other people, who in this case would be demons. It's the episode where the hero of the show, once again our friend Angel, tries to get the other fighters to join him in an escape attempt. Come on, you've seen it all before!

Well, so have I. But it was still enjoyable.

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Angel: I've Got You Under My Skin

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 17th 2006 7:06AM

A young boy posessed on Angel(S01E14) Wesley: You've heard of Lizzie Borden? she killed her parents with an ax.

Cordelia: I remember the children's rhyme. And how come they're all full of death and cradles falling and mice getting tails cut off? Anyway, the whole thing needs a ratings system, don't you think?

Getting a supernatural or science fiction based show on the air is a tricky concept. If the show isn't fresh week after week, if it begins to get into a rut, it has a pretty good chance of having a short run or losing its audience. Star Trek:The Next Generation is a good example of a show getting into a rut. Towards the end of the series run you could pretty much predict what was going to happen: Data would say something foolish, Deanna would sense nothing from the aliens, and it would all be solved through some technical mumbo jumbo.

This did not happen to Angel during the first season. Sure, most episodes dealt with one supernatural being or another, but it remained fresh throughout. The episode 'I've Got You Under My Skin' is no exception. In fact, this villain isn't even a supernatural being this time around.

It's a little boy.

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Angel: She

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 16th 2006 10:05PM

Wesley and Cordelia on Angel(S01E13) Wesley: Angel, we need a plan.

Angel: Here's the plan: I go in, start hitting people hard in the face, see where it takes us.

This was an interesting episode. Not because of what is was about, but because of what it was not about. It wasn't about vampires, vampire slayers, vengeful spirits, or anything else related to the supernatural world that we live in. This episode was actually more science fiction in nature as warriors from another dimension continued their gender warfare through the streets of Los Angeles. How did they get here? Well, they came through an extra-dimensional portal, silly!

Inter-dimensional warriors? Gender warfare? Portals? Gosh, you'd think this was an episode of Stargate SG-1 or something. Well, it wasn't, but it was just as fun.

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Angel: Expecting

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 8th 2006 11:34AM

Cordelia Chase of Angel(S01E12) Angel: (sees Cordelia drinking blood) I don't think I've ever realized just how disgusting that was.

I have got to say that this episode of Angel creeped me out a bit. And, it wasn't for what was shown, but what wasn't. I'm talking in particular about the seven (perhaps more) demon spawn that were living in Cordelia's womb for a good portion of the episode. It was never shown what they looked like, but for some reason it just didn't make me feel right. And, that's what makes a good supernatural drama: theater of the mind.

That's fine, because the whole demon pregnancy was the only thing that kept this fairly flat episode afloat.

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Angel: Somnambulist

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 8th 2006 10:27AM

Angel -- Episode 11(S01E11) Cordelia: (to Wesley): I don't care how many files you have on all the horrible things that he did back in the Powdered Wig Days. He is good now. And he is my friend. And nothing you or anyone else can say will make me turn on a friend.

Angel: Cordelia, he's right.

Cordelia: You stake him, and I'll cut his head off.

There wasn't much revelation of Angel's infamous past in the first half of the first season of Angel. We had appearances from both Spike and Buffy (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) to represent his recent past, but most of the episodes featured evil from the present. However, with this episode we took a look far back into the past of Angel, actually back to Angelus to be more specific, and the consequences of his evil doings in the bad ol' days.

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Angel: Parting Gifts

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 1st 2006 4:29PM

Angel and Cordelia(S01E10) Angel: Wesley.

Wesley: I'll wager you never thought you'd see me again.

Angel: To tell you the truth, I hadn't given it much thought one way or the other.

Hello, and welcome to Angel, Season 1A. You're probably scratching your heads at this categorization, since you're pretty sure that the first season of Angel wasn't broken up into two separate pieces. Well, actually, if you think about it, it really was two separate seasons.

Season one (the first nine episodes) set up the environment where Angel took place. We saw the beginning of some threads that would be carried throughout the series (The Powers That Be, Wolfram & Hart), but they were very subtle. With Doyle being the one who had the visions, and Cordelia trying to find her purpose in life, it seemed like a very different show. With the tenth episode, however, the dynamic of the show changed dramatically and set the stage for many events that would continue to the very end of the series. Hence, the reason that Season 1A begins with this episode.

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Angel: Hero

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 1st 2006 10:03AM

Glenn Qinn as Doyle(S01E09) Doyle: You never know until you've been tested. I get that now.

Alas, poor Doyle, we hardly knew ye. And, we were really starting to like you. You had a charming edginess to your personality. You were a tough bloke; yet, you were shy and uncomfortable that your face became a human pin cushion whenever you sneezed or got angry. You were also loyal to your boss, Angel, and would sacrifice anything to save him because you knew (from being a vassal for The Powers That Be) that he was destined for grander things than just being a paranormal detective.

However, your destiny was already set (by the producers of the show, that is) and you decided to take the classy way out and become a hero. And heroism is pretty much what this whole episode of Angel is about.

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Angel: I Will Remember You

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 24th 2006 10:30AM

Buffy on Angel(S01E08) Cordelia: Batten down the hatches, here comes Hurricane Buffy!

For the last two months (has it been that long already?) I've been pretty much praising the first season episodes of Angel. While still having ties to the Buffyverse, it was working its way to becoming something different and, dare I say it, a bit more sophisticated than Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And, the last seven episodes showed growing inner strength and maturity in the characters.

The eighth episode? Well, not so much of that strength and maturity. In fact, it actually seemed that both Angel and Cordelia took a big step backwards in their character development all because Buffy Anne Summers decided to show up in Los Angeles. Thanks loads, Slayer!

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Angel: Bachelor Party

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 18th 2006 1:15PM

Glenn Quinn as Doyle(S01E07) Cordelia: I was thinking that maybe I haven't been entirely fair to you. Maybe you don't actually have zero potential.

Doyle: Wow, Cordelia. Thanks.

It was a shame that Allen Francis Doyle, played by the late Glenn Quinn, was only a temporary character on Angel. Viewers barely got to know the man before his departure in episode nine. Yet, his charming roughness was beginning to grow on us.

So, it was nice to see Doyle have a shot in the spotlight, just like Charisma Carpenter's character Cordelia Chase had in the episode 'Rm w/a Vu'. With the title of this weeks episode, and Doyle being involved, you would think that it would be an uproarious hour of comedic hijinks. Well, while there was a good bit of levity, 'Bachelor Party' was actually a pretty deep character study of our half man/half demon friend.

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Angel: Sense & Sensitivity

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 11th 2006 5:19PM

Ange's Elizabeth Rohm(S01E06) Angel: I'm a little reserved, it doesn't mean I don't care.

Cordelia: It's like you don't have a pulse.

Angel: Well... I don't.

Hi, everybody! I'm back from a few days in Canada, also known as the home to every science fiction show currently being made, ready to tackle the newest retro episode of Angel. Except, there isn't that much to tackle this week. Oh, don't get me wrong, there are two plot points introduced that setup future episodes; however, other than those, this is one of the lightest, least substantial shows of the season.

It is also the first time for the series that Angel doesn't focus on one of the three main characters:  Angel (David Boreanaz), Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) and Doyle (Glenn Quinn). It actually focuses on Los Angeles police detective Kate Lockley (Elisabeth Rohm), who receives the most screen time since her introduction in the episode "Lonely Hearts".

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