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Weekly Recap: July 27 - August 2 
August 1, 2006
Links to This Week's Episode Posts
Time Bomb
The Girl in Question
Power Play
Not Fade Away
Serenity (movie)

This Week's Polls
(We've left Serenity out of the poll so it's just the Angel episodes.)
Poll #783017 Weekly Recap Poll: July 27 - August 2

Favorite Episode of the Week?

Time Bomb
The Girl in Question
Power Play
Not Fade Away

Least Favorite Episode of the Week?

Time Bomb
The Girl in Question
Power Play
Not Fade Away

Member Contributions This Week

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Rewatching Angel, my favorite characters and episodes have remained the same, but I've gained a new perspective on certain events and I've also really enjoyed reading what other people think about each episode. Angel wasn't a show afraid to take risks -- Doyle's death, the move to the Hyperion, the birth of Connor, evil "Cordelia," the move to Wolfram and Hart, and the death of Fred -- those shakeups all majorly changed the feel of the show, and even though some worked better than others, it certainly kept things interesting.

Like Meaghan did in her Buffy recap post, I'm going to share some of my Angel favorites. :)

Character: Angel, definitely. I love his story of fighting for redemption and fighting for good. It's something I find very inspiring, and yet, Angel doesn't always do the right thing, which makes him even more interesting! I'm all about Angel. My other favorites are Connor, Illyria, Fred, Wesley, and Lindsey.

Season: I believe the show got stronger every season, my favorite being 5, then 4, 3, 2, 1. I much prefer the arc-heavy format of the later seasons (even season five -- there was an arc hidden in there) than the mostly case-of-the-week format of season one, and even though I love the main arc of season two, it has a lot of clunky episodes. There are almost no seriously below-average episodes in the later seasons, IMO.

Episode: I can't choose between Smile Time and Not Fade Away for my favorite episode. My other favorites include Benediction, Darla, Epiphany, Reunion, Home, and Deep Down. I could go on a while so I'll stop there. ;)

Moment: The final scene in Not Fade Away. Angel and Connor in Home. Connor running to find Holtz at the end of Benediction. Angel's epiphany in Epiphany. Puppet Angel!

Lines: "If there is no great glorious end to all this -- if nothing we do matters -- then all that matters is what we do. 'Cause that's all there is." - Angel in Epiphany; "Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be -- it's harsh, and cruel -- but that's why there's us. Champions. It doesn't matter where we come from, what we've done or suffered, or even if we make a difference. We live as though the world was what it should be, to show it what it can be." - Angel in Deep Down

Relationship: I'm not very 'shippy with this show, but I like Angel/Cordy and Fred/Gunn. I love the non-romantic relationships much more. Angel and Connor, Angel and Lindsey, Angel and Spike, Angel and Wesley, Wesley and Gunn -- they are all fascinating.

What about you? What are your favorites?

So, that's the end! We have finished Jossathon! Can you believe it? It's been a really good experience for me rewatching these shows that I love so much. Tomorrow we're having a wrap-up post with more polls and we'll tell you about some future ideas we have for the community, so don't go anywhere just yet. :)
August 1, 2006 (UTC)
*ponders* I'm much more well-versed in Buffy than I am in Angel because I've just seen it more, heheh. But I will try to name my Angel favourites:

Character: I also love Angel. I loved him on Buffy, but I loved the way he developed on his own show even more. I love Byronic heroes -- the brooding! the pain! the billowy coat! -- but I also really love Angel when he's funny, and I like that the show played with his image sometimes. The more I think about it, too, the more I am convinced that David Boreanaz is a huge part of what makes Angel so great. He is equally good with the emotional stuff and the humour, and physically, he is outstanding. I don't just mean he's hot (but, woo! *fans self*); the more I watch the show the more I'm struck by the way he moves in action scenes and how dramatic he can look. Anyway ... my other favourite would be Fred, because she took that geeky/cute/smart chick thing that could easily have been irritating and made it loveable, and I also love Connor, Illyria (totally fascinating, I just wish we'd seen more), Lilah, and Darla. Who would have thought that the vampire in the schoolgirl uniform who killed Jesse would turn out to be such an amazing character? Groo also really amuses me.

Season: Before we did this, I agreed with Julie that the show got stronger with each season, but now I'm not sure. I think season 1 is easily the worst but after that each season has aspects that I love and aspects that I am ... not so happy with, lol. Even season 5, I find it starts really slowly, though the last half is totally, totally brilliant. I love season 4 in general but I hate the Cordy stuff. Re-watching season 3, I was really taken with the whole Connor story arc starting with Darla's return in Offspring, and I might say that's my favourite season, though I could just as easily say 4 or 5 on a different day.

Episode: Not Fade Away, Smile Time, Spin the Bottle, Deep Down, The Magic Bullet, Fredless, You're Welcome, A Hole in the World, The Price, and probably one or all of the episodes with Darla in season 3.

Moment: I do love the last scene in Not Fade Away very much. Fred shooting Angel in The Magic Bullet stands out as well ... Connor's entrance at the end of The Price, Darla staking herself, the reveal at the end of You're Welcome, the very end of Tomorrow, Numfar. :)

Lines: I would have to go with Angel's speech in Deep Down which Julie already mentioned -- "Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be -- it's harsh, and cruel -- but that's why there's us. Champions. It doesn't matter where we come from, what we've done or suffered, or even if we make a difference. We live as though the world was what it should be, to show it what it can be." I particularly love the last bit. I think it's one of the best definitions of a hero that I've ever heard. Also this bit from The Price just tickles me:

Groo: Angel ... You and I have fought side by side on more than one occasion -- fellow warriors, shoulder to shoulder. By now, my counsel must assuredly hold weight, so I beseech you to heed my words.
Angel: Mmm-kay.
Groo: Pomegranate Mist is the wrong color for this room.
Angel: What?
Groo: Sunburst Splendor is a hue more worthy of a champion. Or perhaps this unique one called ... Purr-pluh.
Angel: Purple. And yet you had no problem pronouncing pomegranate.
Groo: It was my mother's name.

I don't know why, but it always cracks me up. LOL. Also I get a kick out of Lorne's nicknames for people, especially Angel-Hair. :)

Relationship: I love the way Angel and Darla's relationship was developed on this show into something so deep and interesting. Even though I love Buffy and Angel, I think Darla will always be the most important woman in his life. Also Angel and Spike, and Angel and Connor. I really loved the resolution they got in Not Fade Away.
August 1, 2006 (UTC)
I love David Boreanaz. I agree with you. He's got great presence. He owns the role of Angel!

I think season three has the best overall plotting and pacing. It's really fabulous from beginning to end with just a few slow spots. Like BtVS season three, I think it's the "tightest" of the seasons. But the last half of season five is ridiculously incredible. The best run of the series IMO, no question.
August 1, 2006 (UTC)
It's true, it's true. 5.12 on ... except Why We Fight is a small break in the brilliance, but everything else is quite spectacular. I also agree with your comparison of Angel S3 and Buffy S3. *nods*

Oh David Boreanaz! How is it that he rocks so much? I just don't know.