Over the past while I have been watching and giving my thoughts on the show Angel, which is a spinoff of the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I just finished the 5th and final season, so I’ll be giving my thoughts on that, and the entire show in the text below.
It’s All Over
Right after I finished this season, I went back and watched the first episode of Buffy, just to see the characters at the beginning. It’s amazing to see how Cordelia was a whiny popular girl, Angel was a complete stranger, Fred was a helpless captive, Gunn was a gangster, and just how different all the characters have become. I think the characters in Buffy/Angel are some of the best examples of dynamic characters in any media.
The reason I have a section called It’s All Over is because for me, Buffy is actually over. Timeline wise, this is the last thing that is put out in the form of television. I probably won’t read the comic continuations of the story so it’s the last I’ll see of these characters.
I think that easily the best part of the season was Illyria. I thought that Fred’s death was done perfectly, and I wanted Fred and Westley to ship from the beginning so it really hit me emotionally. Then Illyia jumps in, and the thing with Holtz, and maaaaaannn that was a HEEELLLLAAA tight story arc.
Another thing to bring up is Amy Acker’s god damn acting. I completely believed the changing between the two characters, and everything from her voice to her eye movement is just perfect. One more thing about Fred, why does her Texas accent just go away? Devin said this isn’t true but I AM RIGHT.
I said before that I wouldn’t read any Angel comic probably, but if there’s a series centered on her I will probably check it out.
Note: I also read that there was one centered on Spike being a puppet like in the episode “Smile Time” and JESUS I would read that so hard.
Overall I think that this was a GOOD season, but it was not GREAT (probably good.4). I remember I was on the penultimate episode, and I was thinking “How the BALLS are they going to close this all up in a single episode????” and boy DID THEY. It was just really COOL to start with, just with them all going after single members of the club, and them teaming up with Lindsey (and killing him) was very interesting. But beyond all the strong points it has, nothing sticks out to me as much as the Westley/Illyria scene. I loved how she became Fred just to comfort him, and on that note it was just nice to see her gradually start to care for him. Then there’s the part where she simultaneously turns back into Illyria and CRUSHES HIS ENTIRE HEAD WITH A SINGLE PUNCH. All though the head animation was somewhat laughable, it was the perfect way to show what she was feeling.
So overall I think that Angel is a terrific show that I would recommend to any Buffy fan, and I rate the five seasons as follows.
In case you somehow hadn’t realized, we here at Get Geek loooooooooooooooove Buffy The Vampire Slayer and all associated media. Devin, being a Geek 2 or so levels higher than me, has seen all of Buffy and Angel, and while convincing me quite a while ago to watch Buffy, I only recently got around to starting to watch Angel. My report for the fart(h) season is: Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh pretty good…. I will elaborate below in three main parts.
In my season 3 thoughts I talked about how much I hated Connor, and how I feared that he would only get worse. I am hear to say that he gets mostly better! I think after he realizes how much he ballsed up with Angel, he kinda matures a little bit. He kind of gets better through the first half of the season, then has a gradual decline for the second half (along with the show itself). Most of it revolves around Cordelia and his obsession with her, and I think that if she hadn’t banged him then he would have been great.
In case you somehow hadn’t realized, we here at Get Geek loooooooooooooooove Buffy The Vampire Slayer and all associated media. Devin, being a Geek OVER NINE THOUSAND levels higher than me, has seen all of Buffy and Angel, and while convincing me quite a while ago to watch Buffy, I only recently got around to starting to watch Angel. My report for the th-th-th-third season is: INCOMPREHENSIBLY AWESOME. I will elaborate below in three main parts.
In case you somehow hadn’t realized, we here at Get Geek loooooooooooooooove Buffy The Vampire Slayer and all associated media. Devin, being a Geek at LEAST thirty levels higher than me, has seen all of Buffy and Angel, and while convincing me quite a while ago to watch Buffy, I only recently got around to starting to watch Angel. My report for the SECOND season is: Even More Awesome. I will elaborate below in three main parts.
Much better arc
Probably the biggest flaw with season one in my opinion, was the more or less lack of a story arc. That was probably my favorite thing about Buffy, always keeping me wondering what would happen next, so when a show doesn’t have one it kinda falls flat in my eyes. Obviously he was moving into LA and meeting the people that would eventually become characters on the show, but this season really had a proper one. I really enjoyed seeing Darla and Drusilla again, and the Wolfram and Hart bunch are very interesting in themselves. Add on top of that, the protagonist becomes very unlikable for a long while. Overall, a much more fluent and better written season.
All the new ballsing characters
We got the host, Fred, Gunn, and not to mention the Hotel, I had no idea what I was signing up for.
The Host is very easily my favorite character through all of season 2. For those who don’t know, The Host is a demon who runs a demon-friendly, non-violent, karaoke bar. His use to Angel investigations, is that he can read peoples emotions and tell peoples futures, but only when they sing. (Which means lots of hilarious clips of David Boreanz singing) He is flamboyant and hilarious and I love him.
All though she is only in the show for about 3 episodes this season, you can already tell that she will be a loveable and valuable character. She is something that frankly the show should have had ages ago, a sciency character who knows stuff and stuff. (See Willow Rosenberg)
Gunn is a badass, nuff said. He is like the super cool tough guy who messes up EVERYBODY’S balls if he has to. Gunn is the balls. Gunn. Is. The. Balls. I understand that he isn’t neccesarily introduced in the season, but he doesn’t really become a full member until 2, so I’m throwing him in this list anyways.
Not actually a character, or that pivotal of a piece in the show, but it would just be SO cool to live in a hotel. I’ve actually been looking for old decrepit hotels for sale recently, just because of how awesome it is in angel.
Whedon’s Unconventional Protagonists
Something I’ve noticed in my look at Whedon material, is that he tends to have very unusual protagonists. What I mean by that, is that he tends to kinda break the rules for for main characters, making all of his shows particularly interesting. For instance.
Buffy in herself isn’t that strange, she’s a girl with a somewhat typical situation where she finds out she has a lot of power, and has to accept that her life will never be normal. That’s not the strange thing about her. The strange thing about her is that for a fair amount of the show named after her, she is entirely unlikable. She is selfish, bratty, entitled, and incredibly self absorbed.
In the series Dollhouse, Echo is a character, who isn’t really a character at all. At her normal resting state, she has no personality. None at all, she’s programmed that way. And then in just about every episode she becomes an entirely new person. A singer/bodyguard, a simple housewife, or even multiple people at once! She is the main character, and she is about 20 characters.
Angel is in this list because he is the good guy only some of the times. Not only is he capable of becoming more evil than most of the villains in the show at any given time, but for a sizable amount of season two, he becomes an enemy of all the other characters, and to a degree, the viewer. During this time he tortures a friend, obsesses over Wolfram and Hart, and sleeps with Darla, one of his biggest enemies of the season.
I think that Season 2 was an immense step up from Season 1, and I can’t WAIT to write my thought on season 3.
Until next time,
In case you somehow hadn’t realized, we here at Get Geek looooove Buffy The Vampire Slayer and all associated media. Devin, being a Geek at LEAST ten levels higher than me, has seen all of Buffy and Angel, and while convincing me quite a while ago to watch Buffy, I only recently got around to starting to watch Angel. My report for the first season is: Awesome. I will elaborate below in three main parts.
Angel: The Wolf, the Ram, and the Heart, is a six issue arc directly following The Crown Prince Syndrome. The book is a good end for the arc, but as the end of an era of Angel it doesn’t hold up.
Angel: The Wolf, the Ram, and the Heart
Writer: David Tischman, and Mariah Huenher
Art: Elena Casagrande, Jason Armstrong, Stephen Thompson
Colorist: Ilaria Traversir,Brian Miller, Lisa Jackson
Editor: Maria Huehner
Cover Price: $24.99
To kick off my buffy themed week I’d thought I’d give a reason why people should watch Buffy, and her sister show Angel for a couple of reasons. One, if you haven’t seen the show I feel the need to make you. Two, Tim, the second and mostly dormant half of the Get Geek team has yet to watch it. In all honesty though it was a good excuse to remember the fun times had watching the show, and if you have already seen the show it should be fun for you as well.
Creative episodes like Hush, Superstar, Conversations with Dead People, and Smile Time
The shows were great at pulling off really cool episodes that were very different, but could still feeel like they belonged. In hush there is no talking for most of the episode, in superstar one of the side characters becomes the main character in some alternate dimension episode complete with a new opening theme/title cards. Conversations with dead people features 4 completely isolated, but thematically connected stories. Then one of my favorite Angel episodes, Smile Time in which Angel is a puppet for most of the episode.
If you don’t have time to listen to this guy yammer for 50 minutes(but you can below) but you still want to get a gist of what was said at the panel, then read on to the top 10 things I learned from Joss Whedon’s comic-con panel. Read More…
It’s Joss Whedon’s Birthday today. He has turned 47 and we all wish him a good day right?
Anyway the fine folks at Things From Another World have made a sale for 25% off all Buffy books, and $1 Angel issues. If you’ve been on the fence about whether to get these books; here’s your chance. The sale!.
If you couldn’t tell, I really like Fables. In fact, I love Mr. Willingham’s work in general. This volume is no different. It is the biggest, most epic Fables story line yet.
Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers
Writer: Bill Willingham
Pencillers: Mark Buckingham, Craig Hamilton, P. Craig Russell
Inkers: Steve Leialoha, P. Craig Russell, Mark Buckingham
Colorist:Daniel Vozzo, Lovern Kindzierski
Editor: Shelly Bond