Angel: Awakening

Cordelia: "What is it about evil that jacks up the IQ points?"

What an outstanding fake-out! It completely had me going until the Hallmark crapfest at the end, when the Beast was vanquished way too easily and things started getting extremely hokey. That's when I realized that all this just couldn't be happening.

It took a lot more for Angel to achieve a moment of perfect happiness this time than it did before. Last time, all it took was sex with Buffy. This time, Angel had to save the world, destroy the Beast, re-bond with Wesley, work through all of his myriad conflicts and competition with Connor, and receive an abject apology and a declaration of love from Cordelia.

And then there was the sex. After an extremely long hiatus, the shirt finally came off... but he didn't look the same, and we didn't get a good look, did we? What with that and Charisma's pregnancy, I admit I was wincing through that Angel/Cordelia sex scene. I still can't buy into that relationship. And maybe Angel wasn't totally into it, either; when he started to turn into Angelus, he flashed back to Sunnydale: "Buffy! Oh no, oh God, no." I also noticed that the magical sword Angel retrieved in his fantasy looked an awful lot like the one Buffy used to kill him. Which made sense.

The whole Indiana Jones thing was cute. I especially liked the Angel/Connor fight in the room with the fun boobytraps. Angel even did a take-off of one of Harrison Ford's lines: "Wood. Why did it have to be wood?"

I have a strong feeling that Wo-Pang isn't going to live long enough to restore Angel's soul. Look what happened to Jenny Calendar.

Bits and pieces:

— The TV station that was broadcasting the news at the beginning of the episode, KTLA 5, is real. It's the station that runs Angel here in L.A. I thought that was fun.

— I love to mention the nicknames that Lorne calls Angel. This week, Lorne called Angel "Bucko," "Stud" and "Angelcakes."

— Charisma was definitely wearing the Official Television Pregnancy Wardrobe, with the loose coat indoors and not being shot from the side.

— How about Angel leaving Connor in charge? Yes, he was the only superhero type left now, but Connor is such a prick! At least he works much better as a character than Dawn does.

Quotes:

Gunn: "Soon as vamps everywhere realize this town's open for business twenty-four seven, there's going to be a huge rise in undead tourism."

Lorne: "Is there any part of this guy that doesn't have writing all over it? Scratch that. I don't want to know."

Cordelia: "What are those? Holiday decorations left over from some S&M bondage party?"
Angel: "Wood. Why did it have to be wood?"

Angel: "It's a dead end."
Cordelia: "Who booby-traps a dead end? That's just not right."

Fred: "Wait. We found some relevant passages in the Paranych Grimoire which we were able to cross-reference with Wo Pang's... butt."

Beast: "We could rule this world. Why do you oppose me?"
Angel: "Rain of fire, blocking out the sun... and you just kinda piss me off."

Very good. I was impressed. Four stakes,

Billie
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Billie Doux reviewed all of Buffy and Angel, so she knows the plural of apocalypse.

5 comments:

Gus Brunetti said...

I just don't understand why they didn't stuff Angek full of those pills he took involuntarily in "Eternity". The effect would be guaranteed to wear off. They have bad memory.

Dimitri A.C. Ly said...

Hot diggity! I fell for it again!

I'm so relieved Angel and Cordelia didn't reconcile. The character is completely broken for me. Every time she starts moralizing people (i.e. every time she opens her mouth), part of me is screaming, "Shut up, you statutory rapist!" I think I even said it out loud once. It's okay no one was around, though my cat might have thought I lost my mind (she figured out the people in the magic box aren't real at a pretty young age).

I find it intriguing Angel's fantasy includes his friends getting along again and Wesley apologizing. I'm sure Wesley would have apologized in real life if his throat hadn't been cut at the time, and Angel wouldn't have tried to kill him.

This one's mostly for you, Mark, and other comic book readers: is anyone else astonished that Wesley managed to find a Hand ninja that Wolverine hasn't killed yet?

Mark Greig said...

Maybe Wolverine had killed him, Dimitri. Those pesky Hand ninja's love their dark magic resurrections. You're not considered a true member of the Hand until you've been killed at least half a dozen times by a Marvel superhero.

Gus Brunetti said...

"Look, Joe, you're a great ninja and all, but there's no way I can give you this promotion. You have to work on your getting killed skills. Look at Steve, there. He's already been kille three times by Deadpool alone. How often do you engage in deadly combat against a much superior enemy? When in doubt, ask yourself: what would a raging suicide do?"

BahiaPortfolio said...

It has been years since I watched this season and the fake out got me again! It was only at the very end when things got a little too neat that I realized what was happening. Great episode!