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Angel: Long Day's Journey

Wesley: "As far as evil plans go, it doesn't suck."

This week, the Beast was after the Five Totems of Ra-Tet, which would be a good name for a rock group. He wanted to blot out the sun and turn L.A. into a demon playground. I think he was a little late with that one.

Relationships among the L.A. Scoobies continued to shift. Cordelia has some nerve telling Angel to "get over it," Fred and Wesley seemed to be bonding as they clicked away with the theories, did research and chanted together, Gunn was obviously feeling outclassed and excluded, and Angel was still justifiably furious with Cordelia and certainly enjoying the attention he was getting from Miss Defibrillator Hands. I like Gwen, by the way. She has a cool superpower, she can carry off spandex in primary colors, and she hasn't slept with Connor.

Cordelia's visions were back... but they weren't visions, were they? They were memories of Angelus and the Beast, having some sort of good time together in the Olden Days. I was confused about the end, though. Angel did kill Manny while under the Beast's influence, right? Does this maybe remind you of what was happening over in Sunnydale with Spike and the First?

So... Angelus might be returning next week. Does Wesley think they'll actually be able to control Angelus? Wesley wasn't around in Buffy's second season, after all.

Bits and pieces:

— I did like Manny. Every line that came out of his mouth made me laugh. Good character actor there.

— We heard nothing more about Wolfram & Hart's zombie debacle this week, except that "Creepy-locks" the Ra-Tet was their connection to the senior partners. Is W&H still in business?

— Lorne called the Beast "Doctor Feelbad" and "El Destructo." He also called Angel "Angelfood."

— Cordelia. Dark hair. Finally.

— Gwen's place was pretty impressive, and how about that camouflage?


Lorne: "Room service. Hey. Got you some nice O positive here. Freshly nuked for that right out of the jugular taste."

Fred: "Connor hasn't done anything wrong."
Gunn: "Lately. You forgetting Angel's voyage to the bottom of the sea?"

Wesley: "Her name is Mesektet."
Fred: "Hmm. I figured Tiffany or Brandi."

Cordelia: "I swear. Like father, like son. The two of you have cornered the market on teenage snits."

Gwen: "Hi, there. Long time, no hand-to-hand."

Gwen: "Demon, okay? The whole nine: cloven feet and horns and teeth and... (sees Lorne) he wasn't wearing lame, though."
Lorne: "Yeah, the evil ones can't pull it off. It gets camp."

Gwen: "Jeez! Where were you when they taught stealth in superpower school?"

Angel: "We can take you somewhere safe, Manny. We can protect you."
Manny: "Right. Superhunk and Spandexia."

Gwen: "Okay, then. I'll take Denzel."
Gunn: "Actually, it's Gunn. Not that I mind the freakishly accurate comparison."

Gwen: "Something tells me my origin story isn't enough to fascinate you."
Gunn: "Oh, no. It is. I was just... just thinking."
Gwen: "Gunn, I already apologized for killing you. What more do you want? A wake?"

Gwen: "Was that part of his powers? Extra blood and guts? I mean, that's... that's a lot of blood and guts in there. No way all that Stephen King came out of a normal guy."

Gwen: "Wait. Manny said he was an orb-keeper, right?" Maybe he kept an orb."
Cordelia: "In his head?"
Gwen: "Where do you keep yours?"

I liked parts of this particular episode, no pun intended, but I think the story as a whole was a little weak. Can't wait for next week, though. 2.5? Three out of four stakes?

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

1 comment:

  1. Loved it for the Gwen scenes. Although she could easily fit on the team I resigned myself to the fact she was a one-off character. Completely forgot she had this episode too! Liked her comment about Fred, "A few months ago she was ready to wear sackcloth and ashes for you."

    And I'll rate it higher than you because The Beast is still operating. I like seeing him still clomping around unbothered, he's reminding me a lot of Nosferatu Zodd from Berserk.

    It's been a simple pleasure watching this current arc and unlike the recent Buffy stuff the serialized nature of it still makes the individual episodes easy enough to remember, so far.


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