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Angel: The Magic Bullet

Lorne: "I thought Our Lady of the Perpetual Sea Breeze was the real deal, until the divine Miss J. walked right through that door and into my ass."

This episode served its purpose, since everyone (but Connor) is now back on board and aware of Jasmine not being God, but that's about it. And it was certainly not improved by the gross green people-eater with the minuscule bladder.

Fred showed some remarkable courage and intelligence, figuring out how she had been affected by Jasmine's blood and setting it up that whole magic bullet thing in, coincidentally, "Magic Bullet Books." But if she's so smart, why the hell did she go back to her motel room? Anyone who's ever seen a movie in their entire life knows better than that.

The best part of this episode was the Paranoid Guy in the book store, and what Jasmine told him about the Kennedy assassination (which of course is where the "Magic Bullet" reference comes from: the bullet that somehow managed to hit both Kennedy and Connolly, and here, Jasmine and Angel). You could tell that Paranoid Guy still really wanted to be paranoid, even though he couldn't shake off Jasmine's spell.

The second best part was "open mike night," especially Angel and Connor's duet to the tune of "Mandy." We also got a small glimpse into Connor's childhood when he told Angel that horror story about how Holtz taught him to track.

Paranoid Guy was smitten when he heard her voice on the radio. Does Jasmine's spell transmit through her voice? Or does seeing her do it, too? I'm also wondering why the spell broke for Fred and Angel when they saw Jasmine's face, but Lorne, Wes and Gunn all just changed after being exposed to Cordelia's blood? Consistency is a gem and all that. It does make sense that Connor wasn't "cured," since he's Jasmine's father and, like Cordelia, shares a blood tie with her. Breaking the spell seems akin to withdrawal; everyone was sad and depressed, and even longing to be back under her spell. This can't be good.



So Jasmine is eating people, huh? She put away seven of them in this episode – I counted. That's a lot of mass. I wonder where she's putting it? Maybe it takes a lot of energy to be God. She keeps getting injured, but manages to heal herself. That's got to take some energy, too.

Bits and pieces:

— I absolutely loved the opening shots with the convertible, kisses, ice cream, and the Beach Boys singing, "Wouldn't It Be Nice."

— Cordelia was still in her coma, and had no lines again. I thought having the Jasmine-followers worship Cordelia as the Holy Mother was a hoot.

— Jasmine called Connor, "My sweet boy." Shades of Darla and Angel. Come to think of it, Jasmine is Darla's granddaughter, isn't she? Sort of?

— The preview implied that there would be Angel/Fred smoochies, and it was a fake-out. I feel cheated. Not that I actually wanted Angel/Fred smoochies.

— How can the hotel be full? Isn't it mostly empty and/or trashed rooms? They must have had the guests do the cleaning, furnishing and renovation as well as fix the plumbing, huh? Plus, I was thinking, all those extras in so many scenes must have made it a bitch to shoot.

Quotes:

Lorne: "Singles, suites, even the mouse holes are triple-booked. I got pilgrims pitching pup-tents in the parking lot. Try saying that three times fast and you'll get a sense of the day I'm having."

Creature: "I'm vegetarian!"
Fred: "Really? With those choppers?"
Creature: "Okay, I eat fish and occasionally vermin, but that's it, I swear."

Angel: "I don't know yet, but what I do know is I'm not leaving this hotel without my son."
Wesley: "I'll get him. I've kidnapped him before."

Lorne: "Tonight, the role of Judas Iscariot will be played by Krevlorneswath of the Deathwok Clan."

Let's go with two out of four stakes,

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

4 comments:

  1. "There's nothing really good on since Art Bell retired". That made my day.

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  2. Oops, I didn't think it'd leave evidence that a comment was deleted. I thought I could treat it like editing.

    >>"I'm also wondering why the spell broke for Fred and Angel when they saw Jasmine's face, but Lorne, Wes and Gunn all just changed after being exposed to Cordelia's blood? Consistency is a gem and all that."
    I don't see the lack of it? Since Fred and Angel were - what's the word for this? Infused? - infected with Jasmine's blood while the others were treated to Cordelia's. Maybe that's the difference.

    >>"— I absolutely loved the opening shots with the convertible, kisses, ice cream, and the Beach Boys singing, "Wouldn't It Be Nice.""
    Yeah!

    I was already thinking a lot of this had Pylea vibes, I love the horrifying prospect of Fred being the only one singled out and forced to save everyone. And then we had the Angel/Fred kiss under cover. Which I really enjoyed for some reason, bullshit circumstances or not >_>

    >>"Plus, I was thinking, all those extras in so many scenes must have made it a bitch to shoot."
    Yeah good lord, how did they not go over budget with all the shit they jam-packed into this season alone? Honestly impressive, and makes me sad to know their last season had it slashed.

    >>"Lorne: "Tonight, the role of Judas Iscariot will be played by Krevlorneswath of the Deathwok Clan.""
    And yet another Pylea callback! Sort of

    The green midget stuff was dumb, but I was really getting into it again near the end. Oh this is why I wanted to edit my comment, I wrongfully thought it was Connor who was lured into a room by Lorne with that cool shot of him readying his baseball bat and ensuing sounds of violence. But it was actually done to Gunn and Wes, by Lorne, Angel and Fred. Oh well... it's still funny/cool, and it's still nice to imagine Connor getting that treatment even though with Evil Cordy finally out of the picture I really don't mind Connor at all.

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  3. Onigirli, I deleted it for you. I read every comment. And I'm enjoying all of yours.

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  4. Oh much appreciated. Although I question the safety of reading my too-specific comments for episodes that might trigger curiosity and dissatisfaction from not really getting the proper context lol. As long as you're careful

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