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Angel: Reunion

Shakespeare: "First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

So what the hell just happened?

Okay, I have a theory. Theories.

Theory 1. Lindsey set the whole wine-tasting massacre up as a way to get rid of his workmates. (Maybe that's how people move up at Wolfram & Hart.) He had a small smile on his face during all of those scenes, and I think he had something going with Drusilla; according to the landlady who talked to Angel, Drusilla was actually staying at Lindsey's apartment, so they probably had time to bond. And Darla likes Lindsey, too; they're not going to kill him. They may turn him, though.

I had at first thought that W&H had set up the wine-tasting massacre as a fakeout in order to turn Angel, but I decided against it on second watching because Holland was genuinely surprised to see Darla and Drusilla show up. I also think Holland doesn't have any idea how twisted Lindsey is. If he knew, would he say "It's also important to have healthy attachments outside the office" to Lindsey?

Theory 2. We may be working up to a long visit by Angelus. Angel has been steadily distancing himself from his staff because he's "turning" — slower this time than last time, maybe? The three people Angel just fired are probably going to have to "save" Angel somehow.

I liked this episode a lot. It was wise of them to return to our favorite vamps, and so far this second season has been a winner. And I can't wait to see what happens next. Theories aside, I have no idea what's going to happen.

Bits and pieces:

— Cordelia is in desperate need of a visit from the hair fairy. It is always beyond me how Hollywood can do such mean things to such beautiful actresses. They did the opposite with Juliet Landau, who looked absolutely gorgeous in this episode, better than she ever has.

— Loved Darla pulling the cell phone out of Drusilla's cleavage.


Quotes:

Gunn: "No, no, what I'm saying is, that means the granddaughter remade the grandmother."
Wesley: "Oh. Yes."
Gunn: "Man, somehow that weirds me out more than the whole bloodsucking thing."

Lindsey: (about Darla) "Can she hear you?"
Drusilla: "She's dead."
Lindsey: "Oh. Of course."
Drusilla: "Shh, just for now."
Lilah: (to Lindsey) "Think maybe now you've got a shot with her?"

Angel: "It would be for Drusilla. She's a classicist."
Cordelia: "She's a loony."
Angel: "Forget mausoleums. Stick with cemeteries, something with a view of the night sky."
Cordelia: "So, just outside cemeteries, then."

Wesley: "If it's just a burial she's after, one doesn't need a cemetery for that, I'm afraid. Just dirt, really."
Cordelia: "Still not narrowing. Whole planet? Pretty much made up of dirt."

Drusilla: "You have beautiful skin."
Lilah: "I moisturize."
Drusilla: "That was very thoughtful of you."

Drusilla: "Grandmum won't eat the double speak." Um. Huh?

Darla: "I love this room. Dru, honey, in our new digs, we have to put in a people cellar."

Holland: "Angel, please. People are going to die."
Angel: "And yet somehow, I just can't seem to care."

Three out of four stakes. Another good one.

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

8 comments:

  1. ANGEL RE-WATCH comments begin here! Remember, no spoilers for future episodes. Want to talk spoilers and foreshadowing? Season two spoilers are posted here.

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  2. Cordelia is in desperate need of a visit from the hair fairy.

    I don’t think this qualifies as a spoiler, since it’s about hair, so I’ll risk it: from what I can tell, Charisma Carpenter cut her hair without realizing they would film some episodes out of order. That’s why she’s wearing massive extensions around episodes 3-5. Then, she has the shorter hair. Then, she realized it looked awful and got better shorter hair.

    Ironically, I loved her hair extensions. I’ve always been a fan of long, straight hair that’s just a little bit longer than it is “supposed to be.” I'd make a terrible hair fairy.

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  3. Well, this certainly got dark. I'm not sure what is driving Angel right now, but the choices he is making are dangerous and scary. I can understand how frustrated he must be about now, but allowing so many people to die is a step I never thought he would take.

    Not to mention, firing his team. I can't imagine they will all walk gently into the good night, but he is certainly driving a wedge.

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  4. I like this episode, especially the scenes with Dru and Darla. While I'm not a great fan of Darla, I like that she has become more fleshed out as a character, she was at peace, and then had that torn away. It makes sense that she was furious with Dru, and that she forgives her, and that she then goes after Wolfram and Hart. It was not anything they didn't deserve.

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  5. This episode is a favorite of mine. Drusilla is so deliciously over the top and demented. She makes Darla more interesting and even Lindsey seems affected by her.

    The dark turn to the ending really worked for me. I feel like Angel is tired of the struggle of the high road and now he's working off a more personal relative morality. Dubious in terms of him earning redemption, but understandable.

    Darla and Dru were family of a twisted sort to him for a long time. He tried to tell himself he could stake Darla to keep her from rising again, but it was clearly hard for him to follow through on. There were a couple of times during the fight scene where he seemed to hesitate. Wolfram & Hart They created this situation with Darla & Dru and Angel was clearly upset that he failed to save Darla from their plans. Not very heroic of him to just walk away from the wine cellar, but very human.

    Then we come to the final scene where he fires the gang. I saw this as him desperately trying to distance himself from this new group of people that he has come to care about. I think he's worried about what might happen to them. I don't get much of an Angelus vibe off of him here. Angelus is always so gleeful about the mayhem. Angel just looks tired.

    tl;dr - I really liked it!

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  6. I have a third theory. That it's a demon. A dancing demon.

    I love Darla and Drusilla in this episode, how Drusilla is mothered by her daughter who is also her great-grandmother

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  7. Darla's reaction to her 2nd siring is the most interesting I ever found her. The lashing out was pretty intriguing and even when she settled with Dru she still targeted Wolfram & Hart instead. And I don't really understand the "grandmum won't eat the double-speak" line either but it seems to refer to Holland's claim that they cared for her more than Angel.

    Drusilla definitely looked her best this episode. Although I'll be honest my version of her is still when she was sickly and under Spike's care.
    And Kate's cool again, thank god.

    Anyway this time I can actually say this line without tongue in cheek: ANGEL DID NOTHING WRONG. My one regret is... those lawyers only got to die the once! That's right, boo me, boo me, like any of you weren't right there with him until the rest of Angel Investigations reminded us it was not a Cool Guy thing to do.

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  8. Oh Angel what have you done? Not only he failed to help them, he bolted the door from the outside. He basically facilitated the massacre and ensured that most if not all people were unable to escape. He also forgot to mention this little detail to the gang afterwards.

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