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Last night's Angel ep

Last night's episode of Angel was one of the better ones I have seen in some time. (Admittedly, I unfortunately missed last week's, though I heard it was decent as well.) I haven't really been too sure of the show's footing this season, but felt like it played to its strengths, for the most part, with the episode "Lineage."

The character of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce has undergone some dramatic changes since he first appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and speaking personally, they have been enjoyable to watch. The character has become a gritty, by-any-means-necessary fighter for justice, who quite literally was "sleeping with the enemy" (Lilah) well before the rest of Team Angel started to do so in a more figurative sense when they accepted the deal with Wolfram and Hart. Last night dealt with the relationship issues that still cause complications: issues of trust with Angel, self-doubt and insecurity in his relationship with a demanding father, and the unrequited love he has for Fred.

Through all of it, though, there is a drawback: Eve still bugs the daylights out of me. *grins* At least Spike agrees with me, leaving her stuck in the elevator. :) I really think it's the actor, not the script --- or maybe that's how they're directing her to be played. I don't know, I just know she grates on my nerves. It's perfectly plausible that W&H would leave a watcher for Team Angel, but . . . I just really miss Lilah, and this new actor seems to make the hole left by Stephanie Romanov's absence that much bigger/more apparent. I will say that the death of the character creates yet more interesting character development for Wesley . . . it's not precisely that the loss of the character bothers me, it's that what they've replaced it with is so smarmy ingenue one-dimensional.

One thing that's nagging at me: they've played up Wesley's angst over the developing connection between Fred and Knox, but we really haven't seen any reaction from Gunn, and he and Fred actually used to have a regular relationship. I suppose it's convenient to chalk that up to W&H playing with his head and him adjusting to that (being preoccupied with it), but it seems a little, well, too convenient for him to be that over it so quickly. Dunno.

Anyway, I liked last night's character development, and hope the season continues at this level of quality or better.

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weetanya
Nov. 13th, 2003 10:09 am (UTC)
episode last night was fabulous. i agree that i enjoy the changes to wesley's character -- remember how comic he was back on buffy?

i put down gunn's nonchalance to the strange stuff that's been put into his head by W&H -- he's too much a lawyer now to let something so insignificant as an ex girlfriend get to him. also, do you reckon he's given up his soul?

any idea who the big bad will be this season?

do you think it might be the Watcher Council, and wesley's dad?
pointedview
Nov. 13th, 2003 10:35 am (UTC)
*giggles* First off, thank you for the link from your journal. I am always honored to be included there. *smiles warmly*

I do remember our early, stuffy, slightly-bumbling control freak Wesley from BtVS -- and thought it was nicely played on Denisof's part the way a slight reversion to that occurred when he was around his father.

Big Bad -- I'm hoping it will be Eve so we have an excuse to get rid of her, but that is likely just wishful thinking on my part. ;) Other than that, haven't a clue, yet. Nice to see they haven't forgotten the Watchers, though.

bitterbyrden
Nov. 13th, 2003 10:35 am (UTC)
Oh god, I was so relieved. This was the episode that would turn my ... um, tide. Basically, if it blew (and I thought last week's blew), I was going to give it up and just read LJ commentary on the episodes. But it was great! The writing was much better (although I still can't completely figure out what era of Spike they are trying to emmulate, and, if they are trying to create a NEW Spike -- I kind of hate him), the references back to the Buffyverse were SO GODDAMNED needed (Buffybot, Watcher's Council being blown up by Caleb, "I killed my mom..." etc.), and Angel wasn't so glib and ...meh. Wesley finally got some script with some teeth -- the scene when he shot his father without a blink was stunning. Plus the barfing, harking back to when Buffy's mom died.

Much much better. I am so relieved.
pointedview
Nov. 13th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC)
Wholly agreed with the Buffyverse continuity bits. I meant to mention the "sex with robots" line in my post. :) Loved that one.
weetanya
Nov. 13th, 2003 10:51 am (UTC)
i *loved* when he shot his dad.

if my own dad had been such a fucker, i would'a shot him too without (too much of) a qualm.
pointedview
Nov. 13th, 2003 02:00 pm (UTC)
I forgot to ask: do you have any theories on the Big Bad for the season?

allegraslade
Nov. 13th, 2003 11:53 am (UTC)
I have a feeling that the Gunn/Fred thing isn't entirely through yet.

This episode was so fucking lovely. I was literally clutching my chest in seizy pain; my heart was totally breaking for Wes.
sailormur
Nov. 13th, 2003 11:58 am (UTC)
About Fred and Gunn
I believe that - although they haven't made this very clear - a lot of things that happened post-Connor went the way of "Dallas" - just never happened. Remember last week when Angel made the reference to The Father Will Kill the Son and Wesley had no idea what he was talking about? Wesley never stole Connor, never got his throat slashed. I'm wondering if Gunn and Fred's relationship fell in the same timeline (have to go back and watch the reruns or DVDs when they come out) and therefore is null and void. Which is interesting, since if that is true it seems Wesley's love for Fred is true and Gunn's was just brought about by situation. Without that situation, they would never have fallen for each other...

This has been hurting my head all season, and I wish they would address it.

(Note - I was playing SSX3 all night and haven't seen Angel yet. I will watch tonight, perhaps, as I am tired of dreams of snowboarding)
pointedview
Nov. 13th, 2003 12:55 pm (UTC)
Re: About Fred and Gunn
*nods slowly* Okay, I gotcha there, and I agree that the "only Angel remembers" thing is getting me into big "my brain hurts" mode, but Wesley mentioned that he had to chop Lilah up into little bits in this episode (I figure that's no spoiler, since you already know it) -- so he remembers that, and I'm pretty sure that occurred during the Connor timeline, as I recall. And Cordie is still in a coma -- I mean, surely the gang would want to know why she's in a coma, right? And given that it's a result of the whole Jasmine thing . . . heck, the whole Wolfram and Hart thing is a result of them destroying Jasmine, and they remember that . . .
. . . if they remember everything but Connor, then it seems like Fred and Gunn would remember their relationship. If they don't remember anything during that time period, then the characters are already remembering stuff they're not supposed to be remembering, I think.

Ack. Brain hurting again trying to figure out what's been hit by the reset button and what hasn't.
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