Angel was a very popular spin off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this was there Angel came into his own as a brooding lovesick Vampire who had lived for centuries, and due to a gypsy curse now had a soul , as to live with all the bad things he did as Angelus and very evil vampire that went around the the world with his Sidekick Darla terrorising his victims before killing them. Now in an attempt to make a amends he sets up a detective agency with the help of Doyle who has visions from the powers that be that point them to the needy and also Cordelia Chase , who has come to LA from Sunnydale to become a actress something that she never manages to do. Together they set about saving the world one person at a time , whilst battling against they biggest enemy Wolfram and Hart , who are a Team of lawyers or have friends in the highest places even in the supernatural sense , who can conjure up anything and anyone at they own will. Later on you get the see the return of Wesley , but he replaces Doyle have he dies in a previous episode, Wesley is now a rogue hunter and not the feeble excuse of a human being we saw in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This program is a few years old but they currently showing reruns on Syfy , weekdays.
Angel was another American TV series that was very similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in fact it was a spin off from that show. I'm not sure it ever quite had the same popularity and ran for five years from 1999 to 2004 before it was cancelled. The series was in fact created by the same person who wrote Buffy. I watched Angel a bit but never really got into as much as Buffy as this show is slightly darker in atmosphere and nature.
The show is about the adventures and trials and tribulations of Angel who is a vampire. However, he is a vampire who has had his human soul restored to him by gypsies as a punishment for the murder of one of their own kind. He has been tormented for nearly a hundred years and he is riddled with guilt and remorse. For the intial series he is seen working as private detective in Los Angeles in California. He tries to help those that have lost their way while all the time battling forces of evil and his own demons in his head.
In much the same way as Buffy the Vampire Slayer this show was told in a way where each episode contained a single story making it easier to follow, but also formed part of a much larger storyline or picture. It did of course mean that if you missed one it wasn't too hard to catch up.
David Boreanaz plays Angel and is a very good choice for this role as he portrays the tortured character extremely well and shows his different sides and makes him very believable. As this is a spin off he did appear in Buffy the Vampire Slayer before leaving that to find peace with himself. If you like vampire shows then you will probably enjoy this even though it's a bit more sinister.
The vampire with a soul Angel (David Boreanaz) moves from Sunnydale to the demon filled Los Angeles to fight for redemption. Angel forms his own team with some familiar faces from Sunnydale and some new. Helping people through his company Angel Investigations, Angel goes some way to righting the wrongs he committed as Angelus. Angel finds stiff opposition from the law firm Wolfram and Hart who have many demon clients.
A spin off from the Emmy award winning Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel was created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt. The series is comprised of 5 seasons which aired between 1999-2004.
Angel is a darker series than Buffy the Vampire Slayer, shown by the 18 rated episode "Five by Five". However, the lightness of Buffy is again in evidence in various episodes of Angel. As with Buffy, Joss Whedon's trademark dialogue and style is stamped all over Angel. You'll also recognise several characters from Buffy: Wesley (Alexis Denisof) and Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) are regulars, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Willow (Alyson Hannigan), Faith (Eliza Dushku), Harmony (Mercedes Mcnab), Darla (Julie Benz), Drusilla (Juliet Landau) and Spike (James Marsters) all appear at points throughout the run of the series. Storylines run between Buffy and Angel but it is not necessary to watch both at the same time. It would help to know what happened in the first three seasons of Buffy before watching Angel, it's not a must as it goes over the important history but it would help clarify it in your mind. Although, most people who watch Angel also watch Buffy anyways.
Angel is an excellent series, arguably better than Buffy, although I prefer the ensemble cast of Buffy to the cast of Angel. Comedy, drama, horror, craziness-it's got it all. If you're a Buffy fan and haven't watched Angel yet, get to it.
The best season for me is season 4, but you do have to watch it from start to finish as there aren't many stand alone episodes, the arc dominates the season completely but it's a great arc. In season 4, you get Angelus and Faith = good telly times. It is probably the most depressing of all the seasons but great storytelling, action, effects, everything.
Worst season is tricky because I don't think there has been a bad season of Angel, it's probably between 3 and 5 but they are both excellent.
I don't want to bring any spoilers into this so I won't mention his character name, but the addition of Vincent Kartheiser was a bad one. I didn't like his character, way too down over everything to care about him, and I didn't think it was necessary to have him in the show to be honest.
Definitely watch the show if you haven't already, I'd advise on watching it from the start to the end-don't go skipping episodes or it might not make sense, a lot of it is arc related.
Angel - David Boreanaz
Wesley Wyndam-Price - Alexis Denisof
Cordelia Chase - Charisma Carpenter
Charles Gunn - J August Richards
Winifred 'Fred' Burkle - Amy Acker
Lorne - Andy Hallett
Allen Doyle - Glenn Quinn
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Angel is a spin off from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I feel has a much older darker
feel to it. The main character is a 250 year old vampire so cheerleaders and high
school are a long way away. This show only lasted for about five seasons and the
earlier one were definitely way better than the last. In the beginning you had a demon
side kick named Doyle who provided the comedic element to balance out the amount
of Vampire brooding that was going on. The show was funny with just enough
demons and Vampires to take it away from the mainstream. The leading Actor David
Boreanaz is extremely hot and the show is worth watching just for him! The other
characters are well rounded and there are often guest appearances from Buffy the
Vampire Slayer herself and other characters from Sunnydale. If you've never seen it
start with the earlier episodes and you'll be a fan in no time.
When my partner gets something into her head there is nothing that will stop her. Therefore, when I borrowed the first season of 'Angel' off a friend it was not enough. For the next four weeks I rented a different box set of 'Angel' meaning that I had seen over 100 episodes of the show in just 4 weeks! To say I had 'Angel' fatigue would be an understatement. I was originally going to write a review for each of the season box sets, but I just could not bring myself to dwell on it that many times. Instead please find below my review of 5 seasons of 'Angel' for a man who has just gone through an intensive watching experience.
Over 5 seasons the show 'Angel' follows a vampire named Angel who has a soul. Originally seen in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' he now has his own spin off show that sees him helping the helpless in LA. From humble beginnings in a rundown office, Angel and company; including Cordelia, a spoilt rich girl, Wesley, an uptight Englishman, Gunn, a fighter from the streets and Lorne, a demon who can read emotions, move up to a hotel and then to taking over an evil law firm. Their journey will see characters born and characters die, but the central thread is that Angel is part of a prophecy that states a Vampire with a soul will play a role in the Armageddon. Will this role be a positive or negative one; you will just have to watch 100+ episodes to find out!
There are a number of issues that dominated this show for me and prevented it from being the classic that many genre fans believe that it is. I apologise now if my critique is a little clinical, but having been forced to watch around 75 hours of it in 4 weeks, I have views! :
The main issue that runs through 'Angel' is that the makers never seem to be able to decide on a tone for the show. It is obviously meant to be a darker experience than 'Buffy' as the central protagonist is cursed never to find true love. This is fine, but why is there so much comedy and relationship drama? The touchy feely nature of Seasons 2-4 are far worse than 1 and 5 as the show explores the feelings of characters rather than entertaining the viewer. I also felt that the show was aimed at a younger audience at times, yet some box sets are 18 certificates! It was not until the fifth season that the makers seemed to make the show slightly more adult and gave it more of an 'X Files' feel. If they had discovered this earlier then perhaps the axe would not have fallen.
'Angel' is dominated by irritating characters especially 2 season wonders Leslie and Conner. Both these characters are limp haired and irritating to the max. Whenever they came onto the screen they seemed to suck the joy out of it all. Speaking of irritating characters....
Angel vs Wesley
This is probably for fans of the show only, but my views of these two characters is that they dominated how good the show was. Angel is an irritation a lot of the time. David Boreaneaz has proven in 'Bones' that he is a funny and charismatic actor, but as Angel he often sucks. This is because Angel is too flawed for my liking. He is a moody and brooding character who seems to turn on his friends within minutes. This is what happens to Wesley as he is ousted from the group for having the balls to do the right thing. Wesley is the only character to actually grow over 5 seasons and for me he was by far the most interesting person in the show. The show ends with one character being the same as in their first episode, and the other a mile away - I would prefer to have watched 'Wesley'.
Finish on a high...
Like many shows that know they are going to be axed 'Angel' picked up for season 5 and gives the best 22 episodes in its history. The storylines that dominated the turgid season 2 thru 4 are ousted in favour of a more entertaining and action based show. New characters are introduced and genuinely mature themes are explored alongside humour. Even the irritating characters that return are better in this season as they are given better personalities. Finally the introduction of Spike as an irritation to Angel really adds to the show making it a shame that the 6th season never happened. Did they save the Earth? Let's just say don't hold your breath about discovering the whole truth.
With the four elements above dominating my thought process over 'Angel' it's impossible for me to give it anything else than 3 stars. Seasons 1 and 5 stand out as classic TV science fiction, with the 5th season perhaps even being 5 stars. However, this does not take into account the central seasons that explored turgid relationships and had Angel being selfish only to be forgiven the next day (yet he never forgives anyone else). Mistakes in structure occurred over and over again as season finales seemed to occur too soon, only for 4 comedy episodes to end the season on a low. I will remember 'Angel' as a chore to watch, but one that had some great highlights in terms of action and comedy. I doubt though that I will ever plan to watch the show again.
Starring: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof et al.
Price: Amazon uk £54.97 complete set
Play.com £9.99 a season
The extras on offer are not great, but each season does have chosen episodes with commentaries and a few featurettes.
Angel Season Two as a whole provides a sometimes perplexing mix of graphic violence and lighthearted humour. (I'm unable to comment on disk two of this season as this disk turned out to be a Buffy season one dvd!) As a finale I found the three concluding episodes (Over The Rainbow, Through the Looking Glass and There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb) to be very successful, combining the humour and darker elements coherently with an excellent pace and storyline as well as lots of imagination. At other times, however, I felt that the level of darkness threatened to drown out the humour as Angel's moral position became more unclear during the middle episodes. The Thin Dead Line, in which undead police turn on the general public with guns, was a little too gritty for my taste, perhaps because the demons in question seemed more human than demon. However, there are also some excellent episodes earlier in the collection. Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been skips between the 1950s and the present day and is very atmospheric. Harmony's appearence later in the series is also well done (in Disharmony) and her banter with Cordelia provides a welcome return to a contagious sense of fun. The Host, with his green skin and pointy horns, stole the show on numerous occasions with his karaoke, psychic powers and vulnerability. It also provided an excuse to hear all of the main characters singiing on stage, with varying degrees of success. You'll be forgiven for finding Angel's solo scarier than some of the demons! The rrp was originally £70-80, which seemed a little too much for the product, but now it's possible to pick it up for £30-40 in shops. For 22 episodes plus various commentaries, documentaries and featurettes, this is actually a good price
'Angel' is the successful spin off from the equally successful 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'. Both television shows were created by Joss Whedon (David Greenwalt co-created Angel). Angel played David Boreanaz left 'Buffy' at the end of Season Three and moved to Los Angeles. Joss Whedon turns Angel from a dark brooding romantic figure into a dark brooding crime fighter a bit like Batman but without the S&M get up. In Los Angeles Angel meets a half demon half-human named Doyle played by Glen Quinn (who by the way died in December last year from a drug overdose). Doyle gets visions usually concerning humans being preyed upon by demons or vampires. Angel acts on Doyle's visions and saves the day. In the first episode Angel meets ex-Sunnydale resident Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter) at a party. Cordy moved away from Sunnydale in order to become an actress in the sleazy cesspool of broken dreams (Hollywood). Angel saves Cordy from a vampire that preys on starlets. The scene is a classic in 'Angel'; Cordy notices the rich millionaire doesn't have any mirrors and the room is covered with heavy velvet drapes. She looks and says 'You're a vampire aren't you?' The stunned vampire denies it with the brilliant line of 'No I'm not'. Cordy goes on the attack; 'Hey I'm from Sunnydale we've got our own Hellmouth and everything'. Together Angel, Cordy and Doyle set up Angel Investigations. The Hollywood setting works well in 'Angel' because everybody knows Los Angeles is a mixture of poverty and fame, where drug dealers and prostitutes mix with the elite in show business. The first series is heavy on James Ellroy style film noir, late night cafes and bars and sardonic humour. It is a world away from 'Buffy' and the small town Americana vibe going on there. 'Angel' is surrounded by sleaze and the underbelly of city nightlife whether its
the law firm from Hell 'Wolfram and Hart', vampires preying on impressionable starlets, demonic possession, homelessness and or general nastiness. The early shows try hard and succeed very well in making 'Angel' a different entity from 'Buffy'. All the characters have grown up and so there is no point in creating 'Buffy 2'. Angel is a classic film noir hero, he's a haunted man with a past (that is extensively documented in the show) but strives to help people in his search for personal redemption. The fact that he's a vampire in sunny Los Angeles is an irony not to be missed. In order to get viewers who might be turned off be the darkness in visual and narrative tone that is apparent in 'Angel' Whedon uses several devices including crossover's involving familiar characters from 'Buffy'. In the first series Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) makes a couple of appearances. Faith (Eliza Dushku (appears in a continuation of her narrative strand). Evil vampire Spike (James Marsters) and werewolf Oz (Seth Green) also appear. The return of Wesley Wyndam-Price (Alexis Denisof) is not only the best character in Season Three of 'Buffy' but he also joins 'Angel' full time after the death of Doyle in episode Nine of season one. It is understandable for characters to crossover in the first season and in season two Harmony (Mercedes McNab) comes to town after Spike leaves in Season Five of 'Buffy'. Willow Rosenberg also makes an appearance in Season Two but Whedon gradually phases it out because in order for 'Angel' to succeed it needs to distance itself from its past. That 'Angel' not only succeeds but is actually better than 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (my opinion folks) is a credit to the writing and production staff. What I like most about the show is that it can go that little extra mile in terms of exploring an adult world. Los
Ange les is not for the innocent. To quote Kenneth Anger in 'Hollywood Babylon'; 'Hollywood is not a bad place, it's a place where bad people go to be bad'. 'Angel' is heavy on detective work in the first couple of seasons but it becomes less important than the on going battle with law firm Wolfram and Hart whose clientele are demons, vampires and other assorted bad guys. Wolfram and Hart's lawyers include Lilah Morgan (Stephanie Romanov) who says in Season Three 'I'm a lawyer that doesn't mean I respect the Law'. Wolfram and Hart constantly make things difficult for Angel and the gang. The idea of a law firm that is morally ambivalent and actively support's 'demonic' clients is not only funny in a black comedy kind of way but is a constant source of (like the idea of the Hellmouth in 'Buffy') conflict. The American obsession with lawyers and how they are seen in a bad light is made literal in 'Angel'. Wolfram and Hart thrive off badness. 'Angel' could be in danger of taking itself too seriously but this countered by humour and knowledge of characters like Cordy, Angel and Wesley in their previous roles in 'Buffy' is useful. In episode ten of Season one Angel is tracking a demon hunter that has demons running scared. The hunter cuts a fearsome figure riding around town on a Harley Davison. When the hunter takes off his helmet and is revealed as Wesley Wyndam-Price, the comedy factor is high when he says conviction 'I'm a rogue demon hunter'. Angel is surprised by to see his old ally who everyone thought had returned to England after his failure to keep Faith under reign. Cordelia Chase's transformation from selfish Valley girl into a half-demon psychic is also well written and very funny. Angel is also very different from the 'Buffy' version he develops more of a human side that was not seen in 'B
uffy'. He dances, jokes and cannot fathom how to use voicemail on his mobile phone and Cordelia constantly berates him for being moody and distant. Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt have actually managed to create a television show that is not only very good but is worthwhile and as interesting as 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'. Like in 'Buffy' the major factor is caring about the fate of the characters. The trio of Cordy, Angel and Wesley are the 'heart' of the show, not only were they in 'Buffy' but they are central to the universe that Whedon has created. How long 'Angel' lasts is anyone's guess it is currently in Season Four but in the whole 'Vampire' universe the whole thing as been running for seven years. 'Buffy' is a great television show there is no denying that but 'Angel' is greater.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and count it amongst my favourite ever tv shows. Ever since I saw my first episode, I have been well and truly hooked, to the point where I own every video, and am picking up the Region 1 dvds as and when they come out. I decided against the R2 versions, as I hated the packaging, and how it could easily damage the precious discs inside. I must admit, as a near penniless student, the cost of the dvds has also played its part! So the question is; has Angel the series captured my imagination to the same extent? The answer is an overwhelming yes! It took slightly longer, but once I had seen a couple of episodes, I felt the same addiction tugging at me! I have even found that in the last 3 years, my preference has been for Angel, possibly because the show is newer and slightly darker than it's "mother". What follows is a general synopsis for the show, and I will deal with the characters, and some of the scenarios. However, I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum and must stress that if you have not seen all three seasons, you should consider how much you love or hate spoilers, because there will be some. While I will keep them light, if you prefer to be completely and blissfully unaware, please do not read on. I would hate to ruin a show I love so much for anyone. GENERAL BACKGROUND As I write, there have been three full seasons of the show, of 22 episodes apiece, whilst the fourth season is currently under production. This new season begins it's run in September on US television, with a projected date of early January for Sky Television showing it. As far as I am aware, Season 2 has only recently begun it'' terrestrial run in the UK, so those not watching on Sky are over a season behind. The show is a spin off from that wonderful show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and has long since developed into a strong, quality show in it's own r
ight. This was a little surprising, because quite often, a spin off show fails, as it takes just a small portion of the parent show's audience along for the ride. It probably helps that the two shows are now on separate US networks, who between them have destroyed any chance of "crossovers". While I did enjoy seeing Buffy characters on Angel and vice versa, it probably undermined the writers' efforts a little. The main focus on the show, has been to show Angel, the Vampire with a soul's battle against both the forces of darkness in modern day LA, and his own inner demons. Unlike Buffy, the show doesn't focus largely on fighting vampires, but instead has a far more developed bestiary of creatures. One nice touch, has been to show that not every "demon" is an evil being hell-bent on the Earth's destruction. Does the show take place in our dimension? I think so, but the like Buffy, show has developed the idea that there are lots of dimensions, good and bad. It has added depth and far more richness to the premise of "Good vs. Evil" and apocalyptic battling. THE SETTING Well it's LA as we know and love it. It's a beautiful but richly diverse city, with wonderful sights and sounds, along with more than a few dangers for our heroes to traverse. It is helped here, by being far larger than the Sunnydale of Buffy fame and as such anonymity that the crew in Buffy does not have. This somewhat helps with my suspension of disbelief, in regards to being able to accept that not everyone there knows about demons and vampires. The show starts with Angel having left Sunnydale, due to his rather unfortunate "curse" (more on this later), and trying to rebuild his life. Angel The title character, on finding that he cannot spend his life with his sweetheart (Buffy), is trying his best to carry on, fighting the good fight, but in very real danger of destroyi
ng those he is trying to help. Born in Ireland hundreds of years ago, he was turned into one of the most powerful and vilest vampires to have ever walked night. Known at the time as Angelus, he made the mistake of killing a gypsy girl, who cursed him with his original soul. Imagine the pain of guilt over the deaths of thousands of innocents (his human soul was not present at the time of the killings). Then try to imagine knowing that if he ever attains perfect happiness, he will lose the very soul that haunts him, and return to his killing ways. Can't be much fun. That is however, his curse. He battles on, knowing that the Powers That Be hold a plan for him to play a part in a huge apocalyptic battle. If he fails, the very world will fail with him. He is certainly paying the price for eternal life. It is one he has chosen for himself though, having already given up the chance of both life and death. This is just part of what makes the show, and his character so interesting. He is not alone though. He has the "Fang-gang"?. Cordelia If Angel has changed almost unrecognisably, then Cordelia has shown what vampires can do, humans can do just as well. In Buffy she was a bitch queen from hell, with a cruel streak that made anything she did feel like biting on tinfoil. In Angel the series, she has developed into a caring, forthright and honourable character. I could hardly believe the change over her previous character. It goes to show that character development is not a lost art on American television. The actress has also shown amazing range, and taken the character to new heights, Not least of all, as Angel's link to the Power's That Be, even at the expense of her happiness and wellbeing. While she still maintains many of her original characteristics, she is mostly selfless instead of selfish and caring instead of carefree. Without her, Angel's lot on life would be very different.
Doyle A short-lived character, who any Angel fan will tell you was pivotal in helping the series to the success it has achieved. Originally the character was Angel's route to the Power's That Be, however, when the actor (best known for his role in the comedy Roseanne) was unreliable (turning up for work drunk, late or both), the writer's took the brave step of removing him. Such a shame, as he was showing himself to be ver talented, and was a pivotal role in making the series what it is today. Most Angel fans miss him very much. Wesley Known for his role as a stuffy "Watcher" in S3 of Buffy, I was amazed by his progression through the last 2 and ½ seasons of Angel. If Cordelia's character development was amazing, then Wesley's was nothing short of brilliance. He has acted as a moral compass, as well as the font of all knowledge, and through the time has shown a rich, darker side. Anyone who has seen S3 knows what I mean, and I for one cannot wait to see where he goes from there. Gunn It took some time to like the brash, arrogant kid from the wrong side of the tracks. I didn't like or trust him at first, but over the last 30 episodes he has become an integral part of the "Fang-gang" and adding both muscle and streetsmarts to the group. We are still learning about Gunn in the show, and I fully expect some shocking episodes in the next season (don't ask me what, as it would be a huge spoiler and I really think I am right in knowing what is going to happen to him). Lorne/The Host The character is a bit of an enigma. I think he worked a lot better when we knew less about him, and he was just a guest call in the occasional episode. However, he eventually became a fully fledged member of the gang, and provided much insight for the gang (I forgot to mention that he was an empath - reads people's furtures from their emotions). MISC <
br> The show has had an ongoing "big bad" in the lawyer firm "Wolfram and Hart", however this has often provided only a small influence in the show. The only thing we know for sure, is that they know Angel is going to be a big player in the apocalypse, and are determined to get him on their side. Hint: That is NOT the good side! I think I prefer than standalone episodes in this show, as they are more compact and give you closure much sooner. However WR&H are there as the series arc, and you never know quite what they are going to be doing. ACTING It's an ensemble cast, far bigger than it was originally, and as such the characters are sometimes fighting for screen time. I don't think this detracts from the show, but rather gives it a richer, deeper feeling. David Boreanaz is perfect as Angel, and plays the character very introspectively. This is good, because when he explodes with emotion, it really has an impact. Charisma Carpenter seems to have a great range, and is able to portray her character in any direction the writer's want to send her. She is very endearing, if not quite as attractive as she is supposed to be. Alexis Denisof is amazing as Wesley and of all of them, I think he is destined to be the biggest star. He is also lucky enough to be the boyfriend of the supremely gorgeous Alyson Hannigan (who plays Willow in Buffy). WRITING Most of the team have also worked on Buffy, and a couple of them (David Fury and Joss Whedon - who created the show) have even had bit parts. The show is darker than Buffy, and as such has a slightly more adult target audience. There are still some very funny moments, but as a rule they try to underplay that, in a way they don't on Buffy. CONCLUSION I think that perhaps I prefer the show to it's "Mother", and would usually choose to watch it instead of Buffy if there was a time clash in
the listings (thankfully there is not!). The downside of being a spin off means it is sometimes not given as much respect as it deserves, but I would suggest two things; firstly, if you loved Buffy you should love this show and secondly, if you hated Buffy you may very well still love the show. It does not require an in-depth knowledge of Buffy and can easily be watched in it's own right. More Buffy and Angel reviews coming soon! Thanks for reading!
You all know of my mad and passionate love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer don't you?, Well when many moons ago there were rumours of a spin-off series of the spin-off of the movie revolving around one of the central characters Angel, then I was sat in 2 minds, one being that this is a big mistake by Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Warner Brothers bosses, and two that this was a master-stroke and I was going to find a reason to be away from my friends for another hour in the week, now its been a couple of years since the show 'Angel' came around and its become my 'favourite thing'. for those of you that don't know Angel is a vampire, with a soul (damn those pesky gypsies), Buffy is a Vampire Slayer - who fell in love with Angel, ending up with Angel disappearing to L.A. to open up his own detective agency and help Lost Souls who feel may need the help of an un-dead bloodsucker. Simple really isn't it?, no - didn't think so, but surprisingly as you watch the show you'll find that its all really easy to get into the swing of understanding and any fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer will find it even easier than a really easy thing. The thing with Spin-offs though is that it can be extremely easy to be too similar to the show it originated from, and if I've ever had a gripe about this particular show, then it would be how often the creators of the show have made it all just a little too samey to Buffy, but thankfully that's few and far between, anyway back to the show. As you can probably tell from the first few paragraphs its generally a detective series with a twist, and although quite often you'll find that an episode does have an original tale, there'll be a continuation of a storyline that's been developed over the previous episodes, and that's where the beauty lies in Angel for me, instead of just blundering through from one episode to another, you
get the feeling of actually getting somewhere when you watch an episode (although this may be off-putting to the casual viewer). Now as we all know a TV series is basically make or break depending on what the characters/actors (or actresses) are like, and Angel is no exception, so a quick look at the main players from all episodes seen by Tripley so far: Angel (played by David Boreanaz): Well with the TV show being called Angel I'd guess that this is your main character in it all, now I've got a confession for you all - I didn?t like Angel in Buffy when he was a good guy, when he was Angelus that was fine, as he didn?t seem so much like a sap, but here in his own show it seems that we finally have a middle-ground between Angelus (Angel being Evil) and Angel (Angel being a good guy). The character itself is a well written one, being given your usual comedy lines that are now a standard fare of Teen Sci-Fi (especially the kind that come out of America), but as with the whole show he just seems a little bit more serious now than he was in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. On top of this I have to say that Angel is a character more suited to having a lead part in a show rather than being a love interest, and a big part of the credit has to go to Boreanaz, he's made Angel more moody without cutting him off from the viewer. So onto Boreanaz's acting skills, obviously playing a vampire with a soul isn't going to be easy but he's pulled it off, its just a shame he can't bring that into his movie career (shhhhhhh don't mention Valentine anyone). Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter): One character who even back into her early days in Buffy I always thought was under-rated, in fact part of me still does, but anyway. Cordelia is the classic tale of 'spoilt little rich kid falling flat on her face', She's now moved on and her character has evolved into Angels secretary-cum-partner in crime. <br> Now personally I preferred her in Buffy as the spoilt little rich kid, however that's not to say the character she's been given now is a bad one, its just not as good as she has been. However back to the good stuff, as always Carpenters performances are nothing less than accomplished, I don't know if its just me but she has an aura on-screen that is quite second-to-none. Allen Doyle (Glenn Quinn): The first main character we've had that wasn't originally from Buffy, Doyle is a demon (on his mothers side) and is the original foreteller of anything bad happening via 'visions' (which come in the form of basically really bad daydreams) and when he first appeared I had my worries about him, but he soon appeared to be fitting in before getting wrote out half way through the first series(I'll leave that one to the videos). Quinn himself is probably the biggest factor in Doyle's whole on screen appearance, it was obvious from day one that he was cast as the 'funny member' of the cast, much the same as Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and although it took him some time what we did see of him on Angel promises a great career ahead for Quinn. Wesley Wyndham-Price (Alexis Denisof): Another Buffy cross-over, Wesley was originally a Watcher in Buffy and has now come to LA to assist Angel in his investigations into the paranormal and seemingly hes taken over the role of funny guy from Doyle. Now I know I said that Angel was my favourite thing but, everything has it flaws and for Angel, Wesley is it - there's always a risk when playing a comedy character that you can over-do the comedy and sadly that's what's happened here - I do believe that this is as well a mixture of both Denisof's acting abilities and the scripts hes been given, so moving swiftly on to the final main character seen so far (generally because I don't want to bad-mouth anything in Angel this much
): <br> Charles Gunn (J. August Richards): Its going to be a hard one for me to describe here as I haven't seen that many episodes with him in as of yet, but from what I've seen I like the character a lot. Being a vigilante (who wants to kill vampires yet aides Angel - don't ask eh?), the characters obviously going to be a tough one (as in hard person, not tough to play), and this is portrayed well so far by Richards, but I'm not going to go too far into it all as I'd be talking Gibberish. Now then, final things are music and settings, obviously with the show surrounding a vampire it has to be shot mostly in the dark, and this works well to keep the mean and moody angle the shows got going, most episodes do seem to keep to this setting so the whole set-building has been worked off to a tee on this one. Music wise its not going to be your 'famous type of artist', usually it is just some kind of deep and moody classical music or a quick blast of Rock, however the theme-tune has to be one of the most haunting I've heard in a long time, its one of the few songs that does make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. So there you are then, Angel - go, watch it you won?t be disappointed (just don't expect it to be as youth-oriented as Buffy, it does occasionally get a lot worse than Buffy ever did). Jill Murphy asked me to write about one of my favourite things to help her celebrate her fourth anniversary of cancer-free living and to remind ourselves of all the nice things in the world. It takes more muscles to make a frown than a smile you know. If you'd like to join in, whether you've only just joined dooyoo, or you've been here ages, you're more than welcome. Just write about one of YOUR favourite things, make your title "A Favourite Thing: [your choice]" and include this paragraph at the foot of your opinion. And post before Friday, 9th Aug
Overall I think that Angel is an excellent show. In my opinion the things that make a great show are: good writers, good acting, and good chemistry between the actors. I think that Angel has all of those. David Boreanaz "Angel" has done such a wonderful job with his character, he has such a great talent when it comes to the range of how Angel is acting. He can pull off a happy-fun-good personality, then suddenly have it changed to a moody-sad-bad type personality. And make it look believeable. The only flaw I had seen with the show was the lack of lead female characters. They only had one opposed to the 3 lead men characters. I was pleased when they added "Fred" it helped to give it a better balance. Angel is a show about a vampire with a soul. Angel, who is also known as Angelus. Had been a very evil vampire, after killing a young girl from a gypsy clan. The elders of the clan had cursed him with a soul. After spending time in Sunnydale with the Slayer, Angel moved to Los Angeles. The main characters are: Angel/Angelus protrayed by David Boreanaz. Cordelia Chase protrayed by Charisma Carpenter. Cordelia also made the move from Sunnydale to LA. After her move to LA, Cordy found Angel, and has been working with him to fight the demons and other evils. Wesley Wyndam-Price, Wesley is a former Watcher. After losing his job as Watcher, he turned up in LA..calling himself a Rogue Demoon Hunter. He then joined Angel and Cordy in their work to fight evil.
The Background 246 years ago in a small Irish village a young wayward man lived with his father and sister. Annoyed at his father for never giving him any respect or approval as a man, he sought solace from his bitterness at the bottom of a glass and in a bar room brawl. A beautiful lady observed him fighting one night and admired his rage and potential. She was actually a vampire named Darla who offered to end his pain and give him revenge, eternal life and power. Dissatisfied with his life he agreed and thus she made him into a vampire. Reborn as a vampire he struck with vengeance not only killing his family and servant but the whole village. He killed every living soul but still his fury was not satiated since in killing his father he had ensured that he would never have his approval for anything ever again. To cut off ties from his dead family he renamed himself Angelis. For 150 years Angelis and Darla ran amok in the world killing and feeding on their prey, with no soul there was no conscience, no remorse just pure evil. Eventually Darla made a mistake. She brought Angelis a present, a gypsy girl to feed on. He was only too happy to comply but when the girl’s family found out, they cursed Angelis with a soul. For a vampire to have a soul was a worse punishment than ending his eternal life. He remembered every single life he had taken, the screams, the begging and the fear. Darla who was still pure evil could not stomach the fact that he had a soul and cast him out and so Angel was born the vampire with a soul. His conscience would not allow him to take human life bad enough the thousands of innocents that he had killed over the last 150 years, he wouldn’t take any more life. The only way the curse could be broken is if Angel were to experience one true moment of happiness. This was unlikely because of the weight of the foul deeds that he had committed. Alone, he lived on rats and later pla
sma packs stolen from hospitals, he became almost feral unable to interact with society but unwilling to be a vampire neither one thing nor the other with no purpose or goal he wandered aimlessly. He lived as a vagabond for years like this until a demon messenger sought him. He had been sent by “the powers that be” a group of demi-gods if you will that ensured balance between good and evil. The messenger took Angel to Sunnydale, where he was to help a girl called Buffy Summers. Buffy was a high school girl with a double life as a vampire slayer or simply “The Slayer” a fighter for good against evil. Thus Angel and Buffy met - a vampire slayer and a vampire with a soul. Angel and Buffy battled side by side and began to draw closer. As they consummated their love, Angel experienced his one true moment of happiness and the curse was broken. Angelis rose again, free of the burden of a soul. He tried to plunge the world into hell and whilst Buffy’s friends tried to find a spell to restore his soul and bring Angel back, they knew that if they couldn’t, Buffy would have to kill him. Angelis managed to open the portal to hell and the only way to close it would be to seal it with his blood at the very last second. Willow, a friend of Buffy’s and a powerful witch managed to restore his soul and brink back Angel. But it was too late, Buffy had to kill him to close the portal. Angel was dragged into hell and tortured for a thousand years before being deposited back on earth, once again a vampire with a soul. Although he had spent a thousand years in hell, they deposited him back in Sunnydale only a few months after he had been dragged into hell. The writing was on the wall by this point for Buffy and Angel, when they finally reunited. They realised they couldn’t be together, but keeping apart was too painful too. So Angel turned his back on Sunnydale and moved to L.A. That is where the Angel series b
egins. Characters and Purpose ********************** Angel – a vampire cursed with a soul. Seeking redemption for his crimes. Originally he begins by just helping and saving people where he can hoping that one day if he saves as many people as he had killed he can find some degree of peace. Cordelia Chase – A former member of Sunnydale High School, shallow and self-serving at first but underneath you begin to realise she cares about her friends. Doyle – a half demon that experiences head splitting visions of people in need of Angels help. Sent by the “powers that be” to guide Angel and give his redemption quest some direction. A charming loveable Irish rogue who develops a concealed crush on Cordelia. Wesley Windham Pryce – Former Slayer watcher, failed miserably with his charge Faith – a slayer that went bad after killing a human by accident. He was sacked by the watcher council and became a rogue demon hunter – huge knowledge of the occult and demons, ancient languages. As the name would suggest a slightly wimpy English guy who surprises himself with his own bravery and develops into a valuable fighter. Gunn – A vigilante gang leader, who has been fighting vampires for years – meets Angel whilst trying to kill him and eventually and grudgingly starts to trust Angels Group. Kate – A detective in the LAPD, she is like the Scully of the group, unwilling to believe until she sees it for herself. Helpful until the reality of evil in the world kicks in and she becomes withdrawn and reluctant but still helps where she is able. Wolfram and Hart – A group of characters here. A law firm that personifies evil, the firm are mostly human but some of the lawyers are likeable and charming – they constitute the source of most of the evil generated in L.A. They represent murderers, vampires and demons with goals and resources tha
t at times dishearten Angel and his group because no matter what they do, they don’t seem to be able to shake them unless they play by their rules. The Series ********* This is aimed at a more mature audience than Buffy. The target audience is from late teens to early twenties as indicated by the fact that most of the tapes are given a 15 rating with a few with an 18 rating on them. It balances well from episode to episode, sometimes it is dark and gritty other times humorous and light-hearted it strikes the balance well, to not take itself too seriously but at the same time lose nothing in atmosphere when it chooses to go for the serious dramatic episodes. All the characters, even the evil ones are likeable because the writer has seen that giving the main enemies, Wolfram and Hart substance and allowing the audience identify with them makes for a more intense experience when the planning and build ups come to a head. Unlike Buffy, the central and therefore main theme runs strongly throughout the two series available on video at the moment. Whilst sub plots and other stories come in, they all intertwine with the main theme of Angel –v- Wolfram and Hart. Where the Buffy series can sometimes get distracted and leave the main theme hanging, with Angel they constantly add to it and develop the characters. The acting is of an extremely high standard to a level that you actually feel the emotions with the characters. On one occasion where Angel has done something extremely bad, it takes the group a couple of weeks to forgive him. You feel his sorrow and the embarrassment and the uneasiness even when he rejoins the group. I have never seen a series with such strong and to be applauded character development. In most series’ the main characters always seem to stay the same, but in Angel, you see what they go through and you see the changes that result from their experiences. It is extremely well written and
directed because the progression of the character’s personalities determines their reactions to further story developments and helps to develop the characters further. For example, when Wesley first joins the series, he is a wimpy, whiny little Englishman, too caught up in protocol to be of any real use. Now, after the first two series, he is a battle hardened veteran, with unswerving loyalty and walks into battle without hesitation but it is not a sudden change it happens slowly and constantly through the experiences that we witness his character go through. Angel himself has his own torment after being drawn to a prophesy scroll which Wesley manages to decipher. It mentions a vampire with a soul having the destiny to fight in an apocolyse and if he survives he would be once again made human and be given a second chance. The only problem is Wolfram and Hart are aware of the prophesy and therefore don't want to kill him since although it says he will play a large part in the coming apocolypse, it doesn't say who's side he will be on...... It has exciting story lines, fast paced action and well-timed humour, each episode brings something new and fresh so it never gets old. If you have been put off so far because you didn’t particularly like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, don’t be, whilst there are of course similarities and this is a spin off, they haven’t been afraid to try new things out. This is shown clearly in the episodes Buffy makes and appearance, because by that time the series has stated it’s dark theme and she looks a little out of her depth. I would highly recommend getting the first series or even the first half of the first series and watching them a few episodes at a time. I promise you will have more than one moment of true happiness and will probably buy the rest as soon as possible. You can buy them online, or in any music/video shop but WH Smith sometimes do a deal where you
buy one half of the series and get the other half free, although they tend to do this more around christmas, but don't make yourself wait.
Until recently I'd only ever seen the odd episode of ANGEL. I kind of have trouble getting into any TV series these days as I'm often not at home the same time on the same evening for more than a couple of weeks. For this reason I'm really glad that TV shows have started coming out on DVD and in video boxsets in their complete seasons at a reasonable price. Anyway, on to ANGEL. I recently borrowed the whole of the first two seasons on video from a friend of mine who was adamant that I would enjoy it. I'd never even seen much of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (the series from which ANGEL is a spin-off) so I was a bit sceptical, but I'm glad I did watch it as I got quite used to a regular fix of ANGEL and am now sad because I'm not getting my fix!! ANGEL stars David Boreanaz as the eponymous character, who is a vampire. However this vampire has a soul and is atoning for centuries of evil deeds by helping people in Los Angeles. Helping him in this are a number of other characters. The first season began with Angel being accompanied by Cordelia Chase (another character from BUFFY) who is desperate to be an actress (which is why she moved from Sunnydale to LA in the first place) and Doyle, a half-human, half-demon. Doyle suffered from visions and it is these visions that usually showed the team who they needed to help - they were a signal from the 'Powers That Be'. After 9 episodes Doyle was killed off, and his vision power was transferred to Cordelia. She and Angel were then joined by Wesley Wyndham-Price, who had previously appeared on BUFFY too, but who was now a renegade demon bounty hunter. Later they were also joined by another couple of characters - Gunn and Fred - along with a large number of supporting characters who drift in and out of the storylines. The characters are the best thing about ANGEL. Angel himself is usually dark and broody, and this makes the odd occasions when he becomes a little happ
ier very amusing to watch. Doyle was OK, but when he was replaced by Wesley I was unhappy, as Wesley came across as a bit of a pathetic character. Thankfully he grew on me though. The best character has got to be Cordelia. Charisma Carpenter (the actress who plays Cordelia) is absolutely gorgeous, but that is not the only reason why I like the character (although it's a good reason to like her!). Cordelia as a character has really grown since the beginning of the series, from a vacuous annoying girl, into a more mature, caring, 'deep' woman. The storylines are also strong and this is something else that I like about the series, and to be honest about TV today. Gone are the days of the 'reset' button, where every episode of a TV show ended with the characters pretty much the same as they were at the beginning. ANGEL is a developing story, and characters and situations change. In this respect it is much like a soap opera, but there's nothing wrong with that! So, in closing, ANGEL is an excellent series, and I look forward to the release of the Season 3 box set.
I first started watching Buffy when my mum was, and i got hooked. My mum loved Angel and i thuoght he was ok. When his own series came out i was like oh ok I'll watch it. But I never did I thought they were boring. You see we have the whole series of Buffy and Angel up to now and we are going to get the new season when it comes out on video. So I was watching Buffy and i decided to give Angel a try and after a few episodes I loved it aswell. Now we cant wait for the new season to come out on the 10th Sky one 8pm til 11p both Buffy and Angel. So far I have talked about what I have got and I know you want to know about Angel or you wouldn't of came to read this so I'll tell you about him and the other characters and the Seasons. MAIN CHARACTERS UP TO THE END OF SEASON 2 (I will update this after the new season comes out) ANGEL: (of course) He first appears in the first episode (obviously) when he is in a bar talking to a guy about he lover, Buffy. And how he had to leave Sunnydale because they could never be together, and how this black bold-headed guy reminded him of Buffy, you know because of the hair. As the series go on he meets old friends makes new friends and saves lots of people. He leaves his new friends for some time when all the pressure is too much. Trying to make friends again isn't that easy. But in the end of season 2 he and my friends (tell you about them in a second) go in a portal to save a friend, when they get back (ehich they do) an old friend is in the office with some bad news. DOYLE: Doyle first appears when Angel goes home and Doyle is in his apartment. Angel knows he isn't human, he was right, Doyle is a half-demon, who gets visons of people in trouble and helps Angel in his quest. He starts by telling Angel, Angels life story and that he is here to help him, by the Powers That be. When an old friend of Angel is at a party Doyle falls for her. But unfo
rtunatly there love could never last as Doyle sacrifices himself to save a ship full of half-demons like him from a bright light that will kill anything within a mile that has human in them. But just before he goes he kisses his crush, and she gets an unexpected gift from him. CORDELIA: Cordelia first appears when Angel is helping a lady (with the help of the Powers That Be and Doyle) who wants to get away. He becomes her body Guard at a party where Cordelia is. Cordelia's big ambition is to become an actress which soon she nearly does but she realises it is to hard. She starts working for Angel and has lots of wacky ideas, but she stays with them. She doesn't like Doyle as a boyfriend but he likes her, and when he sacrafices himsefl to save lots of people he kisses her and passes on the visions, which she doesn't know until a few days later. Near the end of season 2 she gets sucked into a portal with a demon who is the cousin of a singer in a demon bar. She is treated as a slave, but when she has a vision she gets tested for the 'sight' which she has, and she becomes queen of that dimension. KATE: Kate first appears in the second episode when Angel, Cordelia and Doyle are looking for a demon in a singles bar. Kate is a police officer and she has a rough time with Angel when she finds out he is a vampire, Then when her father is killed by 2 vampires while Angel is watching, unable to help unless he is invited into the house, Kate blames it on him. There friendship is ruined. SPIKE: Spike first appears when he follows one of Buffy's friends to L.A. to get his gem back, which Buffy is giving to Angel so he can go out into the sun and touch the cross and things he can't do because he is a vampire. Spike wants this gem so he goes to L.A. to get it back. There is a fight but he goes back to Sunnydale. OZ: Oz comes to L.A. to give Angel the gem which will make him unkillerable with it on. BUt
he doesn't stay for long. BUFFY: Buffy comes to see angel when he takes a trip to Sunnydale to help her kill some mad indians but doesn't tell her, she is a bit upset about that. They are attacked by a demon and some of its blood mixes with Angels and makes him human. He and Buffy share a day of romance but Angel goes to the powers that be to turn back time because he wants tobe able to protect people. He tells Buffy just before time is turned back and no one will remember it but him. She is really upset by thios but then it turns back and she doesn't know anything has happened. WESLEY: He first appears when Angel and Wesley are tracking a demon, well Wesley is traking a demon and that demon is hunting a demon which goes to Angel for help and takes Cordelia an auctions her. After that Wesley becomes one of the team to defeat evil. He takes a case and says he is Angel and falls in love with Virginia a rich girl who her dad wants to sacrafice. They get togther. Wesley gets shot when he is helping his new friend against some strange police. He forgives Angel for leaing them and they go and help Cordelia get out of the demon dimension. FAITH: Faith comes to town after plan failed in Sunnydale, she comes looking for revenge at first when she joins up with Wolfram and Hart to kill Angel who has been a major problem to them. She then changes her mind and wants to be good again, Wesley and Cordelia aren't too happy about that. Buffy again comesto L.A. to kill Faith after the mess she made and faith runs, But in the end she goes to the police to confess to what she has done. GUNN: Gunn first comes in when he is fighting vampires along with his crew and Angel gets caught in the middle of it. He starts to trust Angel and then he works for him, he also helps to get Cordelia back from the demon dimension she is trapped in. DARLA: A past love of Angel for 100 years they massacred the streets they wa
lked, but in Buffy Angel killed Darla to save Buffy, But when Wolfram and Hart bring her back Angel is begining to go obsessed with her. She is human when she comes back and she is dying. She was turned by the Marster when she was dying a long time ago and because she was a vampire it went but now she is human again it has come back. She wants Angel to turn him but he declines but then an old friend of Darla and Angel comes to fix things again. Darla is now a vampire and she and her friend go and kill lots of people like old times. But Angel realises what he has to do, kill them both. DRUSILLA: She first comes when she turns Darla back to a vampire and the 2 of them rampage in L.A. I have just wrote some information about the main characters that come into Angel as the season goes on but near the end of season 2 Willow comes and she is sitting on the sofa in Anels office, When they get back they get a surprise that she is there, but Angel knows straight away that it is to do with Buffy. I hope i have helped you If there is anything i have missed please tell me in the comment box Thanx The price i have given below is for a box set of 3 videos and 1 video wil be cheaper, you can also buy box set DVD's which cost around £75