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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Angel

episode 1.7

USA 1997
directed by Scott Brazil
starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Stewart Head, David Boreanaz, Mark Metcalf, Julie Benz, Kristine Sutherland, Andrew J.Ferchland
written by David Greenwalt, created by Joss Whedon

tv-series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV-series)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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To beat Buffy, Vampire Slayer (Sarah Michelle Gellar) once & for all, head vampire the Master (Mark Metcalf) sends the Three, a trio of vampire warriors, after her, & they are almost successful - until Angel (David Boreanaz) steps n that is, who, together with Buffy, can hold them back long enough so they can make an escape - to Buffy's home.

& while the Three are executed for their failure in the vampires' underground lair, Buffy decides to let Angel sleep in her room - not in her bed though - & starts to learn why Angel fights vampires, too (nothing unusual, they killed his family), but hen, the next morning, they kiss, much to her shock, Angel turns into a vampire ... he can make an escape though, if only just.

Down underground meanwhile, vampire Darla (Julie Benz) meanwhile proposes another wicked plan to the Master to finally get rid of Buffy - to use Angel, who has once been one of them, to kill her. So she first goes to Angel, her former lover, to convince him that Buffy will be going to kill him, next she visits Buffy's mother (Kristine Sutherland), pretending to be a friend of Buffy, bites her in the neck (as vampires do), & arranges it that Buffy finds Angel with her mother's body ...

In a final showdown Buffy & Angel realize they cannot kill each other, Buffy because she still cares for Angel, Angel because he is a vampire with a soul (vampires usually have no souls, you see, & thus no conscience, but his was restored by gipsies) - which is just as well, since Buffy's mentor Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) & friends Willow (AlysonHannigan) & Xander (Nicholas Brendon) have since found out that Darla did attack Buffy's mum (not lethally though), & she doesn't fail to show up, guns blazing (!). Still, in the end Buffy's & Angel's combined forces can kill her for good ...

Andrew J.Ferchland has another appearance as the Anointed One (see episode Never Kill a Boy on the First Date), but is of no consequence to the plot.

 

Angel proves to be one of these typical origin-episodes, where, just like in a Marvel-comicbook, the origins of a mysterious character with a dark past but a heart of gold are finally revealed - & as expected, the origins of Angel hold virtually no surprises at all ... as Angel, of all the Buffy-regulars, is despite some efforts the most clichéd & least interesting character (he still got his own long-running, self-named TV series though). Fast pacing & a fair amount of action keep this episode from being a total failure though.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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