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Angel: Season 2 (Disc 5 of 6) back to product details

"Angel" season 2, disc 5
written by Saroz November 13, 2004 - 11:24 PM PST
The fifth disc of "Angel" season two includes these episodes:


This is a bit of a hard one to work with. It's possible it should have been the second part of a two-parter with "Reprise," as the first few scenes are oddly confusing if you haven't seen the previous episode immediately beforehand. It also has a lot of elements that never quite work - the overstated 'epiphany' line, Kate's understated exit, Wesley's weird inability to use a wheelchair properly, and Lindsey's unusually rash actions - but somehow, it manages to at least do what it set out to, and brings the long-running arc of the past few episodes to a satisfactory close. The best part is easily the odd Wesley and Gunn camaraderie, with Angel's surprised response, although his discussion with Kate at the end comes a close second. 6/10


Harmony shows up just in time to bring some long-needed levity to the series (not to mention the most frumpy nightgown ever). Cordelia's misinterpretation of Harm's "condition" is absolutely precious, and the great Willow cameo is the icing on the cake. More importantly, though, Harmony brings an interesting set of moral questions into the mix; the ethics of vampirism is something I'm a little surprised hasn't come up before. It's also nice to see the post-high school blues addressed for Cordelia, and we're allowed a convincing bridge between the "Buffy" and "Angel" versions of the character, even if it comes two years late. And hey, the Doug Sanders motivational speech isn't half bad for a laugh, either. 8/10

"Dead End" of a teaser is one of the most jolting things to appear in the whole series; it's harrowing because it seems so realistic. The bulk of the episode follows the same quiet and disturbing lines, which makes for an interesting change of pace from the previous episode. Angel, unfortunately, seems vastly out of character here. The scene with Cordelia and the sandwiches is nice, but the rest is a little too...quippy. Applause for Christian Kane, though; this episode focuses on him more than anyone else, and he's easily the best thing about it. The singing is an extra plus, even if it does take away from the horror of the rest of the episode. Yeah, Lindsey's weird boardroom explosion is a bit much - "Stop it, evil hand!" - but it's certainly a memorable departure for the character, better than either Darla or Kate got two episodes ago. 7/10


The initial theme of the episode is a good one. Seeing all of the characters lose their cool, on an individual and personal level, makes for very solid drama. Unfortunately, it all gets sidelined by Lorne's mystery assailant. The need to tack on an additional story arc to draw the season out to twenty-two episodes seems a little rough, but I suppose it might work out later. The humor in this episode is rather off, too; Angel still seems a bit strange, and even Cordelia's too plucky by the time they get to the public library. The Draaken is a goofy monster, too, but overall there's enough that's intriguing about the whole affair to warrant the trip to Lorne's dimension. 5.5/10


(Average 7.46)
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