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Angel: Season 2 (2000)

Cast: David Boreanaz, David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, more...
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Television, Vampires, Comedy TV, Horror TV, Fantasy
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
With evil law firm Wolfram & Hart firmly established as the chief source of villainy in Los Angeles, Angel began its second season with its first truly extended story line: the war between Angel (David Boreanaz) and his lawyerly nemeses for the soul of Darla (Julie Benz), his newly resurrected, newly human vampire consort. A Buffy the Vampire Slayer veteran and a staple in Angel flashback scenes, Benz was able to modernize her fan-favorite character and add a sympathetic thread to Darla's elegant villainy. But when evil babe Drusilla (Juliet Landau) arrived during sweeps month to re-vampirize Darla and crush Angel's soul, the story line shifted to explore the idea of hero-as-vigilante. A rift developed between Angel and his compatriots, sending the title character on a darker path and leaving his resentful friends to continue their own efforts to "help the helpless." As Wesley became the de facto leader of Angel Investigations, Alexis Denisof was finally able to play the character as something other than comic relief. Charisma Carpenter, too, slipped into something a little more heroic as her character, Cordelia Chase, struggled to control her painful visions from The Powers That Be -- and that plot device, which had begun as a supernatural version of Charlie's disembodied voice on Charlie's Angels, soon allowed the writers to add a deeper, richer dimension to Cordelia's previous mixture of sarcasm and sex appeal. Meanwhile, new series regular Gunn (J. August Richards) slowly integrated himself into the mix. And, although he wouldn't become a regular cast member until the fourth season, Andy Hallett's green-skinned, karaoke-singing demon character Lorne injected campy humor into the show's already diverse mixture of styles and tones. Crossovers with parent series Buffy the Vampire Slayer continued. However, the producers' plans to explore the rehabilitation of bad-girl slayer Faith went nowhere when actress Eliza Dushku proved unavailable for anything but a quick cameo. (She would return two seasons later.) In fact, guest-star scheduling problems caused the entire season to peak early, with the departure of longtime supporting characters Kate Lockley (Elisabeth Rohm) and Lindsay MacDonald (Christian Kane) and a fateful sexual tryst between Angel and Darla. The final four episodes introduced a completely new, Wizard of Oz-esque story line that, although hardly a hit with fans or critics, did facilitate another addition to the cast: Amy Acker as Fred, a Southern belle with a scientific bent. ~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide

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Angel: Season 2 (Disc 1 of 6) (2000)
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Angel: Season 2 (Disc 2 of 6) (2000)
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Angel: Season 2 (Disc 3 of 6) (2000)
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Angel: Season 2 (Disc 4 of 6) (2000)
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Angel: Season 2 (Disc 5 of 6) (2000)
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Angel: Season 2 (Disc 6 of 6) (2000)
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"Angel" season 2, disc 5 by Saroz November 13, 2004 - 11:24 PM PST
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The fifth disc of "Angel" season two includes these episodes:

"Epiphany"

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

"Disharmony"

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"

That...um...eyeful 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

"Belonging"

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

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