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255 of 259 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joss Whedon ROCKS! An Excellent Start To An Excellent Show
This six Disk DVD Set is the beginning of a wonderful adventure. Joss Whedon knows what people want, the two basic ingredients in any Show no matter what medium, and they are real characters and good stories. Once you have these two factors you have a hit no matter what genre. If you care about good story telling, fabulous writing and acting as well as a behind the scenes...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of Things To Come
After "Buffy" Season 3 comes out on DVD in January, it's a short wait until the premiere season of "Angel" arrives. While mostly uneven, it still contains its share of exciting hours and is an important prelude to the highly-acclaimed Seasons 2 and 3.
The basic premise is that Angel, the Gypsy-cursed vampire with a soul, relocates to Los Angeles to escape the...
Published on November 25, 2002 by Jason A. Miller


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255 of 259 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joss Whedon ROCKS! An Excellent Start To An Excellent Show, May 26, 2005
This review is from: Angel - Season One (DVD)
This six Disk DVD Set is the beginning of a wonderful adventure. Joss Whedon knows what people want, the two basic ingredients in any Show no matter what medium, and they are real characters and good stories. Once you have these two factors you have a hit no matter what genre. If you care about good story telling, fabulous writing and acting as well as a behind the scenes crew that is collectively an incredibly talented bunch, then this is the DVD set for you. The Picture and Sound are theater quality. The closed captioning and Audio come in other languages besides English. It's jam packed with all sorts of extra bonus specials. The Brilliant creators, Joss Whedon, David Greenwalt and other staff members are at their very best, just as they were with their work on Buffy (which is also a must own). I not only highly recommend this Season disk set, but the other four seasons as well. Quite a bit of quality work went into the making of all five seasons. All five are a necessary buy for any Angel fan! It's completely impossible to be anything but extremely pleased with this purchase as well as the rest of the series.

David Boreanaz (Angel) and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) are perfect together. Him as the brooding vampire and her as the bright smiling somewhat shallow, a little spoiled and lost without her lifelong wealth. They come together, even though they are from totally different worlds to create Angel investigations. Glenn Quinn (Doyle) an Irish actor plays a half demon half human with visions from "The Powers That Be". These visions are intended to help Angel in his mission of redemption. Glenn adds a certain mystery plus comic relief to his character. While being a help to Angel and trying to find his own redemption, he otherwise spends most of his time drinking scotch and chasing Cordelia. Unfortunately, in Episode 9 entitled "Hero" he gets to atone for his past. Doyle knows he will lose his life in completing his task and passes his visions onto Cordelia with a kiss. We end up losing a wonderful actor. He was a great asset to the show. Sadly in real life we lost him as well. With the Doyle gone there was an opportunity to add someone new to the show. Alexis Denisof reprises his role from Buffy as (Wes). He shows up on Angel as a rogue demon hunter after being fired from The Watchers Council. Eventually he joins Angel investigations. Alexis Denisof is one of the most versatile actors I have ever had the pleasure to watch. He has that special ability of being the smooth sophisticate ie: a James Bond type and on a dime he can be the worlds greatest comedic doofs or fools if you prefer. He has an amazing range of abilities as shown throughout the series. He was by far the BEST choice to replace Glenn Quinn. Any show isn't complete without our villains. Christian Kane (Lindsey) and Stephanie Romanov (Lila) both play lawyers for Wolfram and Hart and Angels worst nemesis. Both are consummate actors. My favorite is Lila, a self professed vicious bitch. She is the Queen of the gray areas. Lila adds sex appeal while still being evil. They both are a lot of fun while still being great adversaries for Angel and his crew. Joss Whedon once again comes through with proving to us that "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" wasn't a lucky fluke, but the catalyst to more GREAT television. I not only highly recommend this Season DVD set, but the other four seasons as well. Any true Angel fan must complete or start their set with this one. Purchase this before it gets sold out and you miss your chance to continue your collection. ORDER IMMEDIATELY AND DON'T FORGET TO BUY SEASONS TWO, THREE, FOUR AND FIVE WHILE YOUR AT IT.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of Things To Come, November 25, 2002
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This review is from: Angel - Season One (DVD)
After "Buffy" Season 3 comes out on DVD in January, it's a short wait until the premiere season of "Angel" arrives. While mostly uneven, it still contains its share of exciting hours and is an important prelude to the highly-acclaimed Seasons 2 and 3.
The basic premise is that Angel, the Gypsy-cursed vampire with a soul, relocates to Los Angeles to escape the memory of ex-girlfriend Buffy, and to "fight the good fight" against vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. He's aided by "Buffy" alum Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia (as his ditzy aide), and Doyle, the half-demon (on his mother's side) guide to "the powers that be".
The first several episodes explore the notion that L.A. is a big, bad, unforgiving city, similar to the way that "Buffy"'s Sunnydale High always reflected its characters' private angst. "Angel" was less suited to the ironic beast-of-the-week format, and quickly dropped it. In "City of...", Joss Whedon's sharply-written pilot, Angel assembles his private-eye crew, but fails to save the girl, and makes mortal enemies out of demonic law firm Wolfram & Hart. "Lonely Heart" similarly takes place in nothing but bars and nightclubs, and is most memorable for the introduction of Detective Kate Lockley.
"Angel" benefitted early on from two crossovers with "Buffy". "Into The Dark" concludes a BtVS story with "Buffy" regulars Spike and Oz visiting L.A. "I Will Remember You" features Sarah Michelle Gellar's first visit to Angel since their breakup. In both episodes Angel refuses an escape from his vampire lifestyle -- even though that means terminating his newfound romance. Both episodes stand out among the season's best, with Spike's merciless taunting of Angel ("I'm just a big fluffy puppy with bad teeth") the higlight of the season.
Other early episodes are not quite as memorable. "I Fall To Pieces", "Room W/A Vu", and "Sense and Sensitivity" all play on the theme of L.A. as a devourer of lost souls. The first of these is the weakest of the season, although the last has an amusing cameo by Steve Schirripa, later of "The Sopranos". Also introduced is Cordy's amusing invisible-ghost roommate, Dennis, surely the hardest-working character on the show. "Bachelor Party" introduces Doyle's family and features the welcome return of Carlos Jacott, who played another demon on the previous season of "Buffy".
In "Hero", Doyle is abruptly killed off, to be replaced in the next episode, "Parting Gifts", by Wesley Wyndham-Price (Alexis Denisof), making the three regulars a matched set of sidelined "Buffy" characters.
Meanwhile, although the season still doesn't have a unified arc, the various hints that pop up in "Somnambulist" turn Detective Lockley, suddenly, into Angel's enemy. A powerful female demon in "She" is supposed to rival Angel -- and provide a possible love interest -- but is never heard from again. "Expecting" features the show's first sex scene, and, as on "Buffy", there are sardonic consequences for all.
"Angel"'s first year slowly revs into gear with episode 14, "I've Got You Under My Skin", a sharp riff on "The Exorcist" which helps bridge the gap between Wesley the craven coward, and the more driven team-leader he'll become. Where "The Prodigal" limps along, introducing an evil protege of Angel's (never to appear again), "The Ring" is another fantastic hour that brings the Wolfram & Hart storyline back into focus. "Eternity", the next episode, is a not-so-welcome detour, the season's lone excuse to bring back Angel's evil alter ago, Angelus, for a very over-the-top ten minutes.
"Five By Five" and "Sanctuary", an intense two-parter, brings Faith over from the "Buffy" universe. Angel does something Buffy couldn't do -- resolve Faith's story act -- even though that means a very angry Buffy squares off again with Angel in the concluding episode.
In "War Zone", we're introduced to budding series regular Gunn, a street kid fighting his own street war against vampires. "Blind Date" finally returns Wolfram & Hart to the fore, as the three previously-seen evil lawyers (all of whose surnames mysteriously begin with the letter "M") embark on a scheme to interfere with Angel's destiny.
The season wraps up with the satisfying "To Shanshu In L.A.". Each of the four regulars is given something to do, and the episode ends with a reaffirmation of Angel's ultimate goal -- to shed his vampire nature and become human at long last. Which is only weakenedly slightly by the fact that Angel refused the gift of humanity on each of the first two discs in this set.
Overall, you won't find Angel: Season One to be nearly as satisfying as what's to come, but it's a good introduction to the show and makes a fine bookend for the three seasons of "Buffy" overflowing your DVD shelf.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic drama, December 8, 2002
This review is from: Angel - Season One (DVD)
Okay so we all know that Angel was always going to have a hard job living up to the expectations set by Buffy, and okay so it isn't quite as good. That certainly doesn't mean that this series isn't superb in its own right. Set up in L.A. we have Angel (David Boreanaz) running his own detective agency with the help of Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) and Doyle (the sadly deceased Glenn Quinn). It's a lot darker than Buffy, or at least it was when Buffy was still in its fourth series, and some would argue Buffy series 6 to be even darker than Angel. The main theme is obviously redemption and what we have here is probably the closest to the kind of monster-of-the-week, no story arc material that Joss Whedon and David E. Greenwalt have ever done.
To say this isn't as good as Buffy is kind of a cop-out, because there are some absolutely superb episodes here. In particular there is I Will Remember You, an absolutely heartbreaking episode in which Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Angel are reunited, but only for a day and of which only he will carry the memory. There's also In The Dark, the closest the show has got to something that's really disturbing, in a horrible torturer character. This episode also sees the crossover of Oz (Seth Green) and Spike (James Marsters), with probably just about the funniest speech that has ever come out of Spike's mouth starting the episode off. What will really get your attention though is the stunning, spectacular two-parter where we see Faith's (Eliza Dushku) return in Five By Five and Sanctuary. Both shows have always shown an amazing tenderness to this character that is practically abnormal among other series, with Faith being presented as a real person rather than your typical bad guy. After a fairly close-to-the-bone torture scene who can say that they didn't feel a slight shiver down their spine as Faith pounded on Angel's chest begging him to kill her. This is drama of the best kind, this is chracterisation of the best sort, heck this is TV of the best sort.
The rest of the series seems to have a main theme of redemption and lost souls in, appropriately enough, the City of Angels. Worth pointing out are Lonely Hearts (which introduces the compelling character Kate Lockley - please can we see a return of her?) and Rm W/A Vu, in which Cordelia buys a new house only to find it's haunted. Hero is one of the most tragic episodes, in which Doyle sacrifices himself to save his friends, something that has grown magnificently in poignancy since the tragic death of Glenn Quinn, who plays Doyle, recently. After that we get to see the reappearance of Wesley (Alexis), a character which Angel has done wonders with considering the almost universal cringing that accompanied his role on Buffy that has now turned him into a character with surprising depth. Given his chance to sparkle in the Exorcist-riff I've Got You Under My Skin he really pulls it off, especially given the hint at his relationship with his father that has been threatening to bubble over ever since. Angel is also capable of pulling a CSI clinical crime like investigation in the utterly compelling Somnabulist, perhaps the most underrated episode of the series, in which one of Angel's 'pupils' comes back to haunt him. The last two-parter to end the series is also entirely gripping, with the first obvious signs of what was to become Angel's major threat, lawyer's firm Wolfram and Hart. This is action drama of the highest quality that isn't afraid to get some genuine emotion in there at the same time.
Angel series 1 is a show that's trying to find its feet, and it finds them. Now in its fourth series, season 1 shows the foundations that made it nearly as popular as the cult phenomenon of Buffy.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The show begins good and only gets better, January 22, 2003
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This review is from: Angel - Season One (DVD)
Angel is a show that has gotten better, deeper and more complex with each season. That said, even the first season had a lot going for it: the original film-noir feel, Angel and Cordelia's developing friendship, Wesley's arrival on the scene, the introduction of characters such as Kate and Lindsey and the all-too-brief time with Doyle. Anyone who isn't watching and enjoying the show's great mixture of humor, action, romance and drama is missing out -- this DVD set would be a great place to begin. If you love these characters, you'll want to see how it all got started. Anybody who's REALLY watching, and can handle a little bit of plot complexity without getting confused, knows the best is yet to come.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first season of an innovative TV show...., June 7, 2003
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This review is from: Angel - Season One (DVD)
It cannot be denied that the TV series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' has become a massive worldwide cult phenomenon. Based on an unsuccessful movie, Joss Whedon turned the whole 'blonde air head turned fighter of all things evil' concept into a massively successful franchise that spans everything from DVD's, comic books to figurines. So what usually happens with successful American TV shows?? They create a spin off series!!!! In this case, we see Angel (Vampire with a soul) be cast into the night light of LA at the end of season 3 to get away from his love for the Slayer and to seek redemption for his past evil doings.
In LA he soon meets up with Doyle - half man/half demon who possessess a link to 'the powers that be' and is Angel's link to saving the human souls of LA. Cordelia, seeking Hollywood fame and fortune, joins the team and they set up a detective agency with the slogan 'we help the helpless'.
In stark contrast to Buffy, the overall tone of Angel is very dark. Whilst still retaining Joss Whedon's characteristic humour, Angel is very much a show aimed at the adult market.
In season 1 Angel is essentially episodic in nature, with cases solved on a week by week basis. However, just when Angel seems to be developing into the standard cop-show formula, story lines divulge to incorporate ghosts, possessions, the evil Law Company that is 'Wolfram and Hart' and sudden cast changes. Though in season 1 we see very little story arching over the season, with season 1 apparently being a means to set up and justify Angel being in LA.
To help season 1 along, several crossovers occur with Buffy season 4 - Spike, Oz, Faith and Buffy herself make an appearance to add further interest and appeal and to increase the development of Angel as a show and a character.
David Boreanaz shines as Angel. His characterisation in the early Buffy episodes could be describes as 'raw', but here he has developed the character to make it strong and believable to hold a show on his own. When the evil Angelus makes an appearance he truly is evil. Cordelia starts off being her usual flighty self but by seasons end we see her character develop significantly as well.
The DVD is presented in a beautiful fold out box adorned with the usual photography of the cast. The picture quality is good, but not exceptional. Considering the amount of night time shots though, it is better than what we see through normal TV reception. Two audio commentaries give us insights into the whole Angel concept as well as production techniques. The several featurettes included give an insight into the background of Angel and the production side. Whilst the featurettes "I'm Cordelia, The Demons and I'm Angel" are full of interesting trivia, it is the lengthy 'Introducing Angel' where the concepts of the show and character are discussed in detail.
Season 1 is a great introduction to the big bad world of LA, and Angel's place within it. Whilst subsequent series delve deeper into character development and improve on the story arching, the first season is not to be missed.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy's spinoff begins in strong fashion, March 2, 2003
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This review is from: Angel - Season One (DVD)
When Angel was given his own show, questions were plentiful. Could Angel carry his own show? Would Buffy survive without two key supporting characters?
They shouldn't have worried.
Angel's first season is excellent, despite the struggle to find its direction early on (although the Doyle episodes have a promise of their own). By season's end, most of the core cast (Angel, Cordy, Wes, Gunn, plus Lindsey, Holland Manners, and Lilah Morgan from Wolfram & Hart and policewoman Kate Lockley) is present, and what stands as one of the great cliffhanger endings of recent history closes a fine season of television.
The featurettes serve as a primer for anyone new to the Buffyverse (specifically Sunnydale refugees Angel and Cordelia), plus a season overview that gives away just a little too much. There aren't too many commentaries, unfortunately, which has been the Achilles' Heel of the Buffy DVD sets so far. The artwork is great, although decidedly focused on the original cast (Angel, Cordy, and Doyle). Key episodes include the final stakes in the heart of the Buffy/Angel relationship, "I Will Remember You" and "Sanctuary"; Doyle's swan song, "Hero"; Spike and Oz's trip to LA, "In the Dark" (especially Spike's hilarious voice-over of Angel and one of his rescued dasmels); the season finale, "To Shanshu in LA"; Faith's first episode in LA, "Five by Five"; and Angel and Wesley's horrid attempts at dancing in "She". A must-buy, especially for fans of Buffy and Angel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars David Boreanez flys solo in ANGEL -Season 1, February 18, 2003
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Hazen B Markoe (St. Paul, MN United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Angel - Season One (DVD)
During BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER's 3rd season, it was decided to spin-off the character of her brooding vampire boyfriend, Angel, into his own series. This was a definite risk as the Buffy/Angel romance was a big part in the show's initial success. They also changed the lead character's locale from the fictional California suburb, Sunnydale, to the gritty city of Los Angeles. What emerged was a somewhat darker, and edgier show that still maintained the wit and twists of its parent.
For folks not familiar with the character, Angel (David Boreanez) was formerly a nasty vampire known as "Angelus." However, after being cursed with a soul by gypsies, our hero now seeks to atone for his past misdeeds by "helping the helpless." In order to do so, he forms a private detective agency with the help of the self-important Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter, whose role also was a major supporting character on BUFFY). Both Boreanez and Carpenter have a solid handle on their roles while relishing the opportunity to display areas they had little chance to roam in. For example, Boreanez gets to show more of a comedic side in scenes where he goes undercover (as a tourist in a VERY loud shirt) and when he imagines himself on the dance floor of a party. The scenes of his "spazz dance" are gut-bustingly funny. In contrast, Cordelia's character grows less selfish as the season goes on. The rest of the supporting cast is also quite solid. Glenn Quinn (who died tragically of a drug overdose in December, 2002) brings a light hearted touch to his Irish half-demon character, while Alexis Denisof grabs our attention as Wesley, the former Watcher who changes from buffoon to one of the most interesting characters on TV today.
Like the Buffy DVDs, this ANGEL set is somewhat thin when it comes to special features. Just selected episode commentaries, promotional featurettes and some picture galleries. Still, ANGEL expands on the world of Buffy and provides its own unique spin. A solid start for the series and a set that I definitely recommend, especially for fans of BUFFY.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Season One of "Angel": The recipe for a successful spinoff, February 1, 2003
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In re-watching Season One of "Angel" it is insightful to consider what creators David Greenwalt and Joss Whedon did to make this series a successful spinoff from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer":
First, "Angel" works in a different genre than "BtVS", presenting more of the hard-boiled detective for its plots and film noir for its style. This key difference between the two shows is captured in the contrast of their respective theme songs. Clearly this spinoff goes in a different direction, amply proven by the surprising revelation of the season's final shot ("BtVS" never had such a last second surprise until the end of Season 6).
Second, the decision to have Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) join Angel (David Boreanaz) in L.A. was a masterstroke. Not only because Cordy's inability to stop what she is thinking from escaping her lips contrasts well with Angel's sullen silences, but also because the two characters had relatively little interaction on "BtVS." Consequently, the character dynamic is new ground. Furthermore, the characters all change for the better over the course of the first season: Angel slowly but surely develops a sense of humor, Cordelia develops a conscience in the wake of the death of Doyle (the late Glenn Quinn) and her getting the curse of his visions ("Hero", "To Shanshu in L.A."), and Wesley (Alexis Denisof) undergoes one of the most remarkable character transformations in television history from pompous comic wimp to grim brooding demon hunter.
Third, Kate Lockley (Elizabeth Rohm) provides Angel with his transitional figure between Buffy and what proves to be Cordelia. The first buzz I remember hearing about "Angel" was that we were all supposed to hate this Kate person, whoever she might be, obviously because she was presumptuous enough to take Buffy's place. Things never get anywhere close to that point (Kate is not Parker), but that is beside the point. Even if Kate is not good enough for Angel, and the departure of Rohm for greener pastures means we never really got to see what the show's creators had in mind for the long-term, she opens up the possibility for Angel to move on romantically although we are reminded that this is not a good thing for our hero ("The Prodigal").
Fourth, Angel Investigations functions the way the Hellmouth does on "BtVS," to provide an opportunity to introduce the monster of the week in each episode. Wolfram & Hart provides an additional source of such monsters for Angel and his crew. Unlike "BtVS," where there is a villain arc for the first half of the season that joins up with a second villain arc in the last half (e.g., Spike & Dru join Angelus in Season 2), Wolfram & Hart continues to be a presence for several seasons, even if the roster of players changes.
Fifth, Greenwalt and Whedon were extremely selective in the crossovers they allowed between the two shows. Not surprisingly, these are some of the best episodes from the series. "In the Dark," where Buffy sends the Ring of Amarra via Oz, is one of the best character studies of Angel, "I Will Remember You" where Angel spends a day with Buffy as a human is a fitting coda to their star-crossed relationship, and the end of "Five by Five" as Angel fights Faith in the rain, is the emotional highpoint of Season One (continued in "Sanctuary"). Unfortunately Season 4 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is not due out on DVD until later this year, which means we have to wait for the first halves of all of these crossovers to be available on DVD.
How good is the first season of "Angel?" The dramatic highpoint of the series has been Darla "giving birth" to Connor during Season 3 and while there is nothing in Season One that reaches that height it is a solid season. Yes, there are some clunkers ("I Fall to Pieces" and "Expecting"), but these are more than counterbalanced by some excellent episodes, most notably "Rm W/A Vu," "Eternity," and "War Zone." Season One of "Angel" is a lot better than Season One of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and also a lot better than I recalled taken in its entirety. Both series have been blessed not only by good writing but also by having actors who exceed initial expectations as to their abilities to perform. This is certainly more true about the three main actors on "Angel" than those they left behind in Sunnydale.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Angel or Buffy, you need this DVD!, February 13, 2003
This review is from: Angel - Season One (DVD)
I am having a hard time writing this review. This DVD is so good I can't quite find the words to do it justice. The show is full of action, and humor. The writing is amazing. Very detailed and well developed characters. The premise for the show itself is pure genius. The first season really sets the ground rules for the show. It gives you the hows and the whys of Angel's life that you never got to see on Buffy. This is the complete first season, nothing is missing. I guarantee that if you watch just the first episode you will be hooked!
I would have to say that my favorite episodes of the first season are:
I Will Remember You - Angel kills a regenerating demon and his blood causes Angel to become human once again. So what does he do? Spends his day with Buffy of course. Wouldn't you if you could?
Eternity - We get to see Angel become Angelus again. "Remind me to get the name of your dealer before I kill you."
In The Dark - Spike shows up in LA and causes a few problems for our Champion. This episode is hysterical. Man, Spike is a great character! "Say no more, evil's still afoot, and I'm almost out of that nancy boy hair gel that I like so much."
Parting Gifts - Wesley shows up in LA working as a Rogue Demon Hunter. Heh heh. At least he would like to think so. Actually the Watchers Counsel canned him and wouldn't put up the cash for the airfare home.
"I'm a Rogue Demon Hunter now!"
"What's a Rogue Demon?"
Five by Five and Sanctuary - Faith comes to town and gets hired by Wolfram and Hart to kill Angel. Wackiness ensues. In Sanctuary there is also a guest appearance by SMG.
These earlier episodes remind me a lot of a super hero type premise. Kind of like Batman, only without the pantyhose and cod pieces. Just buy this DVD, you'll love it! I promise.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Buffy?, January 31, 2003
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This review is from: Angel - Season One (DVD)
Yes! While this first season the show was trying to establish itself apart from Buffy, it is still an excellent show. While there were some clunky episodes (She and The Ring to name two), all of the episodes have at least one moment that is great. Be it a joke (Angle and Wesley dancing in She), or incredible make-up (the frog type guy in The Ring) that make all of the episodes worth watching.
This is a much darker show than Buffy, and I think it is better for it. The characters are older, and their problems a more adult. A great example is Cordelia... On this show her parents are in jail, and she is out on her own trying to find a job and a place to live. Also in the commentary on the first episode Joss and David mention how they wanted Angel's problems to parallel those of a recovering alcoholic...
My one complaint with this show is that there were a few too many crossovers with Buffy. Some were great (the Spike and Oz episode is probably my favorite episode of the 1st season), but I felt that this show should have tried to make it on its own instead of relying too heavily on Buffy. When season 3 came and the WB wouldn't let Whedon do any more crossovers with Buffy (who moved to UPN) I felt the show really came into it's own and was the best it has ever been.
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