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A Strong Series That Bears Repeated Viewing,
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This review is from: Angel: The Complete Series (Collector's Set) (DVD)I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the first episode to the last, and have seen the series several times. I watched Angel all the way through as well, but have only watched the collection through a second time recently.
My initial impression of Angel was that the series at first had a hard time finding its way, then got both too serialized and too dark. I maintain both these impressions but, upon repeat viewing, I found myself enjoying the series much more than I had the first time around.
Angel, IMO, won't ever quite measure up to the quality of BtVS, but it's still a terrific series, with strong moments and relative consistency throughout. There are parts of Season 4 and Season 5 that are disappointing, but the show as a whole did well.
As for the collection, the production values are excellent, the modularized box is terrific (small amount of shelf space required), and the extras (mostly cast commentary and featurettes) are worthwhile. If you are looking to buy a collected series, this is a good one to have. The presentation is excellent and it is a good value for your money. And, of course, the show is darn good.