Angel - Season One
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HIS TIME HAS COME . . . Now you can own the entire first season of ANGEL. All 22 classic episodes are available for the first time in this exclusive 6-disc collectors edition. From "City of," "In the Dark" and "I Will Remember You" to "Hero," "Sanctuary" and "To Shanshu in L.A.," these Season One episodes are a must for every Angel and Buffy fan.
He's hunky, he's brooding, he's a do-gooder, and he was Buffy's first boyfriend. Angel, the tortured vampire destined to walk the earth with a soul, got his own series after three seasons on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and did what any new star might do: he moved to L.A. (the City of Angels--get it?) and set up shop. Angel (co-created by Buffy mastermind Joss Whedon) finds the titular vampire (David Boreanaz) as a kind of supernatural private investigator, fighting evil one case at a time and, like his ex-girlfriend, keeping the world from getting destroyed by vengeful demons and such.
A darker, more film noir version of Buffy, Angel lacked the peppy humor that permeated Sunnydale but more than made up for it in its soul-wrenching gravitas, and it elevated Boreanaz to leading-man status, a role he filled out ably and then some. Initially, the stoic vampire was paired with Irish demon Doyle (the late Glenn Quinn) and fellow Sunnydale transplant Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter), but Angel finally found its footing when Doyle was dispatched (giving his powers of precognition to Cordelia) and replaced by Buffy alum Wesley (Alexis Denisof), a fallen watcher who, like his friends, was hoping for a new start in L.A. However, pesky law firm Wolfram and Hart (a front for the demon mafia, as it were) reared its ugly head and discovered Angel's presence, thus setting the stage for a battle of good and evil--and if you're a regular Joss Whedon fan, you know that it's a never-ending war.
This first season features guest appearances by various Buffy characters, including werewolf boy Oz (Seth Green), rogue slayer Faith (Eliza Dushku), deliciously evil vamp Darla (Julie Benz), and Buffy herself (Sarah Michelle Gellar), all of whom helped get the show off and running in style. --Mark Englehart
- 22 episodes on 6 discs: City Of, Lonely Heart, In the Dark, I Fall to Pieces, Rm w/ a Vu, Sense and Sensitivity, The Bachelor Party, I Will Remember You, Hero, Parting Gifts, Somnambulist, Expecting, She, I've Got You Under My Skin, The Prodigal, The Ring, Eternity, Five by Five, Sanctuary, War Zone, Blind Date, To Shanshu in L.A
- Featurettes: "Season 1," "Introducing Angel," "I'm Cordelia," and "The Demons"
- Cast bios
- Still gallery
- Scripts for "Five by Five" and "Sanctuary"
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The season starts out in "monster of the week" format with no episode truly tied to another which is quite the opposite of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from which the show was spun off. However, towards the end of the season, it can be seen that this formula is gradually being abandoned. Other changes that take place include the death of Doyle and the introduction of Wesley Wyndham-Price as a main character in episodes 9 and 10, respectively. You may remember Wesley as Faith's failed watcher from season three of Buffy. Before Doyle dies, however, he gives Cordelia a "parting gift" that drastically effects her character development throughout the series. Although the entire season is excellent, it really hits its stride starting with the two parter in which Faith appears in L.A. after wreaking havoc in Sunnydale after awakening from her coma.
Next, the interesting character of Charles Gunn is introduced - a street kid who is protecting other street kids from vampires while trying to manage a meager existence. Finally, the best two episodes of the season in my opinion are when Lindsay - lawyer for evil law firm Wolfram & Hart - has a crisis of conscience about an upcoming contract killing he has advanced knowledge of and joins forces with Angel to stop it. Then, in the next episode, he does an about face and rejoins Wolfram & Hart to help destroy Angel and his friends. The last scenes of the last episode will make you want to go on and view season two when you see what Wolfram & Hart has resurrected in "the box".
TV Series spin-off from Buff the Vampire Slayer from the 90's
The Vampire named Angel (David Boreanaz from TV Series Bones) is cursed with a soul, moves to LA and starts a Detective Agency to help humans with the occasional supernatural problem
Drama, Detective, Murder, Mystery, Fantasy, Thriller.
The show begins off somewhat well, but not as well as Buffy. However this is quickly made right when the middle of the season hits. The mid-season episodes have power and deliverance which make Angel a must have. But the season culminates somewhat more lacking. After an awesome season, the end is weak. It just does not leave you gasping for air, begging for more. The battles within the season finale are horrible short, and disgustingly weak. The only thing that even makes the season finale worth watching is the very end. And the very end is more than likely the only reason that viewers returned for a second season. Which is what I reccomend.
A lot of mental growth occurs during the first season, which is neccesary to understand Season II. And Season II is a must have. Perfect chemistry between the characters, the plots more smooth and less forced. Excellent recurring villains and you begin to finally understand the place Wolfram and Hart plays in the lives of the cast.
All in all, Angel Season I is a must have simply for the sake of knowledge. I give it 3 stars, simply because of the poor quality of the begginning and end of the season, and the ease of pointing out the stunt doubles from the real actors. Other than that, watch this season. After you see it, you'll have what you need to fully enjoy the second season, which is a rush.