Angel - Season 5 Reviews
Anyone who isn't a fan of ANGEL and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, for that matter) simply hasn't seen it. I love TV in general, but no other show has come close to surpassing ANGEL as my favorite.
The structure of the series changes considerably this time around, Angel & Co are no longer at the hotel and are in fact running the LA branch of Wolfram & Hart. No recollection of the past 2 seasons are in the minds of Wesley, Gunn, Fred and Lorne, as Angel gave Conner a more normal life.
This season sees the return of Harmony, ex-friend to Cordelia and ex-lover of Spike. Spike returns as well, seemingly dying at the finale of Buffy and somehow resurrected.
So what you need to know about this is season is that you should be ready to see our heroes lines between good and evil constantly challenged, betrayals and possible betrayals are to be seen. Characters will die and some will die and come back. Don't fret though, if you enjoy this season like many fans do, than continue Angels adventures in the Season 6 comic book series.
Now...on to the episodes:
EPISODE I: Conviction
The gang returns already established in their work areas, Wesley is in charge of the books and other occults stuff, Fred is in charge of the science department, Lorne is in charge of the entertainment department, Gunn gets a super-I.Q and becomes a great lawyer and Angel is in charge of the firm. This episode centers around Angels continuing attempts to run an evil business by doing good and finding out how difficult this will be. This is the episode that basically sets the tone for things to come. We also get the introduction of Eve. 3 out of 5 stars
EPISODE II: Just Rewards
Spike returns, after a brief recap of how he perished in the Buffy Series finale, we return to the present time as he finds himself at Wolfram & Hart in corporeal form and not able to leave. Some funny moments are shown here, as Spike & Angel are like brothers, who are annoyed with each other. We also get some funny realizations that Angel has neglected to mention to the group of Spike's accomplishments. This episode mostly centers around the comedic hatred/hidden respect that Angel & Spike have for one another. Its a great episode though, 4 out of 5 stars.
EPISODE III: Unleashed
Well here's the first real dud of the season. Werewolves have always had the "curse" of not being told well on screen(except for a few films), so when the Angel side of the Whedonverse got their Werewolf this was still the same. We do get to meet Nina, a woman, who would become a new love interest for Angel, as someone who is bitten by a werewolf and must deal with her new life. We do also see the Angel squads first step at changing their ways a bit, 2 out of 5 stars
EPISODE IV: Hell Bound
Great episode, I'm actually quite impressed with how dark and eerie this episode tends to get. Simon Templeman is noted as playing Pavayne, the spirit of a mass murderer whose place is where Wolfram & Hart was built on. He is now praying on Spike's soul, who is still in corporeal form and Fred must work quick to find out a way to stop this. 3 out of 5 stars
EPISODE V: Life of the Party
Interesting Lorne episode, certainly the best one that has been done(last being that Las Vegas episode). Here we find that Lorne has had his sleep removed to help with the demands of Entertainment divisions boss. Being an Empath demon with no sleep has hazardous consequences though. Its a great way to look inside the mind of a character that hasn't had a lot of "focus" time. 4 out of 5 stars
EPISODE VI: The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco
Ahh so, so episode, doesn't really do much for the season, except giving us the possibility that Spike may have been the Souled vampire destined to be in the apocalypse and get redemption. I must point out that the scene where the mail guy throws Angel through window and than having Spike telling everyone that Angel started it, is funny as hell.
2 out of 5 stars
EPISODE VII: Lineage
One of the best episodes of the season has Roy Dotrice guest starring as Wesley's estranged father. An ex-member of the Watcher's Council. Its amazing to see how uncomfortable and novice like Wesley becomes when his father enters the doors of Wolfram & Hart. I enjoyed this episode very much. 5 out of 5 stars
EPISODE VIII: Destiny
Another great episode, this one helps us to see Spike, Angelus, Drucilla and Darla once again and the complexity of Angel and Spike's relationship. More of the Shanshu Prophecy and Spike's possible inclusion is discussed as Spike and Angel race to see who it is that is destined to become human. Lindsay makes an uncredited appearance at the end. 4 out of 5 stars
EPISODE IX: Harm's Way
HA!!! Great episode, this definitely falls into funniest of all the Angel episodes. This episode does have that Buffy feel to it, as its the lightest we've seen in a long time on this series. Mercedes McNab finally gets her shot at having full episode dedicated to her. Fun to watch and definitely worth the 42 minutes. 5 out of 5 stars
My biggest issue was Cordy's demise, I missed her throughout.
My second biggest issue were the new characters, Spike and Harmony whom I both despised became recurring characters. And the rest of the cast growing less attractive and sympathetic compared to previous seasons.
However, the story did grow very strong and the show had one of the greatest final episodes I've seen. It makes me very sad that the show ended with only five seasons, but at least we have the jaw-dropping comics to look forward to,
My rankings for the fifth season:
Conviction - 6/10
Just Rewards - 4/10
Unleashed - 7/10
Hell Bound - 7/10
Life Of The Party - 5/10
The Cautionary Tale Of Numero Cinco - 6/10
Lineage - 6/10
Destiny - 7/10
Harm's Way - 6/10
Soul Purpose - 7/10
Damage - 8/10
You're Welcome - 9/10
Why We Fight - 7/10
Smile Time - 9/10
A Hole In The World - 10/10
Shells - 10/10
Underneath - 8/10
Origin - 10/10
Time Bomb - 8/10
The Girl In Question - 7/10
Power Play - 8/10
Not Fade Away - 10/10