I like the fact that they acknowledged that not all is over regarding this year's big, building conspiracy. And this episode did have a great ensemble feel to it, much more so than recent episodes have. Everyone pitched in: even Harmony got to torture someone! I loved it.
My only major quibble: this flippy floppy Matrix shit. Angel couldn't jump more than 15 feet for, oh, seven years. Now he can do a back flip that sends him 25 feet back and 10 feet higher. Whatever.
Finally: I don't know whether to be pumped for or dread next week's episode. I mean, nothing seems more fitting than Spike working for the Nazis. But somehow I fear that they rip off most of X-Files' "Triangle" episode. Also, is it me, or is Angel running out of past really fast?
I was spolied for this episode, and I've gotta say, the ending still hit me hard. A good end for the character of Cordelia, and it's also fitting that they referenced the real Doyle (in that clip shown from Season 1's "Hero")
Finally, someone lays the Smackdown on Eve! And Cordy's condescending "Lilah Jr." crack was on the spot.
I'm thinking that the Senior Partners uploaded a whole lot more than we know into Gunn's head -- for the past two episodes, he's seemed a lot more comfortable with the Wolfram and Hart deal than anyone else in the Fang Gang.
All in all, good stuff. Happy 100th episode, Joss and crew; you guys earned every last bit of it, and did a damn good job of entertaining me along the way. (Reminds me -- I'll need to be picking up my Season 3 DVD set when it comes out next week).
Power flows to the one who knows how -- desire alone is not enough.
I have to remember Angel is more about the month long arc than it is the season long plot (save last year). This season has felt more like season 2, and we just finished up the Darla/Drucilla/Angel-is-depressed storyline tonight. Hot damn.
Its sad to see Cordelia be the first of the original Buffy cast to go. It didn't occur to me until the end that she wouldn't be able to just walk away from all this. Nice touch of her making sure that Angel and Wes didn't see her body when they entered the room. She was corporeal, so she wasn't a ghost... what was she?
This episode felt like a nice retrospective on Angel. We got to see the original three (with Doyle there via tape), the Cordelia/Angel/Wesley trio, and the whole gang together. I agree with Jeb about the ensemble feel to it. This felt like a 100th episode. As sad as the ending was, it was a celebration of all that the show has been.
I like how Cordelia finally got Angel to explain what exactly the deal with Connor was, although it would be nice to hear what everyone else thinks happened.
Why does Joss always kill the women? The only guy he's killed so far is Doyle (Well, Spike too, but we all know how that ended up). Even Lindsay wasn't killed tonight so much as sucked off to his doom.
That line about Lindsay being a dumbass for not using wood when he stabbed Angel was priceless. And Harmony was awesome with her "I'm evil, I'll torture her" schtick.
If Spike was more of a geek, I'd accept that maybe he modded his X-Box to play Donkey Kong. As it is, I'll just have to continue my dismay with the portrayal of video games in tv shows. For crying out loud, the Buffy video games didn't sound that archaic!!!
I need to look at the transcript for School Hard when Angel and Spike first meet up. I'm pretty sure they acknowledge they haven't seen each other since China. But if Spike wants to be a nazi...
Damn I missed Cordy.
Time to go kick more light side ass, KotOR style!
"Yeah, angles in the ring... someone thought of that a long time ago. They called it pro wrestling." -- the MCS
I was enjoying it, it had some great little dialog exchanges, then the ending came, and as cliche as it was, it still kicked all kinds of ass. Phenomonal episode. Though as Jeb said, next week looks like it will either be really good, or really stupid. As for the "flippy floppy Matrix shit", I don't really care. It may not be in the continutity of the character or whatever, but it makes for some neat visuals sometimes.
I just loved how Cordy looked at Eve and took all of 5 seconds to re-establish who da Queen of Bitchy in the Whedon-verse really is... there are pros, there are all-stars, and then there are HOF'ers. I really hope that Harmony becomes a bigger part of the gang... she's become a really fun little wild-card in the past few episodes, and I really believe that Spike/Harmony interaction should be encouraged at all times
"Naughty by Nature, Evil by Choice!" Evil Buddha... Wrestling Fan, Bud Man
I agree with what everyone has said about the show this week. Solid episode & amazing ending (in a season already filled with them).
My 2 personal favorite moments of the episode:
When they were making the potion to get rid of Lindsey's tatoos, & they said they needed the blood of a demon, Lorne says something like "Why can't it ever be the urine of a demon... hey look I just made some now"
When Angel was getting ready to go to fight Lindsey & Cordy said she wanted to go. Angel says "I'm not taking anyone I care about" Spike says "I'll go" & within a split second Angel responds "OK!"
Great 100th episode, & the Doyle references were both nice & kind of sad...
cool swerve ending that still leaves some questions unanswered. but sad to see the cordy character go. Digging Harmony (always have, want more.) now that lindsey's gone, What's gonna happen to Spikes pad??? It seems like Joss is trying to tie up alot of the loose ends from "Buffy" this season, so that the show really has an "on it's own" feel next year. Next week will be interesting to see how human evil and demon evil interact,as so far it's all been supernatural. But, many of the Nazis (Himmler in particular)really did have strong beliefs concerning mysticism and the paranormal. I would have to think that the storyline is going to have to deal with the balance of power between good and evil as it concerns humans on earth (who in general seem to be oblivious to the fact that the supernatural is real (in the ME world)because if the Nazis did have access to demonic evil, I could see them easily winning the war.
My Livejournal friends are panicking about their little earthwobble--but man, out here a 4.5 is a "Hey, was that a truck driving by?" magnitude. Since 1989, I figure if it's not a 7.1, there's nothing to worry about. MM