While I wouldn’t quite call “The Price” a great episode, it is a very good one. It’s also elevated by the inevitable comparison to last week’s “Double or Nothing.” I say inevitable because these are both episodes that try to orient us in Angel’s new status quo. The difference is that this one works because it takes the time to orient us in Angel’s story as well as his world. I’ve got nothing against the standalone episode (some are among the best the series has to offer), but the bar is set much higher when a compelling season arc isn’t drawn upon. “The Price” effectively splits the difference, giving us a tense and creepy monster story that can stand on its own while also weaving in the character threads that have been developing recently. It’s one solid piece of work. Continue reading
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