Monthly Archives: March 2015

It’s Not My Kind of Work Anymore

Angel sure can use a friend

Angel sure can use a friend

I heard somewhere (the director’s commentary?) that the original plan was for Lorne to sing “Over the Rainbow” during his “last day” segment but it fell through due to rights/money issues.  Much as I appreciate the bittersweet second choice of “If I Ruled the World,” I can’t help but bemoan how perfect the first option would’ve been.  Season two’s final arc is one best forgotten, but callbacks are always welcome in finales and, much as we might’ve hated it, Pylea was the most extended concentrated look at Lorne we’ve ever received.  More importantly, the song would’ve brought home the most important element of Lorne’s character:  for him, our world is OZ; a wondrous, magical place where anything can happen.  Earth offers Lorne more than he ever dreamed possible, a fact that goes a long way to explaining his sunny disposition and near-bottomless tolerance.  Contrasted with this, his exit from the series is all the more tragic and enough to make me hate Angel just a little. Continue reading

You’re Not Part of the Solution, Lindsey

Spoilers

Spoilers

Bet you weren’t expecting me to start with Mr. McDonald, huh?  While Lindsey was, at best, under-utilized this season and, at worst, superfluous, his role in the finale is still critical to how I understand this series.  Angel had many foils over the show’s run but Lindsey worked best because he wasn’t “evil.”  Selfish, callous, and power-hungry?  Sure, but Lindsey never enjoyed the work he did for Wolfram & Hart, even turned on the firm when it went “too far.”  Lindsey was a basically good person trying to get ahead in a bad world.  It’s why the firm wanted him so badly.  It’s why he had to die. Continue reading

One Shining Moment

Guess that Drogyn spinoff isn't happening

Guess that Drogyn spinoff isn’t happening

“Power Play” is the perfect episode at the perfect time.  Beyond being a masterful lead-in to the events of “Not Fade Away,” Angel’s penultimate episode is a great story in its own right and more than enough to get the audience re-invested after last week’s unpleasantness (let us never speak of it again).  What really sells this episode for me is the way it’s able to make us doubt our champion.  We never really believe that Angel’s gone over to the dark side (I’m not sure that we’re meant to) but it’s abundantly clear that something’s wrong with him and figuring out what that is makes for a compelling piece of television. Continue reading