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
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