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You can always tell when he’s happy. His scowl is slightly less.

This is the show that gave us Eternity?

For anyone who thinks I’ve been too hard on Angel’s first season, I’ll point to “Five by Five” as the sort of quality I expect from a Joss Whedon show.  No, not every episode can be great, but it shouldn’t have taken 18 for one of this kind of quality to arrive.  This is the sort of exciting, character-driven, emotionally relevant story the season needed way back in its first half.  Beyond the significant step up in the quality of writing, acting, and directing, this episode also marks the first time Wolfram & Hart have served as primary antagonists.  By every measure I can think of, “Five by Five” and “Sanctuary” mark the point where Angel found its voice.  Thank God we’re finally here. Continue reading