I complained during the last trip into Angel’s past that the show doesn’t go to that well often enough. Having now re-watched “The Prodigal,” I’ve changed my mind. Not that this episode isn’t great, it’s among the best yet, but the rarity of these flashbacks helps accentuate their impact. I think it’s no coincidence that both flashback episodes have been Kate-centric; as a new, peripheral, member of the Angel family, she hasn’t yet accepted his past and so it’s made doubly significant. Unlike “Somnambulist,” that past isn’t a direct factor on the events of the present, but it is at the centre of Angel’s motivation. Continue reading
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