I really like “Soul Purpose.” As gimmick episodes go, it’s not Angel‘s strongest outing and nowhere near the heights of Buffy; Angel’s dream sequences are devoid of any subtlety and the happenings in the real world aren’t much better. But it’s this propensity to tell rather than show that makes this episode compelling. We’ve glimpsed the pain behind his brooding many times before but the naked insecurity on display here is something quite different. Angel’s in the midst of a full blown identity crisis, one that doesn’t just crack his cultured stoicism, but strips it away altogether. Continue reading
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