Due to a political conspiracy an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out from the inside out.
The vampire Angelus, now known as Angel, has a human soul, but committed terrible crimes in the past. Seeking forgiveness and trying to redeem himself, he moves from Sunnydale (and a relationship with Buffy Summers, of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") to Los Angeles, where he helps the downtrodden by thwarting the supernatural creatures that prey on them. Written by
Liam/Angel was born in 1727 and turned into a vampire in 1753, as established in Angel: The Prodigal (2000), and he counts 1753 as his birth year. Although he spent 100 years in a hell dimension due to Buffy's actions in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Becoming: Part 2 (1998), he does not count those years as part of his lifespan and told Cordelia in Angel: Dear Boy (2000) that he was 247. Allowing for aging, he is 251 years old at the series end. See more »
Angel has stated that he doesn't breathe (being a vampire), but he's often seen being out of breath. See more »
[phone rings, Doyle answers]
Angel Investigations. We hope you're helpless.
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I usually prefer "Angel" over "Buffy" - darker, complex characters; a minimum of quirky Scooby-speak; and it's more violent, definitely more violent.
David Boreanaz carries the show well. His character is more interesting when he's darker. Unfortunately, he wouldn't have a supporting cast if he remained that way. Charisma Carpenter, who played a relatively two-dimensional character for 3 years on "Buffy", really comes into her own on this show, adding depth to Cordelia and proving that she can act rings around Sarah Michelle Gellar. Alexis Denisof has done a good job of making me forget that Wesley was an uptight, stiff-upper-lip comedic relief in the previous series, and turned him into a more likeable, stronger character - almost a younger version of Giles. Recently, the writers have been ignoring Gunn in favor of regular guest stars Lindsey and Darla. Now maybe that particular story arc is over, they'll give J August Richards more to do.
This series is strong and deserves to stand on it's own merits, not simply as a "spin-off".
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