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Feature Juliette Harrisson 12 Mar 2014 - 07:09
It's rarely the most popular of the five, but Juliette argues we shouldn't dismiss the many achievements of Angel's first season...
There’s not a lot of love for Angel’s first season around the internet. As happens so often, its second and third seasons are most often praised, and there’s some love for its resurgence before cancellation in the fifth season. Season one, however, is generally considered to be a weak beginning, during which the show struggled to find its feet.
There is some truth to this criticism. Like many spin-off shows, Angel struggled in its early episodes to find its own voice separate from the parent show; second episode Lonely Hearts tries a little too hard to be adult, as distinct from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s teen setting (with a story remarkably similar to Torchwood’s second episode years »
It's a bit weird, typing this review up at the tail end of February. I feel like I should be wearing some brightly coloured party hat while finding at least three Christmas songs that I can actually stand (for the record, Ring Out Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull, Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses and for some bizarre reason, Macca's festive cheese-fest Wonderful Christmastime are the only festive musical choices that don't make me want to take an axe to the pub stereo in December). Because Santa Joss is in town, delivering many a festive gift to all Buffy The Vampire Slayer fans with the episode, Amends.
Christmas episodes are always tricky things. There's the danger that they pile on the schmaltz and overdo the usual festive clichés. So, how does Amends stand up in this regard? To be honest, it's not a Buffy episode that I'd have readily picked as »
“I love zombies. If any monster could Riverdance, it would be zombies.”
We’re not the only ones obsessed with—ahem—The Walking Dead. Everybody seems to be in on it.
Here’s a very, very, short list of zombie movies:
28 Days 28 Days Later Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies <a class="zem_slink" title="Night of the Living Dead" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/Asin/0671835734/associatizer-20/ target="_blank" rel="amazon">Night of the Living Dead</a> The Evil Dead <a class="zem_slink" title="I Walked with a Zombie / The Body Snatcher" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/Asin/B000A0GOFA/associatizer-20/ target="_blank" rel="amazon">I Walked with a Zombie</a> I Was a Teenage Zombie I Was a Zombie for the FBI They Came Back <a class="zem_slink" title="Shaun of the Dead" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/Asin/B0006A9FKA/associatizer-20/ target="_blank" rel="amazon">Shaun of the Dead</a> World War Z I am Legend
There are lots more.
Yeah, everybody loves zombies.
Everybody but me, that is. (Okay, I did love Shaun of the Dead.)
The first time I saw a zombie movie was way back when, and it was George Romero’s classic Night Of The Living Dead. Only I really didn’t see it because I was terrified and spent most of the time either cringing, »
- Mindy Newell
Every Sunday Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below by price. Some of these deals won’t last, so if you see something you like don’t wait too long. Up to 74% Off Joss Whedon shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse Airplane! [Blu-ray] - $4.99 (68% off) Captain Phillips (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) - $14.00 (63% off) Dallas Buyers Club (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $17.99 (40% off) The Sopranos: The Complete Series - $139.99 (50% off) All In The Family: The Complete Series - $79.99 (60% off) Gilligan's Island: Complete Series Collection - $24.99 (78% off) Over 200 DVDs Under $5 Over 700 Blu-rays Under $10 [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.] »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Feature Stefan Mohamed 10 Mar 2014 - 06:00
Joss Whedon, it’s fair to say, is not short of fans. Between Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Cabin in the Woods, Dr Horrible, and latterly his work with Marvel (not to mention his adaptation of a play by that little-known writer Will Shakesman), he has an enviable back catalogue, and Whedonites (as I promise not to refer to them again after this sentence) rank among the most devoted, rabid and occasionally frightening fans in geekdom. If you want an idea of just how passionate people are about the man’s work, write the phrase “I am a leaf on the wind” in any comment thread below a Whedon-related article, and hang on to something. Said thread may experience some slight turbulence and then explode. »
Feature Sarah Dobbs 5 Mar 2014 - 07:00
It’s been about a decade since the last episode of Angel, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off series about the vampire with a soul, aired. The final episode of season five, Not Fade Away, first appeared on Us television screens on 19 May 2004. That seems simultaneously like a very long time ago, and not very long ago at all, because time is vast and human brains are small and fallible, but it’s safe to say that in TV years, it’s a pretty long goddamned time.
The men and women behind the characters we used to spend one night a week with have gone on to other things – some bigger and better, others kind of rubbish – and unless you’re a particularly obsessive superfan, you »
[This episode review contains foreshadowing for future episodes, and the following review comments on this, though sometimes indirectly. Depending on your tolerance for spoilers, you may or may not wish to continue reading if you haven't finished watching the show.]
A big pot of gold delivered to your door. World peace. No more EastEnders on TV. Wishing may well be the most common pastime on Planet Earth, just inching ahead of backgammon and darts.
But as the old saying goes: “Be careful of what you wish for”. Cordelia's taking this advice on board a bit too late after new kid in town Anya (in reality, a scary, veiny demon) grants her wish of Buffy never coming to Sunnydale. This can only mean one thing: Alternate Dimension Time.
The Alternate Dimension is a common trope in fiction, in films such as It's A Wonderful Life. It's especially popular in science fiction. Doctor Who came up with Inferno, in which Jon Pertwee's Doctor found himself on a parallel Earth, just hours away from doomsday. Worse still, he had to battle with vicious, unkind counterparts of his friends, including Liz and the »
There's nothing like a little Buffy the Vampire Slayer nostalgia to cap off a long week. The titular tiny fighting machine and current star of The Crazy Ones paid a visit to her Angel, aka David Boreanaz, on the Bones set this week—and happily shared a photo of their reunion for their still-adoring fans. Oh yes, and there's Emily Deschanel, too. "@David_Boreanaz @EmilyDeschanel- A tale of two leading ladies #Bones #Bvts," tweeted Gellar, who also firmly declared herself Team Angel (sweet dreams, Wheedonites) during a Reddit Ama session yesterday. Asked to name her favorite Buffy episodes during the Q&A, the 36-year-old actress named "The »
Buffy and Angel, together again! Sarah Michelle Gellar reunited with former onscreen flame David Boreanaz on Thursday, Feb. 27 -- but it wasn't the steamy encounter fans necessarily wanted. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer paramours were joined by Boreanaz's Bones love interest Emily Deschanel in the photo uploaded to Gellar's Twitter. "A tale of two leading ladies," the Crazy Ones star, 36, captioned the amazing snapshot of Boreanaz, 44, sandwiched between Deschanel and Gellar. Gellar's latest Buffy teaser comes two weeks after she reunited and shared an Instagram photo [...] »
Angel and Buffy forever!While Sarah Michelle Gellar's TV heroine dated Riley (what a dud!), had a thang with Spike and a one night stand with that horrible college boy Parker Abrams, we always wanted to see her get back with David Boreanaz's tortured vamp.And now, the former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" stars have reunited ... with another woman in the picture.Smg, David and his "Bones" costar/current onscreen love interest Emily Deschanel posed for a pretty epic photo together on Thursday, which Gellar captioned "A tale of two leading ladies."It's been almost 17 years since the debut of the beloved WB-turned-upn show, and about 11 years since they were last seen together onscreen during the "Btvs" series finale. During an Ama with Reddit yesterday, Gellar was asked who she thought Buffy should have been with: Angel or Spike."Angel," she replied, in all caps. Another fan re-asked the Q, »
- tooFab Staff
Sarah Michelle Gellar's Reddit Ama on Thursday (Feb. 27) reveals a lot about the usually private actress. From "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to her current show, "The Crazy Ones," Gellar had plenty of tidbits to share.
But the most important bit of information? She is Team Angel.
In case you've been living under a rock that doesn't get TV reception, Angel (David Boreanaz) was Buffy's first and arguably greatest love on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." A vampire with a soul (and a lot of brooding), Angel was a difficult boyfriend at best. At worst, he tried to kill her family and friends and end the world.
Books that look behind the scenes of television shows can differ in how much depth they go into. In the superficial sense some can just give a description of the characters, give episode synopsis and choose a few episodes to look at. Grimm: Below the Surface is a surprisingly in-depth look at the show that impresses with the level of detail it goes into.
People who enjoy behind the scenes books generally have different levels of knowledge about the shows. Some are fans that know a lot about the show they love, and use books like this to not only confirm that fact, but to also fill in some details. Secretly a few of these also look for mistakes or contradictions, so the writers better get their facts right. The other fans are the newcomers who want a guide to the show that they’ve discovered and want the »
- Paul Metcalf
Which of David Boreanaz's leading ladies do you prefer? He spent several years with Sarah Michelle Gellar on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" before departing for his own show ("Angel"), but he's now married to Emily Deschanel's character on their current show, "Bones."
Which team are you on? Boreanaz is on both, apparently, judging by the mind-melting photo that just made its way online.
Gellar tweeted a picture of her on some sort of set with both Boreanaz and Deschanel with the caption "A tale of two leading ladies." It doesn't seem like there's any bad blood between Boreanaz's past and present TV loves, so it seems safe to commit yourself to both teams.
.@David_Boreanaz @EmilyDeschanel- A tale of two leading ladies #Bones #Bvts pic.twitter.com/URyIgflPbD
-- Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) February 27, 2014 »
Just as you go through life, you'll find that things change. New job. New friends. New family. But from time to time, the past will poke its head round the door, whether it's the chance meeting of an old buddy or the inevitable school reunion – surely fully grown adults want to forget the days of detentions, bad dinners and corridors that smell like used espadrilles?
So far, Buffy The Vampire's Slayer's third season has introduced new faces and dynamics to the equation, such as a new Slayer in town and new baddies to face. And then a face from the past comes crashing into the Sunnydale welcome sign with all the grace of an elephant entering the London Marathon.
It's welcome back to Spike, last seen leaving town in Becoming. This time around, he's minus a certain loopy missus with a penchant for eyeless dolls and babbling nonsense. Drusilla's had »
Adam Baldwin garnered praise for his roles in Full Metal Jacket, and Joss Whedon’s Angel and of course Firefly, but his online outburst against marriage equality isn’t making him a ton of fans on the Web.
On Friday, Baldwin—no relation to Alec, Stephen, et al—tweeted that same-sex marriage was on par with incest and fraud.
What’s wrong, now, with a father marrying his son for love & to avoid tax penalties?
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) February 21, 2014
The 52-year-old actor claims to have been a Democrat since back in 1980, but now considers himself a “small government conservative libertarian.” He has written for Huffington Post and Breitbart.
The post “Firefly »
- Dan Avery
It takes hit Us series an average of 95 days to reach the UK, a new study suggests, and many are still calling for that gap to narrow.
But maybe we should just learn to be grateful when a show produced by our American cousins reaches these shores unedited and in a decent time-slot?
Not all Yank shows have been so lucky - here's a few poor unfortunates that were shunted from slot-to-slot, from channel-to-channel and (in some cases) dropped altogether.
It's a crime that a TV drama as masterful as Breaking Bad never found a home on UK television. Early episodes aired sporadically on 5Usa and FX - now Fox - but both channels eventually gave Walter White the old heave-ho.
Thank goodness then for Netflix, which - as the show's exclusive UK home - made episodes available to subscribers mere hours after Us transmission.
Angel was »
Revelations fades up with what sounds like the lead character from Family Guy sitting on some bagpipes. In fact, Dingoes Ate My Baby are concluding their latest set with what seems to be some sort of agonised ode to pain. Lead singer Devon is bypassing the normal laws of clear singing by turning the simple phrase “If I could walk out” into something that can only be translated as “If I could wuuuuunnnggghhh aaaggghhhlluunggghhhh.” It's amazing that Dingoes manage to get regular bookings, given that their lead singer keeps impersonating a constipated horse. Possibly, the Bronze regulars like their singers on the avant-garde side.
This groaning pain shout nicely sets the stage for Revelations, which contains more frenzied barking than a room containing The Littlest Hobo, Scooby-Doo and Shep from Blue Peter. Revelations is all about – well, revelations, if you hadn't guessed. Primarily, the big talking point is that the »
Feature Louisa Mellor 24 Feb 2014 - 07:00
When Grimm’s makers were looking for their Nick Burkhardt, the job was to cast someone with all the requirements of a leading man, but none of the distracting ‘wasn’t he in that other thing?’ baggage. In David Giuntoli, whose TV appearances had until then largely been confined to one-off roles in comedies and dramas including Grey’s Anatomy and Ghost Whisperer (the latter produced, not at all coincidentally, by Grimm co-creator Jim Kouf), they found their guy.
“There's no point in being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes.”
Even in his first story, Tom Baker's Doctor hit the nail on the head thanks to his talent for intergalactic insight. All grown-ups feel this way. The brain's telling you that you're still a youngster even if the mirror's laughing at you with its brazen display of grey hairs, receding hairlines and chubbier jowls.
But I'm channel surfing, and having already reviewed the Doctor Who story, Robot, let's switch over to the Buffy The Vampire Slayer channel. As luck would have it, I've reached the episode where Tom's Doctor's mantra is scribbled everywhere in thick colourful kiddy wax crayon. Yes, it's Band Candy, an episode that carries on finding the fun, as Faith would so eloquently put it. Principal Snyder's latest Davros-esque order to his worthless subjects – sorry, pupils – involves selling box-loads full of candy in order »
As a box-set binger, I’m pretty content to be late to the party. Once a show has finished, or at least fulfilled the greater part of its final episode run, you can see its arc with the kind of hindsight you never get when tuning in every week - and you can also see when it’s struggling.
This brief list is inspired mainly by my recent introduction to Prison Break, the second season of which triggered off a host of associations with other ‘problematic seasons’ in my TV drama binges of the last few years.
There are no ‘desperate last season’ entries here. A show might finish on a high note - such as Angel - or a desperately inconclusive cliff-hanger - such as the remake of V. In the case of something like The X-Files, it might finish in the middle of an unprofitable reboot. Regarding short-lived »
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