Angel: Season 4, Episode 7

Apocalypse, Nowish (17 Nov. 2002)

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Plagues of rats, earthquakes and a string of strange events lead Angel and the gang to one realization: the apocalypse has come at last. Meanwhile, Connor and Cordelia encounter The Beast, ... See full summary »



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Plagues of rats, earthquakes and a string of strange events lead Angel and the gang to one realization: the apocalypse has come at last. Meanwhile, Connor and Cordelia encounter The Beast, who has come to Los Angeles on the verge of Armageddon to help bring about the end of the world. Written by Anonymous

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Steven S. DeKnight says on the DVD commentary that the Beast wasn't going to appear so early on, but the network told them that this episode would be the last one of the year, so they have to introduce the character. See more »


Lorne: Hate to be the little demon that cried "Apocalypse Nowish," but, uh...
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I can taste the blood of all the people it's going to kill
25 February 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I can taste the blood of all the people it's going to kill - My favorite episode of ANGEL, hell, my favorite TV episode of all-time. I've seen plenty of apocalypse episodes but none gave me the feeling like the world was truly ending like this one managed to, just seeing the faces of our heroes while fire rains from the sky is just, indescribable, the end of the world? I wish. Not only was the acting and the script superb, but the camera angles were amazing, every scene seems like a part of a little movie. I think the episode had all the elements an episode should have, first of all the horror with all the animals going insane like in the bathroom scene with all those rats and then later all those sparrows crashing into the Hotel's windows. And don't forget the introduction of the most visually stunning villain i've ever seen, 'The Beast', a huge devil-looking creature made out of stone. Then you got the comedy which is going to the wonderful 'Lilah', both of her scenes were fabulous, the first one she's dressed up as 'Fred' to pleasure 'Wesley' and his nasty little fantasies - I'm good and pure and science turns me on, and-and one day if I pray hard enough and eat all my vegetables, I just might just have hips. Then her second scene with 'Angel' which made me wish for a second that they'd just make out again. The episode also had the drama, 'Cordy' (which isn't really Cordelia anymore) tells 'Angel' that she loves him but that she can't be with him (thanks for torturing the audience, you evil writers!) and then when the world is going to end, 'Cordy' sleeps with 'Connor', I know that many people were disgusted by that scene, but it's one of my favorites, not because they sex perse but because of the way it was filmed and written, it was powerful, I felt really bad for 'Connor' because once again someone was manipulating and using him, Vincent Kartheiser did a wonderful job throughout this episode. Only storyline that I didn't dig was the whole 'Gunn/Fred' drama, especially 'Fred' who is still complaining about the professor, she should get over herself already. All in all, it's always an honor to watch this episode, it's stunning and at the end of the episode I always realize why ANGEL is still my favorite show. The best scene besides the rain of fire is the fight sequence of the roof, it was utterly brilliant and probably the biggest fight they ever had. No wonder this was one of ANGEL's most expensive episodes. ANGEL: I told you we were gonna have a conversation. LILAH: Swell, but I'm having a bit of a day, so let's say we skip the usual two-step, you threaten me, I threaten you, yadda, yadda, yawn. Jump directly to the throwing you out on your thick, meaty head. 'Cause, you know what? You're not getting anything out of me this time either. ANGEL: Didn't think I would, but Gavin, he was more accommodating. LILAH: Couldn't you have at least tortured him a little bit more? ANGEL: Really wanted to, but he wouldn't start talking long enough to get into it. (10 out of 10)

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