Angel: Season 1, Episode 9

Hero (30 Nov. 1999)

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The gang at Angel Inc. works to save a group of demon refugees and soon find themselves in the middle of a war. An evil band of demons, called the Scourge, is in LA. They're determined to ... See full summary »

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The gang at Angel Inc. works to save a group of demon refugees and soon find themselves in the middle of a war. An evil band of demons, called the Scourge, is in LA. They're determined to wipe out all the "impure" demons and humans that they can find. When the Scourge unleashes a deadly weapon Angel, Cordy and Doyle are faced with an impossible decision and the ramifications from it will change the them forever. Written by katierose295

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Allen Francis Doyle: When the chips are down, and you're at the end of your rope you need someone that you can count on. And that's what you'll find here - someone who'll go all the way, who'll protect you no matter what. So don't lose hope. Come on over to our offices and you'll see that there's still heroes in this world.
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Weak ep rescued by the finale
5 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Good; Actually I rated this ep pretty weak until the last 5 minutes when it then became spectacular. Cordy's advertisement idea and the one she films with Doyle are hilarious but ultimately incredibly poignant. Good scene too when the kid tells Doyle his Halloween story.

The Bad; I didn't really dig the demons in peril storyline and I thought the Nazi allegory with The Scourge was a bit thick (nowadays they'd be the Taliban). Also they seem to accept Angel into their ranks a little too easily. Even their vehicles look Nazi-like and DB's hair looks very 1940s.

Best line: Doyle; "Is that it? Am I done?"

Jeez, how did they get away with that? Doyle's melting face

Apocalypses: 4

Angel Clichés (Cordy's ad is one big Angel cliché)

Damsel in distress; nope, 2.

Inverting the Hollywood cliché; The sidekick sacrifices himself to save the day rather than the hero

In disguise; 3 as a Nazi/scourge DB get's his shirt off; 3

Cordy's tatto;2

Cheap Angel; 2. Exactly what do all these people owe Angel money for?

Fang Gang in bondage: Cordy: 5 Angel: 4 Wes: 1

Fang gang knocked out: Cordy: 8 Angel: 7 Wes: 1 Doyle; 1

Kills: Cordy: none this ep. 3 vamps, ½ a demon from her time in Sunnydale Angel: 2 Scourge for Angel. So that gives Angel 8 vamps, 6 demons, 2 humans. Doyle; 1 vamp

Fang Gang go evil: Cordy: 1 Angel: 1

Alternate Fang Gang: Cordy: 2 Angel: 5

Characters killed: the treacherous first mate so we won't count him 14 Recurring characters killed; 1; Goodbye Doyle

Total number of Angel Investigations: 2, Angel and Cordy

Angel Investigations shot: Angel: 5,

Packing heat; Doyle; 1

Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: Cordy: 1? Angel: 1;Buffy

Kinky dinky: The wonderfully named Big Randy.

Captain Subtext; Doyle imagines Angel in tights.

Know the face, different character; 2

Parking garages; 2

Buffy characters appearing in Angel; (unless someone can correct me no original Angel character ever appears on Buffy?) 5; Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy

Questions and observations; So goodbye Doyle, we hardly knew you. A good ending for the character but all the more sad by Glenn Quinn's death shortly afterwards. Cordy refers to 'one of the cheaper Baldwins' in her description of the advert. I always thought Adam Baldwin was one but according to IMDb no he's not. Angel on a motorbike, Cordy drives a truck, is there no end to her talents? Once again we see demons who are slowly being won over to humanity. The Scourge are trying to stop this but are unwittingly aping human's themselves.

Marks out of 10; 7/10, a weak ep rescued by it's awesome finale


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