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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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This is the first appearance of actor Sean Gunn in the this season. In this episode, he appears briefly as a demon named Lucas. Later in the season, in the episode "She" he appears as a character named Mars. See more »

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Allen Francis Doyle: There's got to be another way.
Angel: It's all right.
Cordelia: No!
Allen Francis Doyle: The good fight, yeah? You never know until you've been tested. I get that now.
[Doyle punches Angel off of the balcony and turns to kiss Cordelia]
Allen Francis Doyle: Too bad we'll never know...
[changes to his demon face]
Allen Francis Doyle: ...if this is a face you could learn to love.
Angel: Doyle. Doyle. Doyle! Doyle! No!
[Doyle jumps onto machine]
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"Fight the good fight, whichever way you can" - Angel
10 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Hero" is often praised as one of the best episodes of "Angel", a notion which I cannot quite come to terms with personally. Where this episode could have been one of the shining lights of the first season, it merely stands as a great piece of Angel's first season. To me, at least, it does not transcend above the overall quality of the show; it merely rises above the overall quality of its first season, but does not really break any new ground.

Doyle's past eventually comes back to haunt him, as a group of demon purists named The Scourge begin eliminating half demons to rid the world of demon impurity. Many, myself included, find issues with The Scourge, as they are referred to. The idea of Nazi-like demons does not come off as much of a compelling idea, partly because "Graduation Day" has already informed us how rare pure demons are. Vampires, werewolves and most other mythical creatures that exist in the Buffyverse are half demon, so the idea that The Scourge eliminates half demons would logically mean, removal of virtually all demons. In Season 5's "A Hole in the World", we will learn that Illyria is part to an ancient demon race known as 'The Old Ones', implying she too is pure demon. However, since pure demons are rare, "Hero" does raise some questions with regards to its plot.

Where the plot is weak, the character of Doyle is further explored. We see in his past him refusing shelter to a demon of his own race hunted by the Scourge, ultimately leading to him becoming their prey. Glenn Quinn is once again excellent in the role of half demon, Doyle. We see his desires to correct the errors of his past, those errors that have led him to lead a secretive life. When Angel states to Doyle, "Fight the good fight, whichever way you can", Doyle takes this personally. By the conclusion of the episode, Doyle has sacrificed himself to save those around him. Not just his close friends, but many of his race. As beautiful as the last five or so minutes of the episode are, Doyle's demise occurs a little too early into the show, and as such, I am perhaps not as invested in his death as I could have been. His departure would have been more fitting a bit later into the season, once his character had grown a bit more to the viewer. Wesley could have been introduced in the following episode, and Doyle could have met his fate later in the season.

The opening to the episode is perfectly in line with "Angel", both thematically and tonally. We see Angel Investigations trying to reach out to more customers to run a more efficient business. In this opening sequence, where Angel declares that he is the 'Dark Avenger', we see the lighthearted comedy that the show also inherits from its parent show. This sequence is truly funny and Doyle's failed acting in the advertisement is initially hilarious. By the end of the episode, it is poignant. "When the chips are low, and you're at the end of your road, you'll need someone you can count on. And that's what you'll find here. Someone who'll go all the way...who will protect you no matter what. Don't lose hope. Come on over to our offices, and you'll see there's still heroes in this world. Is that it?" These final moments would go on to have an everlasting influence on the lives of both Angel and Cordelia. To Angel, he is determined to continue in the legacy that Doyle left. That there are still heroes in this world, no matter how rare there may be. For Cordelia, she is about to have the biggest change in her life, starting with the very next episode. Of course, this final scene affirms Doyle as a hero, and is the perfect counterpart to the lighthearted introduction to the episode. Doyle's arc has come to a close, perhaps not as perfectly as it could have been. Yet it has, and Doyle was a wonderfully charming character.

"Angel" would later have episodes that were devastating to both the audience and characters alike. "Reunion", "Forgiving", "A Hole in the World" and "Shells" are perfect examples of this, and they work better because the characters are better realized. "Hero", as it stands, is a great episode, but one that rarely reaches true greatness.

RATING: 8/10


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