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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Episode complete credited cast:
Elder Lister Demon
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Storm Trooper #2
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First Mate (as Ashley Taylor)


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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You never know until you've been tested. I get that now
10 March 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

You never know until you've been tested. I get that now - Oh god, the pain, the pain, make it stop. I think i've rewatched this episode a little too often for it to make me cry, still, it definitely makes me brood for at least an hour. 'Hero' is without a doubt my favorite of the first season, it has plenty of depths and the most honorable death of a character, even if he died too soon, Tim Minear managed to blow me away like he always does. What I like most about the episode is the whole 'hero factor', everyone can basically be a hero, even the Irish Weasles. After only 9 episodes, I enjoyed this 'Doyle' guy more than I have probably ever enjoyed any character, he had so much charisma, his dialog was warm, fuzzy and funny - I don't see Angel putting on tights. Oh, now I do and it s really disturbing. I also loved the scourage storyline, I think it's quite obvious that the scourage represented the Nazi's and the half breeds were the Jews. I wish that the scourage storyline would have carried until the end of this season, then at least we would have enjoyed 'Doyle' for 13 more episodes. 'Doyle' also finally got a good background story as he deserved, we saw flashbacks on how he came to know of the scourage and when he had his first vision. My other favorite scenes were to begin with, the commercial, obviously - And you can count on me cause i'm the Dark Avenger. Also 'Cordy' taping 'Doyle', I loved how that was used at the beginning and end of the episode. And of course then you have the 'Doyle' sacrifice, after realizing that he could not let 'Angel' sacrifice himself, he kissed 'Cordy' which passed his visions onto 'Cordy' and then jumped to stop the machine from annihilating everyone. One thing I just noticed, those demons thought that 'Angel' was the promised one who was sent to save their lives but actually, it wasn't him, it was 'Doyle'. Amazing episode, why does Joss Whedon hate us so much? ugh! 'Doyle' never even got the chance to ask 'Cordy' out for dinner. I will miss 'Doyle' and Glenn Quinn for always. R.I.P. DOYLE: If you need help. Then look no further. Angel Investigations is the best! Our rats are low... CORDELIA: Rates! DOYLE: It says 'rats'. Our rates are low, but our standards are high. 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 that will go all the way, 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... Is that it? Am I done? (10 out of 10)

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