Angel: Season 1, Episode 3

In the Dark (19 Oct. 1999)

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Oz comes to LA with a gift from Buffy. She has sent Angel the the Ring of Amara, which makes any vampire wearing it "unkill-able." Unfortunatly for Angel, Spike has also arrived in town and... See full summary »



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Oz comes to LA with a gift from Buffy. She has sent Angel the the Ring of Amara, which makes any vampire wearing it "unkill-able." Unfortunatly for Angel, Spike has also arrived in town and he's determined to get the ring for himself. Angel soon finds himself in deep trouble and it's up to Doyle, Oz and Cordy to save him. Written by katierose295

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Despite editing 5 minutes, when this episode aired in the UK it angered the ITC due to the violence and adult themes. The network quickly moved it to a later time slot than its usual 6:00 p.m. See more »


(at around 1 min) While Doyle and Cordelia are searching the dark, unlit sewers, lamps/lighting equipment are visible in the bottom right corner of the shot. See more »


Allen Francis Doyle: [after Angel receives the Gem Of Amara, a ring that allows the wearer to become unkillable] Why don't you put it on and, here, I'll stake ya. It'll be fun!
Angel: Maybe later.
Allen Francis Doyle: What, are you out of your mind?
Angel: I said, maybe later.
Allen Francis Doyle: Yeah...
Angel: Doyle!
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I refuse to be wooed just because Spike is in this episode...
15 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To be honest this episode is pretty rubbish, even with Spike in it. Apart from anything else Spike doesn't do anything! He waltzes in and demands some stupid ring, which should never have been allowed to have exists in the Buffyverse anyway as it's such a poor plot device, and then, for some bizarre reason hires someone to torture Angel for him for the information, rather than do it himself. How out of character! The fact that the torturer man even exists is simply a plot device so that someone can steal the ring and create a finale. Oz is also totally underused; he does little to further the plot at all and simply stands around as if to say "look at me. I'm also in Buffy. Isn't that cool. This is totally a crossover!" To make things even more ridiculous when the torture man steals the ring Angel and the gang know exactly where to find him; they head straight for a random pier and there he just happens to be. Well isn't that fortunate! My favourite moment of the episode. Spike says "to use a phrase I learnt in Sunnydale: DUH!"

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