Angel: Season 5, Episode 22

Not Fade Away (19 May 2004)

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In the series finale, Angel reveals that his questionable moral behavior has been part of a bigger plan: to destroy The Circle of the Black Thorn and show the Senior Partners that the power... See full summary »

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In the series finale, Angel reveals that his questionable moral behavior has been part of a bigger plan: to destroy The Circle of the Black Thorn and show the Senior Partners that the power of good can still make a difference. Wesley struggles with helping Illyria adapt to the world, scolding her for her attempts to take on Fred's form. As Gunn continues his quest of self-discovery, Lorne becomes more aware of the lack of happiness in the world. Harmony attempts to seduce Marcus Hamilton for information, Lindsey makes an important decision regarding his alliance, and Eve continues to deal with being mortal. As Spike comes closer to understanding the nature of heroism, Angel pays a visit to the one person he truly loves. On Angel's bidding, the gang goes out and spends each day as if it were their last... Written by TheGreenSaga

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During Angel's chat with Connor, Angel says he was at the first taping of _"The Carol Burmett Show" (1967)_ and says, "Tim Conway was on fire." Tim Conway was only in one episode (4th) of the 1st season of the Carol Burmett show; he became a regular part of the show in season 8. See more »

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Illyria: [Wesley has been fatally stabbed] You'll be dead within moments.
Wes: I know.
Illyria: Would you like me to lie to you now?
Wes: Yes. Thank you, yes.
[Illyria morphs into Fred]
Wes: Hello there.
Illyria: [as Fred] Oh Wesley. My Wesley.
Wes: Fred, I've missed you.
Illyria: It's gonna be okay. It won't hurt much longer and then you'll be where I am.
[Begins crying]
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7 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The end to Angel, that is the very end, goes out with a bang, and the kind of final line that gets all the fan boys just about as geeky as humanly possible (that is, including myself). One can tell that line was probably, specifically, written by Whedon, and in its own right it's actually more satisfying than the very end of Buffy, which, while a decent ending, is far from the real stakes that are charged at the end of Angel (not that there isn't a big fight in either episode, but I digress).

What makes this so remarkable is how it gives closure to everyone, to Fred (who appears at a crucial point in the episode to Wes, though I dare not say why), and even a character that has split most viewers, Connor, who remembers by this point most of what had happened when his memory was erased. And basically Whedon and Bell make this a slam-bang episode where you may laugh, and you may cry, but you'll also be enthralled by the unpredictability, and believe you me, there's some twists in this one.

It's one of the best series finale episodes out there, charged with the humor and pathos and great melodrama that populated the show. Hell (pun intended), the visual effects are even impressive this time around. It's easy to nitpick parts of season five, since it's far from perfect, but the ending really wraps everything up while giving a (somewhat) ambiguous last hurrah for our heroes. It's a cool way to go.


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