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 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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The poem Spike reads in the bar is the same poem he reads to Cecily, the object of his affection, in "Fool for Love" in season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). After Cecily rejects him, he wanders around London until he runs into Drusilla, who sires him. See more »

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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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[Angel runs in to his office and finds Eve there as the building of Wolfram & Hart is tumbling around them]
Eve: What the hell is going on?
Angel: Looks like we're getting kicked out of the garden, Eve.
Eve: Where's Lindsey? Where is he?
Angel: He's not comin' for you.
Eve: You...
Angel: Time to go.
Eve: [grim tone] Go where?
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Controversial, but Excellent All the Same
26 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, it's not the most fluid ending plot-wise, but it's not the writers' fault; on the contrary, they took an avowedly irrational cancellation from the WB and made lemonade.

This has to be one of the most awe-inspiring thematic exits I've seen; it's so incredibly bittersweet to see all of Whedon's ideas unfold so masterfully but in such a rushed format. In short, this episode is almost as good as and almost as tragic as Firefly's finale.

Some specifically admirable things about this episode are, as follows: this episode manages to provide a tightly essentialized climax to the season while providing closing statements for each and every character. The lull before the storm is one of the greatest parts of this episode, second only to Angel's "immortal" closing statement.


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