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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Christian Kane (Lindsay) filmed his scenes one and a half months before the rest of the episode was shot. See more »

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During the exchange between Angel and Harmony near the beginning of the episode, Angel says that he doesn't recall what it is like to be human. Technically, he should remember, as he was human back in Season One's "I Will Remember You". See more »

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Lindsey McDonald: You don't trust me. You don't think a man can change?
Lorne: It's not about what I think. This was Angel's plan.
Lindsey McDonald: Come on. I could sing for you.
Lorne: I've heard you sing.
[Lorne suddenly pulls out a gun with a silencer and shoots Lindsey twice in his chest]
Lindsey McDonald: [shocked] Why... Why d'you...
Lorne: My one last job for Angel. You're not part of the solution, Lindsey. You never were.
Lindsey McDonald: YOU kill me?
[collapses to the floor]
Lindsey McDonald: A flunky? I'm not just... Angel was to kill me. You? Angel...
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The WB added a short "thank you" to the credits, thanking the creators for their work on the series. This angered many fans, who blame the WB for canceling the series. See more »

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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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