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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Though apparently overwhelmed by an army of demons, the four last standing, Angel, Gunn, Illyria and Spike, all "survived" to the battle in further Whedon's comics. Gunn becomes a vampire, though. 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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Angel: What are you doing here?
Connor: You drop by for a cup of coffee and the world's not ending? Please!
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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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No happy ending, but who ever said there would be?
7 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This comment is mainly in response to certain people who claim that this series finale was a failure because it did not have a "happy ending". These people have missed the entire point of the episode. It's not about happy endings; as Angel repeatedly warned the others, this is one they're "not going to walk away from". "Not Fade Away" is about doing what's right, even if there's nothing in it for you, even if you know that you're pretty much signing your death warrant by doing so. That takes true courage and honor, and that's what Angel and co. have in spades in this episode. Also, it's realistic, well, about as realistic as a fantasy drama TV show about vampires and demons can be. In life, there is no guarantee that you or anybody else will walk off into the sunset, and more often than not, good people die. "Not Fade Away" reflected this, and that's what makes it unique from any other series finale.

10/10, easily.


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