Angel: Season 4, Episode 13

Salvage (5 Mar. 2003)

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After releasing Faith from prison, Wesley takes her to Los Angeles hoping she will be able to trap Angelus. Faith finds Angelus and The Beast.

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A fantastic episode
5 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wesley and Faith are the only two humans in the entire Buffyverse who I don't think have it in them to ever kill Angel/Angelus no matter what he does. Wes always tries to do the right thing regardless of personal cost. And he believes that the world is just a better, safer place with Angel in it... Regardless of who else has to be sacrificed. Then there's Faith, who sees Angel as the only real friend she's ever had. He saved her life and set her on the road to redemption back in "Angel" season one's "Sanctuary." Now she's going to return the favor, even if it kills her. Wes & Faith team up in this episode, risking their lives and the lives of thousands of others to get Angel back. And I just love them for it. This is such a cool episode and I highly recommend it.

"Salvage" picks up right where "Cavalry" left off. Cordy is evil, and has killed Lilah. But everyone blames Angelus. Wes is devastated. He has to chop of her head to make sure that Angelus didn't turn her. While in the basement, he has a conversation with her body. Lilah tells him that she knows how hard he tried to save her from her life of evil and she appreciates it. Weslsy realizes that he can't just give up on Angel. The world's a better place with Angel in it and no matter what Angelus has done, Wes still believes in Angel's goodness. The others are stunned when he tells them that the can't kill Angelus, they need to find him, capture him and somehow restore his soul.

Wes then goes to find the one person he knows can help with his plan: Faith. When he explains that Angel is Angelus again, Faith breaks out of prison. Faith and Wes head back to the Hyperion where Gunn and Conner join them as the search for Angelus. When Faith realizes that Conner plans to kill Angelus though, she sends him back home with Gunn. Wes and Faith continue the hunt alone. Meanwhile, Angelus has met up with the Beast. It seems that the Beast's Master wants Angelus to join their side (For some reason I'm never real clear on.) Angelus, isn't thrilled with that plan, but he is willing to let the Beast beat up Faith for him. Finally growing bored with the fight, Angelus then stabs the Beast with a knife made from the Beast's own bone. The Beast dies and the sun returns. Faith is wounded and Angelus gets away. Back at the Hyperion, Cordy tells Conner that she's pregnant with his child.

There are some great parts to the episode. First of all, I'm glad that they're finally bringing Faith into the whole First thing over on BTVS season seven. (That's what the woman trying to stab her in prison was about.) Faith is always a fun addition to both shows. And I love Angelus' fight with Faith. The Beast is beating her to a pulp and then Angelus sort of steps in and stabs him with that bone knife. The Beast dies and Angelus is just so pleased with himself. "Yes! I knew that would work!" He's so excited that I have to laugh. Of course then the sun returns and he groans. "Oh man, you mean killing him really does bring back the sun? I thought that was just Angel's retarded fantasy." I almost feel sorry for him as he pouts. Anyway, Faith sitting in the stream of light, while he taunts her is just very, VERY cool. Also, a big "Thank you" to Faith for coming to town and finally putting Conner in his place. I especially like her tossing him into that fence and saying that if it came down to a choice between Angelus & Conner... She was saving Angelus. Me, I'd probably save a rabid jackal before Conner, but whatever. Finally, I really like the Wes and Lilah scenes in the episode. I think their conversation in the basement is just beautiful, as Wes realizes too late that he really did care for her. I'd like to think that at least part of the "ghostly" vision is really Lilah coming back (see "Home") and not just Wes' imagination. They were so cute together.

On the down side, right around this point in the series, I completely give up hope on Conner. When he votes to kill Angelus, I just want to reach through the TV screen and strangle him. And Conner + Cordy x Baby = creepy.

My favorite part of the episode: Angelus calling Buffy's house to see which Slayer is coming after him, then hanging up on her Dawn. "Hey, Dawn. Is your sister home? She is?" **click** "D*nm. It's the other one." It just cracks me up, especially since I really don't like Dawn. One small question, though. If Angelus can remember the Beast, even after the memory alteration spell that affected the rest of the world, because he wasn't in control of Angel's body when it took effect... What about Dawn? He wasn't around when she was "created" either, so is Angelus the only one left who recalls Buffy NOT having a kid sister? That's kinna cool.


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