Angel: Season 2, Episode 9

The Trial (28 Nov. 2000)

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Darla is informed from Lindsey and Holland that there was an unfortunate side effect to her rebirth. Angel, learning of Darla's terminal condition, embarks on a mission to save her. Lorne ... See full summary »

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Darla is informed from Lindsey and Holland that there was an unfortunate side effect to her rebirth. Angel, learning of Darla's terminal condition, embarks on a mission to save her. Lorne directs Angel to a challenge which might restore Darla's health but at the cost of his life. Angel completes the challenge but Darla cannot be saved again because of her previous resurrection. Feeling broken, Angel tries to comfort Darla in her final stage until Lindsey shows up with an unexpected visitor. Written by Patrick "The G" Gurney

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Angel burns his right arm to fetch the key in the holy water and uses the same hand to unlock the door. However, the close-up shows him unlocking the door with his left hand. See more »

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Cordelia Chase: [about Angel] Don't you think we should check on him? He's been in that cellar a long time.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: I keep hearing a "chucka-chucka" sound. What's he doing down there?
Cordelia Chase: How should I know? He barely says "Good morning and get me a glass of blood" anymore.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: I know.
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Anything for Darla...
1 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Trial

The Good; Love the valet and the trials, they're both excellent, the surprise ending is a killer, thankfully they left Juliet Landau's name out of the credits this time so it's a genuine shock.

The Bad; Very little, terrific ep but Angel seems to be overwhelmed by the WR&H thugs very easily

Best line: Lindsey; "How did you think this was going to end?"

Jeez, how did they get away with that? The trials are almost akin to gorno, especially the key in the vat of Holy Water.

Apocalypses: 4

Angel Clichés Damsel in distress; oh yeah! 18

In disguise; 7

DB get's his shirt off; oh yeah! 11

Cordy's tattoo;3

Cheap Angel; 5

Fang Gang in bondage: Angel chained up by the valet Cordy: 5 Angel: 9 Wes: 3

Fang gang knocked out: Cordy: 10 Angel: 12 Wes: 5 Doyle; 1 Gunn; 1

Kills: Cordy: 5 vamps, 1 demons Angel; 1 vamp and 1 demon, 18 vamps, 19 and 1/2 demons, 3 humans Doyle; 1 vamp Wes; 1/2 a demon Kate; 3 vamps Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans. Gunn; 5 vamps+ 1 demon.

Fang Gang go evil: Cordy: 2 Angel: 2

Alternate Fang Gang: Cordy: 2 Angel: 6

Characters killed: 30

Recurring characters killed; Darla dies for the 3rd time 4;

Total number of Angel Investigations: 4, Angel, Cordy, Wes and Gunn

Angel Investigations shot; Angel: 10

Packing heat; Wes; 2 Doyle; 1 Angel; 1

Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: Cordy: 2 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast Angel: 1;Buffy Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde

Kinky dinky: Darla has once more turned to prostitution to support herself.

Captain Subtext; The eps so full he really doesn't have time to appear. Although Darla/Dru I suppose at the end.

Know the face, different character; 2

Parking garages; 5,

Buffy characters on Angel; 13 Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla, Dru, Master

Questions and observations; Oddly Holland believes in god whilst Darla wears a cross whilst tricking (she takes it off when she goes to find a vamp to sire her). Angelus comments that in Romania they know how to treat a creature of the night (Dracula?). Holtz mentioned for the first time. The dumb vamp Darla propositions says he was sired in 1992, by Lothos and co in the Buffy movie? Anne Rice mocked again. Why doesn't Angel sire Darla and then resoul her? He wonders what would happen if he sired someone when he had a soul, in 'Why we fight?' we find out. Jasmine referenced once more. Does JB really sing or is she voiced over? The valet is great, you really could see him as Jeeves, his little 'Use it wisely' speech at the end is reminiscent of Highlander. The actor recurs in a Dollhouse ep where he plays Beyonce's manager.

One thing, Angel is owed a life restored by magical means. So why does he never call in that marker and try to bring back Doyle, Cordy, Fred etc?

Marks out of 10; 9/10, Angel at the top of it's game.


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