Angel (1999–2004)
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To save Connor's life, Wes takes him away from Angel; Angel uncovers Lilah's plot to have him kill Connor; Holtz finally attacks.

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Terrence O'Hara

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Joss Whedon (created by), David Greenwalt (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase (credit only)
Alexis Denisof ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
J. August Richards ... Charles Gunn
Amy Acker ... Winifred Burkle
Andy Hallett ... Lorne
Stephanie Romanov ... Lilah Morgan
Laurel Holloman ... Justine Cooper
Jack Conley ... Sahjhan
Marina Benedict ... Kim
Keith Szarabajka ... Daniel Holtz
Jeff Denton ... Lead Guitar
Jhaemi Willens Jhaemi Willens ... Drummer
J. Scott Shonka ... Commando #1
Robert Forrest ... Warrior #2
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Storyline

As Wesley struggles to come to terms with the prophecy, Angel's behavior grows more and more erratic. The crew at Angel Inc. is concerned as Angel's moods swing from giddy to furious with no provocation. While Holtz, Lilah and Shajhan continue to plot vengeance against Angel, Wes takes drastic steps to keep Connor safe. Written by katierose295

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Producer and Co-Creator David Greenwalt wrote the song that Kim sings. See more »

Goofs

When Angel, Gunn and Fred bust into the wraither's lair you can see in the close up of Angel, after he "morphs" into his vampire face, he's not wearing his yellow vampire eyes. See more »

Quotes

Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: You're a soldier, fight-to-the-death kind. I respect that. You work for a man who you think is noble and good. I respect that. Trouble is, he's not.
Justine Cooper: You work with a *vampire*.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Who, in fact, is noble and good. Quirky, but there it is. Holtz talks about justice, and it's stirring, but what he wants is revenge. He's driven by it, blinded by it, and if you, me, or anyone else gets in his way, he'll kill for it.
Justine Cooper: You're wrong. You don't know him. Everything that he's done for me, for all of us.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: It ...
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References The Flying Nun (1967) See more »

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Strong story arc
8 October 2015 | by nightwishougeSee all my reviews

I've been watching Buffy and Angel simultaneously since Buffy season 4. This is my first watch for both of them. So far, Buffy season 6 has been marked by an inconsistency brought about, I think, by a lack of a strong story arc to really unite the episodes. The vague and oft-mentioned theme of "life as the Big Bad" is interesting, and in general I'm really enjoying the season, but it does tend to feel unfocused. Then again, Buffy has consistently dropped the ball on season-long story arcs since season 3.

The third season of Angel has no such problems. While I generally hate pregnancy/baby story lines, Angel isn't using Connor as an exploitative ratings boost. The writers aren't asking us to invest in the baby simply because he's a baby, all cute and innocent and helpless. His presence in the world has set off a chain reaction of events with incredibly dramatic results.

General sentiments about this episode:

-I like Cordelia as a character, but to be honest I think these last two episodes have benefited from her absence. The vision thing always felt pretty contrived to me, and while Cordelia exhibited a tremendous amount of personal growth in the first two seasons, she's been little more than Angel's love interest so far this season. I have to say, I'm over the "ooh I like him/her, ooh I should say something but I'm so bashful" teenage soap opera story lines on Buffy and Angel. It was understandable when the characters were in high school, but now that they are all adults it just feels like a cheap, cynical, pandering ploy to keep female viewers engaged. The Wes/Gunn/Fred love triangle was more than adequate to fulfill the obligatory romance for the season, did we really need to start shipping Cordy and Angel as well?

-Wesley is possibly my favorite character on the series. He's very warm-hearted, occasionally buffoonish (but they've been toning that down lately), and generally quite lovable, but he's also willing to make the tough calls that others will avoid because their judgment is clouded by emotion. The Connor story line is really putting him in the thick of things in that regard.

-Lilah is a great villain, but Angel really should have killed her this episode. You get the feeling that Angel wouldn't hesitate to hurt or even kill his friends if one of them hurt Connor, but Lilah--a constant thorn in his side for years now--is actively trying to get him to kill his own son by tricking Angel into devouring Connor's blood, and he just shares a drink with her at the bar. Sometimes his compassion is invested in the wrong places. She does give him a sob story about her mom, though, so maybe it's just reflective of Angel's generally poor judgment with regard to damsels in distress.

-I can't help but think it would be interesting to have had Holtz realize the error of his ways and forgive Angel, maybe even join forces with him. Joss Whedon teaches us to expect the unexpected, and it definitely would have been a neat twist on the "villain obsessed with revenge" shtick to set someone up with a single-minded purpose--to kill the man who wronged him (who also happens to be the hero of the show)--only to have said villain reform and give up his quest. Holtz does seem to have genuine concern for Connor's well-being, however, and even reassures Angel he will raise him as his (Holtz's) own.


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