Angel (1999–2004)
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To Shanshu in L.A. 

"To Shanshu in L.A." is an episode of Angel starring David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, and Alexis Denisof. A scythe-wielding demon targets Angel's allies as Wolfram and Hart lawyers attempt to summon a powerful force from beyond.

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... Angel
... Cordelia Chase
... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
... Detective Kate Lockley (as Elisabeth Rohm)
... Lindsey McDonald
... Lilah Morgan
... Holland Manners
... Vocah Demon
... Female Oracle
Randall Slavin ... Male Oracle
... David Nabbit
... Charles Gunn
... Darla
... Homeless Woman
Daren Rice ... Uniform #1
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In the season one finale, Angel Inc. is facing its biggest challenges ever. A demon attacks Cordy and Wes, leaving Angel worried and desperate to protect them. Plus, Angel's home is targeted, Kate's threatening to arrest him, and the Shanshu Prophesy might have some bad news about his future. To make matters worse, Wolfram and Hart is conducting a mystical ritual to "raise" something that might destroy Angel once and for all. He'll have to work hard if he's going to save Cordy and stop Wolfram and Hart's newest plot. Written by katierose295

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23 May 2000 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Julie Benz guest starred on a show called Fame L.A. on which Christian Kane, was a regular actor. See more »

Goofs

Angel is in his office with the gang says he has a task to perform, next time you see him supposedly in Lindsay's apartment; but clearly in background is the rear wall of Angel's office, the red one with the weapons and ornaments on. See more »

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Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Angel, I hope I'm wrong about all this, but it might be a good time to consult the Oracles.
Angel: I don't need to see the Oracles about this.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Well, think about it.
Cordelia: [encouragingly] Oracles... Get out of the house... Could be fun.
[Cut to the chamber of the Oracles]
Female Oracle: How dare you enter this sacred space?
Male Oracle: Who do you think you are?
Female Oracle: We do not appreciate being summoned by a lower being.
Male Oracle: Who knows no better than to come here on a whim.
Vocah Demon: I'm not here on a whim.
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Season One
15 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Season One of Angel can be considered uneven in comparison to its successors, which is what makes the fact that it is an excellent season of television all the more surprising.

One of the most impressive things about "Angel" is that despite including main characters AND guest characters from its parent series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", it manages to be completely unique and not only different to its parent series, but to most if not all series on TV. There's just a small hint of "Forever Knight", enough to show respect to the only former 'Vampire Detective' television series, but nothing obvious. The biggest compliment I can pay to this series is that it's a supernatural investigation series that captures the humorous team dynamic of "The X-Files" while allowing itself its own identity and unique, complex mythology.

Season One of "Angel" has numerous excellent episodes but I would have to say that the absolute standouts were "I Will Remember You", "Five by Five", and "Sanctuary". I realize it seems odd that I just praised this show for being unique and now am saying that its best episodes from this season were the crossover episodes. Here's the great thing about this- they don't seem like Buffy crossovers, they seem like "Angel" episodes.

This show may not have found its feet yet, but that doesn't mean season one isn't full of brilliantly-written episodes with a fabulous core group dynamic, especially in the latter episodes.

Average rating based on all episodes: 7.68/10


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