Posted: Feb. 16 2007,6:00 quote
My favorite season of Angel is season 2.I'm a arc heavy guy and I loved the Beige Angel and Darla arc of season 2 the most.Season 4 follows that.Again,I loved the arc of the season and this was a very arc heavy year.
After that I would put season 1.Don't care for the standalone format as much although season 1 has great individule episodes.My top three favorite episodes are in season 1.
Season 5 then follows.Again some great individule episodes but the first part of the season was dull to me in the same way season 1 was due to the anthology format.The mini arcs then began and some I liked while others I didn't care as much for.What probably kills the season for me and,I know many will disagree,but I thought the series had a bad ending.The last three episodes just tainted the season for me.TGIQ I consider possibly one of the worst episodes of either series.Just terrible as far as I'm concerned.One of the things I'm glad Joss has done is fixed that episode at least somewhat in my mind in light of the Buffy season 8 spoilers.The Wes/Illyria stuff I liked with Fred's parents but the rest,I feel like I want the rest of my hour back.Just want to thank Joss again for wiping out the Buffy/Immortal part of the episode in the upcoming comics.
As for Power Play/Not Fade Away,as a 2 part season finale,it would of been great which is what it was originally supposed to be but as a series finale,I was really let down and disappointed.I don't care how much Joss tries to say different,that was a cliffhanger ending to the series.Like I said,there are many aspects of season 5 i did like as well.All the seasons have things I like but as a whole season 5 is next to last.
In last place,I would put season 3.I liked the Holtz plot and wish more was done with that but as a whole I didn't care for the other parts of the arc.
I didn't like Conner untill he came back as a teen in episode 19/20.I didn't mind the idea of Angel having a child but I just wanted to get to the fast grow part which is one of the reasons I love season 4.
The cutsy baby Conner stuff made me cringe.Once Conner came back as a teen and that part of the story got going with Holtz revenge and into season 4,all that,I loved.Plus the climax of Conner's story in Origin was marvelous.Origin is actually my favorite episode of season 5 and is in my top five favorite of the series.You know,if I could have a new Buffyverse spin-off series,right now at this point,I would want a Conner spin-off series probably.I think out of everyone he and probably Illyria have the biggest blank slate going for a new series really in my opinion.Plus it would be very easy to bring in other Buffy/Angelverse characters as well for guest appearences.
The glow bug super powered Cordy, Cordelia/Angel stuff and the Groo triangle along with the Gunn/Fred and triangle with Wes,I didn't care for.Much like with Conner,I liked the dark Wes stuff started in the later part of season 3 that continued into season 4 with Lilah.
So my ranking from best to worst is...
And just for the sake of including it.My ranking of best to worst seasons of Buffy are...
Again,all seasons have various things I like.