Shin wrote:It's not that it's such a bad episode, it's just that it's so useless and fills a place in which a amazing episode could have been.
Yeah, I think that this one got quite a mixed press, if I remember rightly. I really liked it, but my fav reviewer, Keith Topping, didn't. He wrote "Just what is this nonsense disguised as an episode of Angel ? Whatever it is, it's the worst Angel story in about three years."
I'm going to be really interested in what everyone has to say about this episode. Personally, I loved the story of the wonderful Mexican Wrestlers(I knew zero about them before this epi) and the further exploration of Angel's loss of belief in his mission.
Here's my review !
Wesley informs the team that a number of people have been found with their hearts torn out and there seems to be a link to a member of staff, an old mailman, who works at Wolfram and Hart. The mailman, is a former Mexican wrestler, whose brothers were killed in an epic fight with an Aztec Demon, Tezcatcatl. We find out that Tetzcatcatl has returned again, looking for a talisman that will make him incredibly powerful. It needs the hearts of heroes to fuel it's quest - and it doesn't want Angel's !
The Good and the Interesting.
The clever parallel between Numero Cinco and Angel. They have both lost hope and feel strangely bereft because Tetzcatcatl doesn't want their hearts. I loved Wesley's response to this - The Demon needs meat not metaphor. Ace line, Wes !! Numero Cinco believes he has been compromised by accepting Holland Manner's offer to join Wolfram and Hart.
Does Angel feel the same ?
The final fight scene is very emotional and very heroic, as Angel and Numero Cinco join in the with the brothers to destroy the Demon. It was great to see Angel, allbeit temporarily regain a little hope.
Another touching scene between Spike and Fred. Spike, too is losing heart and getting increasingly angry and frustrated at his ghostly status. He no longer seems to believe that he did anything special in closing the Hellmouth. Fred, here, affirms her belief in him. he saved her and her belief in him helps.
Angel can do an incredible amount of good with the stroke of a pen, according to Gunn. More so than he could have done in a month at Angel Investigations. This statement from Gunn really muddies the waters. Have they done the right thing after all ? Gunn admits that he has never been happier - but this made me shiver when I thought of the consequences of one particular decision of his that led to the Sarcophagus being able to complete it's journey.
El Diablo Robotico !!! What an awesome idea.
Angel "Is this blood ?" Gunn "Yeah, but it's OK. It's yours."
There was more to this episode than I thought - I really enjoyed it.