Back again film and TV fans and welcome to day 3 of Old School Week and I thought I would tackle a TV series this time and frankly touch base on a show I have never covered. So for those Whedon fans out there it seems only fitting and fair we tackle a certain vampire hero. So gather that holy water, grab your religious totem and sharpen a few stakes. This is Angel Season 1
Doyle: I’ve been sent by the spoilers that be.
Once upon a time, there was a vicious vampire. A creatures so fierce, so horrendous that other vampires did not want to cross him, and then he foolishly fed on a gypsy girl that was beloved by her tribe and they cursed the vampire to restore his soul. Forced to atone for his sins he lives out his undead life in taking out vampires and demons. He falls for a vampire slayer and has an amazing torrid love story with her until his soul is tempted by perfect happiness, turning him back into the monster he was.
|My fan club is bigger than yours, ya ponce!|
After Season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel (David Boreanz of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, These Girls, Mr. Fix-It, Officer Down and Bones) leaves Sunnydale to stave off returning to the beast he moves to Los Angeles to fight for the downtrodden and defenseless from creatures of the darkness. Heading back to his dwelling he encounters a man name of Doyle (Glen Quinn of Shout, Dr. Giggles, Live Nude Girls, Roseanne, The Curse of Monkey Island, R.S.V.P., and Fair City) who states their paths have crossed and he will assist him in the fight against evil. Another Sunnydale resident has made her way to L.A., Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, What Boys Like, Miss Match, Voodoo Moon, Relative Chaos, Veronica Mars and The Lying Game) chooses to pursue an acting career but still not very street smart when dealing with the forces of darkness. As a subsidiary for Angel saving her life Cordelia wishes offer her help in exchange for a salary.
Now I have just a few tidbits on the show overall. Executive producer/ writer David Greenwalt (The Commish, Profit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Miracles, Jake 2.0, Moonlight and Grimm) had taken the reins of this show when writer/director Joss Whedon (Roseanne, Alien: Resurrection, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse and The Avengers) was juggling the later Buffy episodes and Firefly and still managing to create viable entities in this existing universes these two created.
|Hold you closer tiny dancer?|
Personally I felt this spin-off stood on its own and allowed cast members of both shows to frequent back and forth creating crossover episodes of which is more of a comic book theme but in this particular mixed genre it worked well and still was a powerful show for many folk of varied ages to enjoy and yes I am well aware how many a gay man and straight female would NOT shut up about Season 5 of Angel but that is a completely different review down the way.