“Angel” 4×15 – Orpheus

This is how one horrible subplot can stop an episode from being a true masterpiece.

First, it was absolutely a hoot seeing Willow over with the Angel gang. Her dynamics with Fred, Wesley and Faith are all very fully realized. It’s a testament to how well crafted all these characters are (thanks, Joss Whedon) that Willow (someone who doesn’t belong on this show) can still feel very authentic and exactly like the Willow we’d all grown to love at Buffy. I just wish she’d stayed a bit longer – and not taken Faith with her!

Speaking of our second favorite Slayer, Faith and Angelus share a number of head-scratching yet delightful scenes via flashbacks where they watch Angel doing some good deeds, all while the show pokes fun at some of this subplot’s meta structure. This strange format could have easily faltered under the hands of lesser performers, but David Boreanaz and Eliza Dushku are terrifically committed, especially the former in both Angel and Angelus roles.

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but the Cordelia/Connor subplot has gone from bad to worse. After living through a terrifying three-episode Angelus arc, the fact that bringing back Angel’s soul doesn’t get a climactic resolution is outrageous. It makes no sense for the writers to reveal Cordy’s pregnant belly to the rest of the characters by hour’s end (even if I’d been eager to move this subplot along already) because Angel’s soul should have been given much more weight than a simple, throwaway line. This is beyond unacceptable and I’m sorry to see one of my newly favorite actresses be dragged into a truly horrible storyline. She deserved much better than this!


– Angel rescuing a puppy in one of the flashbacks and Angelus getting furious about it: priceless.

– Loved seeing Willow and Fred share the screen together. Their yammering was also kind of fun.

– Oh dear lord I wanted to fast-forward the scene where Cordelia grabbed a knife under the covers when Willow was in her room. Soap opera much, guys? Seriously, how did Charisma Carpenter even agree to shoot this scene?

– Heartwarming moment between Willow and Wesley discussing how much they’ve gone over to the dark side.

– Hilarious: Wesley asking Willow if anything else major has changed in her life and her saying not much.

– It’s human nature for me to watch closely whenever a character on TV has to fight another character played by the same actor (I’m just picky that way). The Angel/Angelus fight was sadly very clumsily edited. And look at those stunt doubles! Made me miss Buffy just a tad more.

– Faith punching Connor: SO freakin’ satisfying. Can he please fall off the face of the earth and die?

– Shouldn’t Angel have been a little more upset over how he’d been terrorizing his friends over the past few days? Why did he seem so calm and happy?


Faith: You know what the definition of insanity is, baby? Performing the same task over and over and expecting different results. Learned that in murder rehab.
Angelus: All right, Miss Blow-It-All. This is my flashback. Why are you in it?

Willow: How’ve you been?
Cordelia: Higher power. You?
Willow: Ultimate evil. But I got better.

Angel: I’ll get you to a hospital. You’re—you’re gonna be OK. All right? It’s—everything’s gonna be…
Injured Cashier: It hurts!
Angel: Yeah, I know.
Angelus (mockingly): Doc, I think we’re losing him! God, I love this episode!

Wesley: I think my sense of humor’s trapped in a jar somewhere.

Wesley: I’ve changed. I’ve seen a darkness in myself. I’m not sure you’d even begin to understand—
Willow: I flayed a guy alive and tried to destroy the world.
Wesley: Oh. So…
Willow: Darkness. Been there.
Wesley: Yeah. Well, I never flayed. I had a woman chained in a closet.
Willow: Heeyy!
Wesley: That doesn’t compare.
Willow: No, dark. That’s dark. You’ve been to a place.

Faith: You kiss your mama with that mouth?
Angelus: No, but I ate her with it.

Fred (about Connor and Cordelia): Do you ever think their relationship is maybe a little bit…icky?
(Cut to Cordelia and Connor holding hands)
Cordelia: You have to kill your father.

Willow: Oh, um, next time you guys resurrect Angelus, call me first, okay?


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