This was probably my favorite episode of Angel so far.
I don’t know what to think of season four as a whole because while the back half of the season proved to be an exhilarating, thought-provoking adventure with Faith and Jasmine’s epic multi-episode arcs, this was also the year I stopped caring about Cordelia – and it’s all the writers’ fault. She was either in a coma for half of the season or being terribly evil the other half, and it was neither fun nor entertaining, especially after there seemed to be high hopes for this incredible character after last season’s finale. It pains me to admit that I might not even care if she never comes back to this show next season.
Now back to Home, which felt completely different than any Angel episode ever produced. Lilah’s shocking return from the dead in the penultimate episode’s cliffhanger proved to be an enormously fun twist as she offers the Angel Investigations team the entire Wolfram & Hart firm. It’s a brilliant creative decision filled with endless possibilities, especially after seeing how this finale already introduced next year’s character-centric arcs (I’m particularly intrigued about Wesley and Fred now). I don’t mind that this show has opted for a full-on reboot because, to be honest, it kind of needs it after a season that was crammed with twists at every turn. This could be the breath of fresh air Angel didn’t even know it needed – and I’m so excited to see where it goes.
Even writing out Connor in the end, which was undoubtedly jaw-dropping especially after hearing Fred’s “who’s Connor?” remark, is a great decision. Unfortunately, this character never really clicked with the show’s universe and only seemed to drag it down from achieving true greatness. Plus, he finally ends up getting everything he ever truly wanted: a happy, loving family. And that’s a heartwarming way to bookend this strange yet uplifting hour.
– Stephanie Romanov (Lilah)’s delivery of the line “lifetime” at the very end of the opening teaser, after the intense music has already started, is priceless!
– There’s an entire minute of complete silence after the opening credits where every single character is just confused and unsure how to react after hearing Lilah’s proposition off-screen. It was strangely mesmerizing.
– How twisted is it that Wolfram & Hart wanted the Angel Investigations team to take over the firm because they “ended world peace”?
– Hilarious scene as they all end up going to the limo even after saying they wouldn’t.
– There’s a stunning wide shot of the new and modern Wolfram & Hart when everyone walks in. Wow.
– How badass is Wesley when he uses his wrist blades and flies off, Spiderman style?
– Oh, so that’s how Angel gets the amulet which he then gives Buffy for the final fight. Hmm.
– Nifty editing with Angel jumping off the rails and we cut to Wesley jumping from the ceiling and punching a man.
– Wesley trying to burn Lilah’s contract so she can finally have some peace – very moving.
– Angel and Connor’s fight scene at the sporting goods store was actually intense!
– Wait, they still don’t know where Cordelia is?
– This finale also contained a whole bunch of unexpected witty dialogue!
Lilah: Angel, what’s the matter, ace? Didn’t think you were the only one that ever got to come back from hell around here, did ya?
Wesley: It’s a lie.
Lilah: Lah! It’s a Lilah!
Angel: Wolfram & Hart. The contract she signed with them extends beyond her death.
Lilah: Standard perpetuity clause, I’m afraid. Always read the fine print.
Angel: [Jasmine] was eating people.
Lilah: They knew what they were getting into.
Lorne: Her stomach?!
Fred: We ended a nefarious global domination scheme, not world peace. (Pause) Right?
Lilah: Just because we’ve tried to kill or corrupt each and every one of you at one time or another doesn’t mean we can’t be trusted.
Lilah (to Angel): Just you and me, boss. Come on, Charlie. Let me show you around the chocolate factory.
Fred: You’re like the MacGyver of Wolfram & Hart.
Knox: You’re not wrong. I can make practically anything out of a— a fully equipped, multi-million dollar lab.
Sirk: How did you know?
Wesley: Something about Watchers and–(punches him, knocking him out) libraries.
Lilah (closes the shades, to Angel): Goodbye, Mr. Sunshine. Hello, gloomy avenger.
Angel: Buffy can handle herself.
Lilah: But isn’t it more fun when you handle her?