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Angel: Season 1 - TV Series Review

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Published May 17th 2013
The Lone Vampire

Angel series one is well worth a watch. Spin offs don't often work, particularly if the parent series has had such a huge cult following like Buffy. However, Whedon makes an admirable start to his spin off.

The premise is that Angel has left Sunnydale and Buffy behind in order to give her a chance at a new life but also to work for his own redemption.

Angel initially partners up with Doyle, a half demon who gets 'mind splitting' visions and acts as friend, guide and drinking companion to Angel. There is also Cordelia another exile of Sunnydale trying to make it as an actress in L.A

Together they form Angel investigations, they 'help the hopeless' .

Series highlights include " I Fall to Pieces" which features a stalker/surgeon who can break his body up into individual parts. An excellent story and credit goes to Whedon to attempt to deal with some of the effects stalking has and how damaged the victims become.

"Rm wa V/u" is also a great episode dealing with the troubled life of Cordelia Chase and a crazy ghost to boot.

"I Will Remember You" tugs on the heart strings as Buffy and Angel are re-united once again in the best possible way only to be pulled apart in the worst way.

"Hero" focuses on Doyle's history and a chance for redemption. Extremely well written and very sad I wept buckets!

"Expecting" is also really good as Wesley who has now appeared in the story works with Angel to rescue her Cordelia from a horrible situation.

The series features some wonderful gimmicks, the best being Wolfram and Hart an evil law firm who is behind much of the chaos and death in the first series. Wesley also becomes a key part of the narrative losing at least some of his pretentions as he helps Angel on his mission.

I think that Charisma Carpenter also deserves credit because she on one level has the hardest part to play as Cordelia. Initially vapid and cruel in Buffy thanks to Carpenter she is still always inherently likeable even at her worst. Carpenter also shows her acting power through out the series as Cordelia is tortured, tormented and abused through much of the first series.

An excellent series which strikes a different but equally interesting tone to Buffy.

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