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Angel: Season 2 - TV Series Review

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Published May 17th 2013
Demons, Vampires and Lawyers
I have to admit I was a bit tentative when watching the second series of Angel. The first series was an excellent all rounder and I thought Whedon would have some serious issues topping it. However I was proved wrong. Whedon largely manages to produce an excellent second series.

Whedon starts to play with the mythology more in this series as demons of a different type get introduced- the most obvious of these is Loren a green scaly bar owner who can see into people's hearts when they sing.

The gang gets some new members as Gunn, a vampire killer from L.A. becomes a permanent member of the team. The story starts with all of them trying to find out what was raised from hell at the end of the previous season.

It turns out to be Darla, Angel's sire- now human she has been instructed by Wolfram and Hart to drive Angel mad and back to the darkness and very nearly succeeds. Darla, now human must deal with her own impending death, Angel makes a valiant attempt to save her life but it ultimately comes to nothing. However Angel's insane bravery does prove to Darla that humanity has something of substance and manages to come some kind of peace.

Ultimately her epiphany comes to late as she is once again killed by Drusilla and goes on a rampage. Angel goes on a rampage himself in attempt to fight the demonic duo and leaves his friends behind.

Series highlights include "Guise will be Guise" where Wesley must assume Angel's identity and gets rather lucky as a result.

"The Trial" is also an excellent one as it shows the lengths Angel will go to protect Darla, despite her history.

"Epiphany" is also good as it shows a humble Angel how must deal with his mistakes and beg forgiveness from his friends.

The season finale is also good because there is the introduction of a demon dimension as well as Fred –a human slave/nuclear physicist.

Overall season two works well, it deals with Angel's demons as well developing the characters further. Cordelia in particular becomes a warrior and a champion losing much of vanity and vapid exterior to fight against the forces of darkness

Anyway definitely worth a watch!

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