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Angel [Mar. 7th, 2004|09:54 pm]
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(This post is spoiler free, for those worried, though if you don't want idea of the episode directions, turn away now....)

Well, I've just seen Angel episode 16. 12 brought some closure (though not as well as it might have). 13 was an interlude, showing us it might get darker. 14, well, that was 14. Odd, good, drug fueled, whatever. It shall stand out for many things.

Then, we have 15 and 16. This is where we start to find the "big bad" to end all big bad's (since there's no season 6, it'll be the end of it all).

Having seen these two, I have doubts about the rest of the season. Everything that should be there was. We had heart ache, loss, change, questioning of direction, hard choices, bad choices, introductions and revelations. In short, everything that you should find at this point. Trouble is, it just didn't quite fit.

If anything, they tried too hard to put it all in. There was so much of all the elements, there just wasn't the time for the glue to fit it together. Some bits seemed forced (Spike, for example. Some bits totally in character, some not). Almost like they were trying so hard to fit in what'd worked before, they didn't think about how to make sure they didn't repeat what hadn't worked. As coalescent remarked a few weeks ago about the "mid season bad" - they'd decided on the route, then grafted in an old character without thought. The actions were pure angel, just wrong for the character performing them. These last two episodes have shades of this in again.

Who knows, they might just pick it up for the last 6 episodes. Some great screen writers are back for it. Alyson Hannigan has a month off from performing in the west end, so there's a chance she might put in an appearance. The elements are there, but will they pull it off?
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[User Picture]From: coalescent
2004-03-08 03:10 am (UTC)
12 brought some closure (though not as well as it might have).

12 was (can't remember if you know this or not) written with a mind to the fact that Angel hadn't been picked up for a whole season - episode 100 might have been the last ever. Which I think accounts for some of the oddness.

13 was an interlude, showing us it might get darker.

Should have been great, ended up 'not bad'. Never quite seemed to come together.

If anything, they tried too hard to put it all in. There was so much of all the elements, there just wasn't the time for the glue to fit it together. Some bits seemed forced (Spike, for example. Some bits totally in character, some not).

Indeed. 'Not this day'? Ack. Mind you, most of 5x15 induced the same reaction in me, so... :)

Almost like they were trying so hard to fit in what'd worked before, they didn't think about how to make sure they didn't repeat what hadn't worked.

And equally, I think Whedon is trying to get a plot that he's been trying to do for three years right. Either that, or if Firefly had continued he had plans to make Kaylee a reaver...
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