1×01 City Of
Angel is at a bar, appearing very drunk. I say appear cuz it seems fake, but like it’s suppose to be real. He turns to the guy next to him and starts to tell him why he left Sunnydale. He then tells the bald man that he reminds him of Buffy, cuz of “the hair”. Say wuh? Turns out he is pretending to be drunk to watch a group of men playing pool with some women. They leave with the women and Angel follows them, and then the dudes vamp out. One of the guys is actually Sawyer from Lost. He does not make for an attractive vampire. Angel stakes ’em and disappears into the alley.
Angel shows up in his apartment, which is in the basement of an office building. All light tight, even. As he’s putting his weapons away, a dude mysteriously pops up behind him. He introduces himself as Doyle — half-human, half-demon who gets visions from The Powers That Be (PTB). The PTB have directed Doyle to Angel. Angel is too busy being closed away and attacking humans and the PTB don’t want him getting apathetic towards the human folk. Doyle receives a head-splitting vision right then and directs Angel off to someone that needs his help. He goes to a diner and he meets a girl Tina and actually asks her if she needs help. Not exactly smooth with the coversation-ing, our Angel. Tina invites Angel to a party she’s going to and he attends. He actually meets up with Cordelia who’s trying to shmooze producers and whatnot, in her attempt to become a big star in LA. Anyhoo… I’m really rambling here, so I’ll try to be quicker with the rest.
He helps Tina from some creepy dude, who turns out to be a vampire, rescue-rescue-rescue. He also ends up having to rescue Cordelia from the same dude. Angel is also introduced to the lawyer firm of Wolfram & Hart. They tend to play quite a large part in our Angel series… so we’ll be on the lookout there.
Cordelia: I was just saying that if we’re going to be helping people out, maybe a small charge. A fee. You know, something to help pay the rent. And… my salary. You need someone to organize things and you’re not exactly rolling in it Mr. “I-Was-Alive-for-200-Years and Never-Developed-an-Investment-Portfolio.”
Later, Doyle tells Cordelia about their mission, and she joins them as their secretary.
A good introduction to our three main characters, but a tad weak in story IMO. It’s weird to see Angel so much more talkative on this show than on Buffy. But I guess when you’re the main character, you can’t get away with the total mysteriousness he pulled off on Buffy.
1×02 Lonely Heart
Doyle has a vision of trouble at a bar, but really no other details than that. The gang go to the bar to investigate but don’t fare too well. Cordelia is mistaken for a lady of the night, and Doyle a pimp, and a young man thinks that Angel is trying to pick him up. Angel is still quite rusty with the approaching humans skill. We also see a handsome man picking up a mousey bit of a girl. We know this will be something later, huh? While at the bar, Angel also meets Kate. She ends up being a policewoman hunting the thing that Angel doesn’t quite realize he’s hunting yet.
Cordelia: Hi! If you’re in trouble just call this number. We can help. Hi! Being harassed by someone or something? Dial us up, day or night. Hey, you look troubled, or is that just your lazy eye? Anyway, call us. We’re very discreet.
Turns out what they are looking for is this creepy thing that goes from body to body looking for the perfect body, and it hasn’t quite succeeded yet. Angel gets Kate to help her, after she thinks he’s the culprit of course. The last one to have the weird buggy host thing is the bartender at the bar, so when they catch ’em, Kate is still all clueless to the demons and whatnots of the world.
I really truly dislike the Kate character. Or, maybe it’s just Elisabeth RÃ¶hm. I haven’t liked her in anything, so that’s a very strong possibility. I think they meant for Kate to be a potential love interest, but YECH. I don’t even want to imagine that. She just seems so whiny and well… mega-whiny. I don’t look forward to future episodes with her.
1×03 In the Dark
So, this is a quasi-part two to the Buffy episode 4×03 The Harsh Light of Day. The part you need to know about that is there is this ring that makes the vampire wearer incapable of being harmed. Buffy sends Oz to LA to give the ring to Angel. I’m sure she hopes to be able to have more of a relationship with him or something cuz of the ring. Spike is also in town, he wants to try to get the Ring of Amarra again, since he was the one to find it.
Spike: (as Rachel) How can I thank you, you mysterious black-clad hunk of a night thing?
(as Angel) No need, little lady, your tears of gratitude are enough for me. You see, I was once a badass vampire, but love and a pesky curse defanged me. Now I’m just a big, fluffy puppy with bad teeth. No, not the hair! Never the hair!
(as Rachel) But there must be some way I can show my appreciation?
(as Angel) No, helping those in need is my job, and working up a load of sexual tension and prancing away like a magnificent poof is truly thanks enough.
(as Rachel) I understand. I have a nephew who is gay, so…
(as Angel) Say no more. Evil is still afoot. And I’m almost out of that nancy-boy hair-gel I like so much. Quickly, to the Angel-mobile, away!
Cordelia is in the office typing away and prints out an invoice. She’s so excited to have their first paying client. Oz shows up, tells Angel about the ring, then Angel hides the ring in the underground sewer tunnels. Later, Angel encounters Spike in a garage, he wants his ring back. Angel says no-no. We also have our monster of the week sort of thing. Well, it’s like a person that needs help of-the-week. This time it’s a chick that can’t really get rid of her abusive boyfriend. Angel helps, but she’s afraid it’ll just start over cuz she always calls him and the cycle begins again.
Spike runs into Angel again, and this time manages to capture him. He has a vampire dude that specializes in torture, and begins torturing our tortured hero. Oh yah.. he’s torturing Angel to find out the location of the ring. Later, Cordy and Doyle see Angel in this state and agree to find the ring. They do, they bring it to him, there’s a scuffle, they get away. Meanwhile, the torturer gets away with the ring. They then chase him and there’s another scuffle. Then Angel gets it and walks out in the sun with it on. He watches the sunset, then destroys the ring. He can’t be a tragic hero with it apparently.
Good episode. Weird to see him in the sun. He did look particularly pale, but that seems expected. I still can’t get over how much he talks and interacts with people versus how he was on Buffy. Crazy weird.
1×04 I Fall to Pieces
A lady is being stalked by her former doctor. He fixed her eyesight, she felt obligated to him, so she went on a date with him. I guess he thought there was more to it, cuz he talks to her like they are engaged. He appears to know everything she does and says, no matter where she is… bathroom included. She initially refuses Angels help, but after a particularly bad encounter with the doctor, she needs his help. They figure out that he’s actually sending his eyes to wherever Melissa is and is watching her that way. They still don’t know what that means.
Cordelia: I mean, it is just so unfair! This poor girl, she hooks up with a doctor — that’s supposed to be a good thing. I mean, you should be able to call home and say, “Hey, Mom, guess what? I met a doctor!” Not, “Guess what? I met a psycho and he’s stalking me and oh, by the way, his hands and feet come off and he’s not even in the circus!”
They eventually figure out he’s been studying weird radical spiritual surgery stuff and has managed to be able to temporarily remove body parts and send them on their way. They end up capturing some of his parts while they are disconnected and poof, buh-bye doctor, can’t spy on anyone without your eyes huh?
Blech. It’s just nasty. Way too monster-of-the-week for my taste. And just a gross monster in general.