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PTWAH! Let us not speak of that Angel episode EVER again

May 7th, 2004 (01:30 am)
disappointed

current mood: disappointed
current song: Good Charlotte - Girls and Boys

Finally got to see The Girl in Question. Anyone who missed it totally, don't feel you have to track down a copy desperately. If you have it on tape and haven't watched it yet, just fast forward through all the Angel and Spike bits, and watch the Wes/Illyria bits instead.



The good : Wes, Illyria and the Burkles. Amy Acker is fast turning into one of my all time favourite actresses - the way that she can slip between Illyria, and Illyria/Fred with no dialogue but done with subtle movements and facial changes just amazes me.
Wes Torture is always fun. And you don't get much worse than that one.
Oh yeah, and the way that the W&H Rome office was a duplicate of the LA branch. That was nice.
And Spike's 1896 outburst of "Son of a Bitch!"

The bad : No-one told the Burkles that Fred was dead? Admittally, there was no body to put in the ground, but some sort of service would have been appropriate. I'd assumed that her parents had been told between episodes.
Andrew. Please, someone out there tell me that they like him. Or was it a case of that actor being the only one available?
Sigh. What a waste of Darla and Dru.

The ugly : Anything in Italy. Or the plane there. And some of the stuff in our Wolfram & Hart. Any sentence with the word "Immortal" in it. The way that the writers went for the completely obvious joke every frigging time.



To sum up : they had three spisodes left, and almost completely wasted one. Won't be watching that one again for a long time. Sheesh.... and I thought Why We Fight was this season's stinker.

Comments

Posted by: houses (houses7177)
Posted at: May 6th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
SB [cinnamongrr1]

Oh, yes. Whole hearted agreement there. Waste of an episode in general, with some truly spectacular acting from Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof. The Immortal thing was...lame. The Dru and Darla bit? If I were those actresses, I'd be ticked off royally that that was the last time the audience would see them [I am unspoiled, so maybe I'm wrong]. The whole Angel and Spike bits felt juvinile and petty, neurotic and utterly unreasonable. I think this is my least favorite episode in ages. Yuck.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: May 7th, 2004 02:07 am (UTC)
Sam/Wes Heroes [Houses7177]

I'm staying as unspoiled as possible as well, even to the extent of holding my hand over the bottom of the TV screen after the title sequence just to avoid recognising any names of actors. :)

I don't even get to see the trailers for the next episode.

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: May 6th, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)

Definitely. It'd be fine as mid-season padding, light relief before introducing the Big Bad properly. Two episodes from the end it's VERY disappointing. About the only positive thing about it is that it may very slightly reduce the amount of horribly bad Andrew slash that gets written.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: May 7th, 2004 02:02 am (UTC)
God 1

Oh yeah? The first thing that popped into my head when those two girls turned up on the other side of the door was "Oh... looks like trainee Watcher Andrew has actually got some Slayers to be in charge of".

But a good point - I might have liked that episode better if it had been in the start of the season.

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: May 7th, 2004 08:20 am (UTC)

Since I posted that I've heard that the whole Buffy part of the episode was originally supposed to be much earlier in the season, before the Ilyria thing started; SMG originally said she'd be in it, then kept putting off doing it, so they filmed around her, changed the order of the shows, and finally had to work with distant shots of someone else. If it'd been me I would have pulled the plug on the whole idea much earlier, but they'd apparently spent too much money for that.

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