So Angel's back-story gets even more convoluted than before. We now have 40's!Angel to add to 50's!Angel and 70's!Angel instead of the grimy rat-eating guilt-racked Angel that we had originally. I guess we're meant to assume that actually tasting human blood again in the 70's sent him loopy until Whistler showed him Buffy. Which is why Angel turning Lawson in this episode threw me seriously. Surely, turning someone is worse than drinking blood?
Cliches that you could see coming a mile away 1 : Oh look - two vampires and Spike on board. Let me guess which one will still be living at the end of the episode.
Nice touch to have Angel reverting back to his Irish accent only when first talking to Spike. That would re-establish his Angelus authority nicely. Spike went through all that, and still didn't twig Angel had a soul. Well, sets it up for School Hard I suppose.
Cliches that you could see coming a mile away 2 : It's the evil government organisation that knows all about you and wants to use you. On the other hand, I did enjoy Spike's "No one's going to run experiments on me!" line. But still, Demon Initiative? Please.... The only way they could have been more blatant is calling the guy Walsh or Finn.
Worse Plan Ever Award : Lawson. And if Angel had staked you there and then in his office, then Gunn, Fred and Wes would all have been fine. Guess you failed Evil Minion 101 then. And what's with Wes being taken down so easily? One punch? Sheesh. And what exactly was he after anyhow? Never did get that clear in my head.
Where was Dru (and Darla for that matter) during all this? Still in Europe? Spike didn't seem at all concerned for her. Very odd.
Cliches that you could see coming a mile away 3 : Sole German guy on sub. Will at some point a)escape, b) kill someone, and c) be killed himself. Guilty on all three counts.
Lawson became a vampire very quickly indeed. I know they said they had two days worth of oxygen at the start of the episode, and almost none when he was a vampire, but that's still very quick. Compare that to the number of times in Sunnydale that Buffy would stake a vampire fresh from the grave. That always implied a lot longer time frame than I thought (or maybe Sunnydale does it's funerals a lot quicker than everywhere else).
Present day Gunn - What was that pause during the conversation about the Senior Partners about? Is Gunn going to be the next liaison? Or is there something very dark that has to be done to contact them? Or were the SP's editing the info in Gunn's brain as they went.
Not a good sign when the only thing that intrigues me is one scene near the beginning. And where has Eve gone to?
Now bring on the muppets!