Rewatching Angel – Episode 9

Angel - TitleWelcome to Rewatching Angel, the part of the blog where I rewatch the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off: Angel. Each Tuesday evening, you’re invited to join me as I attempt to rediscover what made me love these shows so many years ago.

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  • Kids, this is basically the episode of Angel that lets us know in no uncertain terms that this isn’t high school anymore. Not sure what I mean? Stay tuned…
  • Cordelia is insistent on Angel Investigations having a commercial to get their name out there.
  • She films an ad using Doyle that doesn’t turn out great.
  • So then he goes down to check on Angel.
  • Angel confesses to Doyle about everything that happened with Buffy when she came to town. That she wasn’t just there for five minutes.
  • He also tells Doyle about the Oracles telling him about the forces of darkness gathering. Something big is coming.
  • Doyle fills Cordelia in. She says that they can’t keep secrets from each other.
  • Which makes him rethink the whole thing where he keeps his demon side hidden from Cordy.
  • He’s about to tell her the truth when he’s hit with a vision.
  • Cut to a couple of seemingly harmless demons who are running and hiding from what looks like an army.
  • Has the Initiative already moved into LA?
  • Angel and Doyle go check out the building where the vision showed him this clan of hiding demons were staying.
  • They find them hiding in some kind of cellar under the building.
  • These demons explain that they’ve been trying to leave the country. They’re on the run from the Scourge.
  • They believe that Angel is a prophesied Promised One who will save them from the Scourge.
  • What’s the Scourge?
  • Glad you asked! Doyle knows them. Says they’re death.
  • Doyle flashes back to a demon like him named Lucas telling him all about the Scourge. They’re a group of pure blood demons who have it in for half breeds like Doyle.
  • Back then, Doyle refused to help fight off the Scourge. That’s when he got his first vision, showing him how the Scourge attacked and wiped out his people.
  • He checks it out to make sure the vision wasn’t fake. He comes across a handful of bodies that met a violent end.
  • Doyle calls Cordelia to help them out by going to the docks to secure a ship.
  • Cordelia is having trouble with the idea of helping a group of demons. Doyle helps her open her eyes a bit.
  • One of the demon kids takes off. He doesn’t believe in any prophesy. He doesn’t want to stick around and wait to die with everyone else.
  • As Doyle is heading back with the kid, they come across the Scourge marching through the streets.
  • Doyle lures the Scourge away to give the kid a chance to escape.
  • Angel makes the Scourge think he wants to be a part of them, even though they consider vampires the lowest of the half breeds.
  • He breaks Doyle’s neck… but it’s okay… he’s in demon form when it happens. So it doesn’t count.
  • The kid finds Doyle and they follow the others to the ship.
  • One of the demon leaders at the ship lets it slip that Doyle is half demon, too.
  • The demons are sold out to the Scourge by the first mate of the ship.
  • They unveil a machine that is designed to destroy anything with human blood.
  • They display its power by using it on the ship’s first mate.
  • Doyle and the kid arrive at the ship. Cordelia slaps him for not telling her the truth about himself.
  • She can’t believe he thinks she’d care about that.
  • Then she tells him to ask her out for dinner already.
  • And just as he’s about to, Angel arrives.
  • And the Scourge show up a few seconds after…
  • By now they’ve figured out that Angel was lying. He doesn’t really care about their cause.
  • The Scourge are lowering their weapon into the cargo hold where all the half breeds are.
  • Angel manages to kill one of the Scourge before joining Doyle and Cordelia to figure out how to shut the thing down.
  • Angel realizes that he has to shut it down, but it’ll kill him in the process.
  • Instead, Doyle punches him and throws him off the landing so he can’t reach the machine.
  • He kisses Cordelia and transfers some kind of light with the kiss.
  • Then he leaps over to the machine. He shuts it down, but it incinerates him in the process.
  • And just like that, a main character is gone.
  • In their grief, Angel and Cordelia watch Doyle’s commercial.
  • Body count: Humans – 1; Scourge Demons – 1; Half-Humans – 1
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