Rewatching Angel – Episode 15

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.

The Prodigal

  • We open on Ireland, 1753. Angel’s real name was Liam back when he was a human.
  • He had a rough relationship with his father.
  • To be fair, he’s basically a drunk. So his father has a problem with that lifestyle choice.
  • He probably won’t like it too much when he becomes a vampire.
  • Back in the 90s, Kate arrives at a crime scene where a beat cop relays the strange information about a homeless guy who was taking hostages on a train, but that the guy was pulled out of the train car while it was still moving.
  • Kate runs down the train tunnel and finds Angel just after he’s managed to kill the homeless guy/demon that had been threatening the passengers.
  • Back in the crowd at the station, Kate’s dad shows up.
  • She thinks he’s checking up on her.
  • In another flashback, Darla asks a bar wench about Liam, who’s heavily involved in a bar fight. Darla seems impressed.
  • Wesley later discovers that the demon that Angel took down was called a Kwaini demon. And they’re typically very peaceful creatures.
  • Something or someone must have made it act abnormally.
  • Angel thinks a delivery guy who gave a bogus statement at the crime scene is suspicious and begins tracking him.
  • He follows him to Kate’s dad’s apartment, where Kate’s dad hands him a mysterious package.
  • And now we can be suspicious of Kate’s dad.
  • After the delivery guy leaves, Angel knocks on Lockley’s door. He questions him pretty hard, and then Lockley tells him not to ever assume he knows how a father feels about his kids.
  • Then a flashback to Liam striking out on his own, against his father’s wishes.
  • And then it’s the night when Darla turns Liam into a vampire… Angelus.
  • Lockley decides to have lunch with Kate. He claims it’s to spend time with her. Really, he’s digging for info on Angel.
  • He seems concerned that Angel’s a private investigator. And he’s concerned that Kate thinks he’s good at his job.
  • He’s worried that Angel’s gonna find out what he’s up to.
  • Wes performs a sort of autopsy on the Kwaini demon and discovers there’s a synthetic substance that inflamed the demon’s adrenal gland. Likely what caused the atypical violent outburst on the train.
  • Lockley warns a guy in a suit that Angel’s good at his job. And it’s clear he’s being paid to use his resources to help them smuggle “auto parts.”
  • The suit then asks his boss… a fairly hideous and large demon… what they should do about Angel.
  • Kill him… and kill Lockley, too.
  • Another flashback: everyone mourns at Liam’s funeral. Especially his father. The man is absolutely heartbroken.
  • Darla visits the grave at night and waits for Angelus to rise.
  • When he does… why can we see his breath? Vampires don’t breathe…
  • An old man happens upon them and accuses them of being grave robbers. He ends up being Angelus’ first official kill.
  • Darla tells him he can take anyone in the village he wants. He wants the whole village.
  • And thus is born the most evil vampire in the entire Buffyverse.
  • Kate drops by Angel’s office with a list of passengers on the train. Though he really doesn’t need it at this point.
  • Still, he’s grateful.
  • And she tells him to bring her in when he finds something. He’s not sure that’s a good idea.
  • Later, Angel leaves to visit Lockley again.
  • Wes and Cordelia are attacked by two more Kwaini demons. Angel comes back and takes care of the Kwaini.
  • He calls Kate and tells her to get her dad out of the apartment, he’s in danger.
  • But it’s too late. He’s already being visited by the suits.
  • Flashback: Angelus arrives home. His little sister invited him inside, and he killed her for it. Then he kills his father.
  • Turns out the suits are vampires.
  • Angel arrives and tries to get Lockley to invite him inside so he can stop the vampires from killing him.
  • Angel tells the vampires that if Lockley dies, the moment his soul leaves his body, he’s coming in and killing them.
  • Angel manages to kill one of them, while the other escapes.
  • And then Kate gets there… just in time to mourn her father.
  • Kate can’t listen to Angel’s attempts at explaining what’s happened. She wants him gone.
  • Though she’s distraught, Kate’s still a detective. She finds the cash and the business card where she can find the vampires.
  • She kills the other vampire that was at her dad’s place.
  • Angel arrives and helps her take down the big ugly demon’s operation.
  • Three more vampires dusted and big ugly demon beheaded. Good times.
  • If Kate’s reception of Angel grew cold after finding out he’s a vampire, it’s probably gonna be worse from here on.
  • Body count: Demons – 2; Humans – 4; Vampires – 6
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