Rewatching Angel – Episode 33

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.

Redefinition

  • Cordy, Wes, and Gunn head their separate ways after Angel fired them.
  • Meanwhile, Angel throws everything reminding him of Darla into the hotel’s furnace.
  • And then Angel has a Rocky-style training montage.
  • I’m not sure I like these episodes where Angel is super moody. I hope this doesn’t last long.
  • Back at the wine tasting massacre, Lindsey and Lilah are the only survivors.
  • Wes gets a pep talk from Virginia. Guess that means they’re still dating.
  • Lilah and Lindsey discuss how long it will be before the Senior Partners decide to blame them for what happened to Holland and the rest at the wine tasting.
  • Darla and Dru are waiting for them in Lindsey’s office.
  • They left them alive so that one of them will be promoted to head of special projects.
  • Darla wants to keep the line of communication open with Wolfram & Hart.
  • Whichever of the two of them is left standing when the Senior Partners are finished will be their liaison to the world.
  • Angel, still training, dusts four vampires in the sewers.
  • At Caritas, the demon karaoke bar, we discover that Wes, Cordelia, and Gunn are all seeking to have their futures read.
  • Angel tortures Merl, the demon snitch, and he gives up all he knows about Darla and Drucilla.
  • The girls are looking to build up a little demon empire. So they show up at an underground demon fight club to recruit.
  • Guess who’s in the crowd…
  • Angel… it’s Angel. He’s there.
  • Darla leaves an address for the demons to come to for auditions.
  • Angel realizes he’s not ready.
  • Lilah visits Lindsey and says she’s scared. She’s tired of waiting on the Senior Partners.
  • She thinks that she and Lindsey should stand together. Take important files and leave.
  • Lindsey doesn’t buy it. Because Lilah is just trying to record Lindsey going along with it.
  • Wes, Cordy, and Gunn argue over whose fault it was that Angel fired them.
  • Then they sing “We Are the Champions” together.
  • When the bar closes down, they ask the Host to tell them their destinies.
  • But he knows Cordelia is about to get a vision.
  • And when the vision hits, the three of them go after the demon she saw.
  • Gunn wishes Angel was there. Wes snaps.
  • Angel chose to walk away from his calling. But they’re not going to.
  • Darla talks to Dru about how Angel should be with them, burning the city to the ground. Then Dru describes her vision of fire and pain…
  • Foreshadowing.
  • Angel goes to the factory where Darla and Dru are expecting their demon army to audition. And he takes them all out before the girls can get there.
  • Gunn and Wes manage to take down the demon and save the girl from Cordelia’s vision.
  • Darla and Dru arrive at the factory to find all their dead nominees. And Angel… smoking in the dark.
  • He throws down the cigarette, lighting a trail of gasoline that leads to the pool of gas that the girls are standing in.
  • And here’s the fire that Dru saw in her vision.
  • They get to a fire hydrant quickly. Neither of them disintegrates, but they’re both badly burned.
  • A representative of the Senior Partners tells Lindsey and Lilah that they will both be acting co-vice presidents of the special projects division. Until such a time as they need to narrow it down.
  • Wes drops in on Angel throwing knives. He informs him that they will continue his mission with or without him.
  • Angel says nothing, seeming not to care. But his next throw is way off the bulls eye.
  • Body count: Vampires – 4; Demons – 1 (plus all the ones Angel took out off camera)
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