Rewatching Angel – Episode 57

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.

Waiting in the Wings

  • Cordelia is still encouraging Wes to ask Fred out.
  • He’s still procrastinating.
  • Angel’s got tickets to the ballet!
  • Yay?
  • Gunn and Fred return from breakfast and Fred is a little taken aback when Gunn calls her gorgeous.
  • Angel is excited about this ballet.
  • He saw them the same company in 1890 perform the same piece that they’re performing tonight.
  • At the theater, the manager promises the performance of a lifetime.
  • But somewhere above the stage, a mysterious figure laughs ominously…
  • While dress shopping, Fred wants to ask for guy advice.
  • Cordelia assumes she’s talking about Wes and is pushing Fred to go with it.
  • But Fred is definitely talking about Gunn.
  • Meanwhile, Fred wants Cordelia and Angel to pair up…
  • Lorne helps Angel with his tux and he can’t help but read Angel, who definitely has a thing for Cordelia.
  • Lorne points out that Angel and Cordelia are both champions.
  • Everyone looks great all dressed up.
  • Once the ballet begins, Cordy falls asleep and Gunn is actually into it, despite his earlier complaints.
  • Angel notices something is off…
  • Nothing has changed since 1890.
  • Angel is watching the same dancers in the same performance from over 100 years ago.
  • Cordelia and Angel head backstage to snoop around.
  • Once they get past the one inept guard, they notice that “backstage” goes on forever.
  • Angel suggests a spell or some kind of time flux… And that’s when they door they entered through vanishes.
  • In the prima ballerina’s dressing room, Cordelia and Angel both begin to relive something that happened in the past.
  • It’s almost like they’re possessed by long ago lovers…
  • Uh… this has happened to Angel before… back when he was evil again in Sunnydale.
  • He and Cordelia are really going at it.
  • They finally work their way out of the dressing room and are no longer under any thrall.
  • Lorne is babysitting Connor when he realizes they aren’t alone.
  • Someone is in the hotel with them… someone Lorne recognizes…
  • Cordelia and Angel are trapped backstage, but they realize they have to go back into the room to figure out who those past lovers were afraid of.
  • Wes and Gunn both go for Fred’s hand at the same time, but she realizes that Angel and Cordelia still aren’t back yet.
  • Cordelia and Angel return to the dressing room, but don’t get possessed at first.
  • The others head backstage and are watched by the same ominous figures that were above the stage at the beginning of the show.
  • In playing out the past, Cordelia reveals that they’re afraid of the company owner, who believes he owns the prima ballerina… that she dances for him.
  • Before Angel and Cordelia can really get things going, they’re attacked by those ominous figures.
  • I’m guessing they are some kind of embodiment of the comedy and tragedy masks that you find in the theater.
  • They attack the others as well, stabbing Charles from behind.
  • Angel manages to kill a couple of the mask guys.
  • Wes kills another.
  • And then Wes returns to find Fred and Gunn… kissing…
  • You can almost hear his heart shatter.
  • In his heartbrokenness, Wes finds a hotspot where he feels what the company owner felt.
  • The owner is a wizard who pulled the company out of time. They would dance for him. Forever.
  • The Comedy/Tragedy Guys revive and split… every time they’re killed, more are created, draining the wizard of energy.
  • Wes sends Angel to the stage to see if he can find some way to free the ballerina, who is really standing backstage, watching herself perform over and over again.
  • Angel figures out the only way to end the cycle is for the prima ballerina to take the stage again and change the ending.
  • This gives Angel a chance to run out and jump into the owner’s box to smash the source of his power, allowing the ballerina to disappear and the Comedy/Tragedy Guys to vanish.
  • Back at the hotel, Angel is pretty close to telling Cordelia how he feels.
  • But then the Groosalug enters the room.
  • That’s who showed up at the hotel earlier.
  • Well now I have to feel bad for Wes and Angel.
  • Body count: Comedy/Tragedy Guys – 3

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