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Angel – Best Of (Kirsti)

by Kirsti June 18, 2014 Angel
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Earlier today, I talked about my ten worst episodes of Angel. Now it’s time to talk about my ten best. And in doing so, I feel like I should expand a little on something I said at the beginning of this video. Basically, I want to talk a little bit more about my Honourable Mentions. Does this count as spoilering you on the contents of my vlog? Whatever, just go with it.

Let’s start with Smile Time. Yes, it’s one of the most memorable episodes of the show as a whole, and I was pretty much waiting for us to reach season 5, episode 14 from the minute we started recapping Angel.

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Angel – Best Of (Lorraine)

by Marines June 20, 2014 Angel
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Angel – Best Of (Sweeney)

by Sweeney June 19, 2014 Angel
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I continue my reign of terror and cheating. Cut for time: other examples to accompany item #5 (spoilers!) and some gushing about why I wish I had more numbers so that #2 didn’t have to be collapsed and could actually be multiple things. Ultimately, the point of that rambling, though, was that as great as #2’s parts are, the whole is ultimately greater than the sum of its parts.

(See, now I gave you a bit of a guessing game! What are these things! It’s even harder since I gave myself zero rules in framing the kinds of things I could choose because if you’re going to cheat, cheat big.)

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Angel – Worst Of (Kirsti)

by Kirsti June 18, 2014 Angel
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Our very first Buffy post went up on 2 July 2012. It’s been a long and bumpy road through the Buffyverse since then. I’m not even entirely sure how we came to recap Angel because I can remember sending emails to Lor and Sweeney that were all “Guys, we really shouldn’t recap Angel because it’s pretty freaking bad…”. AND YET. Here we are, 715 days after we started Buffy and 456 days after our first Angel post went up. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, WE FINISHED A THING.

Recapping Angel has been a very different experience to recapping Buffy. Though I’d seen the show before, this was only really my second time through so there was a lot of stuff that I didn’t really remember.

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Angel – Worst Of (Lorraine)

by Marines June 20, 2014 Angel
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Things got a little bit away from me.

Last night, after watching Sweeney’s great video, I became a lean, mean, ranking machine. I ranked story arcs and characters and episodes, and also what’s here in the video below. I tried to squeeze in my bottom 10 episodes as well, but there was just no way that was going to happen time-wise, which is why the video ends kind of abruptly.

Also cut for time, an explanation about how there was more of a debate during my Buffy rankings about what was the best, quality wise, and what was the best to me.

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Angel – Worst Of (Sweeney)

by Sweeney June 19, 2014 Angel
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The levels on which I have cheated here are numerous. Even as I was editing I was struck by all the things that I omitted. This video is, in fact, “Five random things I came up with that I really hated about Angel and arbitrarily placed in order.” Except my #1 which I stand by. Probably. Until someone in the comments makes a compelling case for something else.

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Angel S01 E01 – The Great Contrivance Spirit

by Sweeney March 18, 2013 Angel
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The title is reassuring me a teeny tiny bit, as the LA girl of the batch. I’m going to give you guys the oh-so-hilarious Snark Squad speech about how we really planned to keep this short. I laugh preemptively, because I have to start this and my Twitter bio is about how I am an uncontrollable rambler. I drank a bit to prepare myself. I am also terrified to start this series because I am a one-sided Buffy/Angel shipper in that I am cool with Buffy moving on and having a life BUT ANGEL MUST LOVE HER FOREVER AND EVER UNTIL HE BROODS TO DEATH. I’m also preemptively confused as to how they’re going to give him romantic subplots, because of the whole orgasm happiness = no-soul thing. I’m curious to see how we contrive our way around this.

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Angel S01 E02 – Real clothes are overrated.

by Marines March 21, 2013 Angel
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Lorraine: Angel is sitting in the dark, because darkness helps concentrate the brood. Doyle turns on the lights and says it’s Friday night and Angel should really out.
K: This sounds very much like something my mother would do to me. Except I’m not brooding in the dark. I’m just allergic to leaving the house.
Lor: He suggests drinks to toast the new business. Angel catches his drift and suggests that if Doyle wants to go out with Cordelia, he ask her out himself.
Enter Cordelia with “calling cards.” I’m not sure why we’re calling them that and not business cards. They have moment a of confusion about the Microsoft Clip-Art looking graphic on the front of it.

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Angel S01 E03 – Old friends, new torture

by Kirsti March 25, 2013 Angel
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We open with a hippy looking girl running down a dark alley. She hides in a doorway, then peeks out. When no one’s there, she tries to run for it, but the guy she’s running from is behind her. He’s kinda insane and sweaty – the best kind of boyfriend, right? WRONG. He hits her and then pulls a gun. He’s about to pull the trigger when Angel appears out of nowhere and grabs his arm. They fight briefly, and Angel knocks the guy out. He asks the girl if she’s okay, and we learn that she hired him to help before the camera pans to a nearby rooftop. Spike’s there, and I’m going to give you his full impersonation because it’s AWESOME:

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Angel S01 E04 – A Stalking Situation

by Sweeney March 28, 2013 Angel
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Sweeney: The episode starts with Cordelia lamenting all the bills associated with running their business, which is a problem, since Angel isn’t really big on collecting payment, as it interferes with being the hero. Doyle agrees that money would be good, but mostly because Cordelia thinks so.

Kirsti: Aww. Bless.

Lorraine: Doyle is hitting on Cordelia in this scene big time, but I spend most of it noticing his beautiful eyes. He looks yummy here. Okay, carry on.

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Angel S01 E05 – Of apartments and Kitty Farmer

by Marines April 2, 2013 Angel
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Lorraine: Cordelia is giving Doyle a little taste of her audition for a commercial. She does as well as you would imagine. The phone rings and he wonders if she’s going to pick that up, and Angel wanders in to wonder the same thing. Angel as a boss makes me giggle.

Sweeney: It doesn’t suit him particularly well….

K: Truth. Also, the idea of Cordy starring in an advert for garbage bags is rather hilarious.

Lor: Cordelia scurries over, but by that point, the answering machine has it. It’s someone named Aura who’s calling to check in on Cordy.

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Angel S01 E06 – Beaten with the feelings stick

by Kirsti April 4, 2013 Angel
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K: We open in an alley. A bag drops into frame, followed by a man. He starts to walk away, but there’s a short blonde woman standing the shadows. He runs, and she chases him down, eventually delivering a spectacular fly kick when he tries to get in a car. The camera pans out, and the woman is Kate. She roughs him up a little and then arrests him. Cut to the police station. Kate’s trying to get Crook Man to spill the beans on where a certain Mob boss type is, but he’s not spilling. Eventually she snaps and pins him against the wall with an arm across his throat.

S: A commenter pointed out that Kate is sort of a Buffy-like placeholder.

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Angel S01 E07 – Whedon Hat Trick

by Sweeney April 8, 2013 Angel
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Sweeney: Angel is reading and Doyle is pestering him. I hate when people try to talk to me when I’m reading. LISTEN, I AM PERFECTLY CONTENT TO SPEND MY NIGHT READING AND I’D BE A LOT MORE CONTENT IF YOU’D SHUT UP AND LEAVE ME ALONE. Sorry. Pet peeve.

Lorraine: GOD YES. I’m not sitting here with a book open waiting for anyone to come talk to me. I’M READING.

K: SERIOUSLY. Why do people do this?

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Angel S01 E08 – Significant others and sewers

by Marines April 11, 2013 Angel
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The moody music starts right away as Angel winds a clock and tests the levelness of his desk. Cordelia and Doyle enter. She gives us the exposition: Angel was in Sunnydale for three days and saw Buffy! Why isn’t he brooding more? Cordy’s guess is that his lack of brooding actually means that he’s brooding more than usual. Cordy sees him take out a stake from his desk, assumes the worst, and rushes into the office telling him it’s not worth it! He will meet someone else! Angel explains he just needs the stake to level his desk, which just seems like the most inefficient way to level anything. He is going to trip over that stake. For sure.

Sweeney: It’s round! That doesn’t even make sense!

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Angel S01 E09 – F for Feels

by Marines April 15, 2013 Angel
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Kirsti: Oh, Whedon. You really do like to deliver us ALL THE FEELS at once, don’t you? Sigh.

Lorraine: Thanks for the upfront warning. We should consider giving our own version of TV Parental Guidelines. This episode is rated F for feels. Viewer Discretion is advised.

Sweeney: YES.

K: Other ratings? B for Boring, R for Rage Inducing, and and S for SPIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKE!!!

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