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Old August 9 2008, 10:24 PM   #16
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Re: Angel's standout episodes

A lot of my fave Angel eps have been mentioned already. My favorites are Five by Five and the Darla/Drusilla arc in season 2.
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Old August 10 2008, 01:18 AM   #17
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Re: Angel's standout episodes

I started watching Angel mid-season 3, after I began watching Buffy in syndication earlier that year. I thought it was basically okay (in retrospect, I can see I was missing the background to better appreciate the character interactions), until "Sleep Tight", which entirely blew me away and ensured I would become a fan of the series. Having since seen the entire run, it's still one of my favourites, not just because it's the one that made me a 'convert', so to speak, but because of how unpredictable and brutal it is.

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Old August 10 2008, 01:33 AM   #18
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Re: Angel's standout episodes

I just finished watching Angel from start to finish, and I have to say....I'd forgotten how great this series was. Far superior to Buffy, in my opinion.

Stand out episodes for me would be Five by Five, Epiphany, Spin the Bottle, Orpheus, Smile Time, and Not Fade Away.
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Old August 10 2008, 04:11 AM   #19
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Re: Angel's standout episodes

My favorite episodes from Joss's best show to date (because Firefly wasn't allowed to surpass it........stinkin' Fox execs)

Note: I Will Remember You is really good but doesn't count because as many have pointed out, this is really a Buffy episode

In chronological order:

I've Got You Under My Skin
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been
The Trial
Lullaby
Sleep Tight (representing that whole Wesley/Connor/Angel/Holtz storyline)
Spin the Bottle
Apocalypse, Nowish
Orpheus
Lineage
You're Welcome!
Smile Time
A Hole in the World
Not Fade Away
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Old August 10 2008, 04:58 AM   #20
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Re: Angel's standout episodes

Ethros,here are some of my other favorite Buffy episodes besides the one you mentioned:

Angel
Ted
Homecoming
This year's girl/who are you
Bad girls
Chosen
Fool for love
Graduation Day part 1 and 2
Potential
Bargaining 1 and 2
When she was bad
Whats my line 1 and 2
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Old August 10 2008, 06:24 AM   #21
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Re: Angel's standout episodes

I think that Angel had plenty of standout epsiodes. Easily just as many as Buffy. They perhaps just don't get as much attention because they're not as gimmicky.

Season 1: Hero, I've Got You Under My Skin, Five By Five, To Shanshu in L.A.
Season 2: Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been?, Guise Will Be Guise, Darla, The Trial, Reunion, Redefinition, Reprise, Epiphany
Season 3: Billy, Lullaby, Birthday, Waiting In The Wings, Sleep Tight
Season 4: Spin The Bottle, Apocalypse Nowish, Orpheus, Home
Season 5: Life Of The Party, Lineage, Destiny, You're Welcome, Smile Time, A Hole In The World, Not Fade Away
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Old August 12 2008, 03:37 AM   #22
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Label, your favourite Angel episodes are pretty much the same as mine. I agree that Angel had just as many standout brilliant episodes as its parent series; but as the show was more arc-based, they all tend to blend together more.

Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been was a phenomenal episode which I rewatched recently. The Trial in season two I enjoyed a lot too. Anything with Faith is a standout.

And, contrary to some around here, I loved Angel season 5. Interesting, because the fifth year of Buffy and Angel is probably one of my favourite seasons of both shows (but Buffy season 3 just beats its fifth season. Just)
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Old August 12 2008, 03:59 AM   #23
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I think Angel had more mediocre and bad episodes than Buffy did. Most of season 1 of Angel was just CSI with paranormal thrown in. Don't get me wrong, I love Angel but the only bad eps of Buffy I can think of are "Beer Bad" , "Where the wild things are", "Bad eggs" and "I robot you jane"
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Old August 12 2008, 04:19 AM   #24
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I think Angel had more mediocre and bad episodes than Buffy did. Most of season 1 of Angel was just CSI with paranormal thrown in. Don't get me wrong, I love Angel but the only bad eps of Buffy I can think of are "Beer Bad" , "Where the wild things are", "Bad eggs" and "I robot you jane"
Agreed. Angel season 1 wasn't too great, it was just like a police procedural which happened to have vampires in it. It did start improving towards the end of its first year, though, with the Faith two-parter and the season finale, etc. At the time Angel season one originally aired, the consensus among the group I hung out with seemed to be 'Angel sucks'. They did bite their tongues when it started getting much better in later years.

Beer Bad is the Episode Of Which We Do Not Speak. Terrible. I think it and 'Where The Wild Things Are' were by the same writer, IIRC. The name escapes me. I think she didn't write any more episodes after that terrible pair, and I can see why!
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Old August 12 2008, 03:00 PM   #25
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^ Tracey Forbes, but she also wrote 'Something Blue' in Season 4 which a great one, so she's not all bad
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A lot of the first season of Angel was trying to find its feet, indeed Whedon said it really happened when they did Eternity (with the actress wanting to be immortal), and which of course is followed by the uber-awesome Five By Five, which Whedon recently cited at Comic-con as having one of his favourite moments in the whole Buffyverse with Faith and Angel's alley way fight in the rain "I'M EVIL!!!"
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Old August 12 2008, 08:15 PM   #26
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I will always remember the trilogy of "Apocalypse Nowish," "Habeas Corpses" and "Long Day's Journey," because the Angel Investigations gang got beat down and had their collective assi well and truly handed to them for three episodes in a row. That cemented that they were in deep doo-doo for me - for them (the team, not the show) to have such a consistent losing streak was a remarkable thing, I thought.

Plus of course the awesome fight scene in "Apocalypse Nowish," which for me remains the best fight scene in the entire Buffy-verse. I sometimes pop the disc in just to watch that.
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Old August 12 2008, 08:25 PM   #27
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^ Me too, so awesome
Angel- "Might wanna hold the gloat Chuckles, we're just getting started"

Ok so he's gets thrown off the roof later, but Angel is SO badass in that moment
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Old August 12 2008, 08:34 PM   #28
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Oh yeah. I love that fight scene. Even if our heroes got their asses handed to them completely, it was still amazing to watch.
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Old August 12 2008, 09:25 PM   #29
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Flet like changing my av, and thanks to this thread I thought I'd make it an Angel one. As you can see a nice and cheerful Angel one
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Old August 12 2008, 10:26 PM   #30
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Plus of course the awesome fight scene in "Apocalypse Nowish," which for me remains the best fight scene in the entire Buffy-verse.
No doubt. It's easily that.

I'd say it ranks right up there with fight scenes from major movies that don't have the word "Martix" in the title.
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