Angel 5×03: Unleashed

[Review by Iguana-on-a-stick]

[Writer: Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft | Director: Marita Grabiak | Aired: 10/15/2003]

If one were to name the most common tropes from Angel’s early seasons, one might come up with a list that quite accurately describes “Unleashed.” There is the Damsel in Distress, who naturally is young, pretty, blonde and attracted to Angel. There is the requisite monster in the form of the werewolf. There is the amoral evil that speaks more of power and the ability of the rich and influential to do as they please than it does of sadism or demonic urges. Finally, there is the theme of human connections preventing us from giving in to monstrous instincts. Doyle himself could have walked on screen and given Angel’s final speech for him, and it would have sounded just right. The difference is the setting of Wolfram and Hart instead of Angel’s old office, and Angel’s people getting their information by using labs and psychics and minions instead of Cordy getting visions or Angel calling in a favour from Kate.

That said, in the context of Season 5 the themes of “Unleashed” do take on a different meaning than the themes of “City of” [1×01] did. In “City of” [1×01] we were being given the series’ mission statement. In “Unleashed” more than anything, we are being reminded how far from that we have come, and how much of that has been forgotten. For most of Season 3 and Season 4 the stress had been on the grand overarching apocalyptic plot, culminating in the original and daring (if not always appreciated and on some levels flawed) Jasmine arc. For Season 5 the network wanted, and the writers promised, more stand-alone episodes like in the early seasons. The first two episodes of the season set up the two big changes: Angel as CEO of Wolfram and Hart and Spike’s introduction to the cast. From this episode onward the standalones truly start. If “Unleashed” in a way rehashes old ground, it is so old that this is not entirely unwelcome. On a story-level, the characters themselves may feel the same way. It has been a long time since they just tried to help random strangers.

Plot is never the strong point of Whedon shows, but the one in this episode works pretty well. From the initial picnic in the park to the search for Nina to Angel’s attempts to reach out to her to the introduction of the villains to Nina’s rescue and return to her family, it is well paced, makes enough sense, and serves to hold my interest better than the average monster-of-the-week story.

The villains in particular are a good concept. The pleasant, civilised conversation Crane holds with his guests as we see a trussed-up Nina in the background ready to be served is one of the most disturbing scenes in the series, far more powerful than demons slaughtering their way through innocents precisely because these people seem so normal. Crane and his guests are only introduced well past the halfway point of the episode and feature in only a few scenes. They could easily have felt tacked on, but instead provide a welcome illustration of the kind of evil Angel must face again; they are very much like the Wolfram and Hart clients in the early seasons before more personal troubles and apocalyptic threats blotted them out. It is not a very original or new idea, but in this episode it works precisely because it never is spelled out, instead only sketched in a few understated but powerful background scenes.

The idea of eating a living werewolf must be one of the most disturbing to ever feature on Angel, more so because it manages to be both horrific and fundamentally logical. Sacrificing someone to a demon is bad but on some level is too alien to allow it to resonate. I can accept you need to cut a heart out with the sacred dagger at the night of the new moon, but I never forget it is a random plot-point. In contrast, eating a werewolf alive sounds almost reasonable from the villain’s amoral point of view. The werewolf, after all, reverts to human form on death. It is immensely cruel and revolting, but borne from a callous disregard for others rather than from any Angelus-like sadism. No doubt these people are motivated instead by boredom and casual thrill-seeking.

Characters are always a more important aspect of an episode to me than the plot. Where characterisation is concerned, Unleashed” is a bit different from your run-of-the-mill Angel episode because the bulk of the effort is spent on developing the new recurring character Nina. A lot of time is spent on her development, and as such it falls to her to hold the audience’s interest.

In this I say she succeeds adequately. Nina’s interactions with her sister and niece are believable and a nicely domestic change of pace for this series, with the strong creepy overtones of Nina’s change adding a layer of complexity. Her interactions with Angel and Fred also work to make me feel for the character. On the other hand, some of the more dramatic moments fall flat. Specifically, I do not buy Nina’s reaction to the werewolf dinner party at all. She thinks she deserves to be eaten alive and asks Angel to leave her there? Even if she has already despaired enough to become suicidal, which I doubt, no sane person would be anything but relieved to be saved from such a fate. And would probably rather be less calm about it.

On the whole Nina’s inner turmoil does make sense and is sold well enough by the actress in the quieter moments. This may seem like faint praise, and that would be what it is. The word that most comes to mind about Nina in this episode is “nice.” We learn that Nina is an art-student, that she is rather close to her sister and niece, and that she is horrified and freaked out by the idea of going berserk and killing and eating people. We learn that she finds Angel attractive. It is not a bad portrayal, but it is not very distinctive either. Nina at this stage feels very generic. If I am allowed the obvious art-based simile: if Nina is not quite a blank canvas for Angel to project his issues on, she is one painted in a few vague, broad pastel strokes that don’t do much to hinder said projection. Finally, Nina further establishes that Angel likes short young blondes.

If anything, Nina’s introduction is reminiscent of Gwen Raiden’s from “Ground State” [4×02]. If I compare the characters, Nina certainly comes off looking better. Unlike Gwen one never wonders what she is doing here; she is far more connected to Angel and is used as an outside illustration of some of the character’s themes this season. Adding a female character to Season 5 also makes more sense than it did in Season 4, where we already had Lilah, Cordelia and Fred with fairly prominent roles. In Season 5 Fred is all by her lonesome and, moreover, gets systematically ignored until it is time for her to die a painful and horrific death. It’s a pity Nina only adds a little to the show.

Angel’s interactions with Nina aside, most of the core cast has little to do in this episode. They frame it in two group-scenes: the picnic at the start and the visit to Angel’s apartment at the end. The picnic scene is a strong and necessary one, showing the consequences the move to W&H had for the Angel crew on a personal level. Their mutual suspicions and resentments are logical, if regrettable. Add in the lingering conflicts from Season 4 and you have group quickly growing apart. The finale in Angel’s apartment is a happy contrast with the group being together again and enjoying one another’s company. Complete with cheesy music playing. I don’t buy it. I am afraid the writers intended to show things indeed have gotten better, but the more accurate conclusion is that Angel’s invitation is a stop-gap gesture that does nothing to resolve the real causes of conflict when the buzz of saving Nina wears off.

For the rest of the episode the other characters just provide exposition and muscle. Lorne does get a nice and very witty speech where he tries to knock some sense in Angel, one of his best moments in the season (though his explanation is wrong: Angel’s disconnection is surely caused by Connor’s disappearance, not by Spike. Of course, Lorne does not remember Connor).

Fred is the other, bigger exception. She interacts with Spike, who tries to blatantly manipulate her into helping him without letting Angel see his weaknesses. She also interacts with Nina, accompanies her when she’s visiting her family, fights the kidnappers and finally discovers the crypto-zoologist’s duplicity and knocks him out. In this episode, Fred demonstrates again that she’s smart and resourceful and can handle herself in a crisis better than one might suspect. The scene where she distracts the crypto-zoologist with typical Fred-babble only to hit him on the head with the lamp is particularly well done and took me by surprise even on second viewing. However, actual development isn’t really to be found here. The episode just shows previously established aspects of the character.

Spike also spends some scenes wandering the halls trying to get Fred to help him and arguing that the AI crew should be focusing on him rather than on the werewolf girl who’s a lost cause anyway. He feels very extraneous to this episode and his scenes don’t really hold my attention well. It also seems a bit odd for him to harp so much about how he is the one deserving help.

Angel has always focused more on its themes than Buffy did, and I for one think the ones in Angel are often more compelling. In this case, however, the theme is fairly obvious and familiar: The increasing isolation of the members of the Fang Gang as they all pursue their own business at Wolfram and Hart. As mentioned, it’s basically the theme from “City of” [1×01] updated to reflect Season 5 realities. Whedon shows use the “family” metaphor a lot, but clearly it has long since ceased to apply to Angel and his people, no matter how many times this episode tries to hit us over the head with it. In Season 5 they start acting a lot more like co-workers than family. Witness Angel telling Gunn to shut up and do his job. Even their picnic at the start of the episode is just an excuse for the plot and is used to voice suspicions and accusations rather than for bonding.

Angel does get this, and it’s one of the reasons he strongly identifies with Nina and her plight. No doubt he believes the lecture he gives her about being more than the monster. He also tries to forcibly reverse some of this isolation in the happy group-scene at the end. But neither of these quite convince. As the season goes on Angel in particular will only become more and more isolated, even after Cordelia gives him a wake-up call. In the end his only true connection seems to be to Connor and possibly Spike, and he chooses to go out in a blaze of glory rather than keep on living.

The other characters aren’t much better. Gunn is distrusted for his brain-upgrade. Angel resents Wesley for what he did back in “Sleep Tight” [3×16]. Fred is drawn away to her scientist colleagues rather than her old AI friends. Lorne spends two thirds of the season walking through the screen nattering about celebrity business in his phone. In this season none of them, with the possible exception of Wesley and Fred, seem to act like friends anymore.

In conclusion, “Unleashed“ is a decent episode that introduces a new love interest for Angel, sets up the season’s themes of estrangement and loss of interpersonal connection in the face of the ever continuing struggle, tells a decent story and actually gives Fred something useful to do. On the converse side Nina never truly compels, the themes are occasionally expounded on with a distinct lack of subtlety and Wesley, Lorne and Gunn have little to do. I missed seeing Nina interact with characters other than Angel and Fred.

If I compare “Unleashed” with “Untouched” [2×04], an episode with a similar feel that introduces a troubled young woman and spends a lot of time on her development, I can see why the Season 2 episode is superior. Bethany not only is a much more complex character in her own right, but her interactions also manage to further the development of all the core characters. In helping Bethany, Wesley inadvertently reveals a lot about himself, Cordelia gets to brilliantly combine her new-found compassion and her traditional bluntness, and Angel finds someone who resonates with his past and foreshadows what is yet to come. “Unleashed” serves its purpose and entertains well enough, but is a bit lacking in comparison.

 


Minor Pros/Cons (+/-)

+ Angel borrowing Wesley’s pen to fight the werewolf. Good quick thinking and funny when Fred one-ups Spike with it later.
+ On that note, Fred pricking through Spike’s ######## on several occasions.
+ Angel being embarrassed and almost apologetic when saying he’s a vampire. He must know how it sounds.
+ The werewolves not looking quite as horrible as they did on Buffy.
+ Continuity: Angel’s sketching talents coming to the fore again. As Nina is an art student and Angel has been shown to have a strong cultural interest as well as his own artistic talent, this gives them something in common. I wonder if they talked about art on their dates.
+ Nina jogging through the park at night on her own. I do not know if people do this in LA, but way to play into the horror-movie clichés, Nina. And what about muggers?
+ Nobody mentioning Oz. He managed to control his inner wolf, after all. Angel, Spike and Wes all knew him. Even Harmony did.
+ Angel walking in on barely-dressed Nina in the cage. Creepy. He might have knocked to see if she had indeed gotten dressed, or sent Fred in first as she is far, far less threatening. No wonder she’s scared. Note that Angel learns his lesson and knocks in “Smile Time” [5×14].

– Angel taking just Wes and Gunn to break up Crane’s party. Why doesn’t he bring W&H security? Or Fred for that matter, especially since she felt it was her fault Nina was taken?
– The fate of the crypto-zoologist never being explained. It is later mentioned that Crane’s Bistro of the Bizarre was stopped so presumably he was not eaten alive, but this shocking development should have been followed up on more clearly.
– Song endings are often a cheap trick. Here it seeks to make the scene in Angel’s apartment appear more significant a moment than it is.


Foreshadowing

* Gunn is mistrusted for the deal he made. He will indeed end up compromising himself to keep his brain-upgrades.
* Wesley is suspicious of Knox being evil. This turns out to be true. I do not, however, credit Wesley with anything but jealousy and paranoia here.
* Spike says something is trying to hold on to him when he vanishes. “Hell Bound” [5×04] will reveal what is trying to drag him to the netherworld/hell.
* Nina obviously is attracted to Angel. This is followed up on in “Smile Time” [5×14].


[Score]

76/100

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23 thoughts on “Angel 5×03: Unleashed”

  1. [Note: buffyholic posted this comment on November 30, 2010.]

    Great review, Iguana. This is one of my favourites of the first half but I also admit that it also has some issues. I just can´t help thinking that mainly Fred and Wesley kind of regress and that bothers me a bit.

    btw, are you gonna review any more episodes? Because your reviews are pretty good.

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  2. [Note: Patrick posted this comment on November 30, 2010.]

    Wow, I am a little jealous of the details in your review. Extremely well done!

    “Angel likes short young blondes” with super strength – and Cordelia.

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  3. [Note: fray-adjacent posted this comment on November 30, 2010.]

    Great review! But I do wonder about one thing: is the whole “werewolves revert to their human form on death” thing consistent with previous Buffyverse mythology? In “Phases” the werewolf hunter killed the werewolves before stealing their teeth (and hides), and I think that Veruca stayed a werewolf after Oz killed her in “Wild at Heart”.

    Not that this really affects my enjoyment of the episode or the review. I’m just pedantically arguing against one of your minor points because I don’t remember the episode well enough to respond to anything else you said. Sorry. 🙂

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  4. [Note: Iguana-on-a-stick posted this comment on November 30, 2010.]

    Fray: Good point. I checked and you’re right about Veruca. (God, those werewolves looked horrible. “Unleashed” is so much better, and also clever enough to only show them briefly.) But it can be handwaved because it’s established early on that this species of werewolf is subtly different from the one we saw in Sunnydale. It’s bipedal, for one. It’s no big stretch to say that’s why these revert to human form on death. And hey, maybe the other kind isn’t as good to eat. Or they’re just that twisted.

    Also, I think it’s consistent with general myths of shapeshifters and the portrayal thereof in various media.

    Patrick: Cordy did dye her hair blonde just before she and Angel got involved. :-p Still, in general I’d say she’s the exception to the rule of his relationships. A friendship that slowly grows into something more. I also don’t think super-strength is really what Angel wants in women. Cordy doesn’t have it, Nina doesn’t have it except 3 days a month, Darla had it but she wasn’t about strength, she was about pleasure and indulgence and showing Angel how much more there was to the world. Buffy had it but he was drawn to her innocence and beauty, not her strength.

    Buffyholic: Smile Time is coming up next. It’s going to be a lot of fun to do that one.

    Everyone: Thanks for the very kind comments. It does help motivate me to write more of these. 🙂

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  5. [Note: G1000 posted this comment on December 1, 2010.]

    Wow. Exact same grade I’d give this one: decent, but nothing particularly special. Thankfully, season 5 didn’t have any bad episodes.

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  6. [Note: JammyJu posted this comment on December 1, 2010.]

    I thoroughly enjoyed this review Iguana, well done!

    You go into some really nice intrinsic details within the series, and even though this episode is less that stellar, you really do go into the pros and cons here.

    Can’t wait for the others.

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  7. [Note: John posted this comment on July 30, 2011.]

    I did enjoy how we got to see Fred be a pretty huge badass in this episode, as she took out three or four of the commando dudes. Great stuff.

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  8. [Note: John posted this comment on July 30, 2011.]

    Also, the callback to The Initiative is great. “An underground military demon-hunting organization. It’s happened before.” How did Wesley know about those guys, though?

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  9. [Note: nathan.taurus posted this comment on August 6, 2011.]

    The Good:

    -The actress that plays Nina is attractive. It is a pro for me.

    -Fred taking out a couple of kidnappers with the tranquiliser gun.

    -As John mentioned, the callback to ‘The Initiative’.

    -The exclusive dinner party. Why eat Nina as a werewolve when they could eat…I won’t finish it.

    The Bad:

    -All dead werewolves should stay hairy until the morning then revert, no matter the species.

    -Female werewolves should have a slightly different colour to tell gender, like Veruca.

    Good job Iguana.

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  10. [Note: Keaton posted this comment on October 18, 2011.]

    I’m okay with the score, but not exactly with the review.

    I know it is meant to be a retrospective review but let me as someone watching the episode for the first time tell you that there are no indications of estrangement (besides the creepy lawfirm sitting there ominously, telling everyone in Angels team they were important to them … even Gunn ^^), in fact the argument they had at the beginning of the episode tells me the opposite, because arguing is what friends do as opposed to the silence between people growing apart.

    Actually as of recently Angel even treats Wesley like a friend again … or at least like someone he can trust. (weird, but ok, we have to go on)

    And I must admit that I didn’t like Nina that much, she was okay, but not very interesting. And I didn’t buy the hugging scene with her sister and niece at the end of the episode.

    Gwen really won’t show up again? What a shame, loved her. ;(

    Imo something missing completely in your review except for a small key point is the cruel decision Angel made to trade in the krypto-zoologist for Nina, but maybe they won’t focus on that moral conflict in the show anyway, I don’t know.

    Would have been worth a long paragraph about morals and shades of grey and how Angel gets more and more corrupted like he suspected from the start, but still he doesn’t see it coming because it’s just one tiny step of doing something slightly evil for the greater good at a time … and so on, I’m not really into this moral debate stuff in a TV show. I just want to be entertained, sry, morals are for realistic TV shows like The Wire (where you don’t have that good-evil nonsense in the first place) and books and long discussions with friends … none of whom even sees Angel 😉

    But I have the felling that this season is the first Angel season that actually has interesting moral questions to discuss. (even if it’s just the ages old question if you sometimes have to harm people for the greater good and what it does to you if you do it)

    The Jasmine arc in S04 seemed intersting for a while but in the end they screwed it by making her completely evil, forcing people to just be do-good-zombies (hey, even the LA Lakers stopped playing to be there for their new goddess), eating them, having a rotten maggot face, crushing opposition and different opinions, even the communists in russia were not THAT evil. And they made the season finale pointless because I don’t care if W&H thinks that Angel did something evil by stopping that rogue PtB Jasmine, he didn’t. If she just would have quelled the “evil” inside of every human (whatever that bullshit means) without the cannibalism and the maggots and the violence against dissidents it would have been a lot better but sadly, they didn’t do that.

    Anyway I love the start of S05, especially the first two episodes, but this one here was not bad too.

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  11. [Note: Keaton posted this comment on October 18, 2011.]

    By “screwed it” I meant “screwed it up”.

    If anything else seems odd (for example the lack of all those refined, polite ways to express disagreement you people use), I’m no native speaker, hope you can still understand what I mean.

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  12. [Note: Kristen posted this comment on January 26, 2012.]

    You are far kinder, Iguana, than I would be to this episode! I found myself repeatedly groaning over all the werewolf girl scenes. How many more gorgeous boring broken women is Angel gonna have to save?! Are there no men in the world who need some help? Or homely girls with great self-esteem?

    I also wonder about your comment regarding another woman being needed in the season, with Fred all alone. I don’t see Fred as the only woman around. There’s Harmony, filling the pre-part-demon-Cordelia-type role. And there’s Eve, filling the Lilah-type role. And though Charisma Carpenter is (almost entirely) absent from the screen, Cordelia is actually still very present in our thoughts this season. So…just how many more recurring characters do we need?

    If they really wanted to pull in a love/sex interest for Angel, and an emotional tie for the audience, bringing either Darla or Kate back would have accomplished that. Those are characters we already care about. And who don’t require an entire semi-useless episode just to introduce them!

    Overall, this episode seemed to me like 90% set-up-for-season-5-plots, and 10% past exposition (for Buffy fans that hadn’t been watching Angel, and Angel fans who didn’t really know Spike too well). I would have liked it to be at least 60% new and interesting stuff about our whole gang. With this being the last season, and there being so much ground to cover, devoting an entire episode to a character we’ve never met before, and mostly don’t care a fig for, seems a waste.

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  13. [Note: Iguana-on-a-stick posted this comment on February 3, 2012.]

    Yes, the pretty blonde damsel-in-distress is rather over-used on Angel. It annoyed me more back in season 1 when you had a new one every week. At this point I was more or less expecting it.

    As for my overall judgement of Nina: I get the impression you haven’t seen the rest of the season yet, right? Or not recently? My opinion is based on her role in the season as a whole, not just in this episode. It’s a retrospective review after all. I agree that in this episode she’s rather bland. I like her better later on.

    Regarding adding another female character: My point was mostly that season 4 was even -more- over-crowded, so in that sense adding Gwen as a recurring character made less sense than adding Nina here.

    That said, there may be a handful of recurring female characters in season 5 but none of them -do- anything. Harmony is great comic relief and does have a fun episode to herself, but doesn’t have much depth. Eve doesn’t hold a candle to Lilah and even Fred is mostly a bit-player. This season Gunn gets an arc, Spike gets an arc, Wesley gets an arc, Angel gets an arc. Fred gets to be a love interest and die so Wesley can have an arc. it’s an imbalance that’s quite noticeable to me because Whedon makes a big deal about his feminism. It’s the same thing as the damsel thing you notice. Whedon designed “Buffy” specifically to counter such stereotypes. In “Angel” the writers just use the stereotypes without criticism. I’m disappointed that they do so.

    That said, I agree that bringing back Kate would’ve been much cooler. She indeed was a far better character. So was Darla, but bringing her back -again- would’ve strained credulity even on this show.

    Oh, and one final point: it’s true that this episode is filler, but it should be noted that the writers did not know at the time that there wasn’t going to be a season 6. That doesn’t change the worth of the episode but it does explain why they included it.

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  14. [Note: ncrdrg posted this comment on April 6, 2012.]

    I thought this episode to be pretty boring.

    But I’ll be honest, it’s because I am forced to compare it with the spectacular outing that Supernatural (S02E17 Heart) once did with a similar story, which showed how to make a Werewolf story interesting rather than this dull hour of TV where everything ends up well.

    Angel is a darker show overall than Buffy so I can hardly understand why they didn’t go through a much darker route with this, where the characters are forced to make tough decisions. Lycanthropy isn’t curable so there was material to work with.

    Having seen superior werewolf stories at work, I personally have to rank this episode at 60 and I’m being generous.

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  15. [Note: Matt posted this comment on October 3, 2012.]

    I really do love this site and Mike and Ryan and the Angel community’s write-ups, so I often ignore the ridiculous overemphasis and cartoonish reliance on faux-critic-y words like ‘arc’ and ‘development’, but I couldn’t keep quiet about this one:”However, actual development isn’t really to be found here. The episode just shows previously established aspects of the character.”Seriously, Iguana? C’mon…if Fred was doing something different in every episode, that would be inconsistent with her character…oh and also really unrealistic. For instance, you know what I did yesterday? I woke up, went to class, ate dinner, went to the library, came home, watched Angel, and went to sleep. You know what I’m going to do today? Same shit. People grow, but not always day to day, and not always at all. Don’t dump something like that on the writers like it’s a fault of the show, when really it’s a fault in what you’re expecting.

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  16. [Note: Anne posted this comment on October 4, 2012.]

    For my part, I really appreciate the site discussing the story in those terms. They aren’t “faux-critic-y” words, they’re the actual terms used by writers to discuss their craft. If we didn’t have terms like story arc, development, foreshadowing, climax, denouement, symbolism, dynamic, and so on, then we would just have to invent a whole new set of words that meant the same thing! That said, I agree with the heart of your post. Character development is great, but I only think the lack of it is a flaw in an episode that’s *meant* to be about a certain character’s development. Basically, it should exist for the focus character of that episode, but it would be really difficult (and probably poor writing) to try and develop every character in every episode they’re in!

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  17. [Note: Iguana-on-a-stick posted this comment on October 8, 2012.]

    You’re right, taken by itself this isn’t a flaw at all. What I was thinking when I wrote that is that I think Fred is underused and underdeveloped in season 5 and that while this episode is one of her better outings you can’t point to it and say “See, but Fred -did- have a role to play this season. (besides dying.)”But like I said, you and Matt are right that it isn’t a flaw of -this- episode at all. It’s fun to watch her in action here. Re-reading the review now, my original reasoning behind that statement isn’t really explained. And the explanation wouldn’t have fitted in the review anyway so in retrospect I probably just should have cut the last couple of sentences from that paragraph. Oh well.

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  18. [Note: Alice posted this comment on October 27, 2012.]

    Angel nonchalantly trading the krypto-zoologist really bothered me. Especially since, earlier in the episode, Fred was saying how Angel saves everyone, not just women. The poor bloke didn’t even seem all that evil, just scared and desperate.I suppose this kinda hints at the corruption seeping into AI by W&H, but it’s still pretty shocking and OOC for them to do something like this. Even a shot of Fred looking shocked would have been good.

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  19. [Note: Ryan ONeil posted this comment on October 27, 2012.]

    If it helps, TV Tropes says under “Laser-Guided Karma:””Dr. Royce gets bitten by Werewolf!Nina, and Team Angel watch as he’s hauled off by Crane’s mooks as next month’s course. Probably subverted [Tropes for “it looked like it was going to happen, but it actually didn’t”] though, as the next scene has them discussing how they shut down the restaurant that wanted to do this. They let Royce be taken away because at the time it was just a few of them surrounded by guards. Once they got back to their interdimensional superfirm the power dynamic changed.”

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  20. [Note: Iguana-on-a-stick posted this comment on October 27, 2012.]

    Yep, I mentioned that in the minor cons. It bothered me too that it was never explicity followed up on, but at least there’s that vague explanation.

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  21. What? A happy ending? On Angel? I like dark stories, but after seasons 6 and 7 of Buffy and 3 and 4 of Angel, I find I’m appreciating the lighter tone of this season. I know it’s early.

    Yeah, I’m sure they didn’t let the douchebag and his guests eat Dr. Phlox. Once back at W & H they could squash Crane like a bug, which I’m sure they did.

    Dave, I find that producers of TV shows don’t really seem to mind giving us scenes with attractive naked women, a position I appreciate. I’m sure it’s somewhat gratuitous, but Oz always had to be naked after a night of werewolfing, so the scenes are consistent and realistic. As realistic as a werewolf story can be anyway.

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