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Posted on April 16, 2013
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Listener’s Buffy/Angel Rewatch (A1.01)

Angel 1.01: City Of

  • Well, here we go. Angel, season one, episode one.
  • I realize at this point (1999) we had to have our heroes start out as seeming pretty down — so that they could be redeemed — but this was a little too deep for a character most people came to this show already knowing about from Buffy.
  • This orange-shirted guy looks a bit familiar.
  • First instance of the swirling trenchcoat.
  • Obligatory Whedonesque about-to-rape-a-girl-before-the-hero-shows-up scene.
  • Seriously? These vamps didn’t just take Angel out? Or attempt to?
  • I guess vamps can smell each other. Or have vampy-sense or something.
  • I don’t seem to remember Angel using the wrist spikes very often after this episode. I wonder if he got them from the guy who makes Wesley’s weapons later in the series.
  • Angel’s makeup is a little better now that he has to lead the entire show.
  • Ah, remember the old days when there were only three people starring in the show?
  • When I first saw this show I had no idea who Doyle was. I had no idea I could come to love him in so small a number of episodes.
  • The camera work in the abandoned office part of the walk-to-the-lair felt jumpy, and not in the good way.
  • Dude’s only been here three months. How’s he had time to get all his stuff into this underground lair?
  • "The Powers That Be". I hate those guys.
  • Let’s just call Doyle “captain infodump”, shall we?
  • Just as Doyle said “it’s a pretty dull tale”, the power went off at my house. I guess it was so dull that even my electric company got bored by it.
  • This infodump is really, REALLY boring.
  • "Puppy thighs"?
  • Doyle turning down the beggar is classic Whedon. Kind of lame, though.
  • "Have you looked in the mirror lately?"
  • "I guess you haven’t… no…"
  • Suddenly Angel has this really nice car. Yet he didn’t have it anywhere in Sunnydale. Sunnydale is a much smaller place than LA, but still… Joyce had a car.
  • For a 240-plus-year-old, Angel’s not very good at talking to people.
  • I THOUGHT Tina looked and sounded familiar — she was one of the Ziyals on Deep Space Nine.
  • Los Angeles is a GIGANTIC town. Angel just HAPPENS to run into Cordy. Yeah. Right.
  • This reveal would’ve been a lot better if we didn’t know that she was one of the stars of the show.
  • "Are you still ‘grr’?"
  • "There’s not actually a cure for that."
  • At this point Cordy was still kind of a shallow bitch, even though we knew from Buffy that she actually had changed a bit. I guess every character on every show has to start by being painted with a super-broad brush.
  • Shouldn’t Angel be able to hear this guy from across the room? Vampire hearing and all? Or am I confusing my mythologies?
  • The “jump into the wrong car” thing was as funny the second time around as it was the first.
  • Compared to how much weight David Boreanaz put on in the later seasons, he looks very trim now.
  • Not sure how I feel about Tina offering herself to Angel like that. It feels forced and weird, and even if it does really happen, I still didn’t like it. We didn’t need to see that Angel is a good person and wouldn’t take advantage of Tina (or anyone else).
  • Angel is really trusting to leave Tina in his apartment with a shitload of expensive weapons while he goes to the library.
  • Because as we all know you can do anything with computers on TV shows.
  • Not to say that Angel isn’t capable of learning new things, or knowing how to do things we haven’t seen him do, but we’ve never seen him use computers before (on Buffy) so this is like a new superpower of some kind.
  • And this establishes exactly how much sunshine a vampire can handle in the Angel universe — which also requires the Buffy universe to follow along.
  • It’s sad how easily guys like Russell (in real life) can sucker girls into doing pretty much anything they want them to.
  • I like how this episode established the fact that the innocent will die sometimes.
  • I wonder how Angel found Doyle. I guess he left him a number.
  • First appearance of Lindsey.
  • How nice of Wolfram & Hart to give Lindsey a monogrammed briefcase.
  • I really think we could’ve held off on doing more with Cordy’s character until the second episode.
  • I get the feeling that Margo should have appeared on the show a little more. We spent a lot of time on her — and her cleavage in the scene where she was talking to Cordy. Disproportionate amount of screen time.
  • And now Cordy’s going to infodump us on her situation. Thanks for that.
  • Damn. That hands comment was brutal. And yet when Cordy lets her guard down you can see just how beautiful she is.
  • Angel’s first Hawaiian shirt.
  • One would think bodyguards would want to wear something more comfortable than suits. I would make that part of my contract — nice jeans, nice shoes, nice shirt… but no tie or jacket. Unless it’s cold. Then I’ll wear a jacket.
  • Cordy knows she’s fucked. She’s heard this story before.
  • Although she was just expecting Russell to penetrate her, I don’t think it was his teeth she was planning on. Yes, I know that’s sexist, but this was television in 1999. What do you expect me to think?
  • A vampire pulling a stake is like a human pulling a gun. The vampire you’re fighting will want to disarm you as quickly as possible. Which Russell did, by the way.
  • If the gates slide from side to side, running into them head-on isn’t going to do much.
  • I guess Russell’s office has necro-tempered glass. It’s not QUITE shaded enough for him to survive, I think. Unless they’ve established that only direct sunlight will kill vampires at this point.
  • "Can you fly?"
  • One nice thing about throwing a vampire out the window is that there’s no body to explain away.
  • "It seems we have a new player in town." I HATE lines like that. SO much. Flames… on the side of my face… heave… heaving breaths…
  • HA! I just saw that part in Buffy when Angel hung up without speaking. When I first watched this show, I didn’t watch them in “official” order so I didn’t realize it.
  • Cordy has a good point.
  • Never forget that Cordelia is an extremely smart woman who got accepted to a LOT of high-profile universities.
  • They could NEVER have gotten away with a pilot like this these days, 14 years later. Too many giant plot stepping-stones.

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