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(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

Saturday, October 04, 2003
Angel Season Five, Epsiode One: Conviction

At the end of Season Four, Angel and the crew were "given" control on the LA Branch of Wolfram & Heart, the evil law firm which represents most of the demons, uber-criminals and generally nasty-pasties. The first episode of Season Five is written and directed by Joss Whedon, and takes everyone in a whole new direction. In tone, it reminded me of the opening of Buffy Season Four: lots of promise, some great moments, but still finding its feet. For more (including serious spoilage) highlight the following with your mouse:
We open with Angel rescuing a damsel-in-distress from a vampiric attacker. As he finishes, however, his "wetworks" team, support crew, media liason and several lawyers turn up to "manage" the siutation. Angel pleads, "but I just help the helpless", but his liason reminds him, "you also run an LA law firm" and the new direction for the show begins. There are ups and downs and, as most of you know, the episode ends with the return of Spike: as Angel opens the amulet that Spike wore in Chosen, he rematerialises in Angel's office (and there 'Conviction', the first new episode, ends). Personally, I think it wasn't bad, with some great dialogue, but still actors and Joss seem to be adjusting to the new sets and spaces. Two fab lines stand out, though:
(1) When Angel tries to make a call, he accidentally hits an internal service: "You have reaced ritual sacrifice. For Goats, press one, or say 'Goats' ... To sacrifice a loved one or pet, press the pound sign."
(2) Angel: "And there's something else you should know about me: I have no problem spanking men!" (Just how many slash Vids will that end up in!!).

Okay, spoilers over for today.

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