Post by beccaelizabeth on Sept 2, 2009 6:53:50 GMT -5
Nagging feeling of continuity error - through the whole of this one they act as though the Great Big Pointy Thingy was drawn to try and get Connor back. I thought it was the spell to make the demon solid so Angel could splat him? Still a connection, but not so direct. So that bugged me all the way through.
Cordy and Groo: ... she's calling him a puppy and dating him? Erm... Not exactly respect and equality going on there. Groo keeps having these Groo Is Strange moments that pretty much add up to Groo takes things very seriously and is from somewhere other than the USA. The fact the somewhere other is a demon dimension is just an added twist. English isn't his first language and his cultural referents don't match and people keep looking at him funny for it. I kind of want to poke them all for that. He's doing pretty good for the time he's been there. Also, sad bit when Cordy is all 'Angel is my priority' and Groo can recognise truth when he hears it.
Cordy being all glowy and having really convenient demon powers... added to Cordy not getting visions for really long stretches of time, like when on holiday or that week of no clients... she has lots of shiny but not the original useful? I'm not sure where they were going with the demon powers but it added up odd.
I like it when Cordy saves her own life and defends Angel. Also when Groo leaves her to do so. Respect.
And highlights that Angel just kept her away and didn't ask her for help. Didn't think she could? or like with Fred and her parents, Cordy knowing would make it real? Bit of both.
The tangle with Lilah and her work is fun.
The hotel suddenly having a swimming pool is also fun. Also the hotel having, you know, hotel. More than a couple of rooms of it.
... I have this happy AU plan in my head where instead of doing things convenient for TV shows they did things that make logical sense, so Gunn moves his people in to the hotel, sponsored by that really rich guy, and maybe they all study up how to fix the hotel so they have usable job skills, maybe with Xander's help, and probably they work with Anne, and it's all very useful. Helping the helpless with a big sword is one thing, but teaching them not to be helpless is a whole much more useful other. /tangent
So then, the big reveal at the end. "hi Dad" ... all the sneaking around looking for glow in the dark slugs didn't exactly build up that 'Destroyer' rep very high. Slugs are scared of him. Woo. Scary.
but it did show the current relationship status of everyone at Angel Investigations, and the great big gap they're working around. Wes is the brains. Leaving out the brains... well.
Wes gets to speak for the first time since getting his throat cut.
Wes: "I was dying. Throat cut, life pouring out of me. - You know why I fought to live again?"
Gunn: "Wes, I don't have time."
Wes: "I fought to live so I could see my friends again, to explain to the people I loved and trusted *my* side of what happened."
Gunn: "We know what..."
Wes: "You don't know anything."
Wes: "I'll help because it's Fred, but don't come here again. Any of you."
also, the beard and the nasty red mark that's not a scar yet. still healing. very ouch.
plus Gunn being all "I don't have time" is pretty much how they've treated Wes since that moment. ouch all over.
And as with Groo it's a question of priorities and emotions. They've prioritised Angel. They've decided he's the one that matters. And only Fred is trying to remember Wes is a real actual person who they all claimed to love a minute ago.
... I'm kind of mad at them. Wes could have trusted them more, but, well, if they'd acted like this then? He'd never have got the kid away.
episode feels kind of nothingy but it's full of all this tension and stuff. cool.
The Secret of a Balanced Life is Reverence and Mirth in Equal Proportion
My halo's still in the shop 'cause it got dented from the time I tried to use it as a chakram.