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S4.E14: Release

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The Good; The Wes and Faith hurt/comfort scenes are excellent. The hunting of Angelus is magnificent.

The Bad; Wes' shotgun seems to contain an inordinate amount of shells?

Best line: Lorne "Mojo?" Fred "Nojo" also like; Vamp (as the daylight returns); "What the f...?"

Jeez, how did they get away with that? Hard to watch Faith all banged up and self harming in Wes' shower, you'd think Eliza naked in a shower would normally be cause for celebration but not this time. A magic shop owner badly beaten but at least alive, if this was Sunnydale he'd be a goner.

Apocalypses: 5

Angel Clichés In disguise; 8

DB get's his shirt off; 12

Cheap Angel; 6

Fang Gang in bondage: Cordy: 5 Angel: 13 Wes: 6 Gunn; 4 Lorne; 4 Fred; 2

Fang gang knocked out: Poor old Lorne and Connor knocked out, the latter assuming the classic Jesus pose. Cordy: 15 Angel: 16 Wes: 5 Doyle; 1 Gunn; 1 Lorne; 5 Groo; 1 Connor; 1

Kills; one vamp for Wes Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons Angel; 41 vamps, 57 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 8 humans Doyle; 1 vamp Wes; 12 demons+4 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 humans Kate; 3 vamps Faith; 18 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans. Gunn; 11 vamps+ 13 demons, 5 zombies, 1 human. Groo; 1 demon Fred; 3 vamp+ 1 demon, 5 zombies Connor; 13 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 demons

Fang Gang go evil: Cordy: 3 Angel: 3 Gunn; 1 Wes; 1

Alternate Fang Gang: Cordy: 4 Angel: 10 Fred; 2 Wes; 1 Gunn; 1

Characters killed: 255

Recurring characters killed; 9;

Total number of Angel Investigations: Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes, CC, Connor, Faith

Angel Investigations shot: Angel: 12 Wes; 1 Wes; 7 Doyle; 1 Angel; 3 Gunn; 2

Packing heat; Wes breaks out his shotgun Wes; 8 Doyle; 1 Angel; 3 Gunn; 1

Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: Fred wants Gunn back but he turns her down. Connor is at least part demon meaning 4 out of CC's 5 lovers have been some form of supernatural creatures. Cordy: 5 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis+Groo+Connor Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies Wes; 3; Virginia, the bleached blonde and Lilah Gunn; 1 Fred Fred; 1 Gunn Groo; 1Cordy

Kinky dinky: Faith actually has the most unerotic shower scene for a beautiful woman in the history of TV. Apparently CC and Angelus both 'like to watch'. The demon declares he thought 'she was 18'. Faith refers to being 'spanked'. Angelus says 'That hurt. I liked it'. Wes refers to Sylvia Plath who wrote about the 'Electra complex' referring to Agamenon's relationship with his daughter in Greek mythology but also a term for girls' quest for a father figure throughout their lives (Buffy/Giles, Faith/Giles, Faith/The Mayor and finally here's Faith/Wes as the Watcher's Council always intended). Faith; "Screw you!" Angelus; "Maybe after! I like my girls to lie still" CC knocked up AGAIN! 3rd time in 5 years. Does she ever meet a demon she doesn't get impregnated by? Taboo Comics/Monsters and Angels anyone?

Captain Subtext; Angelus is told he's going to be the master's 'bitch' like the Beast. And so he is. "Master". The junkie in the vamp brothel thinks Faith is pretty and asks if she wants to make out? She seems tempted (maybe missing the communal soapings in the prison showers?). Wes says that the girl probably enjoyed Faith hitting her and says that Faith is still looking for some S&M punishment. Angelus refers to Wes as a 'ponce'.

Know the face, different character; 4

Parking garages; 6,

Guantanamo Bay; Faith and Wes torture their way through LA, he's so hardcore even she's outraged.

Buffy characters on Angel; 16 Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla, Dru, The Master, Anne, Willow and Harmony

What the fanficcers thought; So what if Angelus had really turned Faith? A lot written on this idea but a sequel to them all has Faith's Slayer nature taking over and getting them both resouled.

Questions and observations; Fred's good with a tranquilizer gun but then she is from Texas. Her hair rather makes her look like Princess Leia. The one horned demon in the bar sounds an awful lot like Merle. How much of losing the fight is Faith faking? Faith is bitten by Angelus, Xander, Tara, Wes and Oz, the only Sunnydale Scoobies never to be bitten by a vampire.

Marks out of 10; 10/10 no question.

Edited by Joe Hellandback
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On 11/19/2018 at 2:38 PM, illdoc said:

But Oz gets bitten by a werewolf, so that makes up for it.

Yeahhh, but like a toddler werewolf, I don't think it was traumatic at the time. 

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On ‎01‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 7:38 AM, Delphi said:

Yeahhh, but like a toddler werewolf, I don't think it was traumatic at the time. 

I always thought that was one of the cheekier bits of 'logic' in the Buffyverse, that a werewolf in human form can infect a human. I guess Willow better be careful of the old lovebites when they're getting squelchy.  

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