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S04.E20: Sacrifice

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The Good; The Critter in the sewers rather like Golum crossed with a giant tarantula and is truly scary (Stephen Fry is in Bones with BB so in 2). Gotta say I'm getting a little tired of the Jasmine storyline and I'll be glad when it's over

The Bad; Jasmine's real face looks obviously rubber although the genuine maggots distract you from that. Again seems a huge coincidence that Angel and co fall into the sewers and discover just what they need. Once again the PTBs at work? I actually think that once they go down the sewers the whole ep withers. But the ending picks it up again mightily. Despite Gunn's comment we see exactly 2 police cars and a spotlight with some helicopter sound effects.

Best line; Gunn; "I ain't never seen so many (police) cruisers" Wes; "Well technically we're the only criminals left"

Jeez, how did they get away with that? The vamp in the web, especially when it gets it tongue ripped out!

Apocalypses: 5

Angel Clichés Inverting the Hollywood cliché; when Connor and his troops arrive Gunn remarks 'Time for the big fight scene!' echoing what the audience is thinking. Lorne's 'don't judge by appearances' scene cruelly shot down by the refugees.

In disguise; 8

DB get's his shirt off; 12

Cheap Angel; 6

Fang Gang in bondage: Cordy: 5 Angel: 14 Wes: 6 Gunn; 4 Lorne; 4 Fred; 2

Fang gang knocked out: Wes by the sewer creature Cordy: 15 Angel: 17 Wes: 7 Doyle; 1 Gunn; 2 Lorne; 6 Groo; 1 Connor; 1 Faith; 1 Fred; 2

Kills; one demon for Angel Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons Angel; 44 vamps, 59 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 8 humans Doyle; 1 vamp Wes; 14 demons+5 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 vamps+ 2 demon, 5 zombies Connor; 16 vamps, 5 zombies, 2 demons

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

Alternate Fang Gang; Cordy: 4 Angel: 11 Fred; 2 Wes; 1 Gunn; 1 Connor; 1

Characters killed: 255

Recurring characters killed; 9;

Total number of Angel Investigations;5 Angel, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Wes,

Angel Investigations shot: threatened with guns by Jasmine's soldiers but no Angel: 12 Wes; 2

Packing heat; Wes; 8 Doyle; 1 Angel; 3 Gunn; 2 Fred; 1

Notches on Fang Gang bedpost: Cordy: 5 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis+Groo+Connor plus possibly the Beast Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies Wes; 3 definite; Virginia, the bleached blonde and Lilah, 1 possible, Justine Gunn; 2 Fred and Gwen. Fred; 1 Gunn Groo; 1Cordy

Kinky dinky: Whereas the previous people Jasmine consumed were ordinary looking (and the director even commented on it) now it seems to be only pretty young things in their skimpy undies that Jasmine devours (Vore?).

Know the face, different character; 4

Parking garages; 6,

Guantanamo Bay; The Catholic Church is now dedicated to Jasmine and the governor (Schwarzeneger yet?) has handed over his administration to her.

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

Questions and observations; You almost get the feeling that this was getting towards to the end of the season and the budget was running out so they said 'Hey let's put the entire ep in those old tunnel sets, that'll save us enough money for some Lord of the Rings CGI'. Still some nice stuff with the bug and a great climatic cliffhanger.

Lorne mentions that he heard Belieze was nice which is where Riley has been killing demons in seasons 5/6 of Buffy.

Quite honestly do the words 'and the National Guard' ever signify anything good? When the National Guard turn up it's normally a signal that things really can't get much worse. I suppose if you were under fire in Vietnam and some National Guard troops came to help you then it would be a good thing?

I take it it's Connor's blood on Angel's hands? Unless someone can correct me the last we'll ever see of Angel's convertible? Note that at the beginning of the ep Angel is holding off the horde at the door to enable his friends to escape and at the end the situation is reversed.

Marks out of 10; 7/10

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Angel beating the crap out of Connor was strangely satisfying. So was his "I know what he is" retort to Fred. It's sad too, because it's the first time Angel honestly admits that Connor might be beyond saving.

But Fred can STFU mewling about how they shouldn't have left Connor when he was so badly injured. As if 1) he hadn't tried to betray and kill them and 2) she wasn't the one that tazed him and thought about torturing him back in the season opener.

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11 hours ago, Joe Hellandback said:

Unless someone can correct me the last we'll ever see of Angel's convertible?

Probably. Once they


join W&H, he has a whole fleet of cars with "necro-tempered glass", which means he can drive around in the day in them--not so much with the convertible, even if he put the top up (has he ever put the top up?).

Furthermore, the whole AI don't seem to drive anywhere with him anymore, so he doesn't need a big car.

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