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Herc Gives ANGEL 5.17 Five Stars!!

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Angel 5.17 FAQ

What’s it called?


Who’s responsible?

Teleplay is credited to Sarah Fain and Liz Craft (“Harm’s Way”).

When was the last time we saw a new “Angel”?

March 3. Knox died, and there was a flashback to Winifred leaving for California. The first episode of “Wonderfalls” was still nine days in the future!

What did Coax say about this one way back on Feb. 10?

“Those thinking that Lindsey was out of the running as ‘Angel’s’ fifth-season big bad were almost certainly right. After Fred is killed, Team Angel decides it needs to recruit someone who might know more than they do about the senior partners. So guess whom they rescue from a Wolfram-engineered purgatory?”

What does TV Guide say?

“While protecting Eve from a bounty hunter (Adam Baldwin), Angel grills her for info on the Senior Partners' plans and learns that an exiled Lindsey may have all the answers. But first the gang must save him from the torture dimension he currently occupies. Meanwhile, Wes gets to know Illyria better. Lindsey: Christian Kane. Eve: Sarah Thompson.”

Adam Baldwin (of “Firefly” fame) plays a bounty hunter? Wasn’t he supposed to be Team Angel’s new liaison to the senior partners?

He’s the new liason! I’ve little idea where TV Guide gets this "bounty hunter" business.

The big news?

This is easily the best thing Fain & Craft have cobbled together. It may be the best thing they ever do in their lives. Prepare to worship at their dainty TV-scribe toes.

What else is TV Guide not telling us?

You need to tape or TiVo or transcribe this episode. The DVD will never arrive soon enough.

How goes Wes’ bonding with Illyria? Does she make him reach for his hanky?

Not literally.

What’s doing with Spike?

James Marsters confirms his god-like status. I’m not certain he’s had more to work with since bolting the Buffster.

Did we ever find out why TV Guide called Lindsey “Sean” a few weeks ago?

No. This will forever remain a mystery, much like the reason TV Guide described “Buffy’s” evil god Glory as a time-traveler.

What’s doing with Krevlornswath? Did his badass self carry a sell-by date?

Lorne is all kinds of badass this week, in an entirely different way than you’d expect.

Does Amy Acker still look like Fred in the title credits?

Like Fred. But also like Illyria. And after seven years of hard work, the increasingly fabulous Mercedes McNab finally achieves regular staus in the Buffiverse. Is all this new? Because I was in the bathroom during the title sequence in 5.16.

What’s great?

Spike. Krev. Gunn. Wes. Fred. Harmony. Eve. Hamilton. Lindsey. Angel. The Baldwin’s arrival. The ice-cream vendor with the semiautomatic. "Angel's Avengers? That's..." "Beady little rat-snake?" "What I know is I started drinking the moment I found out that a girl I loved was going to die." "Okay, but you know how that never works?" “One world with nothing but shrimp.” “He is well-dressed.” “Didn’t see that coming.” “He’s not so bad!” “I was God to a god.” “Don’t flatter yourself.” “You still happy to see me?” So so so much more.

What’s not so great?

There ain’t nothing not great in this honey. It’s “Kill Bill Vol. 2” great. It’s “Buffy” great. I say, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” great. All of which is saying something! I may have lied about “Gilmore Girls” being the best show in production!

How does it end, spoiler-boy?

“I kinda need it now.”

Herc’s rating for “Angel” 5.17?


The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:
***** better than we deserve
**** better than most motion pictures
*** actually worth your valuable time
** as horrible as most stuff on TV
* makes you quietly pray for bulletins

9 p.m. Wednesday. The WB.

Swing the crebbil!

I am – Hercules!!

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