I thought I should continue the tradition of last season and talk generally outside the spoilerbox and put plot points inside the spoilerbox up to airtime.
I’ve seen the first two episodes of this year. They’re both workprints so some fx are rather meh. There are still wires showing in fight scenes, on screen direction for where digital fx is supposed to be, there are no written credits and the title sequence is the same as last year. It needs to be replaced, obviously, since both Cordy and Connor figure prominently. There are even some blank screens, with instructions like “Stock. W&H, nite”. I found it kinda interesting to get a view inside the production process.
But on with the story. It basically picks up just where we left last season. Written into the story are some brief re-caps, presumably to let new viewers catch up. The exposition isn’t very annoying.
Some nice fighting and the theme of the season is lined up pretty quickly. Basically: How do we fight evil, when we represent evil? As always, in the Jossverse, there are not really any absolute truths, and good and bad kinda mesh at times.
As I posted in the pre-thread, Harmony, while annoying, works. I got a few giggles out of her, and that’s not bad. A new girl, Eve, will be the eye candy for me. She’s played by Sarah Thompson, formerly seen as sex kitten Dana Poole on Boston Public. She’s gonna be the liason between the Fang Gang (what was that other name we came up with last year?) and the Senior Partners.
[spoiler]I won’t bother with the plot of the week. I didn’t find it very interesting, as it only served as a McGuffin of establishing the theme of the year. The science guy, who was tyhe psych major in CWDP on BtVS, is back. I like him, and it feels that he and Fred has some nice chemistry. Wes isn’t doing much during this episode, but we get some nice Angel stuff. Good, very good, fight scenes. Although the consistency of him having learned wire fighting Honk Kong style, just from moving in to W&H could make me feel a bit bothered, it doesn’t though, 'cause the fight scenes are cool.
We get to find out what Gunn did with the panther, and what the panther is, in a way. ‘The Big Cat’ - heh. I like the way the writers are improving Gunn. It’s logical and I think it’ll prove interesting.
He got hair, during summer too.
Oh, and what about Spike?