Everyone’s all abuzz about Buffy this week, and rightly so. But I didn’t want our favorite broody-vampire-with-a-soul to get left too far behind.
This week’s episode was not great, but its faults were largely redeemed by the line I quote here:
“I never invited you in.”
Had to make with a Yes! when I heard that, because when Angel first burst into Kate’s apartment to save her I tried to remember when she’d invited him in during a previous show. I couldn’t think of a time, so just figured The Powers That Be (no, not those powers, I mean Joss and his writers) had goofed. They’ve goofed on the invitation thing before. Good to see they were on top of their game this time, and I’m glad Kate and Angel have now gotten past that I-don’t-like-you-but-I-need-your-help phase of their friendship.
Otherwise, as noted above, not a great episode. I’m still not clear on how Darla “saved” Angel, although I’m pretty sure I get why he retained his soul (no moment of true happiness, no matter how perfect the sex was).
I also didn’t much care for the tone of the episode. Angel was supposed to have had a major unlife-changing event and wanted to swallow his pride and make things right with Wesley, Cordelia and Gunn, but they just played it for laughs most of the hour, as when Angel was driving Wesley to the house and he kept trying to kiss his ass. They could’ve taken a cue from their parent show this night: less is more.
Still, again: “I never invited you in.” Way cool.