My wife and I are big “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fans, but we came to it late and… it’s complicated. Anyway, we didn’t watch “Angel” at all through its first four seasons.
But we’ve been getting that Joss Whedon hankering, so we watched last week’s episode of “Angel” (wherein Spike fought that ghostly serial killer dude who was trying to toss him into Hell) and last night’s (wherein green demon dude throws a spooks party).
We liked what we saw, because the writing is just as sharp as we expect (gray demon in bathroom stall: “Occupado!” –chuckle–), and we have a general idea of what’s going on (Angel’s crew has apparently assumed control of a law firm that used to be run by the enemy, and now wonders if they’ll be able to keep fighting the good fight despite their proximity to such a corrupting influence), but we need more information.
Who’s the green horny dude? Lorne, is his name? What’s his background? How’d they hook up with him? Is he always so cheerful? And what’s the deal with Fred (Winnifred?), the apparent supergenius chick? And who’s Gunn? And how did Wes go from being the nebbish Watcher on “Buffy” to this new gig? And how big is the torch he’s carrying for Fred? And what’s in that White Room? And who’s Eve, and how important is it that she nailed Angel last night? And is there always so much nakedness on the show? (Shower scene last week, half of Angel’s bare ass last night.)
With “Buffy,” we didn’t want to know anything until we got caught up, which was difficult and hard to manage. None of that this time. Please, tell us everything.
(By the way, we’ve got the season one and two DVD collections, but haven’t watched them yet. Don’t worry about spoilage. We’ll go through the DVDs regardless.)
(Oh, and also by the way, please try to keep the opinionating to a minimum. I know Buffyverse fandom is all about “this season sucks, two seasons ago was the best,” “no, this season makes a lot of sense, I bet this is where they’re going,” and similar good-natured bickering. I don’t really want to know if season five is shaping up to be the Best Ever or a Complete Disaster or whatever. We just want to know what the heck is going on; you can argue about whether the season is working or not in the episode threads.)
Thanks in advance.