I’ve only seen Buffy and Angel once each, early 2000s when the DVDs were fairly new. And if you’d asked me then, I would have said that Angel gets better and better while Buffy gets worse and worse.
But from rewatching now, Angel (the show) just sucked towards the end of S2 and all of S3 whereas Buffy S5 is probably my favorite season and S6? Which I remembered as totally dreadful actually has some stuff to recommend it, not the least of which is the arc of Buffy coming to re-embrace life/living which I missed the first time through. Yeah, the big-bads are terrible, and two Willow-Killers were allowed to escape (Andrew and Jonathon are just as guilty as Warren), but there was a great character arc for Buffy.
Meanwhile, the Pylea 4(?) parter at the end of Angel S2 was just…cringeworthy. I mean, I was actually embarrassed for these otherwise solid actors for having to be in it. And Angel Season 3? Dear Writers: if you want to do “Perfect Strangers” or “Mork and Mindy” or any other wacky domestic sitcom, Angel really isn’t the place for it.
All of Season Three is just terrible. There’s the whole Groo/Cordy thing:
Groo: Ah. Cordy. My princess. My love. I see you are tense. Despite the fact that I speak otherwise speak perfect English, let me ask you if you’d like me to obnokarak your tight, tight v’alitwana!!
< audience titters >
Cordy: You want to what my WHAT??? Right HERE?? Groo, we’re in PUBLIC!!!
< audience laughs >
Groo: < hurt > I just wanted to RUB your tight, tight SHOULDERS!
< audience laughs >
Corsy: Oh, Groo!
C’mon. This crap would have been stale in the '70s.
Plus there’s every second Connor is on screen. As a fetus, he drags Darla back in, as a baby, we have all sorts of really terrible scenes of Angel being all “Goochy-goochy-goo! Whosums a 'OOOD boy den? It’s OO! 'Es it is! Doseums want food in da tumtums? Es oo do!” And as a teen, he’s sullen, droopy and a mediocre actor who looks all the worse for being around really good actors.
So–does Angel get better again? Why do I remember it as being so good?