Angel: Season Three

Review by Garrett Godwin
May 14, 2007

"It's Buffy"

That's how Angel's second season ended.

Now it is three months later, with Angel: Season Three, available on DVD. Featuring all 22 episodes with audio commentaries of integral episodes, deleted scenes, outtakes, and much more, this is the season that Angel becomes its own as the series hits its stride.

Continuing his path of redemption and the mission to help the helpless, the heroic vampire and his team receives a new member of Angel Investigations into the form of Winifred "Fred" Burkle (Amy Acker), a graduate physics student who spent five years in a cave in the Host's home world.

Empath-singing demon Lorne (Andy Hallett) becomes more of a Team Angel member and less of The Host at Caritas as his club is destroyed in many ways.

The major storylines this season:

The return of the vampire's sire/mother/lover Darla (Julie Benz), who gives birth to their son, Connor, setting the stage for the second half of this season and the next.

The surprising yet growing sexual tension between Angel (David Boreanaz) and Cordy (Charisma Carpenter). Written and directed by creator and executive producer Joss Whedon, the episode "Waiting in the Wings" is an highlight to the "will they/won't they" between them.

The triangle between Gunn (J. August Richards), Fred, and Wesley (Alexis Denisof), which also sets the stage for the second half of seasons three and four.

Episode highlights includes "That Old Gang of Mine", in which Gunn's loyalties are divided as his old crew comes to kill Angel; "Birthday" finds Cordy's effect on having the visions taking its toll on her, leading her to decide on whether or not to choose a Hollywood career or continue saving souls in L.A, and "Provider", in which Angel tries to bring business into his detective agency for his newborn son.

Though Buffy was now on UPN, Angel held its own in its third season with this complex yet intriguing, multiple story arcs as our heroes started to grow and mature -- especially Angel, who continues to come face-to-face with his dark past.

For instance, old nemesis, vampire hunter Daniel Holtz (Keith Szarabajka), who comes to L.A. for revenge on the vampire with a soul and Darla for the brutal saying of his family centuries ago. Moreover, how he does it will cause one of the friends to commit the ultimate betrayal, leading to possible flirtation into darkness.

Season three finds Angel mixing light and darkness, with the latter more into the second part of the season and into the next.

The road to redemption continues with Angel: Season Three, available on DVD.

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From the Library

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