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Cordelia acquires Doyle's visions via a shared kiss prior to Doyle's death. With the death of Doyle in the early episodes of the show's first season, another character from the Buffy series makes the jump to its spin-off: Wesley Wyndam-Pryce Alexis Denisof joins the team under the brave guise of "rogue demon hunter", acting as comic relief and initially not well-accepted. Over time, Wesley shows bravery and strength, as well as some cold blooded killing cruelty, like his colleague Rupert Giles , and grows into a leader.

In Season 2 of the show, the trio are joined by Charles Gunn J. August Richards , a young demon hunter who must initially adjust to working with and for a vampire. At the end of Season 2, they travel to the demon world Pylea, where they save Winifred "Fred" Burkle Amy Acker , a young Texan physicist whose social skills have become stunted after five years' captivity; she later grows to become more outspoken. Season 3 saw the introduction of Connor Vincent Kartheiser , the "miracle" human child of two vampires, Angel and Darla.

Abducted into a Hell dimension as a baby, he is raised by Angel's enemy Daniel Holtz , and only a few weeks after he left comes back as a teenager and reluctantly comes to accept his lineage. An outgoing, pacifistic demon, Lorne's role is predominantly to support the team. In this series, Spike reluctantly fights beside Angel as their rivalry continues — now tinged with Spike existing as another vampire with a soul, and by the romantic feelings that both of them have for Buffy Summers. One of the legendary Old Ones , Illyria Amy Acker starts off as an adversary of the team after taking over Fred's body, but comes to join the team as she must learn to cope with the changed world and the new emotions she feels as a result of taking over a human.

Many characters on Angel made recurring appearances. The two longest-running recurring characters are Lilah Morgan Seasons 1—4 and Lindsey McDonald Seasons 1, 2 and 5 , appearing in 36 and 21 episodes, respectively; Lindsey is the only character besides Angel to appear in both the first and last episode of the series. Angel's sire Darla Julie Benz , first seen in Buffy , plays in an expanded role on Angel and appears in 20 episodes over the course of the series. Throughout the series, there were also guest appearances from Buffy characters , including main cast members Buffy Summers , Willow Rosenberg and Daniel "Oz" Osbourne.

The rogue slayer Faith played an important part in episodes of Seasons 1, 2, and 4; Anne Steele and Andrew Wells also originated on Buffy and appeared in two or more Angel episodes. Whedon also used two actors from his cancelled television series Firefly , Gina Torres and Adam Baldwin , to play Jasmine and Marcus Hamilton , respectively. Much of Angel was shot on location in Los Angeles, California. There's a lot of preconceptions about what the place is, but there are a lot of truths.

It's a pretty competitive, intense town, where a lot of lonely, isolated, and desperate people end up. It's a good place for monsters. In this city, you better learn to get along. It's all part of the big wacky variety show we call Los Angeles.

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In the essay, "Los Angeles: The City of Angel" from the essay collection, Reading Angel: Jacob suggests several explanations: Noir had continued investigation of the "dark city, a place of regression and darkness as a counterpoint to the city's promise of progress and civilization" that had begun under William Blake and Charles Dickens.

Production designer Stuart Blatt outlined the new base: It's based on many hotels in Los Angeles Angel lived in a larger suite in the hotel, like a honeymoon suite, the producers wanted Angel to have enough room to relax and get away from it all, do a little pondering, a little brooding, and a little research. Every once in a while, someone will come up to have a little conversation.


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Much like Buffy , Angel is told in a serialized format, with each episode involving a self-contained story while contributing to a larger storyline. Unlike Buffy , however, the season-long narratives are not marked by the rise and defeat of a powerful antagonist , commonly referred to as the " Big Bad " in the parent series.

It mixes the complex, series-long storyline along with more stand-alone, villain-of-the-week episodes. The show blends different genres, including horror, fantasy, supernatural, and a combination of comedic and dramatic content. The first season is mainly told in a " monster of the week " format, with each episode creating a self-contained story that took place around the title character. Later seasons became more serialized, where the majority of episodes contribute to a larger story arc that unfolded over many episodes.

The most extreme example of this is season four, in which almost every episode contributed to the main storyline, and often picked up exactly where the previous episode ended. The series' narrative revolves around Angel and his colleagues, collectively making up the detective agency Angel Investigations, who fight against supernatural evils and work to "Help the helpless". Though elements and relationships are explored and ongoing subplots are included, the show focuses centrally on Angel and his road to redemption. The most prominent monsters in the Angel bestiary are vampires , which are based on traditional myths, lore, and literary conventions.

Angel and his companions fight a wide variety of demons , as well as ghosts , werewolves , zombies , and ethically unsound humans. They sometimes even save the world from annihilation by a combination of physical combat, magic , and detective-style investigation, and are guided by an extensive collection of ancient and mystical reference books. Visions from higher powers guide the group, and are received by Doyle and later Cordelia. Hand-to-hand combat is chiefly undertaken by Angel and later Gunn, though every member of Angel Investigations is combat ready to some degree.

Lorne is able to read peoples' destinies and intentions. Fred uses her scientific knowledge to contribute, whilst Wesley contributes his extensive knowledge of demonology and supernatural lore. At the start of the series, Angel has just moved to Los Angeles. Doyle receives visions that can guide Angel on his mission as a champion of humankind.

Angel also encounters Cordelia Chase, who is trying to launch an acting career.

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The three group together to form Angel Investigations , a detective agency that hopes to "help the helpless. Shortly thereafter, the ex- Watcher , Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, joins the group. They tempt him toward darkness when they resurrect Darla , Angel's ex-lover and sire — killed by Angel in the first season of Buffy in the episode " Angel ".

Charles Gunn , who was introduced toward the end of the first season in the episode "War Zone", is a street-tough leader of a gang of vampire hunters. He is initially determined to kill Angel, but slowly comes to accept him and join his cause throughout season two. However, Darla is brought back as a human, not a vampire. But as a human, she suffers from a terminal case of syphilis — which she had contracted in her original life before being sired. Lindsey brings in Drusilla , a vampire originally sired by Angelus, to restore Darla to the cause of evil.

Enraged by this, Angel begins to grow darker. He cuts himself off from his staff secretly to keep them away from this kind of dark territory for their own sake and attempts to go after the pair himself. In despair, Angel sleeps with Darla cf. When Cordelia vanishes, Lorne , the flamboyant demon owner of karoake bar Caritas , reluctantly takes Angel and his crew to his home dimension, Pylea , to rescue her.

They return with Winifred "Fred" Burkle , a former physics student who has been trapped in the dimension for five long years. To get over news of the death of his ex-girlfriend, Buffy , Angel spends three months in a monastery , where he encounters some demon monks and goes home frustrated in season three. He returns to Los Angeles, as does Darla — now bearing his child.

Daniel Holtz , an old enemy of both Angel and Darla, is resurrected by a demon to take revenge on the vampires that killed his family. The group is puzzled over what might be the first vampire birth. Darla sacrifices her life to save the life of her child, Connor. The gang is eager to care for the infant, but Wesley soon learns of a false frightening prophecy that suggests that Angel will murder his son.


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  • Feeling disconnected from the group, Wesley does not share this information, and quietly kidnaps Connor. Wanting Angel to suffer the loss of a child as he did, Holtz escapes through a rip in the fabric of space to the dimension of Quor'Toth, and raises the boy as his own. Angel feels that his son is lost forever, and tries to murder Wesley. Though he survives, Wesley is banished from the group. Weeks later, Connor returns, but because time moves faster in Quor'Toth, he is now a teenage boy, having been raised by Holtz.

    Tricking Angel into believing he needs to be the one to take Connor in, Holtz gives Angel a letter letting Connor know that he will be leaving and to trust Angel. Holtz gets Justine to kill him, but ends up making it look like a vampire attack so Connor will assume the worst. Connor imprisons his birth father, Angel, in a casket and drops it to the bottom of the ocean.

    Cordelia's visions have been progressively getting worse, and she becomes part demon to make them easier on herself. Her old lover, the Groosalugg , comes back from Pylea to be with her, but leaves her when he discovers that she instead loves Angel. Despite his exile from his old friends, Wesley locates and frees Angel at the beginning of season four. A hellish Beast emerges and blocks out the sun over L. Although the city survives, the sunlight seems to be blotted out permanently. The team resorts to releasing Angel's soul, believing Angelus knows helpful information about the beast.

    Although the team takes safety precautions, Angelus is released from his cell by Cordelia, who is at the time under the influence of the soon to be born Jasmine. Luckily they manage to restore Angel's soul, thanks to help from Faith and Willow. Their efforts, however, do not prevent the coming of Jasmine , who was indirectly responsible for the work of the Beast. Jasmine, it turns out, was formerly one of the Powers That Be and plans to solve all the world's problems by giving humanity total happiness through spiritual enslavement to her.

    She arrives in our world through manipulation of Cordelia and Connor, using them as a conduit into our world, eventually forcing Cordelia to fall into a coma. Fred is accidentally inoculated against Jasmine's spell by contact with her blood and frees the rest of the gang though they remain hopelessly outnumbered by thousands already entranced by Jasmine.

    Angel travels through a magic portal into a world previously visited by Jasmine to find a way of breaking her power over L. By revealing her true name, they are able to break Jasmine's spell over everyone. Jasmine confronts Angel, but is then killed by Connor. Connor is revealed never to have been under Jasmine's influence, but he went along for the sake of having a semblance of family and happiness.

    To help save Cordelia and Connor, who has gone mad with confusion over losing everything, Angel reluctantly agrees. Gunn undergoes a special cognitive procedure that transforms him into a brilliant lawyer. The group receives an amulet that resurrects a past companion of Angelus, the en-souled vampire Spike , initially as a ghost-like presence but later regains corporeal status due to the machinations of Lindsey McDonald in a surprise return. Cordelia, who has been in a coma , has The Powers That Be grant her one last request, in which she helps Angel get "back on track", then dies.

    Connor regains the memories of his former identity, but doesn't acknowledge this to protect his new parents though he later reveals to Angel that he does in fact remember his previous life. Fred finally declares her affections to Wesley, but shortly after is possessed by an ancient and powerful demon called Illyria. Wesley is devastated by the loss of Fred, but agrees to help Illyria adjust to her new form and the unfamiliar world she's in.

    Angel, after getting one last vision from Cordelia before her death, infiltrates the Circle of the Black Thorn , a secret society responsible for engineering the Apocalypse , and plans to take them all out in a simultaneous, hard-hitting strike. Because this is probably a suicide mission , he tells each of his friends to spend the day as if it were their last. That night, the team launches its attack on the Circle, dividing up their targets.

    When Wesley is fatally stabbed, Illyria, concerned for his safety, arrives at his side after killing her targets, but is unable to save him. Illyria asks Wesley if he'd like her to assume the form of Fred, and Wesley agrees, allowing him to say goodbye to the woman he loved. Angel confronts Senior Partners ' new liaison Marcus Hamilton , and defeats him with help from Connor. Once the Circle has been dismantled, Angel and the surviving members of his gang rendezvous in the alley behind the Hyperion Hotel.

    Spike too arrives, triumphant about his successful mission and hungry for further violent fighting. Gunn emerges, staggering from a serious stomach wound, but ready to fight. The survivors wait as the Senior Partners ' army of warriors, giants , and a dragon approaches. Angel and his crew prepare for the upcoming battle, with Angel saying, "Personally, I kind of want to slay the dragon".

    The series then ends with Angel saying, "Let's go to work", after which he and his team attack the army of monsters head on. Co-producer Greenwalt points out, "There's no denying that Angel grew out of Buffy. According to the fictional universe first established by Buffy , the ' Buffyverse ', [17] Angel was born in 18th-century Ireland; after being turned into a soulless, immortal vampire, he became legendary for his evil acts, until a band of wronged Gypsies punished him by restoring his soul, overwhelming him with guilt.

    Angel eventually set out on a path of redemption, hoping that he could make up for his past through good deeds.

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    Whedon believed that "Angel was the one character who was bigger than life in the same way that Buffy was, a kind of superhero. While the central concept behind Buffy was "high school as a horror movie" in small-town America, [20] co-creators David Greenwalt and Whedon were looking to make Angel into a different "gritty, urban show. It's set in Los Angeles because there are a lot of demons in L. We also wanted to take the show a little older and have the characters deal with demons in a much different way.

    Buffy is always the underdog trying to save the world, but Angel is looking for redemption. It's those two things that creatively make the shows different. Whedon and Greenwalt prepared a six-minute promotional video pitch, often called the "Unaired Angel pilot" for the WB Network. Early during the life of the series, some effort was made to slightly soften the original concept. For example, scenes were cut from the pilot episode, "City of," in which Angel tasted the blood of a murder victim; [23] the episode that was originally written to be the second episode, " Corrupt ", was abandoned altogether.

    Writer David Fury explained, "The network was shocked. They said 'We can't shoot this. This is way too dark. A first draft script reveals that Angel was originally intended to include the character Whistler , played by Max Perlich , who had already been featured in two Buffy episodes, " Becoming, Part One " and " Part Two ". If they had called, I would have probably accepted because it was a great experience and I think Joss is very original and talented.

    Cordelia Chase , also from the original Sunnydale crew, joined Angel and Doyle. Joss Whedon is credited as executive producer throughout the run of the series. For the first three seasons, David Greenwalt, who co-created the series with Whedon, was also credited as executive producer; [28] during this time, he also took on the role of show runner. He left to oversee Miracles , but continued to work on Angel as a consulting producer for the final two seasons.

    Tim Minear also served as an executive producer during the second season, contributing heavily to the season's story arc. At the start of the fourth season, David Simkins was made show runner and executive producer, but after three months, he left the show due to "creative differences" and is not credited in any episodes. After Buffy concluded, writer David Fury joined the staff as executive producer for the final season.

    Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui , were also credited as executive producers throughout Angel , [30] but were not involved in any writing or production for the show. Jeffrey Bell mentions in his DVD commentary during the closing credits of the Angel series finale " Not Fade Away " that two people were credited and paid for Angel without needing to ever step on the set. Script-writing was done by Mutant Enemy , a production company created by Joss Whedon in The writers with the most writing credits for the series include: Next, the staff meet in the anteroom to Whedon's office to begin "breaking" the story into acts and scenes; the only one absent would be the writer working on the previous week's episode.

    Next, the writers developed the scenes onto a marker-filled whiteboard, featuring a "brief ordered description of each scene. The outline was then given to the show runner, who revised it within a day. The writer used the revised outline to write the first draft of the script while the other writers worked on developing the next.

    This first draft was usually submitted for revision within 3—14 days; afterward, a second and sometimes third draft was written. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Full Cast and Crew. The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption. David Greenwalt , Joss Whedon. Television Spin-offs We Love. TV series and cartoons. How Much Have You Seen? How many episodes of Angel have you seen?

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    Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Learn more More Like This. Buffy the Vampire Slayer — The Legendary Journeys — The New Adventures of Superman — Edit Cast Complete series cast summary: Wesley Wyndam-Pryce episodes, J. Charles Gunn 91 episodes, Charisma Carpenter Cordelia Chase 92 episodes, Andy Hallett Lorne 76 episodes, Amy Acker Edit Storyline The vampire Angelus, now known as Angel, has a human soul, but committed terrible crimes in the past. Edit Details Official Sites: Edit Did You Know? The Prodigal , and he counts as his birth year.

    Although he spent one hundred years in a hell dimension due to Buffy's actions in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Part 2 , he does not count those years as part of his lifespan, and told Cordelia in Angel: Dear Boy that he was Allowing for aging, he is years old at the series end. Goofs For a large portion of season 5 Spike is incorporeal. He is not meant to be able to interact with physical objects, and is seen passing through people and walls.

    However as is the case in most scenarios of this nature, he is inexplicably able to sit in chairs or occasionally interact with larger set pieces. You can always tell when he's happy. A little less scowly. Crazy Credits During the first seconds of the opening credits, the red rim of a chalice in the background forms the shape of a halo over the name ANGEL. Frequently Asked Questions Q: How many sexual partners has Angel had?

    How old is Angel and for that matter Spike, Drusilla and Darla? Do all Joss Whedon creations take place in the same reality? User Reviews A spin-off from a show based on a B-movie