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ANGEL 5.XComes To DVD!!Herc

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Previously. On “Angel”:

“He’s not my boyfriend! I mean, I certainly didn’t betray you!”
“Drop the act, Harm. I knew you’d turn on me. I just didn’t know when.”
“What do you mean you ‘knew’?”
“Loyalty? Really isn’t high on your list.”
“Oh, is that right? I’ll have you know I am damn loyal, dumbass!”
“You betrayed me. You are betraying me now even as we are talking."
“Because you never have any confidence in me!”
“No, because you have no soul.”
“I would, if you had confidence in me!”
“Get out of the building.”
“Are you firing me??”
“Among other things, yes.”
“Do you think I could get a recommendation?”
“Yeah, okay.”
“But, you see, if you don’t so much live as the other thing, how … ?”
“It’s already on the desk.”
“You’re the best! Good luck. Um, may the best man win?”
“Did that hurt at all?”
“Little bit. But it’s all part of the job. The senior partners spent an awful lot of time and resources on you. Personally, I would have told them not to bother. You’re gutter trash. That’s where you should have stayed. Drinking and whoring your way through an unremarkable life. But the fates stepped in and made you a vampire. With a soul no less. Champion. Hero of the people. And yet you still managed to fail everyone around you. Doyle. Cordelia. Fred. They’re all gone. It’s time you followed.”

It’d be tricky to count the number of missteps, blunders and outrages committed by The WB over the past decade, but the hardest to swallow is still its boneheaded cancellation of “Angel” at the peak of the show’s creative power.

It was always a great show, made my top-ten list every year it was on, made me tune in every single week for five years.

But its fifth and final season, collected on a DVD set that goes on sale today, was one of the best seasons of televised entertainment ever broadcast.

The only Mutant Enemy series in production last season, "Angel" benefited mightily from creator Joss Whedon’s less-divided attention - to say nothing of the additions of actors James Marsters and Mercedes McNab, and veteran Mutant Enemy writers Ben Edlund (“The Tick,” “Firefly”) and Drew Goddard (“Buffy”), to its fold. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, the spinoff’s fifth season rivaled in terms of quality even the best seasons of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and I have no greater compliment to bestow.

Cordelia Chase departed for good, Harmony fretted, Connor redeemed, Gunn sacrificed, Knox was vanquished, Andrew and an army of slayers descended, Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan became this enormous badass and there were puppets, lots of puppets.

The first half of the season generated many many swell episodes: Spike’s resurrection in 5.1, the introduction of the peepee demon in 5.5, the Harmony-centric fun of 5.9 were all highlights.

But once the show was cancelled, Team Whedon came on like it had something to prove. The final eight installments boast no fewer than four astonishing five-star episodes: “A Hole in the World” (Fred bids Wes goodbye), Underneath (Hamilton, the new Wolfram & Hart liaison, arrives), “The Girl in Question” (Angel and Spike learn Buffy Summers has moved on) and “Not Fade Away” (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce shuffles off his mortal coil).

Like I said when I put “Angel” atop my 2004 top-ten list: The Whedon owns all our asses. Even yours.

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  • Feb. 14, 2005, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Angel was the best TV

    by meburma

    Angel represented some of the best television ever. It's a shame the fuck knockers over at WB couldn't appreciate that they had something so great on their hands. Ignorant fucks.

  • Feb. 14, 2005, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Joss Whedon owns my soul

    by RogueScribner

    And I wouldn't have it any other way! Too bad I'm too poor to keep up with all these DVD releases. I'm still stuck at BUFFY S4 and ANGEL S2. Slowly but surely . . . :) L8r

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 12:10 a.m. CST


    by DanielKurland

    I'm also stuck on Buffy S4 and Angel S2, however, I've been watching them much more frequently, and I might update my collection, however I feel compelled to get the Angel sets over the Buffy ones

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 12:11 a.m. CST

    A pox on the WB for canceling Angel

    by MasterShake

    And yet Charmed lives on. May WB program execs rot in Hell for all eternity.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Deac Speaks...i just started watching the show for Season 5

    by Deacon

    and i was amazed, i hated Buffy and could never get into it, after (believe me) several chances... i was just not interested, and then i was convinced to watch an episode of Angel... i was hooked after the first two episodes of season5... i mean it was awesome, but on the flipside... i never really liked the other seasons that much, all good ( i got em all on DVD) but 5 was really sweet, the interaction between Angel and Spike? priceless, and Wes the badass was awesome as well. truely a show that will be missed... it wouldn't be so bad if they didn't replace it with dreck like Jack and Bobby

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 1:13 a.m. CST

    The Girl In Question

    by twitaman

    Really sucked inc comparison to the other episodes around it. Perhaps had it come during the middle of that season it wouldn't have seemed so roaringly mediocre and out of synch with the quality of the other shows. That said, season five was fantastic! And the final episode of Angel was a helluva lot better than the final episode of BtVS.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Basically a year to the day

    by jtp972

    If I recall correctly "Angel" was canceled right around this time last year. So it's fitting that the boxset of the last season hits this week. It was the best season of television I have ever seen. Period. As great as "Buffy" was, "Angel" surpassed it in its better moments, and season five was chock full of best moments. I can't wait to watch the season all the way through again. Dana the Vampire Slayer..."I had to get my guy back on track"..."would you like me to lie to you now?" There's nothing on now that even comes close. Yes, the Whedon DOES own all our asses. As nice as the "Firefly" movie may be, and as hopeful as Buffyverse fans are about the Buffy animated series, or the "Angel" comics comign this summer, or the rumblings about a possible Faith spin-off...none of it is the same as the weekly, flesh and blood (sucking) adventures of the vampire with a soul.

  • I loved me some pre-Nip/Tuck Ryan Murphy dramedy.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 1:30 a.m. CST

    "You're a wee little puppet man!"


    "peepee!" Holy mother of crap, ANGEL Season 5 is unbridled genius (and hence's DVD of the week). I second everything our good man Herc had to say. The WB execs will be eternally tortured in that basement from hell for cancelling it. Has any show ever gone out on top at an altitude even approaching this? It's a crescendo of greatness, and a MUST-HAVE DVD.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 5:15 a.m. CST

    WB is D-U-M-B! The show should have at least another two seasons

    by Judge Doom

    They had the material for that.And what they do, htey cancel it and give Charmed another season..._______ Eh, but maibe it was better cancel Angel on top then cancel it downhill, like hapenned with the X-files (my favorite show till season 6)

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 5:23 a.m. CST

    ANGEL season 5 was some of the best tv ever

    by jmc8y

    it really was. You're Welcome and A Hole in the World have got to be two of the most difficult to watches hours of TV in history. And Herc, thanks for mentioning the badassness of Lorne. especially memorable : "And here's one more thing--Winifred Burkle once told me, after a sinful amount of Chinese food and in lieu of absolutely nothing, "I think a lot of people would choose to be green. You're shade, if they had the choice." If I hear one note, one quarter-note, that tells me you had any involvement, these two won't even have time to kill you."

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 7:07 a.m. CST

    The Commish!

    by Wolverines dad

    One time I told my brother a long, stupid theory about the Commish and Vic Mackey actually being the same character. C'mon FX, you know a twist like that would be ratings GOLD.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Anyone know when the DVD set comes out in the UK?

    by scotth

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Any one know if Beauty and the Beast is coming to DVD?

    by ntypryz

    I used to love the 80's series starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. About time this great series was let loose on the public once more. ALL 3 seasons.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 8:49 a.m. CST


    by cuttr

    Herc, please don't use that word. My kids used to watch Charmed occasionally, and you can't go three minutes without them talking about "vanquishing" something or other. The freakin' show doesn't even have the balls to use the word "Kill". Even with the three hotties, I can't watch more than 5 minutes of that show, and it's still on. Sheesh.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 9:03 a.m. CST

    "Not this girl. Not Today"

    by Big Bad Clone

    "A Hole in the World" was one of the best things Joss ever had his name attached to. --- I had to tape each episode when they aired because I could only watch it in peace when my kids were asleep. One day I was watching episode 5.1 and my little brother came over. He had never seen a single episode of Buffy or Angel in his life but I could tell he really dug it. And as much as I talk shit about him, he has superb taste. That is what told me that I was rightly ga-ga over Angel season 5. That and not being able to sleep after intially watching "Not Fade Away". "Personally, I want to slay the dragon. Let's go to work"

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Angel season 5 was good but not that good

    by JT Styler

    While I do not share Herc's rabid enthusiasm for this season, it was a great season of television and yes, I do miss Angel. It was a truly great show and like Buffy, it will be fondly remembered.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 9:20 a.m. CST

    'Angel' needed one more season

    by rev_skarekroe

    The end of season 5 seemed so rushed. Just one more would have been good, then they should have ended it anyway - Boreanaz and Marsters were starting to look a little to rough to play a couple of guys who hadn't aged since their mid-twenties.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 9:28 a.m. CST

    "You have to do what you can to protect your family. I learned

    by The Nihilist

    My wife and I watched Angel together, even the last year of her life. That last year her lifelong problem with depression grew much worse, and she also started drinking heavily--so heavily that she would often pass out while alone with our seven year old son and five year old daughter. The night that Connor episode was broadcast she had been drinking, but we tried to put it aside and we watched the episode anyway. The next day I came home and she was drunk yet again, almost didn't get my son off the school bus. It was the final straw, I took the kids and left her. Two days later she killed herself. That episode with Connor, especially that last line, gave me a lot of strength. Still does. Not very funny, or bitchy, or trollish, but I thought I'd share it anyway.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Nihilist, I had a similair situation and I hear ya.

    by Big Bad Clone

    Although, my problems occured during Buffy season 5. So I understand how these silly ass shows we watch can actually help one through some shitty parts of life. I hope things are going good for you and your kids. From one single dad to another, keep up the good work.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 10:54 a.m. CST

    I'm not ashamed to say

    by Purgatori

    I cried for a good 2 hours after the last episode aired. I had to go and be by myself and cry. It just hurt and sucked so bad to have that show taken away because I loved the characters so much. To have it done the way the WB fuckers did it is just bullshit of the first order. "Here, we'll celebrate your 100th episode with a big party. What knife? Oh, the knife behind my back...uhm...that's for the cake." Fuck you WB, fuck you up your dumb stupid asses.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 11:07 a.m. CST

    And what replaced Angel on the WB?

    by Mr_Furious

    Anybody? Anybody?

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I miss this show so much...

    by Strabo


  • Feb. 15, 2005, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Angel Vs Charmed

    by KingKrikkit

    Ye,s Joss is brilliant, funny and writes relationships and characters that are deeper the the endless well itself, and yes, he owns my ass (cant WAIT for Serenity) so why IS Charmed still on the air and Angel not? I have NO FUCKING CLUE! Does anyone else notice Charmed has to have a gimmick of the week? This week, Billy Zane (great actor, bad role) as FRIGGING ROBIN HOOD!! I mean seriously every week theres a gimmick, they become goddesses,trolls, whatever they have to do to keep their bored viewers coming back... whatever, jesus, Charmed sucks ass... god I miss Angel so much... it would be hard to have it back on the air without Alexis, Charisma and J. Richards though... I could live with Amy playing Elyria, her struggle with her own and Freds personality was actually really interesting (struggle always is interesting on a TV show, like Sawyer on Lost and Brian on QaF). In the end I think they made it hard for Angel to come back. SO many characters blossomed and died on that show and without them I think a lot of the magic would be gone... Heres hoping Joss blesses us with another great show, not Buffy, not Angel, but maybe something simliar, but new, and maybe a few of our old friends will show up to say hi. WB, you suck balls.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 1:01 p.m. CST


    by Voice O. Reason

    Charmed at its best is only as good as those mediocre filler episodes of Buffy where the season's storyline wasn't advanced at all. Plus, everyone on Charmed looks like they're 40.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Greatest season of tv ever

    by Whedon

    Figures that the WB would cancel it once Angel hit is peak. The Mountain got cancelled didn't it? Contrary to some, I thought the Girl in Question was the funniest piece of television I have ever seen. It was so weird and out there with the Italian flashback's and Spike and Angel yelling to anyone that will listen "We are the reason men fear the night" almost pissed myself after seeing Angel's new jacket.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 1:49 p.m. CST

    never watched angel but...

    by andyrew

    Good to see your a red dwarf fan herc,seasons 1-3 were good, seasons 4-6 were excellent so its a pity 7 and 8 were rubbish!!!

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Angel 5

    by The Alienist

    I cried the day I heard that Angel would be cancelled. My boyfriend was coming out of the shower and I hugged him, embarrassed somewhat by the tears. He left me soon after (not because of the tears, he cheated and moved in with the guy). You'd think he'd considered if the cancellation of a TV show would do that to me WHAT HIS FUCKIN' LEAVING WOULD DO!!! It's been ten months and I'm still so far from over it (Valentine's Day, yesterday, was particularly horrible). The last ep we watched together was Fred's death. We used to watch with his head on my tummy. We didn't get to see the last episode together. It was a very sad spring.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Single Dads

    by Ninja Nerd

    Nihilist and Big Bad Clone....there are males in this world. Lots of them. Knuckle-dragging, self-involved assholes. And in this world, there are MEN. Only a few. That many of that few are single dads is no coincidence. You both have looked into hell and stood fast to take care of your kids. Been there, done that, and they give no T-shirt for that much less an award. The good news is the REWARD of the day your grown child shakes your hand, looks you in the eye and says "Thanks Dad, I love you." Way to go, MEN.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 3:21 p.m. CST

    hard ball

    by cooper2000

    Too bad they had to cancel an excellent show. It surpassed Buffy in quality and the last part of Season 5 is one great ride. The first part The WB wanted more stand alones and it to be a lighter show (kinda like Alias now) but it didnt work. Once they got past that, the rest of the season is amazing. So many lives lost.... Too bad Boreanz is playing hard ball now about coming back but who can blame him.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CST

    There's also a JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED DVD coming out today.

    by Voice O. Reason

    That explains why Cartoon Network never replays them: they think it'll hurt the DVD sales!

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 4:54 p.m. CST

    WB still on??

    by unmancito

    i erased it from my tv the day they cancel angel, the day the last chapter of angel aired, was the last day WB was recorded in my TV. Angel will be sorely missed!!

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Angel Season 5 - Bought it...

    by buckna soon as a I got off work today. Watching Smile Time now. What an episode! I cancelled my cable TV after I heard Angel was being cancelled. Not out of outrage, but because there was nothing on left for me too watch. It's been nearly a year since I unplugged and I gotta say I don't miss it. Long Live Wesley!!!

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Got mine today.

    by mrfan

    Cannot wait to start watching. I really miss this show. Every season had something for me.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 10:39 p.m. CST

    " I cancelled my cable TV after I heard Angel was being cancelle

    by Voice O. Reason

    Angel was on a broadcast network.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Voice O. Reason

    by buckna

    Don't have rabbit ears on my TV either so no broadcasts being received what so ever. As I said, not out of outrage where I was boycotting the WB specifically, cancelled out of a lack of quality programming.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 11:15 p.m. CST

    i erased WB out of my tv, that's all

    by unmancito

    most tvs have the option, that if U don't like or want certain channel, U just go to the menu and block it or erased, so when U surf don't waste your time watching a crappy channel that lost the only reason why i was watching it, that day was also the day i stopped watching smallville

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 11:16 p.m. CST

    And cable boxes usually give U that option too!!

    by unmancito

    Just in case

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 11:22 p.m. CST

    if the wb wanted me as a viewer.....

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    angel would still be on and the cast of seventh heaven would be looking for new jobs. hey fox, these sets have sold damn well, so where's the follow up?!!!!

  • Feb. 16, 2005, 2:10 a.m. CST

    a hole in the world

    by jmc8y

    ANGEL Good. Guys... WESLEY You don't have to say it. ANGEL I'll say it anyway. Winifred Burkle. Go

  • Feb. 16, 2005, 2:12 a.m. CST


    by Purple Rain

    Boreanaz was half awake for the last season. A major disappointment since he kicked so much ass in season 4.

  • Feb. 16, 2005, 8:42 a.m. CST



    Angel season five kicked ass! Thanks in large part to the big bad. I admit, Conner never thrilled me and Cordelia getting fat (preggers) going blonde and cutting her hair had my interest waing slightly with season 3 & 4. But season 5 cemented Angel as one of the single best seasons of television history. And it gets cancelled. Hey, you gotta make room for those great shows like ... Summerland? barf! The mountain? UUGGHH! and the "best "of the lot ... One Tree Hill. Just shoot me know. As for the best line in television history: "You give me da money, I give you da head." I can't believe that got past the censors. Comedy gold. I want a Spike and Andrew buddy/road trip 2 hour movie with Faith too boot! And bring back Wes!!

  • Feb. 16, 2005, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Allison Hannigan

    by Whedon Joss are you listening? Illyria, Spike, Andrew, make it happen.

  • Feb. 16, 2005, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Voice O Reason & JLU

    by Toonimator

    that JLU DVD is beyond pathetic. 3 episodes? That's it? Give us the f-in season sets. Still waiting for Justice League 1 & 2; two 2-part episode DVDs don't cut it. Batman & Superman have nice fat DVDs already, how about JL, with more commentaries since Timm & the gang worked on 'em a lot less than 10-13 years ago? At LEAST replay the latest JLU on Sundays like you used to... once a week isn't enough, to say nothing of the complete moratorium on old JL episodes. Angel Season 5 -- definitely the set to get. Great show all around, but 5 had the balls to just go every which way and STILL come out kickin' ass. It's worth it just for the brilliance of the puppet episode.

  • Feb. 16, 2005, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Um...I thought we weren't supposed to be watching DVDs anymore,

    by Sod Off Baldric

    I thought we were supposed to wait for Blu-Ray.

  • Feb. 16, 2005, 6:07 p.m. CST

    TWIN PEAKS?!?!?!

    by Straylight2000

    Could somebody please tell me why the fuck I can go to the store and pick up shit like the 6th season of HIGLANDER and I still can't get more than 7 episodes of Twin Peaks? And THAT doesn't even include the first (pilot) episode! Talk about groundbreaking tv. Anyone buying eps of Carnivale or Firefly should be thanking Lynch everyday.

  • Feb. 16, 2005, 6:17 p.m. CST

    petition for TP season 2 has over 20,000

    by Straylight2000

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by Uncle Stan