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ANGEL!!! PYTHON!! VENTURE!! ELSEWHERE!! BONES!! MINDS!! 70%-Off Seasons!! HercVault!!

“I’ll say it anyway. Winifred Burkle. Go.”
I am – Hercules!!

Previously. On “Angel”: “Hamilton!” “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!“ “So.” “Yeah.” “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 was one of the best seasons of televised entertainment ever broadcast. If you have to buy only one, five is the one to buy. The only Mutant Enemy series in production the season it was on, "Angel’s" fifth season 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. He made “Brian’s Song” with vampires. They made me laugh and they made me cry very hard with the tears. You must watch to learn why. So let’s talk about pricing. Yesterday, Amazon was charging you north of $44 for each of the five seasons of “Angel.” Starting today they’re charging you this: Angel 1.x ($27.99 slimset) Angel 2.x ($27.99 slimset) Angel 3.x ($27.99 slimset) Angel 4.x ($27.99 slimset) Angel 5.x ($27.99 slimset) You say you already own five seasons of this, one of the greatest TV shows ever manufactured? Well, of course you do! Now is the time to think of others! And low-cost gifting! Spread the wealth, baby! Buy this set and give it to libraries, hospitals and objects of lust.

Along with the first episode of “Commander-In-Chief,” I thought the pilots for “Bones” and “Criminal Minds” 1.x were the best of last season. And, as it happens, both Bones: The Complete First Season and Criminal Minds: The Complete First Season finally hit DVD today. I’m saddened to report the “Bones” series did not live up to its pilot’s promise, its initially bracing comedy and characters devolving into constructs too familiar to TV procedurals. As for “Criminal Minds” it turns out that, given the finite number of hours in the day, even Hercules can’t watch everything on his mighty 200-hour TiVos. I wound up just recording everything after the third episode, and I still haven’t gotten around to watching them. I leave it to the talkbackers to discuss the DVD-worthiness of the series post-pilot.

“Ellen” began life in 1994 as a distaff “Seinfeld” titled “These Friends of Mine” (though Howard Stern called it “Vagine-feld”) starring Ayre Gross, Maggie Wheeler, Holly Fulger, Ellen Degeneres as heterosexual Ellen Morgan. By its fifth and final season, it starred Jeremy Piven, Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis and Ellen DeGeneres as a lesbian Ellen Morgan. Ellen Morgan discovered she was a homosexual in the fourth season’s much-publicized final four episodes, but I thought the fifth, all-gay season was the best of the five. Now that she could finally delve into the lesbianic aspects of her life, she did so with a vengeance, and it turned out she had a lot of funny material related to it. (It didn’t hurt that gorgeous Lisa Darr (“Profit,” “Popular”) was cast as the lead character’s recurring love interest five episodes into the season.)

Girls Behaving Badly is a Punk’d-ish prank show starring four female stand-up comedians. I didn’t recognize anyone from the cover packaging, but the really tiny one turns out to the horny and hilarious Lisa Howard from “The Real World: New Orleans.” The blonde turns out to be Chelsea Handler, the Mormon-Jewish New Jerseyite who went on to star in her own sketch show on E!

The first show created by "Northern Exposure" masterminds Joshua Brand and John Falsey. “St. Elsewhere” was the inspired hospital dramedy MTM Enterprises kicked in after somebody at NBC asked for something else like MTM’s fast-emerging blockbuster “Hill Street Blues.” Almost a quarter-century later, it is still regarded as one of the most entertaining TV series ever forged. And it stars Howie Mandel! (How the producers summoned the vision to cast “Deal or No Deal” host Mandel – then a unapologetically puerile and patently unfunny prop comic in the mode of a low-budget Gallagher or Carrot Top – as Dr. Wayne Fiscus, one of the show’s funniest and most compelling characters, is mystifying.) But be certain! The true appeal of the show was and remains the incredible chemistry between fledgling physician Victor Ehrlich (Ed Begley Jr., who was grabbed an Emmy nomination for each of his six years as Ehrlich) and the hospital’s hilariously abusive head of surgery Mark Craig (William Daniels, who won the “lead actor” Emmy twice for the role). Latecomers to the series will be surprised to learn that much of the first season revolved around crusading young physician Ben Samuels (David Birney), who became wholly absent from seasons two through six. He’d be replaced by the equally dreamy but not-as-Jewish Mark Harmon. Others present during the first season included David Morse as Jack Morrison (who was the focus of the pilot), Christina Pickles as nurse Helen Rosenthal, G.W. Bailey as Dr. Hugh Bailey, Bonnie Bartlett as Ellen Craig, Ed Flanders as chief of medicine Donald Westphall, Terence Knox as troubled Dr. Peter White, Eric Laneuville as orderly Luther Hawkins, Sagan Lewis as Dr. Jacqueline Wade, Norman Lloyd as dying Dr. Daniel Auschlander, Kim Miyori as Dr. Wendy Armstrong, Kavi Raz as Dr. V.J. Kochar, Jennifer Savidge as nurse Lucy Papandreo, Cynthia Sikes as Dr. Anne Cavanero, Barbara Whinnery as Dr. Cathy Martin, Karen Landry as Myra White, Dana Short as Lizzie Westphall and Chad Allen as Lizzie’s autistic kid brother Tommy. The girls will be interested to learn that a handsome Denzel Washington played handsome Dr. Philip Chandler throughout all six seasons, but wasn’t recognized by the Emmy voters for bupkis.
Herc’s Popular Pricing Pantry!! The all-important Christmas shopping season is upon us, and the DVD vendors want you to give their stuff instead of everybody else’s!!

What’s all this then??? Monty Python: The Complete Series 16-Ton Megaset (45 episodes) at $54.97 is a MAJOR fucking steal. This time last week it was going for $99.95 and I frankly do not remember ever seeing it priced below that. My considered if slightly PANICKY advice is to snap this sucker up now before it leaps back above the $100 mark; it may be the funniest half-hour series ever created, and this one packages all four seasons with some hard-to-find rarities. If I saw this under the tree on Christmas morning I believe I would not stop squealing until Martin Luther King Day. Splunge!

The first six seasons of “The Simpsons” (some would say the only six worth owning) are all momentarily under $20!! $19.97 The Complete First Season $19.97 The Complete Second Season $19.97 The Complete Third Season $19.97 The Complete Fourth Season $19.97 The Complete Fifth Season $19.97 The Complete Sixth Season

Note please that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has lopped a whopping 50% off a load of its sets, including its first three wonderful, extra-crammed Looney Tunes golden collections. Each set contains 60 of the best shorts produced for the cinema series and typically go for about $45 or $50 each: Looney Tunes Golden Collection $32.47 Volume One $32.47 Volume Two $32.47 Volume Three Post-Black Friday, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is offering deeper deep deep discounts, like 50%-70% Off, in several categories:

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  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:18 a.m. CST


    by Menchekia

    I want to buy all the seasons, I really do. But I remember how I got burned after I bought all the Buffy sets and then they came out with the big giant box set. So I am gonna keep holding out. DAMN YOU JOSS!

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:19 a.m. CST

    holy shit

    by Menchekia

    how did I get first?

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:18 a.m. CST


    by SingingHatchet


  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:19 a.m. CST

    BY the way

    by SingingHatchet

    Darn you Michael Bay

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Angel season 5

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    While I was not a huge fan of the preceding seasons of Angel, which I watched out of loyalty to the whole Buffy thing, I agree season 5 was some very good television indeed. It is strange and perplexing that it was cancelled when things were going so well. Also, I was kind of keeping my fingers crossed that Spike was going become a real boy, but it was not meant to be.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:21 a.m. CST

    How did I get first when I was third?

    by SingingHatchet

    That was weird.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Buffy fans are weird

    by Neo Zeed

    And I'm one of them so I should know. There are some Buffy fans who had beef with Angel which is bizzare, because Angel was clearly the show to was like an oasis in the desert after those crappy Glory episodes and season 6 of Buffy. Buy the all the Angel seasons!!

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:44 a.m. CST


    by Menchekia

    Yeah, that was odd. I was all excited and now I just look like an ass. Oh well.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:45 a.m. CST

    As much as I love the DVD Vault

    by Shivv

    why do I get the feeling that these only come about because Harry wants more money from Amazon referrals?

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Must Resist Temptation to Splurge on Myself

    by tonagan

    And by "splurge", I mean spend money - it has nothing to do with bodily fluids (even though it sounds like it). And the best thing about Angel getting canned after five seasons was that it DID end at it's peak, and didn't spiral into mediocrity or utter crap (yes, that's all personal opinion). Ah screw it, I'm getting the Monty Python set, damn it. And Venture Bros.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 4:32 a.m. CST

    I embrace my weirdness, Mr Zeed

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    What else am I going to do? Also, you didn't like Glory? She was one of my favourite villains. Mind you, I also like season 6 very much, so I think I may be in the minority. The weird minority!

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Hey Herc! Have you even watched BONES?

    by LordEnigma

    If you had, then you would know that this show is far more a relationship drama than anything else. The crimes they solve are heightened only by the characters on this show. No six characters on TV are like BONES, Ceely, Hodgins, Angela, Zach, and Saroyan. They are rather unique in a genre, that barely ever has anything unique about it. So, if you want to put the bad mouth to a show that I love, have some collaborative data. If not, you are no better than a fanboy. I thought you were cool, Herc? What happen?

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 4:38 a.m. CST

    And I'll Get Season One of La Femme Nikita...

    by tonagan

    Once I fully wake up, I'll going to feel really used (it won't be the first time).

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Little House on the Prairie = Best Show Ever

    by Shermdawg

    You know this to be true.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 5:48 a.m. CST

    "There's a hole in the world"

    by newc0253

    "Feels like we ought to have known". that is all.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 5:56 a.m. CST

    p.s. bones sucks ass

    by newc0253

    the only thing it had going for it was the chemistry between the two leads. everything else was implausible, with a wholly uninteresting supporting cast. i watched 2 episodes and it made CSI look good by comparison.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 6:11 a.m. CST


    by newc0253

    what the hell is 'collaborative data'? is that data you collaborate with? or did you perhaps mean 'corroborative'? wait, you're a Bones fan, so of course you didn't know the difference.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 6:54 a.m. CST

    NONE of these deals are as good...

    by ckane123

    As what Target stores offered the two days after Thanksgiving. Almost all of the Simpsons seasons sets, all but the last season of 24, and all seasons of Family Guy - $16 each. Jaw-dropping good deal, especially for the 24 sets. I cleaned up, as I had not picked any of these up previously. Well, the Monty Python set price is as good, I guess.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Wasn't Angel already $30?

    by Kevin Bosch

    Is the $27.99 price tag per season new? I thought I had already gotten excited about it before. Is there any reason to think it may drop even more, maybe to the $20 or so price range, like Buffy did? Speaking of which, are those $20 per season slim cases of Buffster still available?

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 10:01 a.m. CST


    by DanielKurland

    Not sure if it's mentioned in that mess above, so I'm making it clear for everyone. April. 2007. All of season 2 in one set. New soundtrack coming out at the same time. Rejoice people.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Python at a good price! YEAH! But Where's Chicago Hope?

    by CaseyMcCall

    That's what I wanna know! Already ordered the Python set. Couldn't help myself.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Herc - Girls Behaving Badly

    by spikeandjezebel

    If you've seen Napolean Dynamite, you've seen the African American girl from the cover. She was Napolean's brother's bride.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Mr Kurland

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    That is very good news about Twin Peaks. I have been eyeing the season 1 box set for a while now, but it felt pointless without season 2. It has seemed very strange to me that we can get DVD box sets of Dukes Of Hazzard and the Gummi Bears, but no full release for Twin Peaks or Larry Sanders. P.S. Apologies to Dukes Of Hazzard fans and four-year-olds. No offense intended.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Hey, very nice job adding some content.

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    ILLYRIA for under 30 bucks! Herc is right gift the shit out of every intelligent fanboy dork you know who hasn't seen ANGEL yet!

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    Worst. Show. Ever.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 1 p.m. CST

    First 4 seasons of Angel..

    by Billyeveryteen

    Not so great,(koff<conner>koff) but season 5 was certainly as good as Buffy.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    You call yourself geeks!!

    by DigitalDong

    I've had all the Monty Python on dvd since 2001. Money is no object for the Python. Only bought them due to severe withdrawel issues when A&E started airing them instead of Comedy Central. Comedy Central showed 2 episodes every weekday at 7am back to back. A&E though one episode a week would be a good idea. IT WASN'T. I was forced to buy these things man. I think the Free Masons had someything to do with.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Denzel had minimal exposure on ST.ELSEWHERE

    by Monkey_King

    It wasn't until the show was at it's end that his career took. Many will question why he's featured so prominently on the box.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Only Season 5 of Angel was good?...

    by DanielKurland

    Come on. I'll admit that season one meanders, and the stuff with Kate isn't that good, but the rest of the series is phenomenal...Season 2 with Angel going dark, firing everyone, "Somehow, I just don't seem to care", burning Darla and Druscilla....Season 3 with the fucking amazing entry of dark Wesley, Angel smothering him, him getting his throat slit, Waiting in the Wings, "THE FATHER WILL KILL THE SON"!?!? Come on....Season 4 is just perfect television, the entire thing was great, Spin the Bottle, Home, Apocalypse, Nowish and mainly the fight at the end of it, just the concept of having Angelus, Faith, and Dark Wesley all around at the same time is too much to handle. Season 4 was incredible. Sure there were mis steps like a lot of what was done with Cordelia, I know a lot of people didn't like Connor, but it was still amazing stuff. Angelus's laugh at the end of Awakening is enough to redeem an entire season. In my opinion Seasons 3/4 were just as good, if not better than anything Buffy ever did.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Ooo I forgot Cordy in a gold bikini...

    by Billyeveryteen

    I'd say the first 3 seasons were weak, plus I really hated Conner.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:28 p.m. CST


    by CatVutt

    Gotta join DK and give some props to earlier seasons...The arc to end Season 2 ranks up there with anything on Buffy, Waiting in the Wings is fantastic, as was much of Season 3. Season 4...There's individual episodes that are highly entertaining, but I think I fall in the camp with many that feel look back at the whole arc and realize that very little of it ends up making much sense. The Super-Cordy explanation only goes so far...You're telling me that Supervamp Angel, with his ridiculously powerful sense of smell, couldn't smell Manny's blood ANYWHERE on Cordy or the clothes? Oh, did she put a whammy on him too like she supposedly did with Lorne in the cell? If she was as powerful as all that, then the silly mechanations with the Beast and Angelus and all that just don't hold any water. So it kinda throws a big ol' damper on the whole thing for me, because the pay-off was ultimately quite silly. The idea was fine, but it was way too obvious that it wasn't planned out that way.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:36 p.m. CST

    And Bones, this season....

    by CatVutt

    Has improved considerably and the cast is really playing well off of each other now. I wouldn't put it up with my favorite shows, but it's definitely not bad at all. And 'Ellen'? The last season sucked for the same reason all the other seasons sucked. The show never knew what the hell it wanted to be, was never invested in its characters enough to be character-driven, and wasn't goofy or witty enough to be situation or pure comedy-driven. It was a soulless and unfunny mess most of the time.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    the first two seasons of angel:

    by newc0253

    were okay but hardly compelling. seasons 3 and 4 were much stronger overall, with some individual episodes reaching buffy-like levels of greatness. but somehow season 5 seemed to take the entire show to the next level.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    DanielKurland and CatVutt bring gravitas

    by turketron

    DanielKurland and CatVutt bring some much needed gravitas to this talkback. As good as Season 5 of Angel was, you CANNOT forget the awesomeness of the previous seasons. The arc that plays out over seasons 3 and 4 gets my vote as one of the coolest in any show. And Angel going dark in Season 2 was pretty awesome too. And lets not forget some great episodes from season 1, like the pilot episode ("Can you fly?" *kicks vamp in rolling chair out of skyscraper window*) and "To Shanshu in LA". Season 5 was good, it just had a few too many clunkers and standalones for me, especially after the arcy goodness for s3 and s4 (Why We Fight was especially bad). However, in season 5 "You're Welcome" was an awesome and sad goodbye episode, and "Smile Time" might just be one of my all-time favorite episodes of any TV show EVER. I need to get all the eps of this show on DVD... gotta look for some deals!

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    The Beast

    by turketron

    BTW, The Beast from season 4 Angel was beyond badass. That season was like a downward spiral into darkness (literally), and who would have thought that world peace could bring about the apocalypse? TALKY MEAT!

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Thank god for the Angel season 1-4 fans

    by Neo Zeed


  • Nov. 28, 2006, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by Teamwak

    Greatest show on TV, except Galactica. Greatest show ever!

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 5:29 p.m. CST

    What makes season 4 of Angel even cooler...

    by DanielKurland

    is the fact that the entire season takes place over like one week. Everything just goes to hell, and Spin the Bottle just has so much greatness...the sequence where Wesley, Fred, and Gunn, are all stationary, and the camera just zooms between them all...Gunn threatening Wesley and then his spike popping out, "What happened to you man?" "I had my throat slit and all my friends abandon me" COME ON, that is just so fucking awesome. Wesley stabbing that chick who won't give information and then turning the knife, Wesley bursting through the window of the prison with Faith, "You okay?" "Five by five". I admit that Cordelia beign evil was dumb and poorly executed, and that I personally really didn't like Jasmine at all, but I'm not going to let those things supercede the greeatness of the rest of the season. At least praise the Wesley/Lilah interplay. And come on, the ending of Awakening where The Beast dies, how many of you were like, "Wow, they wrapped that up really quickly" and then boom, not only is he not dead, but things have gotten a whole lot more hopeless. I suppose everyone is entitled to hate it, but jsut the fact that seasons 3 and 4 are essentially one arc is ambitious as hell and the way the dark tone was so consistently kept was so well executed. All I know is that when Angel started in season one, it was a "chore" to watch, but once the mid point of season 2 came, I not only enjoyed it, but I eagerly anticipated it...How heartbreaking is it to see Wesley and Fred have that wonderful embrace at the end of Smile Time with the self esteem song playing, only to have him lose her the next episode. It's all so heartbreaking, and Hole in the World is probably Whedon's best episode, the whole thing with the caveman/astronaut fight, to Gunn ending up in the exact same situation as Wesley did in season 3, and Fred jusr re-iterating quotes she's said from the rest of the series. Sorry for rambling, and to see how some of these Whedon fanboys act is embarrassing to me at times, but when I just get down and think about this series as a whole, it really was fucking fantastic. "The Father Will Kill the Son" is one of the most pivotal moments in TV for me, right up there with, "Gordon, you're wearing my shirt" from Sports Night.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I just realized how long my last post was, sorry...

    by DanielKurland

    Feel free to skip over it if you don't give a fuck about Angel, but it's sure to have some resonance for the fans.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 5:51 p.m. CST

    today is christmas shopping kick-off and supes dvd day!

    by jig98

    just to bring that up. i have to rent the crappy single disc with no special features edition of supes returns tommorow night so i can watch it thursday when i go christmas shopping. that movie blew me away and i have a killer superman shelf in my office. i have the awesome 2- disc edition with slip cover and cool special features on my christmas list.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 6:05 p.m. CST

    When Buffyor Angel comes up here, I miss Barry Williams

    by rev_skarekroe

    No wait, that's not right. What's the opposite of miss?

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Season 4 was great DanielKurland

    by Neo Zeed

    It was really aggressive in it's storytelling..kind of like 24 or a James Cameron movie. And if life was fair Alexis Denisof would have an Emmy. P.S. Wesley's 2 gun/shotgun combo in Apocolypse one of the top ten badass moments in TV history.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 7:05 p.m. CST


    by glodene

    Wasn't long at all. It's nice to see season 4 get some love...Overall, it's my favorite season along with the last nine ep. of season 5. The scene with Wesley dying in Ilyria/Fred's lap while she asked him would he'd like her to lie to him one last time still gets' me misty like Brian's Song. DAMN! I MISS THAT SHOW!

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Lilah and Wesley

    by DS9-4ever

    LOVED them! They were the only reason I kept watching the show. They were awesome during the time I wanted to leave Angel at the bottom of the ocean. But when Faith came in the show picked up from that point all the way through the end! God is Nowhere. Jasmine is Here.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Smallville still cheaper at Walmart

    by Gorrister

    Didn't see anyone mention it, so I thought I'd bring it up. Even without paying shipping and handling to, Smallville Seasons 1-4 are $14.99 at Walmart versus the $17.99 Amazon is offering for Season Three. With S&H, it'll put you over $20. Plus, with Walmart, you can get it today....instead of waiting for UPS.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 10:03 p.m. CST


    by Evil Lincoln

    Thanks for the heads up, Herc! I've been wanting to buy this one for a long time but I just coudln't give them the money they wanted for it. At this price, you'd have to be a fool not to pick it up. Now if only they would drop the price on some of the HBO box sets. I really want to pick up the whole SIX FEET UNDER series but they still want way too much for it.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 10:30 p.m. CST


    by Evil Lincoln

    So are you trying to tell us the whole "Hitler's brain in a jar" thing is just not true? This could alter my perception of reality.

  • Nov. 28, 2006, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Germans All Want to Kill Us!

    by Toshiro Kurasawa

    I know this to be true - they keep trying to kill me. Hitler is still alive and secretly controlling them.

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Show The Germans Some Love

    by Evil Lincoln

    I know those pesky Germans were up to no good about 50 years ago but isn't it time we showered them with hugs and not hate? Give peas a chance! BTW: If anybody here bought the ARK ][ DVD set I'll personally go all "Blitzkrieg" on their asses!

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 12:23 a.m. CST


    by Evil Lincoln

    Come down another $20 and I'll put this one on my "must buy" list. I don't really remember much about the show when it first came out but I did know quite a few people who really liked it. I can't believe they had the balls to try to sell this one for over $70! I bet there is some bonehead Exec wondering why they have tons of unsold DVDs of this series on had. The stupid bastards!

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 1:49 a.m. CST

    I love da Germans, I drive a vintage Mercedes...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Hand built by former Nazi in Stuggart. Who cares if they keep Hitler's brain in a fish tank of efficent uber-goo and secretly masturbate at the thought of subjecting the world to the tyranny of their stodgy food. They are still better than the fucking French...

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 2:57 a.m. CST

    I don't care for Germans...

    by Wungolioth

    Bad eggs! The whole lot of them! Except German women, good card players, but otherwise I wouldn't give them the time of day.

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Angel 1-4

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Don't get me wrong, all these seasons had their moments. I liked very much what they did with Darla and Wesley, the Pylea thing was great (and features the best creator cameo ever), and there were a couple of decent new characters like Lorne and Skip. That said, they ladled an awful lot of crap into the mix. There was Connor (the eternal chump), Holtz (Angel's great enemy is - a short, paunchy, middle-aged man?), and Justine (the vampire slayer!). There was the endless back and forth kill Angel/don't kill Angel with Wolfram and Hart, not to mention all the damn prophecies. They ruined Cordelia in season 4. And then there was Jasmine, the plot device to end all plot devices, who was apparently responsible for just about everything that happened from seasons 1 through 4. The only good thing about this character was she effectively swept away all of the awful plot points that had been collecting like dirty dishes for the past four years. Season 5 was good, though, but I think I said that already.

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 5:58 a.m. CST


    by xXRedflyXx

    Bizzaro... I Love YOu!

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Angel - character development

    by turketron

    I am just thinking about that show, and how much insane character development there was over the course of the series. Think about how much Wesley, Cordelia, Fred, Gunn, Angel, Dharla, Lorne, and even Connor (the eternal chump, lol.. maybe not as much change as the others) evolved during the series. Just think of the way that Wesley went from a bumbling idiot weakling to a strong, dark, gun-toting badass. And who wouldn't evolve, after the stuff they had all experienced. Now if only they could do something similar with Charlie on Lost...

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I hated Wes, when he first showed up on Buffy...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Yet, I wept bitter tears, when he died.

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by Franklin T Marmoset

    If there was one thing I can say Angel got completely right, it was Wesley. That was some quality character development there, and a great performance from Alexis Denisof. I loved him as a bumbling wimp and I still loved him as a bitter, heartbroken badass. Good work, writers of TV's Angel. That's a joke you made about Gunn, though, right? Gunn? The writers themselves even gave up on Gunn. In fact, for season 5, it was like they threw away the old character altogether and just had J August Richards play some new character who is also called Gunn but is not the old Gunn you remember from previous years.

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Buffy & Angel.. the best and second best shows ever

    by YouIgnorantGeeks

    Thats all there is too it. For me all the seasons of both shows rocked... but I like them more as they went along. For instance most people say season 3 was Best for Buffy..... But I would say for me its A tie between 5 (GLORY BEST VILLAIN EVER!) 6 and 7... with 3 close behind. Season 4 was my least favorite. I hated Riley and that stupid Adam. But upon watching it again it was alot better. Same thing with Angel. I HATED GUNN & CONNER. But upon watching the shows over again I didnt mind them as much, or came to like them. I am even pretty sure that I originally didnt like season 5 - until my future daughter's name Illyria showed up - but now I think it was the best season. Illyria needs her own anything.. book, movie, show, whatever. I think its just hard to pick a favorite cause it will keep changing, and seasons youd didnt like as much when first aired seem alot better when you go back to them. Oh, and Bones kicks ass aside from stupid ass Cam and the uh... whats their names... the girl and the damn orange bearded guy kissing. Their good characters on their own but the idea that SHE is into HIM (not that shes the hottest person herself, but come on) bothers me, but not as much as the sight of that damn orage beard covering her face. Its so nasty. But Bones kicks butt too. Its nice to see some alums doing well. How I Met Your Mother is frigging awesome!!!!!!! And it got Nick Andopolis and Doogie in it too!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 1:10 p.m. CST

    What I love about telling people to watch Angel...

    by DanielKurland

    is that I say, "Wesley will become your favorite character". And no one can possibly comprehend why or how this wimp could be better than anyone else, but it definitely happens, and everyone always agrees.

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Lindsey MacDonald

    by spikeandjezebel

    I'm surprised that nobody has yet mentioned one of my favorite Angel characters, Christian Kane as Lindsey. His characters development was one of the best things about Season 1 and 2. And he made a pretty badass return in Season 5, although I admit his motivation was little fuzzy then...

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 2:25 p.m. CST

    I never by DVDs

    by Dr Hemlock

    But for Fred and Illyria I will make an exception.

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 3:29 p.m. CST

    I would say Lindsey was all about the jealousy

    by YouIgnorantGeeks

    And yea he was another AWESOME character. I mean aside from maybe one or two people every damn character was an AWESOME character. We need a damn Buffy/Angel movie now. Whatever happened to those supposed tele-movies centering around certain characters?

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 5:31 p.m. CST

    you vacuous, coffee-nosed, maloderous, pervert!!!!!

    by BillyPilgrim

    I'm sorry, I thought you wanted abuse. For arguements you want room 12A, Just along the corridor. Stupid git....

  • Nov. 29, 2006, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Best scene with Lindsey...

    by DanielKurland

    is when he is playing guitar and singing and Angel is just being so jealous and petty, "I mean, pick a genre!". I'd love so much for an Angel movie, but Boreanaz has made it clear he is ashamed of all of that (I don't know why, the show made him, and his best work is in it), so if they could find a way to do it without Angel, it'd maybe happen. I don't give a fuck, just put Wesley, Illyria, Lilah, and Lindsey in a room for 90 min.

  • Nov. 30, 2006, 3:08 a.m. CST


    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I didn't like this Lindsey at first, but I liked him more as he went on. My favourite thing about him, though, was his death. That was great. All that time spent obsessing over Angel and he gets killed by Lorne? That was a very nice piece of writing, I thought. Nothing goes right for the guy, and he can't even get killed the way he wants. P.S. I did not know that about Mr Boreanaz being ashamed of Angel. Is that true? The only thing he should be ashamed of is his first season on Buffy. He was AWFUL in that. He definitely improved in subsequent years, though.

  • Nov. 30, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    Don't forget "Hellbound"

    by CrichtonAstronut

    5.3 I think. That was a great standout episode from the first half of the season. The horror movie tone is captured perfectly and Spike gets to play the full on hero, no Buffy to impress no ulterior motives, he even make a big personal sacrifice. And Fred gets to show her genius chops, and she gets a shower scene. Plus great lines. "I'm a vamire/ghost I bloody invented afraid of the dark." "You don't know what happens. Where he goes when goes when he dissapears. He told me. He' going to Hell." "Yeah." "Makes sense." "Kind of figured." "Never really liked you Liam even when we were evil." "I kind of liked your poems." "You like Manilo."

  • Nov. 30, 2006, 10:09 a.m. CST

    My last post about Angel, I promise

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    But CrichtonAstronut reminded me of one of my favourite Spike moments. I absolutely loved, in the very last episdoe of Angel, that Spike finally got to read his effulgent poem to an appreciative audience. Brilliant.

  • Nov. 30, 2006, 5:21 p.m. CST

    You know, Daniel Kurland...

    by Childe Roland much as I dug on Boreanaz's Angel, I don't think he was doing anything that a talented mimic couldn't ape. And my wife happened to point out how much the doctor on Firefly looked like a younger, less chunky (at the time) Boreanaz. And I think the doctor kid and Whedon might know each other...

  • Dec. 2, 2006, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Get the fuck down to Walmart ...

    by Mace Tofu

    I just picked up the STEVE McQUEEN Collection for $17.88 ( BULLITT 2 Disc SE + THE GETAWAY DE + PAPILLON + TOM HORN + NEVER SO FEW + THE CINCINNATI KID) and they have the Original KONG collectors tin with KING KONG 2 Disc SE & SON OF KONG & JOE YOUNG for $17.88. Love them encheapened DVD sets!