Angel: The Complete Second Season

Angel: The Complete Second Season
Cast: David Boreanaz
Studio: Fox
Rating: 8/10

Corporate Line: A centuries-old vampire cursed with a conscience, Angel (David Boreanaz) has left the small California town of Sunnydale and the only woman he ever loved to take up residence in the City of Angels. Between the pervasive evil and countless temptations lurking beneath the city’s glittering façade, Los Angeles proves to be the ideal address for a fallen vampire looking to save a few lost souls and, in turn, perhaps redeem his own by restoring hope to those locked in a losing battle with their own demons.

The Good: It feels like Angel has finally sprung away from Buffy and is on its own. Not to mention the theme of the show starts to carry on it’s own storyline and not the usual episodic theme where each episode could stand alone as a mini-story.

There are plenty of scary monsters that work to make the second season of Angel much darker. “Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been” is one of the best episodes to date. Also notable are “The Shroud of Rahmon” and “Darla”.

Angel’s sidekicks Cordelia and Wesley expand and mature into their roles. It doesn’t feel as focused on Angel just as Buffy started to expand into a show about a cast instead of one character, it definitely ads to the depth. Also the new addition of Lorne, a singing demon, adds another dimension to the cast of characters.

The Bad: Nothing really.

Disc One:

Judgement (9/26/00)
Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been (10/3/00)
First Impressions (10/10/00)
Untouched (10/17/00)

Additional Bonus Feature:
Commentary for “Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been” by writer/producer Tim Minear

Disc Two:
Dear Boy (10/24/00)
Guise Will Be Guise (11/7/00)
Darla (11/14/00)
The Shroud of Rahmon (11/21/00)

Additional Bonus Feature:
Script for “Darla”

Disc Three:
The Trial (11/28/00)
Reunion (12/19/00)
Redefinition (1/16/01)

Additional Bonus Features:
Featurettes: “Making Up The Monsters” and “Inside The Agency”
Still Gallery
Blue Prints

Disc Four:
Blood Monday (1/23/01)
Happy Anniversary (2/06/01)
The Thin Dead Line (2/13/01)
Reprise (2/20/01)

Disc Five:
Epiphany (2/27/01)
Disharmony (4/17/01)
Dead End (4/24/01)
Belonging (5/1/01)

Additional Bonus Features:
Script for “Disharmony”

Disc Six:
Over the Rainbow (5/8/00)
Through the Looking Glass (5/15/01)
There’s No Place Like Plrtz Glrb (5/22/01)

Additional Bonus Features:
Commentary for “Over the Rainbow” by director Fred Keller
Featurettes: “Season 2 Overview” and “Stunts”

Frankly: Fans of Angel or Buffy will love this box set. It’s better than the first season. The growth of characters and separation from Buffy adds more dimensions.

+ Charlie Craine






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