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May 11 2016

Five great depictions of Hell in geek film and TV. Who could forget the chilling elevator scene with Holland Manners and Angel?

Holland Manners was great, wasn't he? His deadened quality, soothing and avuncular, but devoid, ventriloquised. Like The Mayor sucked of all his humanity.

Perfect counterpoint to Angel's action and valour.

Never really got angry or seemed in a hurry or sought anything particularly for himself, never gave Angel much of anything to fight against, just a pale relentless grin.
I've always considered Angel's elevator ride with Holland Manners my favorite scene in Buffyverse history. It's the finest example of evil explaining its place in the universe since C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters.

I never missed a microsecond of ANGEL after that.
Epiphany is one of my favorite Angel episodes for that scene and the following "If nothing we do matters, all that matters is what we do" scene. Two of my favorite moments of TV or of anything, really.
"Because, if there is no bigger meaning,
then the smallest act of kindness;
is the greatest thing in the world."
-- Angel

"The only meaning that is in this world,
is what we put there."
-- Ted Sturgeon

I was ALWAYS certain that Ned Flanders was The Devil™.
"A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man." --Jebediah Springfield

Hi-diddly ho!

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