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May 20 2004

'West Wing' dips, 'Angel' soars. "Of course, as always with Angel, it sounds stupid when you try to describe it. The vampire with a soul (David Boreanaz) leading his pals in a fight to the death against the Circle of the Black Thorn? I know, check your pocket protectors at the door, geek. / But what Angel had in abundance, and The West Wing is running short on lately, is heart."

I couldn't agree more. Remember to vote on the poll in the article. That scene with Amy Acker and AD was just a gut wrencher.
Nice summary. "Not Fade Away" was a spectacular end. Even considering the budget cuts that probably precluded showing more of the mass destruction I'd envisioned, the truncation of Illyria's story, and the rush to cram everything into the last four episodes that remained to be written when ME learned of the cancellation, it was everything I hoped it would be in terms of impact, and more. Love it or hate it, if you watched it you'll never be able to forget it.

Ninety-five percent of voters in this poll so far have given it an "A". That sums it up for me: It gets superior marks from me for surpassing any other finale I've seen this year in power and passion. It made perfect sense for the characters, and had the brass testes to conclude the season's arc and series' grand theme without tying everything up into a shiny, happy bow.

Thank you, Joss. I don't know what else to say. I've been flashing through five years' worth of memories, laughing and crying by turns all day. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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