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February 05 2003

(SPOILER) AtS 4x11 "Soulless" wildfeed summary

I just finished watching. Good stuff.

Best. epi. since. ever.
The entire episode has Hannibangelus stuck in a cage and almost all the action's in that cellar, and it was riveting.
(Okay, I've been reading way too many Strong Bad Emails.)

Whenever that evil dude Angelus was talking, I wanted to tell the other characters to protect themselves by covering their ears and and yelling "LALALALA IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU SAY 'CAUSE I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!"

But they didn't.

Which was good, 'cause let's face it, if they had covered their ears and yelled like that, it might have reduced the tension a little too much. I mean, drama needs tension, man. But I gotta say that Angelus is pretty awesome. I mean, he didn't even have the vamp face and the teeth and he was still awesome. And I bet he'd be a big hit with the ladies if they ever let him out of that freakin' cage. Which they probably will, 'cause, well, if they don't then all they're ever gonna do on the show is talk. I mean, come on, this is not a talk show, it's a fight-the-demons-with-awesome-swords-and-axes show.

So you demon-fighting hero people, stop talking to Angelus and go out and show us what you can do with a sword. Or maybe give Angelus a sword and make him fight a demon or two. I mean, he's just sitting in that cage. He could make himself useful. Well, okay, maybe it's not such a good idea to let him out of the cage too soon. But you can give him a computer and make him enter stuff into a database. A demon and sword database. That would... well, forget it, that's a terrible idea. No one wants to see Angelus typing. I don't know what I was thinking. Maybe it's time I turn off this computer. Oh man...

Strong Bad
... also, was this the dirtiest episode in any Whedonverse show ever, or what?

And more heat between Fred and Wesley in one kiss than with Gunn in an entire season.
... also, was this the dirtiest episode in any Whedonverse show ever, or what?

It's interesting to compare the relatively tame language Angelus used to torture Buffy emotionally back in BtVS Season Two ("I thought you were a pro." "You know you want it.") and the more explicit remarks he and the others made in this episode. For better or worse, it's another indication that ME treats Angel as a more adult show.

And more heat between Fred and Wesley in one kiss than with Gunn in an entire season.

It was nice to see Wesley let his passion show, even if it was only a moment. Both Denisof and Acker did a great job showing the confusion and intensity of that kiss. It really felt like Wesley wanted acknowledgment while Fred wanted... well, it looks she's not really sure anymore. The Wes she kissed is not the same Wes whose heart she inadvertently broke a year ago.

I love this show. On with the opera!

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