|selected from TV Zone #135|
online this month (ratings given are out of 10)
|DEAR BOY||Rating: 7|
|Episode B5||First aired: 24 October 2000, WB
First UK airing: 2 Feb 2001, Sky One
| The vampire and sire reunion is only a moment away
With Angel, its diverting to have a little wager: will novelty or back-story be the driving force this week? The teaser suggests the former: cue some heavy-duty conflict with a Thrall Demons acolytes. Yet what lights the touch-paper is Angel sighting old flame Darla afterwards not in dreams, but in downtown LA.
So, another trip down memory lane? Hardly: Tim Minears tantalising self-directed script concerns Darla and Angels interaction right here, right now. Darla is enjoying wearing down the dear boy she sired, whos now cursed with a soul. But she isnt wholly leashed by Wolfram & Hart, not even the smitten Lindsey. More startling is the nature of her resurrection. When Angel confronts her, she denies being Darla, and runs to her husband in the sunlight. A charade, naturally, but the conclusion is that shes now human, which surely wrong-foots us as much as Angel.
Darla and Lindseys trap seems sprung until Angel kidnaps her, and the home truths begin. In revealing Darlas true hopes and despairs, Julie Benz seizes the chance to deepen her character immeasurably. The face-off between the old cohorts is almost operatic in intensity. For flashback devotees, the long-unseen Drusillas introduction to the historic duo adds Victorian value. The only disappointment is a rather clumsy, two-dimensional use of Kate Lochley as a pawn in Lindseys plans. But with Boreanazs deadpan asides and his associates bickering becoming ever sharper, thats a minor blemish.
|Also reviewed in this issue: Guise Will Be Guise (B6) and Darla (B7), plus the three corresponding Buffy episodes|
|SIGHT UNSEEN||Rating: 10|
|Episode C5||First aired: 2 November 2000, WB
First UK airing: March 5 2001 TBC, Living
Coming up trumps so far this season is Sight Unseen. Not putting a foot wrong in execution, its the intricate story of a break-in at the Halliwells that an increasingly obsessed Prue puts down to demons. Knowing that Cole has been rooting about already, were led down a similar path even though Darryl thinks differently. After all, hes right about as often as Scully used to be.
The reason it works so well is that just as you think youre got it all worked out, the rug is pulled from under you. Prues springs a demon trap on Cole, who awakens everyone except Phoebes suspicions when hes found in the house. But its the final 10 minutes that surprises, as just as Piper is reminding us that weve reached the end of an unsatisfying story, we get a new twist for a superbly creepy finale. All episodes should be like this.
|Also reviewed in this issue: Magic Hour (C2), Once Upon a Time (C3), All Halliwells' Eve (C4) and Primrose Path (C6).|
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