Visimag home page
About Us
Cult Times
Film Review
Movie Idols
Shivers
Starburst
TV Zone
Ultimate DVD
Xposé
Links
Shopping Info
Exclusive features
VI jobs

BlackStar.co.uk - The UK's Biggest Video Store


SEARCH
for your own topics
Go to USA site Readers in USA click here

Go to UK/World siteElsewhere click here

Image copyright: see contents page of each issue. All other material © Visual Imagination Ltd 1998 - 2003
Welcome to visimag.com
TV Zone Back to tvzone MainPage Contents Buy this issue from UK/World site Buy this issue from USA $ site
Contents Buy this issue from UK/World site Buy this issue from USA $ site

Feature: Angel

Do you know this man?

Angel eyes

He has lived a life that’s full. But who, exactly, is The Man in Black? The Vampire with a soul, doomed to walk the Earth for eternity on a ceaseless mission of redemption to help the hopeless? We join Angel Investigations in search for the man behind the myth…

The subject is a fascinating one and tracing him, hidden in the shadows, through the centuries is an exercise in observing both the best and the utterly depraved worst in Humanity. Following Angelus, you will find yourself down in the gutter, wading through filth and slime, both literally and metaphorically. His is a story of tragedy, of sin and unspeakable evil but, ultimately, of hope and of a kind of triumph over adversity. A hard story, full of the most unimaginable torture and pain. But one which has something that approaches a happy ending.

For the moment, at least, because like all stories in which adversity appears to be bested, there is always the possibility of an unexpected, unwanted comeback. Adversity’s like that.

Redemption is the key to unlocking this tale. It is one of the most important elements in storytelling, of course. In hundreds of literary styles from the Greek and Roman myths and the Bible onwards, the quest for divine atonement to cancel out past crimes and unworthy deeds remains a beguiling one. Why? Well, like the man said, “we’ve all got something to atone for”. In Angel, the eponymous central character has more unwanted baggage to purge from his past than most. A sinister killer without compassion or feeling (“the meanest Vampire in all the land,” according to Doyle’s quasi-fairytale version of Angelus’s origins in City of), he spent over a century engaged in a never-ending catalogue of deranged mayhem and ultra-violence. And he did it all, seemingly, with a song in his heart and a spring in his step.

Angelus killed not through fear, or madness, or the need to survive. He killed people, many people – men, women and children – simply because he enjoyed it. And it was the realization of this fact (via an unusual route, a gypsy curse, admittedly) that allowed him, and continues to allow him, to understand what he has to put right. When Doyle tells Angel that the Ring of Amara is his redemption, in the episode In the Dark, Angel replies “I did a lot of damage in my day.” Doyle asks “You don’t get the ring because your period of self-flagellation is over. Think of all the people you could help between nine-and-five.”

Angel isn’t satisfied with this. “The whole world is designed for them, so much that they have no idea what goes on around them after dark. They don’t see the weak ones lost in the night, or the things that prey on them. If I join them, maybe I’d stop seeing too…” It is a theme that is repeated again and again throughout both Buffy and Angel.

by Keith Topping

Read how far we investigate Angel, and an interview with J August Richards, in
TV Zone #160

Photo © Warner Bros
Feature © Visual Imagination 2003. Not for reproduction

Taken from
TV Zone #160, see below for ordering options
TV Zone #160
March 2003
ships from Feb 6 2003
News-stand Price

UK £3.50 / US $6.99

VI Direct Click on one of the choices below to buy
.
Buy it now!

VI DIRECT
Stores Info

You can order any of
our magazines via this
secure service.
To buy this issue:

Jump to UK £ entry for this issue
UK/World order
Jump to US $ entry for this issue
USA $ order

To SUBSCRIBE to
TV ZONE, use these
links to our stores:

Jump to UK £ entry for this issue
UK/World subs
Jump to US $ entry for this issue
USA $ subs
Visimag.com logo