Angel (1999–2004)
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Not Fade Away 

In the series finale, Angel reveals that his questionable moral behavior has been part of a bigger plan: to destroy The Circle of the Black Thorn and show the Senior Partners that the power... See full summary »

Director:

Jeffrey Bell

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), David Greenwalt (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Boreanaz ... Angel
James Marsters ... Spike
J. August Richards ... Charles Gunn
Amy Acker ... Illyria
Andy Hallett ... Lorne
Mercedes McNab ... Harmony Kendall
Alexis Denisof ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Vincent Kartheiser ... Connor
Christian Kane ... Lindsey McDonald
Dennis Christopher ... Cyvus Vail
Sarah Thompson ... Eve
Julia Lee ... Anne Steele
Leland Crooke ... Archduke Sebassis
Stacey Travis ... Senator Helen Brucker
Adam Baldwin ... Marcus Hamilton
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Storyline

In the series finale, Angel reveals that his questionable moral behavior has been part of a bigger plan: to destroy The Circle of the Black Thorn and show the Senior Partners that the power of good can still make a difference. Wesley struggles with helping Illyria adapt to the world, scolding her for her attempts to take on Fred's form. As Gunn continues his quest of self-discovery, Lorne becomes more aware of the lack of happiness in the world. Harmony attempts to seduce Marcus Hamilton for information, Lindsey makes an important decision regarding his alliance, and Eve continues to deal with being mortal. As Spike comes closer to understanding the nature of heroism, Angel pays a visit to the one person he truly loves. On Angel's bidding, the gang goes out and spends each day as if it were their last... Written by TheGreenSaga

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The alley where the final fight takes place is the same alley where Angel fights with Faith in Season 1. See more »

Goofs

During the exchange between Angel and Harmony near the beginning of the episode, Angel says that he doesn't recall what it is like to be human. Technically, he should remember, as he was human back in Season One's "I Will Remember You". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Angel: Then we're all agreed.
Spike: Yeah. We're all one big happy Manson family.
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Crazy Credits

The WB added a short "thank you" to the credits, thanking the creators for their work on the series. This angered many fans, who blame the WB for canceling the series. See more »

Connections

References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

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Controversial, but Excellent All the Same
26 January 2014 | by Dexter099See all my reviews

Yes, it's not the most fluid ending plot-wise, but it's not the writers' fault; on the contrary, they took an avowedly irrational cancellation from the WB and made lemonade.

This has to be one of the most awe-inspiring thematic exits I've seen; it's so incredibly bittersweet to see all of Whedon's ideas unfold so masterfully but in such a rushed format. In short, this episode is almost as good as and almost as tragic as Firefly's finale.

Some specifically admirable things about this episode are, as follows: this episode manages to provide a tightly essentialized climax to the season while providing closing statements for each and every character. The lull before the storm is one of the greatest parts of this episode, second only to Angel's "immortal" closing statement.


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