Angel (1999–2004)
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To Shanshu in L.A. 

A scythe-wielding demon targets Angel's allies as Wolfram and Hart lawyers attempt to summon a powerful force from beyond.


David Greenwalt


Joss Whedon (created by), David Greenwalt (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
Alexis Denisof ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Elisabeth Röhm ... Detective Kate Lockley (as Elisabeth Rohm)
Christian Kane ... Lindsey McDonald
Stephanie Romanov ... Lilah Morgan
Sam Anderson ... Holland Manners
Todd Stashwick ... Vocah Demon
Carey Cannon ... Female Oracle
Randall Slavin Randall Slavin ... Male Oracle
David Herman ... David Nabbit
J. August Richards ... Charles Gunn
Julie Benz ... Darla
Louise Claps ... Homeless Woman
Daren Rice Daren Rice ... Uniform #1


In the season one finale, Angel Inc. is facing its biggest challenges ever. A demon attacks Cordy and Wes, leaving Angel worried and desperate to protect them. Plus, Angel's home is targeted, Kate's threatening to arrest him, and the Shanshu Prophesy might have some bad news about his future. To make matters worse, Wolfram and Hart is conducting a mystical ritual to "raise" something that might destroy Angel once and for all. He'll have to work hard if he's going to save Cordy and stop Wolfram and Hart's newest plot. Written by katierose295

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23 May 2000 (USA) See more »

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This episode sets the stage for the Shanshu plot line that will continue through both the show and the subsequent comic book series. Angel learns of the Shanshu Prophecy, foretelling of a vampire with a soul playing a pivotal role in the Apocalypse, and in doing so, earning the right to live as human again. It is assumed this means Angel but the prophecy never refers to him by name and it is equally possible that it refers to Spike who also acquires a soul in the later seasons. However, the comic book continuation of the series, Angel: After the Fall, reveals that it is exclusively Angel whom the prophecy refers to. The Shanshu Prophecy also has an illustration of a firebreathing dragon on it which Angel will acquire at the end of the 5th season. See more »


Angel rips the demon's mask off to reveal his maggot eaten face, but when we cut to Angel, the demon's mask is still on his face. Angel reacts as if it's not there though. See more »


Detective Kate Lockley: Never a dull moment when you're around, is there?
Angel: I have to go.
Detective Kate Lockley: Who in the hell do you think you are? You're a major witness at a major crime scene; you're not going anywhere.
Angel: You want to try and stop me, Kate?
Detective Kate Lockley: I'm glad we are not playing friends anymore. I am real sick and tired of your attitude. There's a little thing called the law...
Angel: This isn't about the law, this is about a little thing called life. Now I'm sorry about your father. But I didn't kill your father. And I'm sick and tired of ...
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Crush (2001) See more »

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Season One
15 April 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

Season One of Angel can be considered uneven in comparison to its successors, which is what makes the fact that it is an excellent season of television all the more surprising.

One of the most impressive things about "Angel" is that despite including main characters AND guest characters from its parent series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", it manages to be completely unique and not only different to its parent series, but to most if not all series on TV. There's just a small hint of "Forever Knight", enough to show respect to the only former 'Vampire Detective' television series, but nothing obvious. The biggest compliment I can pay to this series is that it's a supernatural investigation series that captures the humorous team dynamic of "The X-Files" while allowing itself its own identity and unique, complex mythology.

Season One of "Angel" has numerous excellent episodes but I would have to say that the absolute standouts were "I Will Remember You", "Five by Five", and "Sanctuary". I realize it seems odd that I just praised this show for being unique and now am saying that its best episodes from this season were the crossover episodes. Here's the great thing about this- they don't seem like Buffy crossovers, they seem like "Angel" episodes.

This show may not have found its feet yet, but that doesn't mean season one isn't full of brilliantly-written episodes with a fabulous core group dynamic, especially in the latter episodes.

Average rating based on all episodes: 7.68/10

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