Darla is back. And pregnant. And um ... hello? Vampires are dead. How does a vampire's penis get erect in the first place (thanks Mum who originally put that question in my head)? How do they have sex? How did they make a human child?
But lalalalala we'll suspend disbelief for Joss.
There are moments that I love Angel as a Dad and then Angel as a father who has lost his son and the retribution and vengeance that ultimately brings. A lovely closed circle in a way or further down the journey to redemption.
But then, I never really bonded with Connor so ... there's his showing up in the latter half of the season which just kinda gets in the way for me.
There's lots about this season that feels like it's still setting the show up. Lots of interesting interaction between various characters. Wesley's journey into the dark side. Or at least, his pulling away from the crew. Lorne leaving oddly.
And then so does Cordelia. I always hated the finale to this season. I thought they rushed the whole Angel/Cordelia love story. The reveal feels rushed in the second half of this episode and then for ultimately no pay off. And so too I thought her becoming part demon was robbed of depth and discovery. Oh? She's being worked through some tests to prove her worth? Huh. Why did we only find out 5 minutes from the end of the season? Also, I don't really buy the ascension to a higher plane thing. It doesn't fit with the storylines running through Buffy in parallel. Like, Buffy is brought back from Heaven and is forced to live on Earth and work in a fast food joint and continue her fight. But Cordelia has grown as a person and used her power for the good of others so she gets to be all aneglicified? Buffy has very clearly outgrown her role as the Slayer. I just watched the first episode of Season 7 and she is completely unfazed by the bad in the episode ... she fights it blah blah and Dawn asks her how she knew there was a talisman? And Buffy says, "There's always a talisman" and she says it so matter of factly. Almost but not quite tired. She's learned all there is to learn. And passed through all the tests - including death which ultimately is the final step for a Slayer. And yet Cordelia, after two years of visions, gets to ascend to a higher plane? I don't buy it.
That said. I do really love the full character arc that Cordelia has taken through Buffy and then Angel. I was watching her confess her love of Angel and trying to think what highschool Cordy would have thought of that? Or that he was Buffy's boyfriend. And yet she did grow and evolve into someone who very much could be Angel's partner in life. And he too grew as a ... vampire? ... through his relationship with her and in some ways, more so than when he was with Buffy. Maybe because Cordelia was never stuck being the ultimate hero. And because she needed to overcome her failings and did, she and Angel had more in common.
I liked the season. I didn't find it as fulfilling though as Season 6 of Buffy but it also wasn't as gruelling. I think it was much harder on initial viewing when you didn't know where the storyline was going to go.
And this is me not mentioning the Slayer wannabe of Tina from the L Word. Yo, slayers work on the side of GOOD.
It turns out I don't own Season 4 of Angel, oddly. So I will continue with Buffy Season 7. And see.