Lindsey using the name "Doyle" always seemed like such a stupid idea to me. Considering that Spike met the real Doyle back in season one, Lindsey's lucky that he didn't tip his hand there.
I knew Spike had appeared on Angel when I started watching it. I thought he was a regular member of the cast, but after he appeared only briefly in season one and not at all in seasons two through four I thought I was mistaken. That, coupled with his apparent demise in Buffy season seven, is why his reappearance in Angel season five (okay, in the opening credits sequence) took me by surprise. Without going back and rewatching those episodes, though, I wouldn’t have recalled that Spike met Doyle face-to-face. that kind of thing happens frequently in life (you meet someone once, then don’t remember when you meet them a second time years later), but it’s sloppy in fiction (uncharacteristically sloppy in the Whedonverse).
SEASON FIVE: EPISODE 11: “Damage”
CHRIS: When Angel and Spike try to help a young woman who escaped from an asylum, they discover she’s actually a potential slayer empowered by the spell Willow cast back at the Hellmouth in Sunnydale. There’s a fun reason to like this episode, and a chilling one. The fun reason is the guest appearance of Andrew, who is now Giles’ assistant in gathering and training new slayers. The Buffy guest stars have generally made for great episodes from Oz and Buffy in season one to Willow in season four. The chilling reason has to do with the insane slayer herself. We’re misled to believe that Spike had tortured her, but the truth is even more chilling. She was the victim of a human killer, reminding us of a theme that’s been around since I’ve Got You Under My Skin and the human side of evil.
I liked this episode quite a bit because it gives the viewer rare glimpse into the post-season seven Buffyverse, an ersatz season eight if you will (although I’m not sure how well this jibes with the events of the later Buffy: Season Eight comic book series). Speaking of which, over in the Buffy discussion thread I promised to be back in March when the new tpb was released. Obviously that didn’t happen, but I didn’t feel like bumping that thread up to the top just to explain why.
I started watching the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show in April of 2009 for the first time, watched all seven seasons then moved immediately into the comics. The release of the most recent tpb would have been the first time I’d come “back” after having been “away.” Tracy read it and said she’d have to re-read the entire series because she had lost the storyline. I knew I had, but with so many other reading projects currently underway, I decided to put it on the shelf until such a time I was more in the mood. But I digress…
I know Angel is its own show, but I like to see occasional glimpses into what’s going on with Buffy such as this. I don’t really expect to, but I like to. Really, though! They sent Andrew? He was funny and did successfully complete his mission (with the help of about 30 Slayers), but both Tracy and I agree that they should have sent Xander.
If I may be allowed another digression, I am put in mind of when DC cancelled Jack Kirby’s “Fourth World” titles (except Mister Miracle) out from under him. Instead of making Mister Miracle his main Fourth World book, he changed direction entirely making it merely a gimmicky superhero book about an escape artist (until the final issue, anyway). I don’t know whether he was under direction from DC to drop the Fourth World elements or if he didn’t feel he could do an adequate job with only one title instead of three, but I would have like to have seen the last eight issue more in line with the first ten. End of digression.
Xander can't stand Angel (or Spike)...