Angel (1999–2004)
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Not Fade Away 

The gang prepares to attack the true powers of evil by attempting to take down the Circle of the Black Thorn - a battle none of them expect to survive.

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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Trivia

The poem Spike reads in the bar is the same poem he reads to Cecily, the object of his affection, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Fool for Love (2000). After Cecily rejects him, he wanders around London until he runs into Drusilla, who sires him. See more »

Goofs

During Angel's chat with Connor, Angel says he was at the first taping of The Carol Burnett Show and says, Tim Conway was on fire." Tim Conway was in only one episode (4th) of the 1st season of the Carol Burnett Show; he became a regular part of the show in season 8. 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 The Carol Burnett Show (1967) See more »

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full of hell yes
7 June 2010 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

The end to Angel, that is the very end, goes out with a bang, and the kind of final line that gets all the fan boys just about as geeky as humanly possible (that is, including myself). One can tell that line was probably, specifically, written by Whedon, and in its own right it's actually more satisfying than the very end of Buffy, which, while a decent ending, is far from the real stakes that are charged at the end of Angel (not that there isn't a big fight in either episode, but I digress).

What makes this so remarkable is how it gives closure to everyone, to Fred (who appears at a crucial point in the episode to Wes, though I dare not say why), and even a character that has split most viewers, Connor, who remembers by this point most of what had happened when his memory was erased. And basically Whedon and Bell make this a slam-bang episode where you may laugh, and you may cry, but you'll also be enthralled by the unpredictability, and believe you me, there's some twists in this one.

It's one of the best series finale episodes out there, charged with the humor and pathos and great melodrama that populated the show. Hell (pun intended), the visual effects are even impressive this time around. It's easy to nitpick parts of season five, since it's far from perfect, but the ending really wraps everything up while giving a (somewhat) ambiguous last hurrah for our heroes. It's a cool way to go.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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