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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST SO FAR!, 30 Jun 2002
This review is from: Angel - Season 3 (Box Set 2) [VHS] [2000] (VHS Tape)
This box set contains some of the best Angel episodes ever made. The first episode "Birthday" centres around Cordelia. It gives us an insight into the woman she has become and illustrates to us what an important role she plays in Angel Investigations. This episode pushes the Cordelia arc forward and there is also an appearance from the hilariously funny Skip.
"Waiting In The Wings", written and directed by Joss Whedon, is a stroke of genius as it has all the elements of a classic Angel episode. The story is all about the five main characters and their personal relationships with each other all change. Some grow closer while others drift apart.
Two of the best episodes in this set are "Loyalty" and "Sleep Tight" as they give Alexis Denisof a chance to shine as Wesley. "Sleep Tight" is without a doubt the best episode of the season as the performances are all to an incredible standard and the story is dramatic and suspenseful. This could have easily been the season finale.
The final three episode entitled,"A New World", "Benediction" and "Tomorrow" see Angel's world begin to pick up and his life starts to come back together. As usual, the happiness is short lived as by the finale, things will take a turn for the worst and the season ends with a cliffhanger.
There are a few disappointements however. The Gunn/Fred story "Double Or Nothing" lacks in plot and has little relevance to this season's overall arc. Also, Charisma Carpenter is not present in three out of the eleven episodes, which is a shame as her character has been the most likeable this year. Although the final episodes are better than previous, they do not compete with the final episodes of Buffy's Sixth Season.
This box set has everything for a die hard fan and everything for a casual watcher. The bar has been raised to new heights and only time will tell if Season Four can match this year. The acting has been superb and the writing has been compelling. It has to get 5/5!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The world of Angel Investigations gets even darker, 22 Oct 2002
This review is from: Angel - Season 3 (Box Set 2) [VHS] [2000] (VHS Tape)
The LA portrayed in 'Angel' has always been morally ambiguous, but as the third season draws to a compelling finale, it ventures into a new level of darkness. Angel's son Connor, for instance, is both a salvation and a scourge; his love for his son takes his relationship with the incomparable Cordy to a new level of intimacy, but eventually breaks apart the tightly-knit family of Angel Investigations. Props to Alexis Denisof as Wesley, who shows than David Boreanaz is not the only cast emeber who can do some serious brooding.
Highlights include the stand-alone 'Waiting in the Wings', an old-fashioned yet sexy vignette which underlines the growing chemistry between Angel and Cordy; 'Sleep Tight', a heartbreaking look at the complexities of the father-son relationship, as Holtz, Wesley, and Angel all fight for Connor's future; and, naturally, the season finale, 'Tomorrow'.
This series, for me, was worthy of four rather than five stars simply because the decline in writing quality for Fred and Gunn - both characters ended up as carictatures (brainy damsel and street-smart muscle), which is a shame, because both Amy Acker and j. August Richards are talented people.
Overall though, a thoroughly enjoyable season, and well worth buying - I can't wait for Season Four!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid conclusion to the third season, 8 Jan 2003
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This review is from: Angel - Season 3 (Box Set 2) [VHS] [2000] (VHS Tape)
Powerful and unpredictable, boasting a string of excellent performances, the second half of Angel's third season proves as equally as colourful.
The plot follows as Angel (David Boreanaz) battles to protect his baby son Connor from a variety of foes all willing to get their hands on him: scheming, dimension-travelling demon Sahjahn (Jack Conley), vengeful vampire hunter Holtz (Keith Szarabajka) and the evil lawyers at Wolfram and Hart.
However, Angel is betrayed when his well-intentioned but misguided ally Wesley (Alexis Denisof) kidnaps Connor after translating an ancient prophecy that says Angel will kill his own son. Holtz promptly flees with the baby into another dimension and Angel despairs, unable to get his son back.....
As with its sister show, "Buffy", "Angel" is at its best when it's episodes focus on bring the season's plot forward and when it's focussing on the characters. Thus "Sleep Tight", "Loyalty", "Forgiving", "A New World" and "Benediction" are this set's best episodes, featuring a swathe of strong dramatic moments.
In "Forgiving", Wesley has given Connor to Holtz and has had his throat slashed for his troubles. Lying, nearly dead, in his hospital bed, he is visited by Angel. The vampire comes close to forgiving his friend, then gets angry and tries to kill him.
Later on, in "A New World" and "Benediction", Holtz returns with a now teenaged Connor (Vincent Kartheiser). Angel confronts his foe and is forced to slowly apologize to Holtz for killing his family. It is a very beautiful scene, as the two arch enemies appear to have made peace with each other. But Holtz has one last trick up his sleeve, making way for the season finale "Tomorrow".
Little doubt the triumph of this season has to be Holtz. Well played and voiced by Keith Szarabajka, he comes across as a deeply sympathetic but ultimately insidious man destroyed by his own lust for vengeance.
Also good is Alexis Denisof as Wesley, whose own good intentions nearly prove to be the death of him. Andy Hallett provides much of the season's humour as the wisecracking Lorne. Finally, David Boreanaz maintains a continually consistent and energetic portrayal of Angel.
However, the characters of Gunn (J.August Richards) and Fred (Amy Acker) are left on the side. Asides from their romance, they sacrifice much of their personalities (Fred's babbling eccentricity and Gunn's hard-nosed streetwisdom) to the needs of individual episodes. And the lawyers at Wolfram and Hart, whilst still very much involved, could do with a more consequential role in the season's plot.
That aside, this is still very good entertainment and worth watching. Roll on Season Four.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Waters - Exploring the murky depths of Angel Season 3, 29 Aug 2002
This review is from: Angel - Season 3 (Box Set 2) [VHS] [2000] (VHS Tape)
Although heavily criticised by many Angel's third season proved to be the most entertaining yet. The increasingly dark storyline which saw the characters struggling with issues of betrayal and loss, finally gave the main cast a chance to shine and prove that when it comes to acting ability they can hold their own with the best American television has to offer. The three episode arc of Loyalty, Sleep Tight and Forgiving is especially strong, ending on an incredibly powerful, if downbeat note. Alexis Denisof absolutely excells this season in his portrayal of a tormented, guilt stricken and resentful Wesley - a far cry from his prat falling antics in Buffy. Stephanie Romanov is equally good, succeeding in turning her rather one note villainess into one of the best characters on the show. The season has its failings- new Wolfram & Hart lawyers Gavin Park and Linwood are, respectively, plain irritating and instantly forgettable, Waiting in the Wings may be Joss Whedon scripted, but it is sadly overrated and doesn't stand comparison with his previous Buffy episodes and Cordelia's total absence from the key episodes Loyalty, Sleep Tight and Forgiving is particularly jarring. However, despite these minor failings the third season of Angel is impressive, forgoing obvious plot developments (how dull would it have been if Fred had hooked up with the obvious choice - Wesley?)and continuing to feature strong, innovative storylines. In an industry dominated by the desire to have a happy ending it is refreshing to see a show which suggests that easy happy endings might just be out of the characters grasp. Highly recommended.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel at its best..., 22 Jun 2002
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This review is from: Angel - Season 3 (Box Set 2) [VHS] [2000] (VHS Tape)
Despite the fact that Angel was put on the backburner for a while in the states, this is one of the best seasons of Angel ever. After Buffy we all thought it couldn't be possible for Angel to love another. He now has new son Connor, and Cordy forming a big part of his life.
Relationships form a large part of the theme throughout this series and the Gunn, Fred, and Wesley love triangle has very surprising results. Cordy also has her fair share of men to deal with, and the problems along the way. Will she figure out her true feelings before its too late???
How will everyone adapt to the new Demonised Cordy? Will Angel be able to protect Connor from the new big bad Holtz (Or Wesley for that matter)? And does Lilah continue to be as annoyingly evil as ever? We can all love the humour of Lorne the Host too.
It amazes me that each year the Cliff-hanger gets more and more exciting. Thought last year left you high and dry, then wait till you see this years! Characters heading in different directions, what on earth will happen next? This is a must for all Angel fans. The best season yet!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 22 Jun 2002
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This review is from: Angel - Season 3 (Box Set 2) [VHS] [2000] (VHS Tape)
This season exceeds all of the others as it is fresh witty and unbelievably dangerous. It has all the characters and even some new ones ,with excelent performances from J.August Richards and charisma carpenter.Angel is definately becoming the worlds greatest cult show with its fresh story lines and amazing characters it is the show of all shows and is not to be missed.
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