frelling_tralk: (Buffy sacrifice by nonewsteps)
10 episodes of Angel that show how it was more than Buffy redux”

Episodes listed are To Shanshu In L.A from season 1, Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been from season 2, Fredless, Birthday, Waiting In The Wings, AND Forgiving from season 3, Soulless from season 4, and finally Smile Time, A Hole In The World, and Not Fade Away from season 5.

To me that that list is seriously failing when it comes to season 2, what about episodes like Darla and Reunion?!? Home from season 4 also deserves a mention IMO, as well as You're Welcome from season 5. Fredless is a cute episode and all, but is it really comparable to the best episodes of the series?

The writer of the article talks about season 3 clearly being the overall best season, "As with Buffy, fans of Angel argue over which is the best season. Is it the second, which properly begins the larger story and gives it scope? The fifth, which wraps up that story with some hard but inspiring lessons? Or the third, which… okay, there shouldn’t really be any contest here. It’s the third. Most of Whedon’s top-shelf writers were heavily involved in season three (including Greenwalt, Minear, Noxon, and Fury), as the plotting became more complex and sophisticated, with the characters making crucial decisions that didn’t always pan out. Most importantly, the third season properly introduces Fred, who soon becomes the clever, sunny, quirky fan favourite

I don't remember season 3 being a particular fan favourite, but then I was thinking about it and I'm not sure that Angel does have universally (well more or less) agreed "best seasons" like Buffy does? Some people really love season 4 and the heavy serialisation there, while some absolutely hate it for what it does to Cordelia's character. Some really love the darker moments of season 3 with Holtz and Wesley, but then I saw a lot of dislike for "Soap Opera elements" at the time when season 3 was first airing, the Angel/Cordelia romance, dorky Angel, and the birth of Conner were by no means universally popular. With Buffy it's generally pretty easy to point to seasons 2, 3, and 5 as the clear favourites, but every Angel season seems to get a LOT of debate between love or hate from what I've seen.

To go off on a tangent for a moment, it seems like most of the hate for season 4 is because of Cordelia's character being lost that year, but I'd argue that already started happening in season 3. The first half of season 3 was great for portraying a more mature Cordelia, but the more they pushed the Angel/Cordelia romance, the more they started writing Cordelia as a Saint and Mother figure for Conner which just didn't work IMO and rang really false. Again at the time I remember a ton of controversy at how Cordelia was being written, especially all the fan jokes on the season 3 finale when she's carried off to the Heavens with twinkly lights, so it's interesting that season 4 takes all the blame for "ruining her character". Technically season 4 was not Cordelia any more, so there's actually more of a justification for the writing of her that year, in comparison to the saintly blonde that Double Or Nothing introduced to us. I remember speculation at the time was that it was down to David Greenwalt getting too carried away with seeing Cordelia as perfect, but I'm wondering now if it was more about fast-tracking Cordelia character arc to becoming a higher being, and thus wrapping up her journey? I remember at the end of season 4 that Joss said something to that effect of having nowhere else to take Cordelia's character at that point

It seemed that Joss allowed behind the scenes drama to affect the writing for Cordelia in quite negative ways unfortunately. I've noticed that posters on [ profile] ohnotheydidnt get super-defensive if you imply that the treatment of Charisma was about anything other than Joss firing her for getting pregnant, but I would argue there were a lot of weird vibes in season 3 as well, there was definitely speculation at the time as to whether the Ascension was a way of writing Cordelia out. It's just a shame that Joss allowed whatever BTS drama there was to make its way onto the writing of the character

And this entry is starting to get really O/T, so maybe I should stop there :P But here's a poll anyway for favourite Angel season!

[Poll #2017986]
frelling_tralk: (Chloe HBIC by llenka)
[Poll #1617856]
frelling_tralk: (DH Adelle and Dominic smirks)
[Poll #1606472]
frelling_tralk: (Rose and her Doctor's by letsey-x)
[Poll #1442047]
frelling_tralk: (Davis Sleep with him/save the world)
New SV spoilers from K-site

And poll! )
frelling_tralk: (Billie by acrobatica)
[Poll #1201711]

[Poll #1201712]
frelling_tralk: (Chloe shooting Lex By circulartime)
[Poll #1123877]

I'm interested in how it came across to people anyway. I voted for the last option *g* I was totally confused with how they played it. Grant originally offering Lois a job based on overhearing her saying she believed there was a story behind the spaceship. Wouldn't it have been more likely that he would have dismissed her as a crackpot, or someone from The Inquisitor looking to sell trashy stories? And then later on he seemed keen on taking Lois to functions with him, but then he does also praise her writing, so maybe we are actually meant to see it as a mixture of the two...

ETA Urgh make that "an attractive and charismatic person". Can't edit polls :/
frelling_tralk: (Oz B/K promo pics by rosengirl)
[Poll #1116547]
frelling_tralk: (Default)
Kara review.

Read more... )

After a lot of varying opinions on my flist over Lois's success at the DP being directly related to Chloe's possible downfall , I'm interested in polling this actually to get a general overview *g* Just go with whatever hit you the strongest :)

[Poll #1067762]
frelling_tralk: (Martha tear by amaras_art)
[Poll #1010007]
frelling_tralk: (Chloe is not really a blonde)
[Poll #920073]
frelling_tralk: (Spuffy fucks in comics by wisteria_)
[Poll #903690]
frelling_tralk: (Buffy sacrifice The Gift by  _hellsbelle)
[Poll #898700]
frelling_tralk: (Farscape Scorpuis/Sikozu by aephesus)
[Poll #885538]
frelling_tralk: (Clexana promo dark by rawien-8706)
[Poll #854809]
frelling_tralk: (Chlark ever see you again)
[Poll #811450]
frelling_tralk: (EOTW yay animated walk)
[Poll #772594]
frelling_tralk: (Spike all writers by st_salieri)
[Poll #758739]
frelling_tralk: (Chlark Rush animation)
[Poll #738413]
frelling_tralk: (Buffy coming from the grave)
[Poll #708369]

And I wanted to have five choices again, so I included season 5 because of Forever. And Ats for IWRY, and then Sanctury


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