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Angel 5x12 You’re Welcome & Season 5 - Ctnow.com

By Roger Catlin

Monday 9 February 2004, by Webmaster

Angel’s 100th

To make an occasion out of the 100th episode of "Angel" (The WB, 9 p.m.), the comely Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) suddenly awakes from her coma and forces Angel (David Boreanaz) to explain how exactly he got where the current season has taken him: as head of evil’s law firm, working alongside Spike (James Marsters), who’s obtained a soul.

Wesleyan University grad and show creator Joss Whedon says that despite the inconsistencies Cordelia questions about this year’s season of "Angel," "I do feel like there’s a new energy this year, you know, just coming off with kind of a new paradigm, the idea of putting them in the heart of evil and making it look really nice."

He says that bringing in Marsters, the popular character from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," works in "shaking up the cast a little bit," as does "having the mission statement of making the show accessible to people who haven’t seen it before."

Plus, after a season that took place in what he called a "very, very dark space," Whedon says, "there’s sort of a lighter spirit this year."