AngelAngel Season 5 DVD - Bostonherald.com Review
By Mark A. Perigard
Sunday 13 February 2005, by Webmaster
Cult show flies high on wings of `Angel’
Do not go gently into that night.
Carry a couple of wooden stakes and fight like heck with your last breath.
``Angel’s’’ final season arrives on DVD in a glorious set that does the ``Buffy the Vampire Slayer’’ spinoff proud. Though some TV shows meander with age, ``Angel’’ grew stronger with every season, and in its last season it offered some of the best cult TV to hit the small screen.
As Angel (David Boreanaz) struggles to put evil law firm Wolfram & Hart on the path of right as its new boss, he gets the perfect foil - Spike (James Marsters), another vampire with a soul. The 22 episodes here deftly range from horrifying (``Hell Bound’’) to humorous (the already classic ``Smile Time,’’ in which Angel is turned into a wee puppet) to poignant (``You’re Welcome,’’ as Charisma Carpenter returns and exits as Cordelia Chase).
The six-disc set includes numerous featurettes on the making of the show - the producers saved the best for the last set - and creator Joss Whedon, Boreanaz and co-stars Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker and Christian Kane, among many others, have plenty to say about the show’s legacy.
The series finale - ``Not Fade Away’’ - is one of the best produced for TV, less a cliffhanger than a statement on the entire series as Angel goes out swinging against the forces of evil. It’s not whether you win or lose - it’s just important that you keep fighting.