Angel - Paranormal Detective - Fangs and Fiends in LA - Vampy Hero Extraordinaire
Faces old and new form a new hit sensation in the vampire universe
What do you get when you combine a 200 plus year old super sexy vampire with a tortured soul and a few quirky humans trying to make it in Los Angeles?
You get Angel, the hottest paranormal detective in town. I do mean hot here as in totally drool worthy.
Follow along for a glimpse into Angel.
Born of the powerhouse creative genius that is Joss Whedon, the character Angel was first introduced to audiences on the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1997.
Dark, mysterious and ten kinds of fine, the debut character was a wonderful mix of good and bad, an irony, a paradox in the world of good and evil.
Angel and Spike are ten kinds of funny together. They hate each other in an immature boy way that will leave you laughing out loud.
The Vampire with a soul. Where did this guy come from?
Vampires are traditionally the bad guys. This largely held true for vamps in the Buffy universe, but Angel was the exception. When first sired, this vampire was as bad as any in history. Torture, murder and mayhem were his daily routine for decades. But, every dog has his day.
Fate, sheer bad luck or perhaps the powers that be eventually led our gorgeous vampire to the wrong gal. After feeding off a beloved gypsy girl, Angel was cursed by her surviving tribe.
One of the best things about being a vampire is that one can go about guilt free, so to speak. When sired, a vampire is born and the human soul is gone. No soul means no guilt, no conscience, a personal license to do bad if you will.
When Angel's soul is thrust upon him as a direct result of the gypsy curse, he sees what he has become. He chooses to make a difference, to try to atone for all the evil and pain he caused. Knowing this can never be achieved, our reluctant hero gives it his all anyway.
Want some laughs? Scope out the bloopers from Angel.
Life in LA.
One might think a vampire having been around so long would have seen it all, but no. Life in the big city is full of surprises. From gangs to ghouls, poltergeists to pimps, LA is teaming with the demon, so to speak. There's no shortage of work for our lovable hero. I do mean lovable too. This guy works on a sliding scale, i.e. for free most of the time.
Some of the funniest parts of this series, at least to me, are watching an ancient soul try to deal with modern problems. Those of us who remember life before cell phone addiction will really get a kick out of watching Angel try to deal with all the gadgets and gizmos required these days.
Angel took the slaying the bad guys momentum created in the Buffy universe to a new and more sophisticated place. Running five seasons, he took the battle against evil not only to the streets, back allies and prime real estate in the bad to the bone realms but he carried it so much further.
Close up of inside cover showing Wesley, Gunn and Fred
Being somewhat of a political buff and news junky, I got a huge happy towards the end of the series when Angel took the battle against evil up a notch.
In reality, the biggest criminals wear suits, sit in high rise offices with a view and kill with a phone call. Joss Whedon must have seen this too, to some extent. In the last season, Angel takes on the top of the criminal pinnacle, the corporate world and all of its many long, squiggly, evil arms including a corrupt politician. Loved it!
Cordelia isn't as bad as we thought, at first, maybe.
Successful Superheros have stellar teams.
A big part of the success of this series was the chemistry between characters. Angel isn't alone in his fight for the cause.
The original Buffy characters of spoiled rotten cheerleader, finally taken down a peg, now almost lovable Cordelia Chase and the uber goober, starting to grow a set, ex-watcher Wesley Windham Price both find themselves in LA upon leaving good old Sunnydale, Ca. in the Buffy verse.
Buffy fans will adore seeing Wesley, played by Alexander Denisoff, finally grow up and come into his own. While he provides a ton of comic relief, Wesley gets to be a rather formidable force himself. And, Cordelia, Charisma Carpenter in real life, becomes a great person! I know, those having seen only Buffy might not buy that statement, but it's true. You won't believe what she goes through.
A few other Buffy characters make appearances here and there too, including Julie Bentz playing the most evil Darla and Drusilla brought to life by Juliet Landau. Oh yea, she's still crazy as ever. Willow and Buffy each make an appearance at least once throughout the series and best of all, Spike is around bunches!
Season six was the best of all with the return of Spike.
The new guys are specialized.
While having an ex-watcher (think PhD in the occult with field experience) and the queen of mean girls at your side may be a big boost to any paranormal detective agency, one needs some added muscle on occasion.
Enter new character Charles Gunn played by J. August Richards. Street smart, tough, brave, hot as can be and raring to go, Gunn brought a gritty, urban, street vibe to the mix. Throw in a soul reading, adorable, singing, green demon and the smartest geeky girl on the planet and you get a great detective team.
Who survives? Not everyone.
Past and Present intertwine.
Angel would be more than worth watching were our current LA setting all you got. Lets face it, any big city in America is seething with evil. It's not like there's a lack of villains running around to pick from.
The show often found itself taking the audience back in time, into Angel's past. Now, lets remember this guy is over 200 years old. From the Boxer Rebellion to old English speaking Ireland, viewers get treated to scenes that revealed bits of our dear vamps' past, things that allowed us to see so much more clearly into their makeup.
Who knew vampires could be so funny?
While the show is often in a very serious place, there's no shortage of laughs. In fact, the laughs are really one of the best parts of the show. The banter between characters, especially that between Angel and Spike, will literally have you laughing out loud.
From falling in love with a werewolf to being turned into a puppet, Angel keeps the funny fresh providing a most pleasant addition and distraction from the normal higher levels of conflict required when killing bad guys weekly.
The Buffy/Angel Story
Trailers, treats and vampy love bytes.
Check out some of the trailers for Angel below. There is also one for the original series that started the Vamp fan wave, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Other yummy, funny vampy treats wrap up the videos.
The trailer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season two. Angel is smoking hot long before he gets his own show.
Sexy, soulful, silly, sensational.
David Boreanaz brought Angel to life for a decade between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the series Angel to the thrill of audiences across America. Brooding, introspective, hot as hell, funny and at times heartbreakingly lonely, Angel is a most yummy and complex vampire worthy of Anne Rice's Chronicles.
For a fun balance of campy comedy mixed with beat the bad guy action, save the day hero plots and a whole lot of wicked twists and turns, scope out Angel.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Hottest vampire ever? Who do you think it is?
The trailer for Angel - season one
In the beginning, there was Buffy.
Angel was first born as Buffy's love interest. He became instantly popular with fans, so much so that not only did he get his own show, he rocked it in a whole new way.
Most spin offs don't compare with the original show. Angel did, big time.
From greatness sprang greatness. Buffy started it all.
Brought to cult fame by Sara Michelle Gellar, Buffy thrilled viewers week after week.
Taking us from literal tears to cheering for the good guy, Buffy is a must have for fans of horror, vampires, female action heroes, paranormal fans and those who adore coming of age series.
© 2014 Rhonda Lytle