Angel FAQ

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General info

When did Angel air?
From September, 1999 to May, 2004 on the WB.

Which seasons are on DVD?
As of January, 2005, the first 4 seasons are out on DVD. Season 5 comes out in February

Who are the main characters?
It varies from season to season. Angel, aka Angelus (played by David Boreanaz), the vampire with a soul who started out on Buffy, is the one constant (which makes sense, since it's his show.) He's the only character to appear in every single episode. Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter), the formerly snobby princess who also started out on Buffy, is a regular from seasons 1-4. Allen Doyle (Glenn Quinn) was a regular in the first 9 episodes of season 1 before dying in "Hero." Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Alexis Denisof), the nerdy Watcher from season 3 of Buffy, joined the cast in "Parting Gifts," the tenth episode of the first season, and was a regular after that. Charles Gunn (J. August Richards), Mr. Street Smarts, made his first appearance in "War Zone," the 20th episode of the first season, and was a regular from seasons 2-5. Lorne, aka the Host and Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan (Andy Hallett), first appeared in "Judgment" and slowly started showing up more before becoming a regular in season 4. Fred Burkle (Amy Acker), science geek extraordinaire, showed up in "Belonging," towards the end of season 2; she was a regular from seasons 3-5. Connor (Vincent Kartheiser) first appeared (in his teenage form) in "The Price" in season 3; he appeared regularly in season 4, then made guest appearances in "Origin" and "Not Fade Away." Spike (James Marsters), former bad-boy vamp from Buffy, became a regular in season 5, as did Harmony Kendall (Mercedes McNab), his ditzy ex, who also came over from Buffy.

As for common recurring characters, Darla (Julie Benz), Angel's sometimes love interest, appears in at least one episode of each season (mostly in flashbacks). Lindsey McDonald (Christian Kane), a Wolfram & Hart lawyer, first appears in the first episode, "City Of," and shows up throughout the first season, as well as in seasons 2 and 5. Lilah Morgan (Stephanie Romanov), another lawyer, makes a number of appearances in seasons 1-4. Detective Kate Lockley (Elisabeth Rohm) appears throughout seasons 1 and 2 before abruptly disappearing. Pylean warrior the Groosalugg, aka Groo (Mark Lutz), first appears in "Through the Looking Glass" at the end of season 2 and makes a few more appearances in season 3. Daniel Holtz (Keith Sjarabaka), an 18th century vampire hunter, shows up throughout season 3, as does his special friend Justine Cooper (Laurel Holloman). The demon Sahjhan (Jack Conley) pops up throughout season 3; he also appears in the fifth season episode "Origin." Gwen Raiden (Alexa Davalos), electro-girl, appears a few times in season 4; so does the Beast (Vladimir Kulich), the so-called "big bad" of that season. Jasmine (Gina Torres), the other season 4 villain, appears in a few episodes at the end of the season. Among the recurring characters in season 5 are Knox (Jonathan Woodward), a Wolfram & Hart scientist; Nina (Jenny Mollen), a werewolf/Angel's love interest; Eve (Sarah Thompson), the MoG's liaison to the Senior Partners; and Illyria (Amy Acker), Fred's demonic counterpart.

What was the first episode you ever saw of Angel?
"Orpheus." I watched it because it went along with the story arch towards the end of season 7 of Buffy. I started watching on and off during season 5, then for good somewhere around "Destiny."

What's your favorite episode?
"Smile Time." (I think that's most people's favorite episode.) Following that are "Spin the Bottle," "Awakening," "Magic Bullet," and "Through the Looking Glass" (though I'm usually in the minority on that one). My guilty pleasure episodes are "The House Always Wins," "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been," "Soul Purpose," and "The Girl in Question" (I'm in the minority on that one, too).

What's your least favorite episode?
"Why We Fight." So boring and so unnecessary. It's rivaled only by "Anniversary," "That Old Gang of Mine," and "Couplet."

What are your favorite Angel moments?
This is a better question than asking about favorite episodes. I love the moment in "Tomorrow" where Fred tries to pretend to be a vampire, the final scene of "Awakening," the open mike night in "Magic Bullet," and Lorne's lullaby in "Waiting in the Wings."

Favorite regular characters?
Gunn and Lorne. I'm also a bigger fan of Fred than most people are.

Favorite recurring characters?
Gwen and Lilah.

Favorite one-time character?
Mistress Meerna from "A New World."

Least favorite characters?
Connor, Eve, and Kate. They just never interested me.

So...a vampire with a soul?
Yep. You can read more about his past in "Angel" and "Becoming, Part 1."

Who's Angelus?
Angelus was Angel after he lost his soul. When Angel gets really happy and loses his soul, he reverts to Angelus. Angelus is evil and funnier than Angel. Also, Angelus would never wear the clothes Angel wears.

Who are the MoG?
The MoG vary from season to season, but they're Angel's version of the Scoobies. MoG is an abbreviation for Ministers of Grace ("Angels and ministers of grace, defend us" - Hamlet); the term was coined by Television Without Pity's Strega.

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