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Angel: Forgiving

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002

Angel logoThis week, Angel takes the concept of anti-hero to exciting new heights. Let’s face it, you’d never see your average leading man threatening to torture his enemies with office equipment or trying to suffocate one of his best friends.

‘Forgiving’ follows straight on from the two part ‘Loyalty’ and ‘Couplet’, and unbelievably takes the massive downer that story ended on and actually makes things worse, with our eponymous hero going off the rails after the loss of son Connor. While the sheer intensity of the plotting and acting carries the whole thing through, there are some ludicrous moments in this breathless episode. One character comes back from an injury that should leave him worm food, while a visit to Wolfram & Hart’s ‘White Room’ suggests that the production team are, frankly, making this stuff up as they go along.

But its hard to care that much about the shortcuts of TV plotting when tensions are building between the team at Angel Investigations, loyalties are still shifting and there’s still a good few episodes left before the end of the season. What the hell do they do next?

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By Mark Clapham

Mark Clapham is a Devon-based writer and editor. You can find out more about him at the egotistically named

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