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Angel: Loyalty/Sleep Tight

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002

Angel logoTalk about being born under a dark star – poor little Connor really doesn’t stand a chance, does he? Daddy’s a vampire, mummy’s a pile of dust, various cults want him for their sacrificial purposes, and a motley collection of demons, vigilantes and lawyers want him to use as leverage against Angel. And to make matters even worse, nice Uncle Wesley is demonstrating all the cliched television drama signs of going completely mental – not sleeping, not shaving, mumbling, staring into the middle distance. It’s a wonder no-one notices this odd behaviour.

This two-part story sees Wesley torn between his loyalty to Angel and his desire to protect Connor from being digested by his daddy, as prophesised. Wesley’s attempts to protect the child draw him into an unholy alliance with Holtz, a man with an agenda entirely of his own. Meanwhile Lilah meets with Holtz’s time travelling demon pal, and Gunn and Fred combine business with pleasure. Then there’s one of the greatest scenes I’ve ever seen on any television show, as Wesley seeks advice from a giant talking… well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it?

You just know that all these conflicting loyalties and shifting alliances are going to end in a bloodbath, and that’s exactly what happens. The shocks come in who is left standing – and who isn’t – at the finale. Suffice to say this is edge of the seat stuff.

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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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