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By Alex Fitch on 13 April 2012 1 COMMENT

An enormously entertaining horror comedy; ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ updates the fantasy horror genre as seen in films like the Evil Dead trilogy for knowing modern audiences.

By Mark Clapham on 24 April 2004 Comments Off

Lots of discs from the last month or so: ‘X-Files’ season eight, the complete ‘Firefly’, ‘Roswell’ season one, ‘Buffy’ season seven…

By Mark Clapham on 08 March 2004 Comments Off

A huge stack of Whedon came out on DVD last week. There’s ‘Angel’ season four, a ‘Buffy’ greatest hits, and a selection of character-themed discs…

By Eddie Robson on 29 June 2003 Comments Off

Channel 4 is in a miserable, disheartening decline and as director of programmes Tim Gardam moves on, this seems like a good time to examine what has gone wrong…

By Jim Smith on 05 March 2003 Comments Off

So it takes the UK premiere of an episode written and directed by creator/hero/the don Joss Whedon to get shiny shelf back into the Angel reviewing saddle, eh? Damn straight it does.

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By Mark Clapham on 05 March 2003 Comments Off

The third season of ‘Angel’ is perfectly suited to being available in a lovely DVD slipcase…

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By Mark Clapham on 02 July 2002 Comments Off

For little Annie, Tomorrow was only a day away. For Angel fans, it means the torment of six months waiting for a resolution to a huge cliffhanger. It really is a hard knock life…

By Mark Clapham on 15 June 2002 Comments Off

Rules of vampire related drama no #347, enacted October 2000: after any pivotal and dramatic storyline in the series ‘Angel’ there
must, by law, be a requisite 2-3 nonsensical filler episodes…

By Mark Clapham on 08 June 2002 Comments Off

Imagine what Nick Hornby’s novels would be like if all that musing on the relationships between fathers and sons were spiced up with a little demon thrashing action…

By Mark Clapham on 31 May 2002 Comments Off

Praise be – the sacred Angel story arc has returned to us from on-high to save us from any more stupid filler episodes! OK, so the episode is one long chase sequence, but at least we’re moving now…

By Mark Clapham on 23 May 2002 Comments Off

Viewers should note that at the end of this episode something pivotal happens – I won’t reveal what, but I say this as an indicator that, yes, there is a reason to sit through a load of old nonsense about thirsty ghost insects…

By Jim Smith on 21 May 2002 Comments Off

The fourth season of ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ was something of a new start for the series. Gone were two of the series initial main characters, gone too was the setting of Sunnydale High.

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Angel’s back – and, even better, he’s back on form.

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Cordelia’s visions have been causing her increasing grief since late in season two, sapping her of her youthful enthusiasm and damaging her health…

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Crikey, its been a while since ‘Angel’ has been this grim. ‘That Old Gang of Mine’ is pretty short of laughs, a fairly brutal story concerning vigilantism and loyalty which gives Gunn a rare mome

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Surprisingly for a show with such frequently dark subject matter, ‘Angel’ has always had a sense of humour about its own immense silliness. Lovers of farce will appreciate this take on that age old

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

And so the inevitable Fred-centric episode arrives, and mercifully it’s a good one, cementing her position at Angel Investigations. When Fred’s parents arrive in LA, determined to find their daught

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Welcome to the world’s shortest story arc! Remember that guy Angel pulled out of hell in ‘That Vision Thing’? Well, turns out he wasn’t being lined up for a major storyline, but for this excitin

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Big explosions, big plot developments, and lots of scenes taking place in the rain…

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Every great American TV must do its take on Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ sooner or later. It’s the law. In fact, given the fidelity with which this particular rule is stuck to, it’s probably

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

After the intensity of recent weeks, this nifty, albeit silly, episode sees a cooling off of the ongoing plotlines as Angel comes to terms with fatherhood…

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

This is something to get excited about – an episode both written and directed by Joss Whedon. As his attention is split between more and more projects, so the rarity of getting a single, undiluted do

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Ally McBeal may be on its way out, but its good to see someone taking on the mantle of camp office romantic comedy…

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

After a shaky first year, it’s in this second season that ‘Angel’ steps out of the shadow of its Big Sister show…

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Talk about being born under a dark star – poor little Connor really doesn’t stand a chance, does he?

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

This week, Angel takes the concept of anti-hero to exciting new heights.