Angel (1999 TV Series)

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Angel is a 1999 - 2004 American television series that aired on the WB television network. A spinoff of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it was created by Buffy creator Joss Whedon in collaboration with David Greenwalt.

The show details the ongoing trials of Angel (David Boreanaz), a vampire whose human soul was restored to him by a Romani curse as a punishment for the murder of one of their own. After more than a century of murder and the torture of innocents, Angel's restored soul torments him with guilt and remorse. Angel moves to Los Angeles, California, after it is clear that his doomed relationship with Buffy, the vampire slayer, cannot continue. During the majority of the show, he works as a private detective in L.A, where he and a variety of associates work to "help the helpless", restoring the faith and saving the souls of those who have lost their way. While he must also battle his own demonic nature, he typically battles with evil demons or humans allied to them, primarily related to Wolfram & Hart, a law firm supported by occult practices which is an extension of otherworldly demonic forces.

Angel featured a large ensemble cast. In addition to Boreanaz, the show starred Glenn Quinn as Doyle, a half-demon; Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase, a former classmate of Buffy who is now a struggling actress in Los Angeles; Alexis Denisof as Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, one of Buffy's former Watchers; J. August Richards as Charles Gunn, a young demon hunter; Amy Acker as Winifred "Fred" Burkle, a shy scientist readjusting to life on Earth after spending years trapped in another dimension; and James Marsters as Spike, a vampire who has known Angel for centuries and who recently had his own soul restored.

Lonely Hearts (Season 1, Episode 2)[edit | edit source]

Angel investigates a series of gruesome murders tied to a popular singles club, and has to contend with a body-hopping demon as well as the suspicions of LAPD detective Kate Lockley, who believes that he is the killer.

Expecting (Season 1, Episode 12)[edit | edit source]

Cordelia spends the night with Wilson Christopher (Ken Marino), a handsome photographer. She wakes up the next morning to find Wilson gone and herself in an advanced state of pregnancy. Angel corners Wilson, who confesses that he acts as a surrogate for a Haxil demon- impregnating women with the demon's offspring in exchange for fame, success, and being irresistible to the opposite sex. Unfortunately, giving birth to the baby demons will almost certainly kill Cordelia and the other women. Even more unfortunately, the demon can control the women's minds, and it orders them to go to its underground lair for the big birthing ceremony.

The House Always Wins (Season 4, Episode 3)[edit | edit source]

A crooked casino owner uses Lorne's ability to read people's futures, then tricks those people into gambling away those futures so that he can sell them on the black market. The affected victims are left to wander the casino in a mindless trance state.

Shiny Happy People (Season 4, Episode 18)[edit | edit source]

Cordelia's demon baby unexpectedly arrives in the form of Jasmine (Gina Torres), a fully-grown woman who can instantly place anyone who sees her under her control. The entire gang is enthralled, including Angel, and they all pitch in to help spread Jasmine's "message." Fred, however, begins to have doubts, leading the others to turn against her.

The Magic Bullet (Season 4, Episode 19)[edit | edit source]

As Jasmine's influence spreads through Los Angeles and beyond, Fred discovers the secret to freeing others from her mind control.

Sacrifice (Season 4, Episode 20)[edit | edit source]

Jasmine sends her brainwashed followers out to hunt down the Angel team as they search for a way to destroy her. She gains an unexpected ally in Connor, who sides with her even after he's freed from her control.

Peace Out (Season 4, Episode 21)[edit | edit source]

The final battle between Team Jasmine and Team Angel.

Smile Time (Season 5, Episode 14)[edit | edit source]

The producers of a popular children's television show (Smile Time) use black magic to drain the life force from its viewers. When Angel investigates, he is turned into a puppet.