We’re starting the building blocks towards meeting canonical characters, but this reality will be much different than the one we’re used to. However, some things remain familiar…like Angel’s eternal angst over his past misdeeds. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
We start off with Angel being remorseful over his past as Angelus again. It seems like, no matter what canon we follow, that will never change. And I continue to be more interested in Angelus than the constrained, soul-filled Angel. But, perhaps once he builds up his friends and family circle, I can enjoy the exchanges a bit more.
At present, he needs to figure out a way to get the hostile spirit out of the possessed girl without killing her. And, to his benefit, he does have a creative solution that I liked. Holy water plus demon equals success. Water balloon filled with holy water plus hostile spirit equals the same outcome. Very nice! And, with her safety assured in the short-term, it’s time for him to focus on the one that was being targeted in the mental hospital to begin with.
Fred would be a whole lot safer with Angel than trying to deal with the dangers herself, in her altered mental state. Though, I’m not too sure about Angel’s mental state either, since he keeps getting flashbacks of being with Mara. But, he manages to get Fred back to his place in LA, tucked away and semi-protected, so at least there’s that. She’s very much out of it, talking about numbers, but she has enough mental clarity to at least tell Angel to call her Fred rather than the Winifred that is on her identification bracelet. Progress!
With Lilith joining them, we get a peek at what’s to come. She knows Fred and others are the key to Angel’s future. She’s had visions of those who will soon come into Angel’s life: a madwoman who becomes a sorceress, a gun who becomes Angel’s ally, and a love that will bring his greatest pain. It’s up to Angel to find them before the evil can, changing the future in detrimental ways. And the first person who will play into that future is Fred.
The evil Angel is hunting has no name, but thrives on vanity and fear. But, how can flesh enter a binary world? Fred has the answer, with her talk of ones and zeroes. She can get him into the digital world, and she sets out to do just that. Angel gives her some chalk and she starts writing a magick symbol on the floor. However, when the spell calls for blood to open the portal, Angel refuses to make her sacrifice any more of herself. He will spill his blood and he will take the journey.
Meanwhile, Lilith tries to console Fred as she watches Angel quite literally melt before her eyes. Lilith says, if this works, Fred’s mind won’t hurt anymore. While she will have to suffer different pains, which all living creatures do, it won’t be as overwhelming. But Lilith does give her a warning as well. Even though Angel is a friend now, Fred may have to kill him later. It’s a burden she will have to carry, waiting and watching, in case the situation ever comes to pass.
Rating: 3 / 5 Stars