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Angel - Are You Now or Have You Ever Been television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to Los Angeles and the adventures of a vampire with a soul. It may not be the best episode of the series, as some argue, as the Rebel Without a Cause references are little too obvious and it lacks the necessary ingredients of both Winifred Burkle and Wee Little Puppet Men, but the second episode of Angel‘s sophomore season has a lot going for it. “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been” fits nicely into the show as the introduction of the Hyperion Hotel which would become the new home base of Angel Investigations as well as open the door for the series to explore more of the main character’s past.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith

by Alan Rapp on March 5, 2021

in Comics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith comic reviewI’ll admit, I fell off a bit with my reading of rebooted Buffy and Angel comics with the whole Hellmouth crossover. I’ve picked up a bit here and there, and that’s what made me notice this new 40-page one-shot centered around Faith. The issue offers a glimpse of Faith prior to her introduction in Sunnydale but after she became noticed by the Watchers Council as a potential Slayer (Or became a Slayer? It’s confusing).

The mix of a rebooted universe where you are not sure how much history has carried over, the hit-and-miss schedule I’ve taken recently with the various comics, and not knowing exactly where the comic fits in to the overall timeline all added to my overall confusion here. The story is relatively simple, the Watchers are fucking with Faith, testing her in a movie theater against vampires, wiping her mind, and starting over.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22

by Alan Rapp on February 4, 2021

in Comics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22 comic reviewIn many ways Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22 feels like the calm before the storm as we’re taken around Sunnydale on the eve of pending events. There are several pieces to the latest issue of the rebooted Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic, but the common thread seems to be characters seeming lost or out of place.

We see to characters in astral form seeking answers, both the lost Willow and the former slayer Morgan Palmer (who has taken up with Anya to get revenge against the Watcher’s Council, although she seems less sure of her decision the more time she spends looking in on Buffy and Giles).

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Turkey Day Entertainment

by Alan Rapp on November 24, 2020

in Top Tens & Lists

Although not as numerous as Christmas themed programs, there quite a few Thanksgiving specials and movies worth a look. Aside from some NFL football, Thanksgiving always makes me pull out some old favorites to watch.  There are two things I make time to watch every Thanksgiving. The first is a very special episode of WKRP and the second is Home for the Holidays. Here’s a little about them and some other Thanksgiving themed fun you might enjoy.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19

by Alan Rapp on November 24, 2020

in Comics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19 comic reviewIt’s been a bit since I read a Buffy comic. There’s an awful lot happening in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19. First, we get astral Willow checking in on her former best bud turned vampire Xander Harris. The scene has a mix of melancholy mixed in to the pair’s usual banter. We also get to see a bit of Kendra (Slayer #2) and Rose (Willow’s ex-girlfriend) together. When did this happen? Nice to see Kendra getting a bit more developed in the revamped Buffyverse. And Buffy, no matter what timeline it is, is still struggling with relationships.

This issue also gives us Willow astral moseying on a dark omen of things to come just before the first appearance of Faith (Slayer #3). Three Slayers, no waiting! I’ve missed quite a bit, but there’s some promise in this issue that rekindles the interest that was dampened by the hit-and-miss Hellmouth crossover.

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