Wall Bangers: Angel

  • Angel smashing the Ring of Amara. Sure, it might not be the redemption he wanted. Yes, if he's not all dark and broody and going out at night, he might forget his true purpose. But it still makes no sense why the ring had to be destroyed, when there are plenty of crimes he can prevent during the day. Even just locking it up in the basement somewhere and taking it out just for when they have to fight the big bad (yes, Angel, that whole "immortality" thing would be kind of a plus) would be the better alternative to smashing it and losing it for good. The only reasonable explanation I can think of would be if he were to revert to Angelus when wearing the ring, things would get pretty damn bad, but that idea isn't even addressed.
    • There was another good reason, but it wasn't addressed, either. As long as the Gem of Amara existed, there was always a risk of it being stolen and used by an evil vampire. At bottom, they had to get rid of the Gem, because an invulnerable hero would be boring; and they had some reasons they could reasonably have used as to why the gem had to be destroyed. But they didn't use them, and did a very weak "forget my true purpose" reason.
  • Season 3 contains a relatively minor but still vexing one that was even Lampshaded towards the end of the series. Why didn't Wesley tell someone, anyone, about the prophecy that Angel would kill Connor? It's understandable that he didn't tell Angel, but going to Angel's sworn enemy before his own friends... Bang, bang, bang.
    • Fred and Gunn have just started their relationship and he's still reeling hardcore from his own unrequited love for Fred, so he doesn't want to talk to either of them. Yes, its irrational, but at least its an irrational that has a visible reason that's within human believability. As for not telling Cordelia, she's off making snoo-snoo with the Groosalugg and isn't available during the critical time period.
    • Also as pointed out , that was Wes character flaw. As shown before in Buffy he usually took actions towards the greater good because he belived ( somewhat ) arrogantly that he knew what was the best action to take no matter what. Unfortunately just like last time ( Faith going evil) it backfired for the worst. To be fair it was an honest mistake, but a costly one that pretty much destroyed Angel investigations.
  • How about season 4, when they just take the word of the big evil that killing the human enslaving and eating Jasmine was a bad thing, and then they take over Wolfram & Hart?
    • Angel himself had a good reason; they gave him a choice between accepting Wolfram and Hart's offer, or having his son kill Cordelia, a mall full of people, and himself. But he accepted the offer unilaterally. Not only did none of the others sign on (Angel signed for all of them), but they were also affected by the memory edit re: Connor until Wesley broke the spell in "Origin". Inconsiderate of Angel, but oh well....
      • While we're on that subject, how about the note that Angel signed for all of them? Wolfram and Hart contracts extend beyond the grave. Really, think about that. Signing on with Wolfram and Hart is LITERALLY selling your soul to the Wolf, Ram, and Hart, and these contracts have never even been suggested to be breakable. By signing on with Wolfram and hart, you will be in their service for ETERNITY, either as their employee, or whatever hell they choose to do with you if you refuse to work for them. Angel had something that he felt was worth signing over for, but signing all his FRIENDS into eternal servitude for the Wolf, Ram, and Hart? Brilliant, Angel. Just f'ing brilliant.
      • That's a good point, but Angel was the only one who was undecided, the others already planned to take the offer.
      • Also, Angel might have been hoping that by signing for them, he could later on get them out of it by pointing out that he had no actual right to accept the contract in their name — which would be a very Angel thing to do, to try and eat all the pain himself and let his friends escape. Problem is, his friends actually wanted to accept the deal in their own right, so no dice.
  • "The Girl In Question". Where to start? It makes everything about Buffy again, even though we only ever see a woman in a blonde wig. There are many lazy, horrid attempts at meta-humour. Fred's parents were apparently never told about their daughter's death (in After the Fall they still don't know), which makes the gang look like Jerkasses. And they turned Angelus into a Butt Monkey. For the love of God, why?
    • Shh, that episode never happened.
    • The revelation that Angel is still stalking Buffy. He's just paying someone else to do it. How, in this day and age, is Angel's stalking habit never brought up on either show?! It's goddamn creepy!!
  • A bigger issue in season 5: Spike never telling Buffy he's alive again. Sure, they wanted to keep him on the show, but a simpler solution would've been calling Buffy, telling her he's alive, and her asking him to keep an eye on Angel. She would've had a good reason to, after all, since Angel is now in charge of Evil Inc.
    • The fact that this goes against Spike's entire characterization.
    • Added to that, Angel's reasoning for convincing Spike to stay was pretty much "do it for her own good", which not only insults Buffy herself but is also blatantly obvious that Angel's only keeping Spike away from her because he knows Buffy has feelings for him, and once Spike goes back to her she'll be gone for good...
  • For me, the worst episode of the series is arguably "Billy". Apparently there is a primal hatred for women in all men just waiting to be unleashed. Follow that by several examples of Anvilicious attempts to stress female empowerment by showing crazed misogynistic men. Also, the absurd comment that Angel wasn't affected by Billy's touch because apparently Angelus never felt hatred. Rewind to any scene with Angelus, and every other one will consist of him being angry. Or to a season or two before when Angel tried to choke one of his best friends for kidnapping his son.
    • Angel explained that when he was Angelus (and therefore soulless and evil) he killed for sport or pleasure. You don't need to hate your victim to get off on killing them.
      • Perhaps, but there are still instances of him being angry. Angel himself has been prone to anger at times as well.
    • Anger and hatred aren't exactly the same emotion. They often go together, but don't have to. Still, it is hard to buy Angelus never hated and even if he didn't, is even harder to buy any time he spent not being Angelus was also hate free.
  • You know what would have helped Connor's wangst about being Angel's son being raised to hate him. Sending him to live with a group of people who do what he was trained to do (hunt vampires), share his hatred for a one particular vampire (Angelus), yet know that Angel is a good person and should not be condemned for the actions he had no control over. If only there was a spinoff with characters in that mold, where he could go there and have Character Development until he could come to terms with Angel being his father. Worth noting that Executive Meddling would have stopped this, but Joss could have written a better explanation than never mentioning it.
  • "I Will Remember You". Otherwise known as the most pointless chapter of "The Buffy and Angel" show.
    • Angel's reasoning for asking to be changed back is so forced that it's hard not to throw anything at the screen. Doing it to protect Buffy? Yeah, right. She was saving his ass in the episode, and clearly doesn't need the protection. Not to mention that he stated before she needs a "normal" guy (look at the Buffy Wall Bangers page for more information on that disaster), but when he's normal and weaker than her, he hates it.
    • Add insult to injury, the Oracles state that Buffy could die with Angel as a human. So he changes back...and doesn't go back to Sunnydale with her (i.e. doesn't protect her like he said he would), and wouldn't you know it? Buffy dies a year later. Nice friggin' going, Angel.
    • The worst part? It was an obvious cash-in for the now tired Buffy/Angel romance. Talk about kicking a dead horse.
      • Wanna get even worse? This episode had what was possibly the best opportunity to show that Buffy and Angel couldn't work as a romantic couple outside of the whole "he's cursed" excuse. They could've shown that they don't have anything in common outside of their jobs, Buffy really can't date a normal human, their love was only founded on ideals of who they think the other is, it was nothing more than and angst-y teenager First Love that would've worn out over time... But nope. They just gave us yet more pointless angst that served no purpose to the plot nor provide us with any decent character development (if anything character development went backwards).