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Recap / Angel S 05 E 13 Why We Fight

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A vampire Angel turned back in World War Two seeks revenge.

  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Angel siring Sam Lawson, an engineer, after a stab wound prevents him from finishing his repairs to the sub's engine. Once a vampire, Lawson completes his repairs. This is the only time Angel ever sired someone after gaining a soul. (He even refused to re-sire Darla, who was going to die anyway).
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Nostroyev claims to have been Rasputin's lover.
  • Blessed with Suck: As a vampire Lawson is unable gain any pleasure from his violence, a fact which he attributes to Angel having a soul when he sired him. Unfortunately for Lawson, he didn't absorb enough of Angel's soul to suppress his dark impulses. He's kind of irritated.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Lawson gets splattered with blood from his captain's death.
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  • Bound and Gagged: Wesley, Gunn and Fred are standing on swivel chairs with wire nooses around their necks; one bump and it's Off With Your Heads.
  • The Butcher: Nostroyev is the "Scourge of Siberia and Butcher of Alexander Palace".
  • Call-Forward: 1942-Spike declares "I'm not going to be experimented on by the government!" and 1942-Angel replies "And I'm not going to get trapped at the bottom of the ocean!". Both statements make perfect sense in context but are hilarious, because the viewer knows that about sixty years later Spike will be experimented on by the US government, and Angel will spend several months trapped underwater.
    • The "Demon Research Initiative" is an apparent precursor to "The Initiative" in Season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Nazi's experiments on vampires (involving brain surgery, stimulation and control) sound similar to what was done to Spike. The implication is that the US government found the blueprints and decided it was a good idea.
  • Continuity Nod: Spike still isn't aware that Angel has a soul (which fits with his introductory BTVS episode "School Hard") though the 1940's version of the Initiative does know.
  • Create Your Own Villain
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon
    Nostroyev: I will tear you open and play "Coachman, Spare Your Horses" on the lute of your entrails.
    Prince of Lies: I will suck the brain from your skull and digest your thoughts like a sour pudding.
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  • Death Seeker: Lawson's motive.
  • Destination Defenestration: Angel chucks Lawson through one of the internal windows.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Lawson misses the clarity of purpose he had while he was human, when the war was presented to him as a simple struggle against evil.
    Lawson: Imagine my surprise when I found out that Mr. Vermin-eater himself was suddenly fighting evil and running Wolfram & Hart. Mind explaining that one to me? Those two don't exactly go hand in hand.
    Angel: It's complicated.
    Lawson: Find that's true about most things these days. I don't mean to sound like an old man, but... (sighs) We used to live in simpler times, didn't we? Never thought I'd miss being on that sub. Things made a kind of sense.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The United States trying to seize Nazi military research for their own purposes.
  • Enemy Mine: Angel forces the soldiers and the vampires to work together. While Spike mostly follows Angel's lead, Nostroyev doesn't toe the line and is offed quick, with the Prince of Lies initially helping but later going berserk and is similarly put down as a result.
  • Flipping the Bird: Spike's Heil Hitler.
  • Foreshadowing: Gunn has trouble recalling something from his enhanced memory.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Spike tells Angel to swab his deck.
  • Ghostapo: The Nazis hope to build an army of mind-controlled vampires. A subversion in that it's noted that the US is trying to achieve the same thing, (they'll try again half a century later).
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When Lawson Wrench Whacks the Nazi scientist, his death is shown by his blood-splattered glasses dropping to the deck.
  • Got Volunteered: Angel isn't interested in fighting, so the US Government wraps heavy chains around his legs and throw him overboard. The only way to get them off is to get the help of the sailors on board the submarine.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Wesley takes a certain amount of pleasure in the news that Knox has mucked up one of Fred's experiments.
  • How We Got Here: Begins with Angel's friends being picked off one-by-one by a well-groomed vampire. The rest of the episode consists of flashbacks to a World War II submarine, where the mystery man (Lawson) first crossed paths with Angel.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad
    Lawson: Do I have one [a soul], too?
    Angel: I don't think it works that way, son.
  • Improvised Weapon: Angel knocks Nostroyev down with a fire axe, breaking the handle in the process, which he then uses to stake him.
  • I'm Standing Right Here:
    Nostroyev: (to Angel) You may hve made a name for yourself muscling around weaker vampires...
    Spike: Hang on!
  • Insistent Terminology: Spike insists on being called 'Captain'. "After all, I did eat him."
  • Ironic Echo: "Safe and sound".
  • Just Between You and Me: Interrupted by Angel trying to stake Lawson. Lawson however has taken the precaution of booby-trapping his hostages before confronting Angel (though not in a way that would put them in danger from Lawson's death, as it turns out).
  • Looks Like Orlok: The Prince of Lies is probably the most explicit version of this trope in the Buffyverse, with trademark pointed ears and long fingers. Like other Buffyverse examples, his appearance is credited to age.
  • Nonindicative Name: The Prince of Lies doesn't actually do any lying. Unless he was lying about his name...
  • Not So Different: Lawson declares that only the evil Nazis would use vampires in war. The Nazi scientist looks directly at Angel and bursts out laughing.
  • "Open!" Says Me: The DRI doesn't believe in knocking either.
  • Patriotic Fervour
  • Perp Sweating
    Spike: I'll menace, you talk.
  • Putting on the Reich: It's just like Spike, no matter how much their actions horrify him, to put on a Nazi coat replete with Swastika for shits and giggles.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Spike spends a good chunk of the episode wearing a Nazi Officer's coat, swastika and all.
  • The Reveal: What terrible Eldritch Abomination is waiting for Angel at the bottom of the ocean? It's Spike! And he's wearing a coat!
  • Same Clothes, Different Year: Spike becomes so taken with a U-boat captain's leather trenchcoat he kills him for it.
  • Schmuck Bait: Spike says that he was captured by the SS when he attended a "free virgin blood party" in Madrid.
    "One minute, I'm asking a fella why all the virgins look like Goebbels. Next minute, I'm stuck in a box on this cursed ship."
  • Smash Cut: As the episode jumps back and forth between the past and the present.
  • Sound-Only Death
  • Stealth Pun: Spike warns Angel that his friends are a bit stiff. He opens the hatch to reveal a pile of corpses.
  • Sub Story
  • Super Strength: Angel squeezes a pipe to stop it leaking.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Wolfram & Hart's lousy security strikes again. Probably revenge for how Team Angel kept making them look ridiculous in the early seasons.
    Lawson: Aren't you going to ask how I got in here?
    Angel: No, you'd be amazed at how many people break into this building on a regular basis.
  • Tempting Fate
    Spike: Krauts are shooting blanks. (depth charges go off)
    • Spike scoffs at the idea of keeping the crew alive to pilot the submarine. "How hard can it be?" He pulls a lever and a klaxon goes off.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Plenty from the other vampires but not Spike, interestingly enough. He just resorts to snarking while deferring to Angel's authority. The fact that "Angelus" doesn't hesitate to stake anyone who disobeys him probably has something to do with it.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Lawson's last thoughts when dying.
  • Those Wacky Nazis
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Switching between Lawson talking with Angel about events on the sub in the present day and the flashback scenes.
  • Transhuman Treachery: After being turned Lawson only sees his former comrades-in-arms as lunch. "They look so small."
  • Trust Password: Angel gives the correct codewords and countersign for Lawson's mission to get his cooperation.
  • Villain Cred
    Nostroyev: Used to be quite the terror back in the day. Haven't heard much of you lately, though.
    Angel: Haven't heard much of you, ever.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: To 1943
  • What the Hell, Vampire Yoda?
    Spike: Bloody brilliant. Turn the poor sod to save the ship, then make him dash to dry land before the sunshine scorches him a new one. You're still a dick.
    • Spike finds out just how much of a dick when Angel makes him do the same.
  • You Are in Command Now: Lawson is briefly put in charge of a captured German submarine following the murder of his captain by Spike. Once aboard, Angel assumes control of the sub thanks to the command codes provided for him by the U.S. military.

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