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  • In February 2004 the WB issued a statement saying they had cancelled Angel (1999).

    From the press release: For the last seven years Angel (1999) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) have been cornerstones of our network. The sum total of the work done on those shows has produced some of the proudest moments in our history... The cast, crew, writers and producers of Angel deserve to be able to wrap up the series in a way befitting a classic television series and that is why we went to Joss to let him know that this would be the last year of the series on The WB."

    The decision took Joss Whedon as much by surprise as the fans - with a statement from him saying: "No, we had no idea this was coming. Yes, we will finish out the season. No, I don't think the WB is doing the right thing. Yes, I'm grateful they did it early enough for my people to find other jobs."

    There is plenty of speculation as to why WB decided to cancel, but no reason other than the above has ever come out of the WB on the subject - anything else is conjecture.

    The WB's announcement that it was canceling the show came at a time when it was rated second only to Smallville (2001) among 18-to-34-year-olds. Earlier in the same month, WB's weekly ratings release revealed that Angel (1999) had earned "outstanding year-to-year gains" among demographic groups.

    Despite the fact that Angel ranked so high in the all important 18-49 demographic, it still ended that TV season as the 9th ranked show on the WB in ratings on average for the entire season.

    It is also rumored that it got canceled because Joss asked for a sixth season announcement earlier than usual, as by the time an announcement came in May, the cast and crew had to turn down several jobs, due to their connections with the series. The TV exec did not like that Joss was so sure of a sixth season, and therefore canceled the show.

    There was also rumors that the WB wanted to do a remake of the '70s show Dark Shadows and add more reality TV, which is cheaper than scripted TV; after all, the fan related campaigns to save Angel did not work. However, the TV exec who decided to cancel the show was ousted not too long afterwards, according to series writer David Fury. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Angel: the Series. The abbreviation just makes it simpler to write and identify the difference between the character and the show. BtVS obviously refers to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). Also, there was an episode of Buffy entitled "Angel" (Angel (1997)), so AtS helps clear up confusion. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • These terms are frequently used by fans of Joss Whedon's shows. 'Angelverse' refers to Angel: The Series only. 'Buffyverse' is used to cover all things that relate to both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as they share much of the same canon (a body of work considered "authentic" or "certified" within an illusory universe). 'Whedonverse' is the collective term for all Joss' shows (so basically add 'Firefly (2002)' and 'Dollhouse (2009)' to the above!) Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The simple answer is no, you don't. Lots of people have only watched Angel without it affecting their understanding of the show.

    However, as the character Angel (David Boreanaz) did begin on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and was in fact a featured character for the first three seasons, a lot of his back story contained there. Also, a lot of characters 'crossover' (see below for a comprehensive list) from time and time and many came to stay - Cordelia( Charisma Carpenter) and Wesley (Alexis Denisof) being the most obvious. Also, as the shows share a lot of canon, there are some benefits in watching both.

    But to re-emphasise, it is not necessary and nearly everything you need to understand about Angel is explained in the show. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • There are several, as some Buffyverse characters are quite mobile! Below is a list of both the main and minor crossovers, with the Angel episodes highlighted in blue and the Buffy episodes in red.

    More comprehensive Episode Guides are available at:

    AtS: BtVS:

    Main Crossovers:

    1. Buffy #4.3 The Harsh Light of Day to Angel #1.3 In the Dark

    -Spike follows Oz, who has the gem/ring of Amara, from Sunnydale to L.A.

    2. Angel #1.7 The Batchelor Party to Buffy #4.8 Pangs to Angel #1.8 I Will Remember You

    -Angel goes to Sunnydale to 'help' Buffy, and she follows him back to L.A.

    3. Buffy #4.15 This Year's Girl & #4.16 Who Are You? to Angel #1.18 Five by Five & #1.19 Sanctuary to Buffy #4.20 The Yoko Factor

    -Faith 'Arc' and Angel revisits Sunnydale.

    4. Buffy #5.7 Fool For Love to Angel #2.7 Darla

    -Flashback to earlier vampire days first from Spike's perspective, then Darla's.

    5. Angel #2.11 Redefinition to Buffy #5.14 Crush

    -Drusilla travels from L.A. to Sunnydale.

    6. Buffy #5.14 Crush to Angel #2.17 Disharmony

    -Having departed Sunnydale, Harmony visits her friend Cordelia in L.A.; Willow appears briefly.

    7. Buffy #7.17 Lies My Parents Told Me to Angel #4.15 Orpheus

    -Andrew/Willow receive a phone call from Fred that takes Willow to L.A.

    8. Angel #4.15 Orpheus to Buffy #7.18 Dirty Girls

    • Willow returns to Sunnydale with Faith.

    8. Angel #4.22 Home to Buffy #7.21 End of Days & #7.22 Chosen

    -Angel takes the Amulet to Sunnydale.

    Some Minor Crossovers (phonecalls,offscreen references etc):

    1. Buffy #4.1 The Freshman to Angel #1.1 City Of..

    • Angel phones Buffy.

    2. Buffy #5.22 The Gift to Angel #2.22 There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb

    -Willow goes to L.A. with news about Buffy.

    3. Buffy #6.4 Flooded to Angel #3.4 Carpe Noctem

    -Buffy and Angel meet offscreen.

    4. Buffy #7.22 Chosen to Angel #5.11 Damage

    • The consequences from happenings in Sunnydale are veiwed from L.A.

    (all detail supplied by Angel_Angelus) Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Each name represents a 'phase' of his life.

    Prior to being sired, Angel (David Boreanaz) was named was 'Liam'. There is no real knowledge of his last name - 'OConnor' is fan-fiction based on Angel's choice of his son's name, not canon. As an unsouled vampire he was known as 'Angelus', finally taking on the name 'Angel' after he was re-ensouled. Angelus was chosen because his little sister, Kathy, invited him in as a vampire when she thought he'd returned to her as an angel - Angelus is the Latinate for "Angel". (The Prodigal (2000)). Due to his lack of a last name, Fred puts him on Connor's birth certificate as 'Geraldo Angel' (Ans supplied by Nileqt87 and Angel_Angelus).

    According to Buffy: The Watcher's Guide: Volume One, Angel's name before he was sired was Liam O'Malley. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • In brief, a gypsy curse was placed on him in 1898 in Romania that returned his human soul. The outcome of this is, although he is still a vampire, he is now aware of his murderous crimes and is forced to feel the remorse.

    All details of this can be found in Angel's Character Profile here - There are spoiler warnings. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Their sirings are all shown in flashbacks:

    Darla (Julie Benz) sired in Colonial Virginia in 1609 by the Master. (Mark Metcalf)

    Angelus(David Boreanaz) in Galway Ireland in 1753 by Darla.

    Drusilla(Juliet Landau) in London in 1860 by Angelus.

    Spike (James Marsters) in London in 1880 by Drusilla.

    These seem to be the dates from which their ages are tallied. Although, if you want to get really technical, Liam (Angel) was born in 1727 (and is referred to as "a man of just 20 years and 6" at his funeral). Angel also lost at least 100 years in a hell dimension, but never seems to count those years when calculating his age. As to why their ages are sometimes fudged in the series, there are three possibilities. One is that Giles' (Anthony Head) books are wrong. Another is that, after a few centuries, you begin to forget your exact age. The third is that the writers forgot. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • "A wizard did it." Seriously, if you can go along with the concept of a demon inhabiting a human corpse, including walking and talking and suddenly having super kung-fu action powers, then just keep that disbelief suspended a little longer - they're mystical creatures; it's not like anyone has any clue how a vampire would actually work. (PreachCaleb via RyeTheVampireSlayer)

    We know they can apparently bleed, heal, have sex, eat, and get drunk without functioning circulatory or digestive systems, and this is part of the mythology-accept it!

    A brief list of functions relatively unique to AtS/BtVS is as follows:

    Breathing: Apparently vampires don't breathe and are unaffected by poisonous gases. Angel visits Jasmine's home dimension with no ill effects and survives underwater. However, having said that, they do seem to have functioning lungs, which allow them to speak, smoke and pant. They can be choked, though apparently they can learn to ignore it. Though not needing breathing to "survive", they seemingly feel very bad when they cannot.

    Smell: Vampires have an acute sense of smell (another prove they breathe). They are especially sensitive to the smell of blood and can detect it in the smallest amounts. A vampire can distinguish individual humans and vampires by scent. Spike in particular has an acute sense of smell demonstrated when looking for Buffy in Sunnydale and tracking a rogue slayer. Additionally, Angel can apparently tell by sniffing Wes that he had sex with a bleached blonde the night before!

    Taste (Eating and Drinking): A vampire's normal diet consists solely of blood, preferably human, but other animals will suffice, with pigs, rats and otters (!) apparently being the most common. AtS and BtVS make no distinction between whether blood is from a living or dead source. They will not die without drinking blood, but rather become living skeletons (Pangs (1999)). However, the craving for blood seems to be controlled by the demon within and is almost irresistible.

    Other food is not required and Angel says that it has little flavour. Spike enjoys quite a varied diet, but a deleted line of script says that he does it mainly to pass the time. Both comment that the vampire constitution means they take longer to be affected by alcohol. Angel occasionally drinks coffee in AtS but in the third season of BtVS, he tells Joyce Summers that he doesn't drink coffee because the caffeine makes him jittery.

    Strength: From the moment of siring, vampires seem to become unusually strong. It seems strength increases with age, but varies from individual to individual. Strength and recuperative powers can be enhanced by drinking blood from special humans like slayers (Graduation Day: Part 2 (1999)) and other 'special humans or demons.' Although they can be injured or drugged to the point of temporary incapacity, they are largely immune to most fatal injuries and heal with exceptional speed. Their response to electrical charges seems wildly inconsistent; Angel is incapacitated by a taser on multiple occasions, but the electrical charge he absorbs from super-girl Gwen Raiden has quite the opposite effect. The difference, though, is that a taser is a technical device, while Gwen is a mystical creature.

    (There are many more; these are the ones most asked about. You can post questions on the board for others.) Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The short answer is no. In the Buffyverse, vampires are choosy about who they turn and the process is called 'siring.' The vampire who turns you (and apparently anyone in the prior bloodline- according to Joss!) is called your 'Sire.'

    A vampire bites his intended victim, then makes him or her drink some of the vampire's own blood - apparently, according to Darla, the urge to do this is irresistable! Following this, the victim presumably dies of blood loss. After a greatly varying time (from minutes to days), a demon takes over the body and a new vampire rises. That vampires are 'demons in human form' is why their faces change when attacking and why they are referred to as 'half breeds.'

    There is reference to rituals of burial, etc. but these (including actually being buried) are apparently not necessary to the outcome. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • You can't 'kill' a vampire, as they are already technically dead (undead?). They can be destroyed, however; in these shows, they use the term 'dusting,' as when one of the following methods is applied, both vampire and his clothes turn to dust in a matter of seconds.

    1. Wooden stake directly to the heart. Any wooden object will do (Willow uses a pencil!) as long it's directly into the non-beating, walnutty heart. No other similar attacks will work, and we frequently see Angel stabbed, shot, impaled and pummelled with only pain and injury ensuing.

    2. Decapitation. Removal of the head, and only the head, will dust a vampire. Cutting off any other part of their body will not kill them nor dust the removed part, and the part does not regenerate.

    3. Sunlight. Exposure to natural direct sunlight causes a vampire to ignite, then dust. However, older vampires seem to be able to stand some exposure (depending on how important they are to the story!).

    4. Fire. If set on fire and completely engulfed in flames, the vampire once again smokes, then dusts. Once again, this is not always consistent.

    Other things usually associated with killing vampires like Holy Water and crucifixes seem to burn, smoke and cause great pain (The Trial, Destiny, etc.), but not necessarily kill. Cordelia hangs garlic in her room with no explanation (Rm w/a Vu (1999)). Silver is never mentioned. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Wolfram & Hart is a law firm, but it is also the latest incarnation of an evil international/interdimesional organization run by ancient demons called the Wolf, the Ram and the Hart, or as their employees call them, the 'Senior Partners.' The organization has always existed in one form or another since the dawn of human history (the Spanish Inquisition and the Khmer Rouge are known previous incarnations) and has always worked to corrupt the world and the people in it.

    As a law firm, Wolfram & Hart exploits and manipulates the legal system to favour their criminal and demonic clients. Other endeavours include searching for beings with special abilities and turning them to evil, hoarding prophecies and mystic items, and working on their plans for the apocalypse.

    (Ans supplied by Wolfram-And-Hart) Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The Shanshu Prophecy is first mentioned in Blind Date (2000) when Angel, with the help of Lindsey, breaks into the vault at Wolfram and Hart to steal some CDs. Without knowing why, he is drawn to and steals the Prophecy. Part of the "Scrolls of Aberjian," one of the prophecies it contains says that the "vampire with a soul" will play a pivotal role in the apocalypse, but doesn't specify whether for good or evil. It concludes that once the vampire has played his role, he will have his slate wiped clean and become mortal, becoming human once again. As Angel is (at least at that time) the only known "vampire with a soul," he can only assume that the prophecy refers to him. It therefore becomes part of what he aims to achieve throughout the series - he believes he will find redemption if he can fulfil the prophecy. It is last mentioned when Angel goes to the Circle of the Black Thorn in Not Fade Away (2004).

    Angel's level of belief in the Prophecy varies greatly throughout the series. What he actually wants to achieve from it is debated by many fans and entirely up to the viewer. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The visions ultimately drive him crazy, thus showing Cordelia that she was meant to carry them (the visions). According to the show's creators, without Cordelia there to ground him and support him, the visions become too much for him to handle alone, after the trauma of losing Doyle. From this, Cordelia realizes that she does have the necessary strength, and that the team would not have been able to function without her. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The show doesn't give any definitive answer to this question. Since this is an alternate reality, there is no definite possibility that the hotel could not have been open. There are other ways of ridding a paranoia demon (though it is also possible that the demon was still there and doing well for himself; we simply never see him in the course of the story). Wesley had said that Angel had often sent them on wild goose chases to save his own victims from the past. He could have very well sent them to the hotel to stop the demon, not because he got a vision, but because of a memory. Without Angel and his crew laying a claim to the hotel (backed by David Nabbit), the previously popular Hyperion was acquired by some real estate banker and was made to shine once again. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Throughout the Angel series, we don't REALLY know who The Powers that Be are. If they're good, why would they let a former power take over Cordelia? Some say that The Powers that Be are actually The Senior Partners of Wolfram & Hart, working for good and evil.

    The demon known as Jasmine from season four is described as a "Power that Was," or a fallen power. While she brings about world peace, she does so by committing acts that would be found evil and tyrannical by many, lending credence to the notion of the Powers being ambiguous in alignment.

    It is stated by Jasmine that before man existed, powerful beings walked the earth, but eventually the evil beings took over, and the good beings had to leave earth. They watched from a distance, but didn't directly intervene; these powers became the "powers that be." Jasmine was a rogue power, and even so, what she was doing for earth wasn't actually evil in her mind; rather, she was doing what she thought was for the greater good, indicating that the powers are most likely either good or at least neutral. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The outside of the hotel is the Los Altos Apartments at 4121 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California, USA. The first Wolfram & Hart office (seasons 1-4) is the Sony Center at 10000 Washington Blvd, Culver City, California, USA. Other locations are welcome! Edit (Coming Soon)

  • We know he has sex with Buffy in 'I will remember you', Darla in 'Epiphany', Eve during 'Life of the Party' and Nina in 'Power Play'. Also heavily suggested he has group sex with the three 'Transcending Furies' sisters in season 3 and at least get's to the topless stage with Cordelia in 'Waiting in the WIngs', certainly second and very possibly third base. Cordelia seems to have a prediliction for getting pregnant by various demons in 'Expecting', 'Epiphany' and via Connor in 'Apocalypse Nowish'. She also has sex with the half-demon Groosulag during season 3 and refers to having sex with someone in her car other than Xander during her time on Buffy. She and Xander kiss but to judge from his 'I can't believe I had sex' remark following his seduction by Faith in 'The Zeppo' he and Cordelia don't go any further. Wes has sex with Virginia, Lilah and an unnamed blonde, Gunn has sex with Fred and Gwen and Spike has sex with Harmony. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Presumably others made offscreen but based purely on what we see onscreen during the course of Buffy;TS and Angel; TS and remarks made by characters on both shows;

    Angel (including those made on Buffy;TS but excluding those made as Angelus); 48 vamps, 74 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 14 humans, one werewolf and one cyborg- 144 kills

    Spike (including those as a Scooby on Buffy but excluding those whilst evil) ; 21 vamps, 15 demons+1 human+one parasite-38

    Gunn; 13 vamps+ 16 demons, 5 zombies, 1 human- 35

    Wes; 16 demons+5 vamps, 5 zombies, 4 humans, 2 cyborgs-32 kills

    Connor; 16 vamps, 5 zombies, 4 demons, one god-26

    Fred; 3 vamps+ 14 demons, 5 zombies-22

    Cordy (including those made on Buffy but excluding those made whilst possessed by evil): 5 vamps, 3½ demons- 9 kills

    Illyria (after she joins AI); 1 devil, 3 humans and whatever Cyrus Vail is?-5

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Groo; 1 demon

    Lorne; 1 human Edit (Coming Soon)

  • It varies over time but the generally accepted answer is 11; Angel, Doyle, Cordelia, Wes, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, The Groosalug, Connor, Spike and Illyria with recurring characters such as Faith, Willow and Gwen as temporary members. The team are at their most numerous in 'Orpheus' (Angel, Wes, Gunn, Fred, Lorne, Connor and Cordelia with Willow and Faith guesting) and least numerous in 'Parting Gifts' when they have been reduced to just Angel and Cordelia. Most fans consider Angel, Wes, Cordelia, Gunn, Fred and Lorne to be the definitive line-up. Edit (Coming Soon)

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  • It's possible, Buffy/Angel and 'Cabin in the Woods' all feature otherworldly threats and secret government organisations (The Initiative trying to exploit them, The Conspiracy trying to appease them and Shield trying to combat them). Humanity may have left Earth to establish the Firefly/Serenity colonies after the 'Cabin in the Woods'/Dollhouse apocalypses and this would explain Paris being in ruins at the end of Alien; Resurrection. We also have the doll Miss Edith belonging to vampire Drusilla from Buffy/Angel in the basement in Cabin in the Woods and Thor glimpsing the three figures dressed as a Wolf, a Ram and Hart in his dream in Avengers; Age of Ultron, Wolfram and Hart being the villains from Angel. Edit (Coming Soon)


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