I disagree with you here - Angel spent a good number of years solitary. It's not outside the realm of possibility that it would make a person withdraw and feel awkward around others (which we saw on Buffy). Plus the way people act and interact had changed many many times over Angel's lifespan. He might have been comfortable socially as Liam or Angelus but as Angel 2.0 could very understandably not be comfortable in social settings.2) The idea that a 250 year old person, particularly Angel, lacks social skills never rang true to me and thankfully that was dropped as the season progressed.
1. He's fine as a one shot villain. The actor convinces as a slimy character.A few questions for those that have watched,
What did you think of Russell?
Did you think that it was a good pilot for someone that hasn't watched Buffy?
Was there any parts you would change?
Did Cordelia have too much faith in Angel, when she spoke of him to Russell?
Creepy, unpleasant, slimy one-shot villain, and worked well as that.What did you think of Russell?
Absolutely. Doyle's summation works very well. I would go so far as to say it would make somebody intrigued enough to go and watch Buffy if they hadn't seen it before. Buffy herself is portrayed as a true-blue heroine who turned Angel's life around and inspired him, who wouldn't want to see how?Did you think that it was a good pilot for someone that hasn't watched Buffy?
Make the stunt double stuff less obvious. It's quite distracting in this episode; especially when Angel fights Russell.Was there any parts you would change?
Not really. She's seen Angel as a protector-type since early S2. She's sassy but she's still basically a damsel.Did Cordelia have too much faith in Angel, when she spoke of him to Russell?