This is an interesting one.
On one level the plot is actually very basic. Evil bad guy attacks Hero's friends. Hero gets mad and stomps him. While the Bad guy shot in the daylight doesnt work and looks like he's coming from an SnM party.
Yet inspite of all of that it's really fun episode. A nice pace with some great effects and fight scene. The stand off between Lyndsey and Angel is fantastic. While its arguably one of Charisma's best performances on the show. The writers get to destroy Angel HQ which apparently they hated filming in. Oh yeah the extras in paint also die too
All in all a good fun season finale stage for S2 with the Box reveal 😎
I love this finale, I think it's very well-written and sets up the characterisation and future Season 2 arcs nicely. Cordelia in particular gets put on her path for the next season and I love how, even though she doesn't fully understand why Angel is so cut off from life, she tries her best to help him. It's so cute how she goes shopping and buys him all those paints in order to help him develop a hobby. You can tell her heart's in the right place, even if she doesn't properly get Angel's mind-frame. I also love the last scene of her, Wes and Angel in her apartment as she fixes them lunch and refers to them as family.
Also, this had one of the best cliffhangers on AtS, when I first watched it and they revealed who was in the box, I was gobsmacked. Loved that reveal.