S3 is dark. S4 is even darker. I miss the colours of S2. By the way, are S3 and S4 really two seperate parts of the Angel-story? They weave so seamlessly into each other and so much of S3 is simply set up for S4.
I wonder, is there ever a normal state in Angel Investigations? It feels as though they are always thorn apart by some crisis. Now there is just Gunn and Fred together with a seriously scary Connor.
Angel's dreams are very well done, especially the one that seems inspired by Buffy's flashback in "The Body." I wonder if CC intentionally delivers her confession of love for Angel so awkwardly. She sometimes struggles with certain emotional lines. However, the odd way Angel says he is sorry adds a sense of mischief to the scene. The way the light illuminates only the lower row of Angel's teeth as he screams inside his box gives him a hilarious under-bite.
Fred has bored me since "Fredless," but Amy Acker does a great job of portraying Fred at the end of her ropes. It is sad to see Gunn and Fred implode, though.
Lilah must have tasted salt as she licked Wesley's glistening body and she is right off to work. Does nobody shower after sex in the Buffyverse? I really like these two, though. My feelings on Wesley are mixed, but it is exciting to see him go off the deep end. However, I fear that the writers are a little too much in love with their own creation. Fred's line: "You really don't care anymore, do you?" is especially awkward. S4 could almost be dubbed Wesley the Show.
Rewatching the earlier seasons, it struck me that Lilah has really been the underdog of Wolfram and Hart so far. Despite her swagger, she is mostly bullied around by her male colleges. She lacks Lindsay's edge. Her only real victory so far was blackmailing Angel into breaking out Billy, and that ended up badly for her. But now she is chopping heads and giving orders. Stephanie is so great at playing smug, so it is a joy to see her triumph now and again.
Fred taking her anger out on Connor with a tazer seems extreme.
Angel is pretty scary as he confronts Connor. His speech is amazing. I once made a joke about how it reflects on the show itself, that the characters of this seasons is better than the plot.
This episode is a great start, but I am scared to move forward.