I watched "The Girl In Question" last night for my season 5 rewatch, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Illyria when she saved Fred's parents and Wesley the heartbreak of losing Fred. Her appearing as Fred was amazing imo
Yes, I was astounded at Amy Acker's portrayal of Illyria. Honestly, I couldn't take my eyes off of her.Tremendous amounts of respect for Amy Acker for pulling off two amazing characters who were so completely different, yet both with such substance. When Fred died I thought the show lost a great character, irreplaceable, but Illyria stepped in (literally) and I was taken aback at how well acted and interesting she was.
Also, the fact that Amy can portray Illyria even without the makeup is worthy of massive respect.To say that I was pleasantly surprised when Illyria transformed into Fred when her parents were in town would be an understatement.
In fact, I gained a new kind of respect for Illyria.
I liked her comment when Angel explained he'd taken that item from her sarcophagus; "Sneaky."There are many subtle things about her that fascinated me. One subtle bit was how after she slowed time she focused her gaze on Angel, seemingly frozen in time, as if something was bugging her about it...and then Angel hits her from behind (he'd taken something from Illyria's crypt that gave him resistance to Illyria's powers, which even she thought was clever, though not enough--I've wondered if he still had that on him when Angel would later be caught in her "wake" as she shifted through her own time loop). I imagine she was sensing a "hollowness" to the image that looked more like a photograph rather than a person there, which is why she stared (and perhaps frustrated with her host body to get a better idea on what was wrong with the image before her).
I like when she goes to Wes...not just that she went to him and all that most others like, but how she's not sure why. He asks, "Concerned?" And says with some amazement, "I think so." No disgust or anything, just bemused with herself, which really made her feel like an alien mind trapped in a human body, and how she was learning to be human as well as live in the world. The "I wish to do more violence" after really struck me as "hurt people hurt others" rather than anything demonic, though of course she wouldn't yet fully realize that.