I mean, a tale told in twelve acts that has absolutely no consequence?
Were the writers told 'don't advance any of these three characters in any meaningful way, And these are the only ones you're allowed to use. Oh and they can't leave modern day Dublin. Oh and throw in a half-baked love triangle thing. yeah? Oh it'll be fine just throw in lots of red herring imagery and make 'em hold out for that big reveal in issue 12, we still get their money!'
The one major thing about this season is that Angel came out of looking really kinda bad; a lot of his self-justification and complete lack of intellect when dealing with problems almost soured me on the character...Bring back the guy from A&F S9 or better yet the show/AtF.
I really think that you are kinda right on the marching orders. Not sure if you read the Q/A linked above but CB essentially says: "I took my marching orders from higher up, as it were. The broad outline was that this should be a “time travel road trip” so that’s where I started. Furthermore, there needed to be some developments between Fred and Illyria as they came to respect each other more, but with the caveat that they both relate to Angel differently. So together, those concepts produced the story that you’re reading!"
Agreed. I've gotten to the point where, I sometimes don't even rcognize him. His trying to end his own existence is probably the stupidest crap ever. Connor doesn't exist, Buffy probably dies (Harvest/Prophecy Girl)
the physicist Rainy potentially ends the world
Fred stays in Pylea
hell maybe the Nazi's win the war (idk how important what he did in Why We Fight was to the bigger effort...).
Either way that he just doesn't seem to consider any of this seriously. It is incredibly frustrating.
On a different note, I have come around to the idea of Angel/Fred
The Frangel thing *shudder* doesn't work from her side and definitely not from his;
you know that's the other (of the long list) thing that frustrates me is - what the heck does Angel feel about the Fred or Illyria thing?
Geez people, just ignore the comics dreck entirely and the verse is a much better place. It ends with AtS S5 and all is well.
I just finished reading the season and I have serious mixed emotions.
On one end, I am very disappointed in the creative team's use of Angelus and Darla.
They're known to be these huge baddies in the Buffyverse (especially back in the 1700s), yet all we get is this super short fight scene between them and Angel + Fred/Illyria and then they get tossed out of the plot line with Illyria's time travelling. There was literally so much potential to raise the stakes of the story by keeping Angelus and Darla in the plot for a longer time so that they could have the opportunity to mess up Angel's plans while also exploring the contrasts between Angelus and Angel's morals.
BUT at the same time, I thought the entire concept of revisiting the past was really intriguing.
For instance, I enjoyed all the segments where we got to look at Angel's time as a human and the bottled-up emotions he has regarding his family. This especially gave me some serious feels:
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It was also nice to see more of Illyria's compassionate side and then comparing that to her past as an evil egg-looking-god-self.
Anyway, I'm in a weird limbo where I love/hate this season. I liked the topics and themes that were explored, but so much more could've been done to make it better 🙃
I'm getting it because I've got the other library editions. However this season is rubbish and only surpassed in rubishness by the Giles series.So as a huge Angel and Bangel fan I was really disappointed with the majority of the Dark Horse comics....I somewhat enjoyed season 9 of Angel and Faith....The library edition of this is up for pre order......Should I skip it team?
It appears I pre-ordered S11 in February. TBH, I'm one of the few who enjoyed (I also enjoyed Giles) but I tend to buy them irrespective of whether I like them just because I've got all the others. They're not that expensive when compared to volumes like Absolute Sandman - £17 for A11 - anywhere between £50-100 for Sandman/Lucifer.So as a huge Angel and Bangel fan I was really disappointed with the majority of the Dark Horse comics....I somewhat enjoyed season 9 of Angel and Faith....The library edition of this is up for pre order......Should I skip it team?