Angel - Season Five (2003)
Live fast. Die never.
IMDb Rating 8.6 (9,217 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
David Boreanaz Angel/Angelus
Alexis Denisof Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
James Marsters Spike
Mercedes McNab Harmony
J. August Richards Charles Gunn
Charisma Carpenter Cordelia Chase
Andy Hallett Lorne
Amy Acker Winifred "Fred" Burkle / Illyria
Lives were upended--and some co-opted--in the fifth and final season of Angel, as the denizens of Angel Investigations found themselves taking on one of their scariest endeavors ever: corporate life. After making a literal deal with the devil (or something distinctly devil-like), Angel (David Boreanaz) moved his team from their crumbling hotel to the high-rise digs of law-firm-from-hell Wolfram & Hart, his reasoning being they could better fight the forces of evil from the inside, and with more resources to boot. Clever maneuvering or easy rationalization? Not a few members of Angel's team accused him of selling out (as did a number of viewers), but as with most of the show's previous four seasons, Angel somehow took a dubious premise and mined it for gold. And with one core cast member gone (Charisma Carpenter, whose Cordelia was immersed in a deep coma), it seemed as if the show, from within and without, would suddenly fall apart--that is, until Angel's longtime nemesis Spike (James Marsters) showed up, fresh from his sacrificial roasting at the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Let the vampire games begin!

With Buffy off the air, fans flocked to Angel's last season to get their fix of Joss Whedon's "Buffyverse" in any form they could, and the addition of Spike was a shrewd one, albeit not enough to keep the show from getting canceled. And for the first half of the season, the creative forces behind the show seemed to be toying ruthlessly with the audience. Spike was around, but not entirely corporeal; Angel himself became sullen and withdrawn; and most horrifically, sweetheart scientist Fred (Amy Acker) and former watcher Wesley (Alexis Denisof) underwent traumas that would test even the most devoted viewer. However, just when you'd be about to throw in the towel, things started changing for the better--Spike became a permanent fixture (both in the flesh and on the show), Angel's secret motives were revealed, and the introduction of demon warrior Illyria, who proved to be the show's answer to Buffy's sardonic demon-made-human Anya, was a welcome breath of fresh air. Creatively, Angel also came up with some of its best episodes, including "Smile Time" (where Angel is turned into a puppet ? really!) and "You're Welcome" (the show's 100th episode, which marked the bittersweet return of Carpenter's Cordelia). The ending of the series was deliberately ambiguous, and not everyone made it through alive, but in going out kicking, it was a proper sendoff for a show that always fought the good fight. --Mark Englehart

Movie Details
Genre Action; Drama; Fantasy; Television
20th Century Fox
Series Angel
Movie Release Date 2003
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 990 mins
Color Color
Episodes Features
Episode 1 Conviction (1)
Episode 2 Just Rewards (2)
Episode 3 Unleashed
Episode 4 Hell Bound
Episode 5 Life of the Party
Episode 6 The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco
Episode 7 Lineage
Episode 8 Destiny
Episode 9 Harm's Way
Episode 10 Soul Purpose
Episode 11 Damage
Episode 12 You're Welcome
Episode 13 Why We Fight
Episode 14 Smile Time
Episode 15 A Hole in the World
Episode 16 Shells
Episode 17 Underneath
Episode 18 Origin
Episode 19 Time Bomb
Episode 20 The Girl in Question
Episode 21 Power Play
Episode 22 Not Fade Away
  • All 22 Season Five episodes on 6 discs
  • Selected audio commentary by Joss Whedon, David Boreanaz, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Sarah Thompson, Christian Kane, Juliet Landau, Adam Baldwin, Skip Schoolnik, David Fury, Steven S. DeKnight, Jeffrey Bell, Brent Fletcher, Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain
  • "Angel: The Final Season" overview with cast and crew interviews
  • "Hey Kids! It's Smile Time," "Angel 100," "Angel: Choreography of a Stunt," "To Live & To Die in L.A.: The Best of Angel," "Halos & Horns: Recurring Villainy," and "Angel Unbound: The Gag Reels" featurettes
  • Crew
    Director Joss Whedon; James A. Contner
    Writer Joss Whedon; David Greenwalt
    Cinematography Ross Berryman; Herbert Davis
    User Credit 2 Shawna Trpcic; Jessica Pazdernik
    Producer Joss Whedon; Kelly A. Manners; Shawn Ryan
    User Credit 1 Mark Goldman; Mark S. Westmore
    Musician Robert J. Kral; Christophe Beck
    Edition Details
    Edition Special Edition
    Region 1
    Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3, Letterboxed)
    Widescreen (16:9)
    Format DVD
    Layers Single Side, Single Layer
    Barcode 024543131083
    Release Date 2/15/2005
    Subtitles English; Spanish
    Packaging Keep Case
    Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
    Nr of Disks/Tapes 6
    Personal Details
    Seen It Yes
    Index 279
    Collection Status In Collection
    Tags Returning Character Killed Off, Cult Hero, Good Versus Evil, Redemption, Physical Abuse
    Also Known As:
    Angel: The Series (USA)

    Filming Locations:
    Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA (more)

    The character Doyle wasn't originally supposed to be an Irishman but was written as such when Glenn Quinn was cast as Doyle. The role of Doyle was Quinn's first role where he was able to use his own Irish accent. (more)

    Revealing mistakes: A goof seen in the first episode ("City of") that appears in the opening credits of every episode is when Angel is walking down an alley. In a puddle of water you can see his reflection. (more)

    Angel: [about Eve's replacement as the Senior Partner's liason] Damn... he is well dressed. (more)

    Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 9 wins & 41 nominations (more)

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