From: Gerald So ( gso@optonline.net)
Date: 03 Apr 2005

Mark wrote:

<< Kevin, haven't you cited Angel as a great hardboiled show? Isn't it also noir? Isn't Angel screwed? >>

The ANGEL article on Thrilling Detective was contributed by Mark Geldmeyer and Phil Eagle. I watched the show more or less from beginning to end. It lost much of its P.I. feel halfway through Season Three, but would still qualify as noir as a whole. In an episode from the fifth and final season that aired on TNT Friday, Angel admits to his band of friends--now entangled with a demonic L.A. law firm--that evil is ultimately relentless, but the occasional heroic act can slow its progress.

In the first season finale, it's prophesied that vampire-with-a-soul Angel will be involved in a few apocalypses, but that he will ultimately become human (i.e. redeem himself). Angel is definitely screwed in the end, however. In the final episode, having signed away his role in the prophecy, Angel and friends make a final hopeless stand against an army of evil.

Gerald http://geraldso.blogspot.com/

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