It’s kind of a thing

On the end of Angel

By Dave Menendez
Thursday, May 20, 2004, at 5:22 PM

Summary: Angel and his friends have gone out fighting. My thoughts, with links to some deeper thoughts by others.

Well, last night was the last night for Angel, and what an ending it was. A bit rushed, perhaps, but I’ll forgive them that under the circumstances. Some have called the ending a cliffhanger, but I think that’s a misinterpretation. As much as I want the gang to survive that battle at the end of the episode, even that victory wouldn’t actually end anything. The Senior Partners are like the aliens in Space Invaders: they just keep coming, until eventually you slip up and die.

Or maybe Missle Command. Most of the old video games are like that. You kept playing until you died or your level overflowed a buffer and the game crashed. (“Sure, eight bits is enough to store the level number! Who’s gonna get through 255 levels?”) The point wasn’t to win; it was to have a good time playing.

Some more coherent thoughts by others:

I’ll miss this show. I’ll miss the characters and their complicated relationships. Heck, I miss Fred and Illyria. But at least they got to go out deliberately, rather than being cut off mid-stream like Firefly and Wonderfalls.