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Angel - S01E02

Science Fiction . Fantasy . Drama . Adventure . Action
 

Angel, with the aid of a new friend, tracks a serial killer whose hunting ground is L.A.'s single bars.

 
Episode Title: Lonely Hearts
Airs: 1999-10-12 at
  • Jonathan Storm

    Angel is more straight-ahead action than Buffy, but it is a spin-off that twirls terrificly. Plunked behind Buffy, it completes the most joyously entertaining two hours on television. [5 Oct 1999, p.E01]

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Terry Jackson

    Boreanaz oozes the perfect mixture of angst and irony. He's darkly foreboding when necessary, and then slips into the glib, smart humor that's the hallmark of the Buffy franchise. [5 Oct 1999, p.1E]

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    In the pilot, at least, Whedon manages to capture some of the same "Buffy" sensibility -- a rare combination of sexual energy, irony, intelligence, hot bodies, cool moves, action, menace and comic relief. The challenge is to sustain that tricky tone for a full season. [5 Oct 1999, p.1E]

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Steve Johnson

    Angel turns out to be as nimble, in its own way, as "Buffy" itself, and Boreanaz a revelation. It helps matters that Whedon has said his primary focus this year will be on the progeny, not the parent. [4 Oct 1999, p.1]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    The good news is that the folks behind "Buffy" -- notably writer-creator Joss Whedon -- have come along for this new chapter in a vampire's life and, at least for the first episode, have brought their wit, style and keen sense of pop culture with them. [4 Oct 1999, p.1C]

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Some weeks, the series works beautifully, moving along like the otherworldly detective show it's meant to be. ... But other times Angel can tip too far into jokiness—or, worse, come off like a supernatural version of hollow USA Network shows such as Silk Stalkings.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Angel abounds in the kinds of frills, luxuries and extras that make it a cheerfully guilty pleasure--and also, on occasion, a very bloody mess. [5 Oct 1999, p.C01]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    Darker and more adult than the campy Buffy, Angel works like a detective series with supernatural overtones: Raymond Chandler meets The X-Files. [5 Oct 1999, p.E1]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Angel the WB's new child of "Buffy," is no ordinary spinoff, and it has the potential to become a witty hour of unearthly allegory in its own right. If it can maintain a sense of humor about itself, Angel, which stars David Boreanaz as Buffy's brooding former beau, may become one of those rare spinoffs that isn't merely a flat-out cash-in. [5 Oct 1999, p.D1]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    In Angel, both Angel and Cordelia are far more appealing than they were in Buffy. [5 Oct 1999, p.1D]

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joyce Millman

    Not only does Angel make sense as an extension of the "Buffy" mythology, it makes Angel seem more alive than he's been in about, oh, 240 years

    Salon Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Angel upholds Whedon's spellbinding "Buffy" mantle and expands it, taking his surprisingly mature and witty view of life among the supernatural into an adult realm. [5 Oct 1999, p.B27]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    Given that there's no earthly reason for Angel besides the sex appeal of David Boreanaz, it looks like a pretty good show.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    At heart, Angel is another Whedon treatise on the need to accept responsibility and to move past atonement to engagement. But Whedon never overemphasizes his deeper meanings, and neither should we. [5 Oct 1999, p.1D]

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Besides its hulking, gloomy lead and self-absorbed-as-ever foil Cordelia, Angel also borrows Buffy's stylish thrills and its flashes of humor, sharp and surprising as teeth on your neck in a dark alley. Here's hoping it ultimately infuses more originality into the dynastic bloodline as well.

    Time Full Review
  • Laura Fries

    As good a couple as he and Sarah Michelle Gellar made, Boreanaz was too boxed in by the "Buffy" love story. The actor, formerly tagged by some as just another pretty face, is given much more to do here and proves that he can handle the load. [4 Oct 1999, p.4]

    Variety Full Review
  • Caryn James

    This first episode won't grab new viewers by the throat either, although it does reveal David Boreanaz's immense attraction as the brooding, hunky, laconic vampire. [5 Oct 1999, p.E7]

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    The first episode of Angel is exciting and enticing. [5 Oct 1999, p.74]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    Weighed down by an uncertain design, the rookie series certainly is off to a rocky start. [5 Oct 1999, p.2E]

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    The premiere of Angel suggests this is a fairly grim and humorless series, though perhaps not entirely predictable. With no Buffy to offset the intensely glowering and eternally brooding Angel (David Boreanaz), the former love of her life, the spinoff becomes a sort of "Touched By a Vampire," a show in danger of taking itself far too seriously and the audience far too lightly. [4 Oct 1999]

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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