The Angel Awards
Derek McCaw asked me to prepare the Angel Awards like the
Buffy Awards, I
thought it might be fun to see what the fans thought as well.
So special thanks to everyone who submitted nominations and
voted in our polls. I couldn’t include everything, so
I tried to stick to the basics. It was a lot of fun and reminded
me again what a great show we all got to enjoy for five years.
Chose: Spike (by a large margin)
I Chose: Scruffy Wes
hetero male I don’t have the best qualifications for
this category. I consulted with my friend and long time
fan Karol, but she went completely off the board with Lindsey.
But based on personal experience and observation, I picked
Wes. Women always seem to go for a guy who has been wounded
and/or a guy with a couple of days growth (look what it
did for George
Chose: You’re Welcome
I Chose: Anything That Didn’t Have A Connor-Cordelia
Honorable Mention: The Cautionary Tale of Numero
you chose “You’re Welcome” out of the
sentimentality of seeing Cordelia and/or Doyle (via videotape)
one last time. Or perhaps you appreciated Angel finally
summing up how most fans felt about Eve: “Eve, I mind
you breathing. Get out.” Or probably you liked the
fact that Cordelia put Angel back on track. Along those
lines was a little gem of an episode earlier in season five
with an excellent Danny Mora as Numero Cinco, the masked
man pushing the mail
cart in so many earlier Wolfram & Hart scenes.
I Chose: Why We Fight
writers should have taken a cue from their own script and
left "Why We Fight" at the bottom of the sea.
It wasted a valuable slot in the last season and offered
little as either a standalone episode or an entry in the
overall season arc. Viewers might have felt nauseous not
from seasickness, but from the horrible dye job on Spike.
“She” won out for fan choice by a large margin.
I actually couldn’t remember this episode, even when
I looked it up. Based on your vote, I guess that’s
a good thing.
I Chose: Illyria
technically she’s not really a she but an “it.”
Illyria may redefine the meaning of “high maintenance,”
but she also comes with a lot of pluses: Likes video games,
she has no emotional baggage (heck, few emotions period),
can change appearance (well, so could Lilah...sort of),
and can slow time (think of the possibilities).
Chose: Spike, Lorne (tie)
I Chose: Lorne
both made us laugh. A lot. And both can sing well. But Lorne
was there longer on Angel. So hats off to our favorite
Chose: Under the Sleeve Stakes
I Chose: Under The Sleeve Stakes
Honorable Mention: Hamilton’s Fist
Worst Weapon: Connor’s Spike Launcher
Chose: Puppet Angel vs. Spike
I Chose: Fang Gang vs. Illyria
Honorable Mention: Slow Motion Bar Brawl in Rome
Painful Moment To Watch
Chose: Thanks From Your Friends At The WB
I Chose: Thanks From Your Friends At The WB
empty cribs, babynapping to Quartoth, pillow smothering,
or even throat slitting. The unkindest cut of all was the
WB pretending to have supported Angel. A tacked
on bit of fake sentiment doesn’t make up for years
of poor scheduling and paltry promotions.
I Chose: Arvin Sloane…um, I mean, Lilah Morgan
Honorable Mention: Holland Manners
the last few years Whedonverse fans would sometimes point
of how much a specific scene in Angel or Buffy
resembled something from ALIAS.
So to pick the winner here, I’ve actually looked to
that other show for guidance. Arvin Sloan is by far the
most interesting, capable baddie to grace the airwaves in
some time. Charming and scheming, he’s not afraid
to eliminate his so-called superiors or maintain close relationships
with his enemies. Best of all, he can keep the audience
guessing about his true nature. In my opinion, Lilah came
closest to reaching the gold standard set by Arvin Sloane.
I Chose: 4
Maybe it was Connor. Maybe it was all those
long, boring scenes between Connor and Cordelia. Or maybe
it was Jasmine. Regardless, mind wipe anyone?
Chose: 2, 5 (tie)
I Chose: 2
show really hit its stride in the second season. We enjoyed
some new faces, e.g., Gunn, and some familiar faces, e.g.,
Dru and Darla. Seeing Wesley pretend to be Angel resulted
in one of the funniest episodes. And we even traveled to
an alternate dimension that wasn’t cheesy.
I Chose: Lorne
Honorable Mentions: Gunn In A Suit
Cordelia sported lots of nicely coordinated outfits. But
trying dressing for green skin (the real reason Kermit goes
I Chose: Lorne
Honorable Mentions: Skip, Sahjhan, The Loa
Lorne was an interesting and valuable member
of the Fang Gang who almost never resorted to violence.
Loyal, dependable, supportive, witty --- a steady trooper
who never lost his head. Well, except that once. Lots of
honorable mentions in this category. Skip was a lot of fun...until
he turned out to be a Jasmine stooge (another reason to
dislike Season 4). Sahjhan had some great quips, but ultimately
his banter and storyline became tiresome. Still, he at least
deserves an award for having the most inconsistently spelled
name. And The Loa? Well, who doesn’t like a good burger?