I've switched my silly-stand-alones-only rewatch from Buffy to Angel, so a few thoughts:
- This show is basically Women Get Hurt
and then saved by Angel: The Series, isn't it? It seems that the more of Joss' works I watch, the more hypocritical his horror movie rant a few years ago seems (See also: Cabin in the Woods, or: At Least The Director of Hostel Doesn't Claim to be Against Misogynistic Torture Porn).
- I'd completely forgotten just how much of a 90's procedural the first season is. It's basically about a Vampire
consultantdetective who solves crimes and gets on the nerves of a by-the-book ladycop. You can clearly see that it was influenced by Millennium and The Profiler. And strangely it has a far more of a 90's feel than Buffy - even those seasons of Buffy that were made more firmly in the 90's.
I'm again wondering, though, if Kate was supposed to be a more prominent character? Because it feels like the show was building towards a reationship between her and Angel, and then suddenly she just pretty much disappears. Did the plans change, or was the whole thing just a twist on usual TV tropes like killing off Doyle in the middle of the first season?
eta: I looked her up in the Buffy wiki to see how in how many episodes she'd appeared and WTF?
It was rumored that Kate would return for a cameo in later seasons, either a working girl in the supernatural bordello visited by Angel and the Groosalugg in Couplet or as one of the strippers entertaining Spike in Soul Purpose. Unfortunately, Elisabeth Röhm was too busy appearing in the series Law & Order and was unable to appear.
...the hell? This is like that Inara gets raped by reavers rumour on Firefly!
- Something that I was already thinking about while rewatching Buffy is that Joss often gets praised for the casting in his shows, but I feel like he's not so much good at casting good actors, as he is good at casting actors who are good at that one role. There are some very talented actors in his casts, like Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker and J. August Richards, but I feel like most Jossverse alumni go on to play the exact same character over and over again.
(this thought was brought to you by me switching from DVD to TV after finishing an episode and catching the end of a Bones episode)
(sidenote: I recently rewatched Black Swan, and Mila Kunis in that movie is basically Faith as played by a more talented actor. Seriously, if you like Buffy/Faith, you have to watch that movie)
- I wonder what happened between S1-S2 because the quality of the writing suddenly goes up in the second season, even more radically than it did on Buffy. There are still standalones in S2, but they have a better pacing and dialogue, and the humor feels less forced. It almost seems like in S1 they were trying too hard to separate itself from Buffy, because it lacks almost completely all the good elements of Jossverse.