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Episode 76 - Judgment / Are You Now or Have You Ever Been / First Impressions (feat. Melanie Scala)


Melanie Scala joins me for her first Angel outing, picking up the pieces left in the aftermath of the Season 1 finale as we discuss a slightly uneven but ultimately pretty great three-episode launch for Season 2. Episode 201, titled (appropriately) “Judgment,” and episode 203, titled (also appropriately) “First Impressions,” lay down the important themes of recognizing our prejudices and not making assumptions about people, or demons. The former also introduces two of the most important things in all of the Angel canon: the yet-to-be-named Lorne, known as The Host, and the song “Mandy.” The latter introduces… not really much of consequence.


But of course the REAL treasure here is episode 202, “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been,” with its homages to Classic Hollywood, and the truly haunting evocation of HUAC and the McCarthy era.


BONUS: Your humble host is mercilessly called out for his hypocrisy. Good times.


NEXT: Speaking of Classic Hollywood, Michael Holland is back! We’ll be discussing episodes 204, “Untouched,” 205, “Dear Boy,” and 206, “Guise Will Be Guise.” Should be ACTUAL good times.




00:00:55  -  Intro / Guest

00:06:43  -  Main Topic

01:26:30  -  Outro / Next




“Conversations (feat. Wesley Mead)” by Azura (2017)

“Mandy” by Barry Manilow, Barry Manilow II (1974)


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