NOOOOO, EVERYTHING DARLA BREAKS MY HEART NOOOOO.
I really believe that Darla’s appearances on Angel made this show so much better, which is also why it’s so sad that she wasn’t around full time. This episode, which focuses almost entirely on Darla, is a stunning examination of what it means for Darla to become human again. I think it’s a feat that the writers behind this show were able to tell her story without it seeming repetitive, given that Angel was already the the focus of the whole show. Darla was a unique case here, a vampire brought back to life but as a human with a soul, subject to the crushing, agonizing guilt that Angel went through when he regained his soul over a hundred years prior to this. So what role could Darla play in this state? How would she cope with the fact that her own body was dying? (Actually, I’m still not totally clear on this. Was she actually dying at that point, or was she merely experiencing a mortal body for the first time in centuries? I think both readings are possible.)
Does anyone else just want to punch Lindsey’s face whenever he’s on screen? Christian Kane is just so perfect as that scumbag lawyer. What’s he been up to these days? Isn’t he on that show Leverage with my queen Gina Bellman? I SHOULD REALLY WATCH THAT SHOW SOMETIME. I know it’s on my confirmed list, but it’s actually done now, which means I won’t be taking on a show that is still airing.
Anyway, let’s talk about this:
“Don’t be cross. I could be your mummy.”
holy shit FORESHADOWING OF DRUSILLA SIRING DARLA H E L P I NEVER NOTICED THIS.
This really is a great episode, one I’m thrilled I got to re-watch. It does fit super well after “Fool for Love,” too, in that it explores the origins of another character we didn’t know all that well. For real, I loved writing about Buffy season five and Angel season two simultaneously. What a glorious experience!