Reading Angel: The TV Spin-off With a Soul

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Stacey Abbott
I.B.Tauris, Oct 14, 2005 - Performing Arts - 265 pages
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In 1999, Joss Whedon spun-off the vampire with a soul from Buffy the Vampire Slayer into his own Angel. Recast in L.A., Angel developed its own preoccupations, exploring a darker vision of alienation, atonement and the fight for redemption. The series ended in 2004, but its legion of loyal fans continues to petition the WB network for a new spin-off or motion picture on the "Save Angel" website and other online fansites. This book covers all five seasons, discussing the cinematic aesthetics of Angel, its music, shifting portrayals of masculinity, the noir Los Angeles setting, the superhero, and horror. A complete episode guide is included.
 

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Contents

It Was a Seminal Show Cancelled by the Idiot
15
Music as Narrative Agent in Angel
31
The Cinematic Language
44
Schrodingers Angel
57
The Big Wacky Variety Show We Call Los Angeles
73
Performance for the Performers
88
Postmodern City Sara Upstone
101
Hell Incorporated Wolfram Harts Big
115
WesleyLilah
163
Black
176
The Comic
189
Angels Monstrous Mothers and Vampires with
203
Lets Go to Work The Afterlife of the Spinoff
219
Episode Guide
237
Further Reading
249
Index
255

Source of Law in the City
132
Trapped in What I Can Only Describe as
147

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Stacey Abbott is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, Roehampton University

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