The new season of Angel started last night, and it’s
full of familiar faces.

Cast

David
Boreanez
as
Angel

Alexis
Denisof
as
Wesley Wyndham-Pryce

J. August
Richards

as Charles Gunn

Amy
Acker
as Fred
Burkle

Andy
Hallett
as
Lorne

James
Marsters
as
Spike

Original Airdate

Conviction originally aired on October 1, 2003.

Synopsis

The core of Angel Investigations tries to cope with their
responsibilities running the Los Angeles branch of Wolfram and
Hart.

High Point

The first Wolfram and Hart scene. Not only is that one of the
longest
tracking shots I’ve ever seen on television, but it had some
extremely
well written conversation, particularly between Wesley and Fred.

Low Point

Jumping along the rooftops in the teaser. Man, that looked
unconvincing.

The Review

The score for originality will be high this time around,
as
they’ve almost completely rewritten the premise for the show.
They’re
going in some very new directions, and I like it. I give it 6 out of
6.

The effects later in the episode were very good, but
those
first couple were almost painful. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story is a nice set-up, acting almost like a pilot
episode given the amount of redesigning the show has had. The
plotline this week was well-written, but not terribly complicated,
presumably as a result of all the character work in the episode. I
give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was excellent from Alexis Denisof and
Amy Acker,
as usual. David Boreanaz has never been terribly convincing, in
my
opinion, but he’s doing a decent job. J. August Richards had a
well-used opportunity to play things as his character has never
been
played before. The guest actors were good on the whole. I give
it 5
out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was fairly
strong. I
laughed out loud on several occasions, and I felt as
uncomfortable as
they did with the clients they’ll have to help with. I give it 5 out
of 6.

The production was excellent. I say again: it started
with
one of the longest tracking shots I’ve ever seen on television.
The
coordination among both actors and extras has to be incredible
to pull
that off in that type of scene. The rest was the normal Mutant
Enemy
standard. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a solid opening to a new season worth of
episodes. The cliff-hanger ending begs all sorts of questions that
I
can’t wait to see resolved next week. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Conviction receives 34 out of 42.