There’s a new wolf in town.

Cast and Crew

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

Written by Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft.

Directed by Mrita Grabiak

Original Airdate

Unleashed originally aired on October 15,
2003.

Synopsis

Angel’s saves a woman’s life, but not before she gets bitten
by a
werewolf.

High Point

Spike’s history with Wesley.

Low Point

Is Cordelia really forgotten this quickly? Why is Angel
even
considering this?

The Review

Some of these plot elements have been used before. In
fact,
everything but Spike’s story has been used on Buffy or
Angel in the
past. That’s not a good sign for originality.
The only
other new element was Angel choosing deliberately not to
save a person
near the end. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects weren’t extravangent this week,
although they
were well done. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was very well done, until the last few
minutes,
when a couple of little problems turned up, as mentioned in
the Low
Point and Originality sections above. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting from the guest stars was very well
done. The
regular cast is doing good work, as well. I give it 5 out of
6.

The emotional response this produced was
very positive. Now
that the “new pilot” episodes are out of the way, they can
get back to
moving things along. There was humour here, as well as
some good
suspense. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production value this week was pretty
high. It’s hard to
create dark and moody atmospheres with soft light, but this
show
consistently does that well. The sound was excellent,
particularly
during the “morning after” sequence. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s the first step in a return to top form
for
Angel. I hope it lasts. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Unleashed receives 33 out of 42.