So, they haven’t forgotten about that prophecy from season one.
Remember, the phrasing didn’t say “Angel,” it said “the vampire
with a soul.”

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 and directed by Steven S. DeKnight.

Original Airdate

Hellbound initially aired on Wednesday, October 22,
2003.

Synopsis

Spike faces off against a spirit that has been feeding others to a
Hell dimension so that it can stay near the plane of human
existence.

High Point

The heart-to-heart with Angel.

Low Point

If he just needed to want it badly enough, why did he go through
Angel
and everything else in the second episode this season?

The Review

This show, and the show it spun off of, have both dealt with souls
getting hauled into and out of hell before, but none dealt with it
like this. I’ll give them originality credit for that. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The effects used were good, but there should have
been at
least one more scene with them. I don’t think Spike really wanted
to
dent the couch when sitting down all that badly, and yet it plainly
happened. He should have been blue-screened in. I give it 4
out of
6.

The story was well written in many ways, but it did
have some
problems with the details (eg. the Low Point, the fact that the
condensation would have been on the other side of the glass,
etc.) I
give it 4 out of 6.

The acting really sold the episode this week. James
Marsters
and Amy Acker both did excellent work in particular. I give it 5
out
of 6.

The emotional response this produced was strong,
partially
because of acting and writing, and partially because they did
such a
great job on creating an atmosphere. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production, as mentioned above, was excellent,
creating a
wonderful pre-Halloween atmosphere while keeping the story
moving.
The scene where Fred breaks her promise was also wonderfully
shot. I
give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a very good episode, but a couple of
moments
could have used a bit of polish. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Hellbound receives 32 out of 42.