Angel does a Hallowe’en episode. Does it
work? The short review ahead will tell you! (It would be
longer, but I do have a mid-term tomorrow…)

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 Ben Edlund.

Directed by Bill Norton.

Original Airdate

Life of the Party originally aired on
Wednesday, October 29,
2003.

Synopsis

Lorne is doing everything in his power to make sure the
company
Hallowe’en party is a hit.

High Point

“The Lorne thing? Wore off.”

Low Point

Was that just a bit too Hulk for anyone else?

The Review

Remember the fourth season of Buffy? So does Ben
Edlund. I give the
originality 3 out of 6.

The effects were pretty minimal, but they were
nicely done.
I give it 5 out of 6.

The story showed a nice side of Lorne, and
expanded on the
effects that running Wolfram and Hart is having on these
people.
There was also some well-crafted dialogue to go along
with it. I give
it 4 out of 6.

The acting was nice, with some excellent
comedic moments from
Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was
laughter mixed with
mild interest in Lorne’s development and surprise at the
retread
plotline. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production was well done, with some long
tracking shots
in a crowded, active room, which isn’t easy to do. I give it
5 out of
6.

Overall, an amusing episode, but it felt more
like a decision
to do something that matched up with Hallowe’en than a
concept for a
story that worked at Hallowe’en. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Life of the Party receives 30 out of
42.