Minor spoilers in this review. Short version: 34 out of 42,
watch it if you’re a fan of the series.

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 Jeffrey Bell.

Original Airdate

The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco
originally aired on
Wednesday, November 5, 2003.

Synopsis

A heart-eating Aztec warrior targets heroes.

High Point

The pointers to revealing Angel’s secret. Wesley knows
about the
relevant prophecy now, and Gunn has access to mystic
deals. It’s only
a matter of time…

Low Point

The sense of impending doom is greatly reduced when the
demon stands
around not attacking while heroes have discussions in the
middle of
the apocalyptic final confrontation.

The Review

This episode had a plot and feel that was unlike anything
I’ve seen on
Angel or Buffy. We’ve seen
frustrated heroes, but
not disillusioned ones. I give the originality 5
out of 6.

The effects were well done, even if they were
limited to
effects they’ve used before. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was nicely written, incorporating a
slightly comic
extra and turning that character into something relevant. A
very
nice, very Whedon-esque touch there. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was almost entirely up to David
Boreanaz, who
never impresses me when he’s not playing evil. He gets
the job done,
but not in any really special fashion. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced
included a lot of
laughter, and some hooks to really get me into the rest of
the
season. The episodic nature of the season may
eventually make way for
the kind of season structure Whedon is known for, and I
like that. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The production is the Mutant Enemy high.
This team has been
on Buffy and Angel for eight years
now, and they
seem to have worked out the kinks fairly effectively. I give
it 5 out
of 6.

Overall, the episode was entertaining in its
own right, and
may be the cornerstone for the changing relationship
dynamics this
season. Fans of the show are not permitted to miss it. I
give it 5
out of 6.

In total, The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco
receives 34 out
of 42.