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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 Drew Goddard.

Directed by Jefferson Kibbee.

Original Airdate

Lineage originally aired on Wednesday,
November 12, 2003.

Synopsis

The gang’s research into attack cyborgs is interrupted by a
visit from
Wesley’s father.

High Point

Spike had some great moments (“Shh! No talking.”) but
I’m most
pleased to see more work with Wesley’s father. He’s
always been on
the other side of the phone before, but this looks like a
set-up to
bring him into a more prominent position.

Low Point

It takes more than a glammar to fool people who’ve been
touching it.

The Review

The original aspects include Spike’s
conversation with Eve,
the inclusion of a team of good guys fighting against Angel
and
company, and Wesley’s relationship with his father and
immediate
regression toward the Wesley we saw in
Buffy‘s third season.
I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were the spark and combat effects
we’ve seen a
lot in the series, along with the oddities from the wand.
Pretty
limited and used often, but well done nonetheless. I give it
4 out of
6.

The story was well written, including a couple
of twists I
wasn’t expecting. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting from Alexis Denisof was excellent.
I think Wesley
has had more change and development than any other
character on
television, and Denisof has been responsible for how well
it has
worked. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was
strong throughout.
Spike’s humour (“Percy here used to be known as head
boy!”), Wesley’s
discomfort, Fred’s self-reproachment, Mr.
Wyndham-Pryce’s attitude and
Wesley’s ultimate resolution of his personal problems all
worked
extremely well. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production was very well done. The
one-shots in the
elevator scene were at odd angles, but that may have
been a
restriction of shooting in that space. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, an episode well deserving of its place
in Sweeps. I
give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Lineage receives 35 out of 42.