Combat, comedy, ambiguity, and poetic ties to flashbacks.
Everything that Mutant Enemy does best.
Cast and Crew
as Charles Gunn
Acker as Fred
Written by David Fury and Steven S. DeKnight
Directed by Skip Schoolnik
Destiny was first broadcast on Wednesday,
November 19, 2003.
Spike regains corporeal form, just as the entire Universe
The Opera battle.
The entire universe goes nuts, and nothing blocks the
This series hasn’t seen the ambiguous, insecure hero that
started getting this week. Things are definitely headed in
directions, with both old and new characters. I give the
originality 5 out of 6.
The effects were plentiful, and with the
exception of one
leap (Spike taking the rebar down), they looked very good.
I give it
5 out of 6.
The story was well written, and opens some
new doors. Things are looking up, especially for the
The episode itself had some very nice character work
done during the
big battle and flashback sequences. I give it 5 out of 6.
The acting from James Marsters was
excellent. Sarah Thompson
just doesn’t convince me as Eve. I don’t think it’s just
to the character, since she’s had some time for that now.
Fortunately, her part is still small. David Boreanaz is
usual while playing the ensouled Angel, and extremely
playing Angelus. I give it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response this produced was
very strong, with
some great opening humour (“That’s a lovely skirt you
followed by some very compelling turns of events and
I give it 5 out of 6.
The production was again very good,
particularly in the
darkened opera house. I’m still surprised they managed to
fight scene that long and keep it interesting. (The
take notes.) I give it 6 out of 6.
Overall, it’s an episode well deserving of its
sweeps. This is a season five landmark, people; don’t
miss it. I
give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Destiny receives 35 out of 42.