Combat, comedy, ambiguity, and poetic ties to flashbacks.
Everything that Mutant Enemy does best.

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 David Fury and Steven S. DeKnight

Directed by Skip Schoolnik

Original Airdate

Destiny was first broadcast on Wednesday,
November 19, 2003.

Synopsis

Spike regains corporeal form, just as the entire Universe
goes off
kilter.

High Point

The Opera battle.

Low Point

The entire universe goes nuts, and nothing blocks the
highways?

The Review

This series hasn’t seen the ambiguous, insecure hero that
we really
started getting this week. Things are definitely headed in
new
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
very interesting
new doors. Things are looking up, especially for the
long-term fans.
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
getting used
to the character, since she’s had some time for that now.
Fortunately, her part is still small. David Boreanaz is
functional as
usual while playing the ensouled Angel, and extremely
convincing
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
have on.”)
followed by some very compelling turns of events and
character work.
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
maintain a
fight scene that long and keep it interesting. (The
Wachowskis could
take notes.) I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s an episode well deserving of its
place in
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.