It seems David Boreanez is a director now.

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 Brent Fletcher.

Directed by David Boreanez.

Original Airdate

Soul Surprise originally aired on Wednesday,
January 21, 2004.

Synopsis

Angel has to deal with some personal nastiness while
Spike begins to
act as a champion.

High Point

Spike’s first meeting with his benefactor.

Low Point

Who decided to play those segments for comedy? They
should have been
surreal and disturbing, not marginally comedic.

The Review

The originality of this episode isn’t that
great. We’ve seen
the “new champion” when the new slayer showed up on
Buffy, and we’ve
seen the rest back on Star Trek: The Next
Generation
.
Spike’s reaction to the cryptic information was fresh
and priceless,
though. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were minimal, but they were
effective. The little
robot deals looked like little robots, though. (The
camera angles
seemed to imply hydraulic controls off-screen.) I
give it
4 out of 6.

The story was interesting. The ideas were
excellent, except
for the inappropriate comedic stuff. I give it 4 out
of 6.

The acting from most of the cast was pretty
good. The
in-character moments were generally good,
particularly for Spike.
David Boreanez’ work was weaker than usual. I don’t
think he should
be directing himself. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was, again, mixed.
The Peppermint
Stick and apartment scenes worked very well, as did
the homage to the
pilot. The scenes about Angel were bland and
irritating. I give it 4
out of 6.

The production was weak. David Boreanez,
sadly, should stick
to acting. The direction wasn’t horrible, but there
was nothing
particularly interesting in the first, say, 58
minutes. (The aura was
a nice touch, admittedly. It was a neat visual, but
I’m still not
sure what it was meant to accomplish.) I give it 3
out of 6.

Overall, it’s an important episode for fans
to watch, but it
only stands out as a piece of the puzzle. I give it
4 out of 6.

In total, Soul Purpose receives 27 out of
42.