99 episodes have been broadcast. Let’s hope next
week continues the trend begun this week.

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 Steven S. DeKnight and Drew Goddard.

Directed by Jefferson Kibbee.

Original Airdate

Damage originally aired on Wednesday,
January 28, 2004.

Premise

A slayer with some serious issues runs amok in Los
Angeles.

High Point

The overlapping sound near the end of the first act
was excellent. In
general, all of the act breaks (ie. scenes before
commercials start)
were extremely well done.

Low Point

Why do people keep saying that blood smells like
copper tastes? It
tastes like copper, but it doesn’t smell like it.

The Review

On the one hand, this isn’t a remarkably different
premise than some
of the Faith episodes. It is a pretty
original personality
for a Slayer, though, that prevents one from seeing
many of the
parallels when you aren’t looking for them. I give
it 4 out of 6.

The effects were very well done,
particularly at the end of
the third act. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story was fairly well thought out.
We’ve got some
history coming into play, but still introduced in a
manner that works
for new viewers. The main plot was well written
(although one wonders
how she knew how to get back when she didn’t travel
the full way to
the sanitarium under her own power), and the themes
and character work
that went with it were fit in very naturally. I give
it 5 out of 6.

The acting was better than it has been for
the past couple of
weeks. David Boreanaz definitely does better work
when somebody else
is running the show. James Marsters is adding depth
to an
entertaining character that has been interesting, if
not
multi-faceted. The pieces are being assembled to
bring this season to
a pretty dramatic end. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response this week was very
strong, especially
at the act breaks, and the end of the fourth act. I
give it 5 out of
6.

The production was a big step up from last
week. The editing
was well done, the sound mixing at the end of the
first act was great,
the surreal lighting on the flashback scenes was
perfect, and the
cinematography in the final confrontation sequences
was very well
done. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, this is the first episode since the
Christmas break
that could really stand without moving the sweeping
arc forward, but
it moved that arc forward anyway. Let’s hope that
the two weaker
preceding episodes were a result of the build-up for
episode 100 next
week. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Damage receives 36 out of 42.