WARNING: There are spoilers in both the Low Point and
Originality portions of this review.

Cast and Crew

David
Boreanaz
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 and Steven S. DeKnight

Directed by Terrence O’Hara

Original Airdate

1943 originally aired on Wednesday, February
11, 2004.

Synopsis

Angel once sired a man who is unsatisfied with his
subsequent existence.

High Point

“Yes, I am.”

Low Point

Oddly, “Yes, I am.” On one hand, it was a great
line. On the other
hand, there’s no reason for Angel to allow the
subsequent action at
that point in his life. He just wouldn’t set Spike
free, knowing what
he was capable of. They needed better motivation
there.

The Review

The originality is not that great. We’ve
seen this sort of
thing back in the sixth season of The
X-Files
, among others.
The interesting twist is a possible addition to
vampire lore, dealing
with the more recent sirings of Angel and Spike.
Could this be
foreshadowing an event later this season? Perhaps we
haven’t met the
individual at the centre of the Shan-Shu prophecy
yet. I give it 4
out of 6.

The effects were, as usual, well implemented
versions of
effects they’ve used before. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story is interesting. Apart from the
above flaw, it was
fairly well written, particularly in drawing the
parallels between the
Nazi work and the Initiative. The potential
implications for future
events are also interesting. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting worked better than usual tonight.
David Boreanaz’
bland and bored style really worked for a time in
Angel’s life when he
really didn’t want to be where he was. I give it 5
out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was a
bit weak. The
problem with setting episodes in the past like this
is that we
automatically know there are limitations on what
impact they can have,
assuming they’ll be consistent with the show’s
established
continuity. The constant alternations between past
and present helped
this, as there was the chance that something would
happen now that
would change the future. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production was the usual Mutant Enemy
quality. The
camera work was less interesting than usual, but that
was probably a
limitation of the space used for filming more than
anything else. I
give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it was an entertaining episode, but
the only way it
might deserve a spot in the sweeps period is if it
really is being
used to establish future events in the Angelverse. I
give it 4 out of
6.

In total, 1943 receives 32 out of 42.