So, what do you think: cavemen or astronauts?

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 and directed by Joss Whedon

Past TV reviews can be found here.

Original Airdate

A Hole In The World originally aired on
Wednesday, February
25, 2004.

Synopsis

A sarcophagus with a dangerous toxin infects Fred.

High Point

Wesley calls for people not working on the Burkle
case.

Low Point

The part where Angel didn’t say “Bring the
sarcophogus, and bring Fred
with it.” If there’s nobody in between, what’s the
problem?

The Review

The setup felt original, as did most of the
execution, but
the conclusion felt a lot like things we’ve seen on
this and the
parent show before. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were well done, particularly at
the beginning.
The hole looked a lot like the Matrix stuff, but it
still looked
good. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story has the one major hole I mentioned
in the low
point, but was otherwise excellently done. I give it
4 out of 6.

The acting was excellent, from everybody.
Alexis Denisof is
one of the best actors on television, and he had a
lot to work with.
J. August Richards had some good work, as well. Amy
Acker could
really show us what she’s capable of in the coming
weeks. Spike’s
frustration (“What’s your favourite colour?”) was
fantastic. I give
it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response was perfect. The
Angel / Spike
interactions were hilarious, the movement on Gunn’s
personal plot was
pretty powerful, the torture Wesley’s living through
and his response
to the guy not working on the Burkle case, and Fred’s
delerious
confessions were all played out very well. It’s also
nice to see Lorne
pulling his weight around there. The realization
that there might be
some follow through kept things moving as well. I
give it 6 out of 6.

The production was, again, excellent. The
camera work as
Spike walked over the chair, during the intro, and
when the crew was
heading their various ways with a purpose was
beautiful. This was a
very well assembled episode. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s probably the best episode of
the season. Yes,
we’ve seen directions like it before, but none like
this set-up. I
give it 6 out of 6.

In total, A Hole In The World receives 37
out of 42.