Four episodes left.
Cast and Crew
as Charles Gunn
Acker as Illyria
Written by Drew Goddard
Directed by Terence O’Hara
Past TV reviews can be found here.
Origin originally aired on Wednesday, April
Angel is forced to deal with the unexpected return of
The entire “Rule number three” scene. She works far
better with Spike
than with Wesley.
Once again, Lorne’s around for the sake of having
This week’s episode went into some great places.
This season started
with the characters doing what they felt they had to
do, while now
they’re starting to take a more active role in
decision making. Some
of these decisions, such as Gunn’s, are very
compelling. I give it 5
out of 6 for originality, hampered only by
using yet another
prophecy as a plot device.
The effects were well done, as usual. There
wasn’t a lot we
hadn’t already seen before. I give it 5 out of 6.
The story was well written, apart from using
McGuffin. I give it 5 out of 6.
The acting worked on all sides. Vincent
Marsters, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, and Adam Baldwin
all did great
work. (I’m not even seeing Knowle Rohrer or Jayne
anymore.) David Boreanez did a decent job, too. I
give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response was strong, despite
my tendency to
divert some of my attention to the unit exams I
needed to mark. I
wasn’t as engaged as I usually am, but I was watching
with the lights
on and less than my full attention on screen, so I’ll
give them the
benefit of the doubt. I give it 5 out of 6.
The production was nicely done, with a well
placed jump cut
shifting perspectives in the basement scene. Very
well assembled. I
give it 6 out of 6.
Overall, it’s a solid episode to close off
the story of one
of our characters, that leaves plenty open for the
I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Origin receives 36 out of 42.