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Cast and Crew

David
Boreanaz
as
Angel

Alexis
Denisof
as
Wesley Wyndham-Pryce

J.
August Richards

as Charles Gunn

Amy
Acker
as Illyria

Andy
Hallett
as
Lorne

James
Marsters
as
Spike

Written by Drew Goddard

Directed by Terence O’Hara

Past TV reviews can be found here.

Original Airdate

Origin originally aired on Wednesday, April
21, 2004.

Synopsis

Angel is forced to deal with the unexpected return of
his son,
Connor.

High Point

The entire “Rule number three” scene. She works far
better with Spike
than with Wesley.

Low Point

Once again, Lorne’s around for the sake of having
Lorne around.

The Review

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
the typical
McGuffin. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting worked on all sides. Vincent
Cartheiser, James
Marsters, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, and Adam Baldwin
all did great
work. (I’m not even seeing Knowle Rohrer or Jayne
Cobb there
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
coming apocalypse.
I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Origin receives 36 out of 42.