Down to the last three, now.

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 Ben Edlund

Directed by Vern Gillum

Past TV reviews can be found here.

Original Airdate

Time Bomb originally aired Wednesday, April
28, 2004.

Synopsis

Something’s wrong with Illyria, and it’s not just her
inexplicable
decision to save Gunn.

High Point

Gunn’s “the worst part of it” speech.

Low Point

Angel and crew not listening to Wesley’s explanation
of the device.
Had they listened, they’d have known the bit that
surprised them
later.

The Review

The premise wasn’t completely original this
time. (Remember
the Star Trek: The Next Generation series
finale?) It was
handled well, though. I give it 4 out of 6.

Once again, they do a good job on effects
we’ve seen before.
The slow-motion sequence near the end (where you see
a character’s
face full out front) didn’t look quite right, though.
I give it 4 out
of 6.

The story was well constructed. The players
were in place,
it moved nicely from scene to scene, and it left us
with more puzzles
to be solved in the last three episodes. I give it 5
out of 6.

The acting wasn’t bad, although Boreanaz was
over the top
when it came to adapting to new situations late in
the episode.
(You’d think he’d have it sorted out the second or
third time.) The
rest of the cast, particularly J. August Richards,
played things out
well. (By the way, the pregnant woman was played by
Jaime Bergman,
Boreanaz’ wife. I think I heard rumours about her
actually being
pregnant with their second child, too, though I may
be wrong about
that. Their first was born when they decided to work
Connor into the
storyline.) I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was
strong, guaranteeing
that I’ll be back for more next week. I give it 5
out of 6.

The production was well done, as usual.
These people have it
sorted out well, putting together some good,
stylistic TV. (I do miss
the flash cutting at scene changes, though. That
really used to set
this show apart.) I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a strong episode to lead us
into the series
closer, and a few likely made for TV movies next
year. I give it 5
out of 6.

In total, Time Bomb receives 33 out of 42.