One hundred and nine down, one to go.

I’m in.

Cast and Crew


Wesley Wyndham-Pryce

August Richards

as Charles Gunn

as Illyria



Written by David Fury

Directed by James A. Contner

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Original Airdate

Power Play originally aired on Wednesday,
May 12, 2004.


The crew at Wolfram and Hart are unsure of Angel’s
current plans and

High Point

The Illyria and Spike banter was good, but we’ve seen
that before.
I’ll have to go with the identity of the first to

Low Point

I can’t think of anything that was really awkward or
out of place.
Each moment had some purpose for the overall plan.
Even the
repetition of the opening scene had a different
connotation. I guess
I’d have to go with the magical answer man that they
talk to for
answers every time they need new information. Why
haven’t they just
have Spike beat everything he knows out of

The Review

There were some original twists, if you
don’t remember season
three all that well. It still feels different than
that period,
though. Not many episodes leave me wanting next
week’s episode to air
as badly as this did, though. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were well done, even if there
weren’t much to
them. The fire did seem to get mighty close to him.
I give it 5 out
of 6.

The story was very well structured. The
teaser grabbed us,
but then we had our doubts, and final confirmation
with Angel’s facial
expressions and body language during the
introductions. This was
great to see. I give it 6 out of 6.

The acting was above average, even for this
crew. David
Boreanaz put in some great work this week, playing
out the scenes
exactly as they should have played out. Alec Newman
and Adam Baldwin
also have some great interaction this week. I give it
5 out of 6.

The emotional response was incredible. It
built through the
hour, and ended on a very, very high note. I give it
6 out of 6.

The production was well done. My only
complaint was the
exact reuse of the opening sequence, apart from that
one camera
angle. It could have been edited a little bit
quicker. I give it 5
out of 6.

Overall, we’ve finally got an episode that
feels like it’s
bringing the major characters to the end of the
series. I’m pumped
for the finale. I give it 6 out of 6.

In total, Power Play receives 38 out of 42.