Season 3 Episode 20

A New World

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 06, 2002 on The WB
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Angel's son Connor is brought back from the Hell dimension a feral teenage warrior, and is hellbent on vengeance against his father for Angel's bloody past. When he fails, the confused teen escapes to the mean streets of L.A. Determined to set things straight, Angel searches for his son, who in the interim befriends a troubled but kind homeless girl. Meanwhile, the dimensional rift through which the young man traveled continues to cause trouble at the hotel.moreless

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  • Here's Connor


    The Good;

    Anthony Starke who plays Tyke also played Ezra in the TV version of the Magnificent Seven, my favourite character, very Doc Holliday (he's also Sanchez's assistant Truman Lodge in the Bond film Licence to Kill). Love the way you can see Gunn and Groo just automatically reacting to Connors attack without a moments hesitation. Love Myrna too.

    The Bad;

    Connor jumping on the bus looks very fake. The shootout with the police looks like it belongs in the Matrix films as indeed does the initial confrontation at the Hyperion. Also, where is the body of the beastie that proceeded Connor through the rift? Holtz's makeup also isn't too good. CC's blood seems almost translucent which it wouldn't be unless that's a side effect of her half demon side. You can see Angel's shoulder reflected in the door when he tries to follow Conor outside

    Best line:

    Tyke; (pointing to where his ear used to be) "You'll have to speak up because I DON'T HEAR SO GOOD!"

    just beating;

    Fred; "Poor Connor he must be so scared"

    Gunn; "Yeah he looked real scared when he was KICKING MY ASS!" (once again Gunn is AI's straight man)

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Sunny dead in the bathtub with the needle in her arm. Such realistic depictions of death and suffering always more disturbing than demons and vampires. Connor cutting Tyke's ear off!

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    Inverting the Hollywood cliche;

    In disguise; 8

    DB get's his shirt off; 12

    Cordy's tatt; 10

    Cheap Angel; 9

    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 11

    Wes: 6

    Gunn; 4

    Lorne; 3

    Fred; 2

    Fang gang knocked out: Cordy and Groo

    Cordy: 12

    Angel: 14

    Wes: 5

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 1

    Lorne; 3

    Groo; 1

    Kills: none but Connor must be quite the boy to fight off Angel, Gunn and Groo!?

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 39 vamps, 57 and 1/2 demons, 7 humans

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 12 demons+3 vamps, 2 humans

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 16 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 10 vamps+ 11 demons.

    Groo; 1 demon

    Fred; 1 vamp

    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 2

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1

    Alternate Fang Gang:

    Cordy: 2

    Angel: 8

    Fred; 1

    Characters killed: Sunny ODs.


    Recurring characters killed;


    Total number of Angel Investigations:

    6, Angel, Cordy, Gunn, Fred, Lorne and Groo

    Angel Investigations shot: Angel by the police in the motel shootout

    Angel: 12

    Wes; 1

    Packing heat;

    Wes; 6

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 2

    Gunn; 1

    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 4 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis+Groo

    Angel: 5; Buffy, Darla and The Transcending Furies

    Wes; 2; Virginia and the bleached blonde

    Gunn; 1 Fred

    Fred; 1 Gunn

    Groo; 1Cordy

    Kinky dinky:

    Tyke appears to be attempting to force Sunny to have sex with him in return for drugs. Connor is fascinated by a bra he finds at the squat. The Groo once spent 11 days standing stock still to avoid being mated with by a herd of Burrbeasts. He implies that he was a virgin before him and Cordy. Connor strips before Sunny and they kiss.

    Captain Subtext;

    Sunny warns him not to play 'teddy bear in the hole' with another of the residents.

    Know the face, different character; 4

    Parking garages;


    Buffy characters on Angel; 16

    Wetherby, Collins and Smith. Angel, Cordy, Oz, Spike, Buffy, Wes, Faith, Darla, Dru, The Master, Anne, Willow and Harmony

    Questions and observations;

    When does Connor reload his arm cannon, it has 3 tubes but he fires four shots? Note Wes keeps a couple of swords in the umbrella stand by his door. It's an interesting comparison between Groo and Riley, both love their sweethearts but realise they're not the ones for them so leave. However whilst Riley was pretty much agony to watch the Groo does it much more subtly and with dignity (maybe the writers learned their lesson?). The LAPD at the crime scene seem remarkably forthcoming to Gunn, maybe they're friends of Kate's? Connor intends to find Tyke from his scent, has he inherited his parents vamp senses? Angel says that Stephen isn't an Irish name, true but in Southern Ireland Boxing Day is also known as St Stephen's Day.

    Marks out of 10; 7/10, pretty good

  • A New World

    A New World was a really great episode of Angel. I really enjoyed watching this episode as Angel trys to track down Connor, who is now a battle ready teenage warrior from a Hell Dimension. It truly was a new world for Connor, and he made a friend by helping a young woman in trouble. I thought this was a nice touch to the episode's story. I thought it fitting and fun to watch Lilah taunt Wesley and offer him a job. Lorne's connection to close the rift was fun and interesting. I enjoyed the surprise at the end and I can't wait to watch the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Connor returns and he ain't happy (what's new?)

    A New World is a great episode with some great scenes but due to the fact it brought my least favourite character (Connor) into the show I can never fully love it.

    The opening scene is quite good but the slow mo fight seriously annoyed me- it's not The Matrix people! Also, Angel's drawn out "Nooo!"'s were just annoying as hell- whether it's his son or not he just tried to kill him! Also I didn't like his whole "once I have get a chance to talk to him" riff- Connor has been brought up in a hell dimension, raised to despise Angel and told to kill him and Angel thinks that by saying a few words Connor will become a happy, loving child? Think Angel. Actually, Angel just annoyed me the entire way through this episode and I don't really know why. The girl Connor saves, Sonny, is a tragic character and couldn't be a worse way to introduce Connor to L.A.- her world is terrible and although she is nice, she introduces him to fighting and drugs. Connor's experiences twist his view of this world and make him even more distrustful than he already was.

    The Cordy and Groo scenes were interesting. The part where he says he thought her affection for him has waned and then she opens her eyes during the kiss somewhat proves he's not right for her and that she's having doubts. It's so clear to us as viewers that her and Angel belong together and it's frustrating having to wait until the end of the season to see it happening!

    Lilah and Wesley's relationship pretty much begins here with their first meeting. I like that she's so honest and tells him he committed the worst sin- betrayal. I like their relationship and think it's interesting, especially next season.

    A New World is a great episode that has some nice scenes and a shocker ending of Holtz appearing (uh-oh). It's very important and shouldn't be missed.moreless
  • Connor: The Teenage Years

    A New World-Angel's son Connor is brought back from the Hell dimension a feral teenage warrior, and is hellbent on vengeance against his father for Angel's bloody past. When he fails, the confused teen escapes to the mean streets of L.A. Determined to set things straight, Angel searches for his son, who in the interim befriends a troubled but kind homeless girl. Meanwhile, the dimensional rift through which the young man traveled continues to cause trouble at the hotel.

    After the arrival of a mysterious boy from Quor-toh, we come to realize that it is Connor and his return to his father makes for interesting episode. Vincent Kartheiser makes good first appearance as the slightly confused yet fearless young teenager struggling to adjust to the streets of L.A. I love that the episode shows L.A. as another hell dimension for Connor and how the people he interacts with shapes his opinion of this world. The fight scenes in the episode are all great especially Connor beating on the thugs of L.A. and even ripping off one's ear...ehh, Tyson much? David and Vincent have some nice chemistry as Angel tries to make his son realize he's his son and he can't make up for his past. Another great part of the episode is Lilah offering Wesley a nw job as his now unemployed and lonely. Both actors work off each other well, as you can see how much each truly depise each other. The episode ends on a frustrating note as Holtz had returned, ohh here we go! All and All, a great episode with some nice developments and scenes.moreless
  • 8.5
    Probably the best pre-mindwipe Connor episode. After this episode, he's a anti-hero that you can never quite trust, and is just REALLY annoying. Probably the best part of this episode is where Angel and Connor are having a heart to heart previous to Ty's intrusion. David Boreanez's facial expressions are amazing ... to take a quote from a Simpsons episode, "you can actaully pinpoint the moment his heart breaks". Holtz's plan has worked to perfection as Angel is in a hell dimension as he has to stand there are recieve nothing but seething hatred from the only son he'll ever have. His past crimes are compounded 1000 times over as Connor serves as a mouthpeice for Holtz's hate filled agenda. Classic episode.moreless
Erika Thormahlen

Erika Thormahlen


Guest Star

Anthony Starke

Anthony Starke


Guest Star

Deborah Zoe

Deborah Zoe

Mistress Meerna

Guest Star

Vincent Kartheiser

Vincent Kartheiser


Recurring Role

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett


Recurring Role

Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie Romanov

Lilah Morgan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Connor speaks with an American accent. This seems odd since his only parental figure and the only person Connor ever talked to was British so he couldn't have picked up his accent from anyone.

    • When Angel runs after Connor into the daylight, his reflection can be seen in the glass door.

    • Vincent Kartheisers' introduction as Connor continues the trend of welcoming characters late in the season who join the main cast in the following season. Following on from J.August Richards as Gunn in "War Zone" (1x20) and Amy Acker as Fred in "Belonging" (2x19).

    • In the scene at the hotel with Sunny, Connor's shirt changes from shot to shot.

    • Gunn said that the pentagram in the hotel lobby was a "dark attempt to open a fissure". However, it was actually a spell to make Sahjhan corporeal. Although, Angel wanted to make Sahjhan corporeal to "open a fissure" which in a roundabout way means Gunn was correct.

    • In the previous episode, there was a huge demon that dropped in from the portal just before Connor did. Connor killed it and it just fell to the side, but in this episode there's absolutely no sign of the thing.

    • Since when do cops just blast blindly into a building without knowing if there are any bystanders/hostages inside...and shoot people in the back on their way out of windows without identifying them as one of the perps (without even yelling stop)?

    • During the opening fight with Connor, David Boreanaz has either gained a lot of weight for this one scene or is (more likely) wearing a lot of protective padding. It's particularly visible when he kicks Connor in the chin.

    • Watch the opening scene and the axe Groo throws at Connor. It's a fake CGI: Mark Lutz's hand is open as he winds up and "throws" the axe.

    • LAPD cops (and cops in general) would typically wear vests and helmets on this kind of mission, or put some on darn quick when shooting started up. Instead they just go charging into the apartment without either as Tyke and his flunky open fire and then keep firing.

    • Good response time for the LAPD. During the fight with Connor, Tyke and his guys get off a shot or two, they're in a deserted culvert that doesn't appear to be anywhere close to anything, and yet the LAPD show up pretty quickly. It's kinda surprising anyone even reported anything.

    • The timing in this episode is kinda weird. At the end of the previous episode it was nighttime. At the beginning of this episode Connor arrives and runs out into the sunlight. He rescues Sunny. And then...he goes back to her hovel and it's nighttime again. What did they do for 10-12 hours before they got there? Okay, they stopped for groceries using Tyke's money but that shouldn't have taken that long.

    • Why are Tyke's flunkies just hiding while he roughs up Sunny? What's the point of taking three thugs with you for intimidation just to hide them out of sight while you intimidate someone?

    • Why does Wesley think Lilah wants him to join W&H for his "knowledge of Angel Investigations"? W&H knows where Angel Investigations is, they know who are members, they know the backgrounds of all of their members, they've got the place bugged (or at least they used to), they've got prophetic scrolls, and they've got tons of mystical research. What exactly can Wes tell them that they don't already know?

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Gunn: (about Connor) A couple of weeks ago he was wearing diapers now he's a teenager?
      Cordelia: Tell me we don't live in a soap opera.

    • Cordy: Isn't your neck stiff? You've been standing exactly like that all day.
      Groo: Pylean warriors are trained for such endurance. I once happened upon a herd of Burrbeasts. And as you know, engorged Burrbeast will couple with anything that moves. I was forced to stand, perfectly still, for 11 days and nights.
      Cordy: So you were never...?
      Groo: No. That honor was yours, princess.

    • Angel: Okay. Look, I'm going underground. Somebody hit the surface streets.
      Gunn: We got it, man.
      Groo: We will not fail... man.

    • Sunny: So, that was really cool today. So, where did you learn to fight all bad-ass like that?
      Connor: In Quor-toth.
      Sunny: Quor-toth? That's in Mexico, right?

    • Holtz: Hello Son.
      Connor: Hi Dad.

    • Tyke: I'm sorry, did you say no need for violence? You might want to speak up, you see, I don't hear so good anymore!

    • Fred: Connor's new to this world, alone...probably scared.
      Gunn: Yeah, he looked scared, kicking my ass!

    • Tyke: An entire suit made of shammies. That's different. 'What are you wearing to the Oscars?' 'My shammy suit.'

    • Lilah: Wow. Guess when she slit your throat, she nicked your sense of humor.
      Wesley: Not at all. I find you being here extremely funny.

    • Angel: We can make this right.
      Tyke: Can you give me a new ear?
      Angel: Maybe you can wear a hat.

    • Lilah: (to Wesley) The worst spot in Hell is reserved for those who betray. So don't pretend you're too good to work for us.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Mike Massa was nominated for the 2002 American Choreography Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Fight Choreography" for this episode.

    • Keith Szarabajka did not appear in the opening guest cast credits, and was credited at the end of the episode in order to surprise viewers.


    • Lilah: The one person in all of human history deemed the greatest sinner? Who is it?
      Wesley: Judas Iscariot.
      In the Christian Bible, Judas Iscariot was one of the Apostles of Jesus. He is best-known for betraying Jesus to the Jewish High Priest Caiaphas for "thirty pieces of silver", ultimately leading to Jesus' crucifixion at the hands of the Romans.