Since it follows such a bang of a series opener and doesn't exactly plot a point in a season long arc it is often forgotten, but is, really, a good piece of work. Written by Buffy regular David Fury, one of the top Whedonverse contributors, this episode is also the second in a collection of S1 episodes that extend the "High School as Hell" metaphor from BtVS into the world of the big city when you're in your early twenties. This episode's offering is a particularly gloomy but quite realistic look at the singles scene; it's also one of the series' better 'monster of the week' episodes.
Also, in the aftermath of "City of", it helps to establish what Angel's mission is first and foremost: Helping people as a sort of a night-time-only detective. Finding him sitting around in the dark, still in what we assume to be his Buffy-mourning phase, Doyle has a vision sent by the PTB, and the trio of Angel Investigations take off into the night on their first case. The writer's viewpoint on the night-life singles scene is established right away, when Doyle describes his vision to Angel and Cordelia: "No faces really popped out at mejust the
The vision itself, of a bar with people dancing and partying, is shown to us at a blitzing pace, too fast to focus on or describe with everyone blending together. Not necessarily clever, but topically spot-on. Essentially, the episode's take on the singles scene is that it just plain sucks, and in fact, it goes well beyond that to say that getting trapped in a bar night after night looking for 'the one' presents only misplaced trust setting people up for betrayal, and reflects a desperate need to connect in an environment designed to keep people alone in a crowd.
Thematically the episode captures the viewpoint quite well, most notably in the form of the demon called "The Screech," who is the aforementioned monster of the week. It's an eviscerating demon that moves from body to body after it has sex with each of its victims, taking the body of the one it seduced and moving on to find the next victim. This is actually a pretty good idea by the way, as it makes for some interesting herrings to be led on in the first half of the episode, elevating the plot beyond mediocre in light of the revelation about the demon.
After all, what are we to think? We see a woman named Sharon leave with a good looking man as Angel and Co. arrive. Sharon's man subsequently turns up dead, as we see her at the bar the next night on the prowl again, looking strangely more predatory.
Next thing: she turns up dead, and the man she was after walks away. By then we know the truth, but it's kept us hooked nice and tight. However, this still remains the secondary function; primarily, the demon serves as a metaphor for the average man or woman out on the singles scene. It is fated to move from person to person forever, as it cannot allow itself to settle on one. It wants to connect and find a 'body' to stay with, but can't because of its own inescapable nature, betraying everyone it can convince to trust it. On the metaphorical level, this is a pitch perfect personification of the territory it stalks and feeds on.
Another thing that makes what could've been a mediocre episode really good is the quality of the B plot, which is exceptional in both its execution and how well it meshes with the main plot line. We also get to see Angel try and flirt, again; funny stuff. Trying to hone in on the soul in danger at the bar, known as D'Oblique, Angel begins chatting up different people, one of whom is a blonde woman named Kate. Surprisingly, they seem to hit it off pretty well.
Despite what's to come, they're both there looking for something, and their brief connection feels genuine. Angel is still searching for deeper ties to the world, even though he now has friends. Aside from the moment at hand; dealing with cases, the soulful vampire still feels purposeless with no long term direction to go in.
But no matter his needs he's still "putting up walls," fearing his own nature only a little over a year since dying as Angelus. Kate invites him out of the bar with her, but all he can say to it is 'I can't. I have to stay He is on a job, but the statement runs deeper than that for him. Like the demon, his own nature keeps him from the connections he wants most.
Kate, of course, takes all this as an insult, seeing him flirt with other women only minutes later, still searching for the soul that needs help. But in another twist, Kate turns out a policewoman on the case of a string of murders surrounding D'Oblique's patrons, and confronts Angel at the scene of the Screech's most recent victim. By now we know the truth of the murders, but, ah, it's kept us hooked this far. Fun stuff.
The scene is tense and Kate appears hard-headed, but underneath is still as she appeared in the bar: Like Angel, she's seeking more, like the Screech and the patrons of D'Oblique. No matter her wants when talking to Angel, her needs were still present. This brings us to trust, another facet in the episode's theme, as we see its various doings and subsequent undoings in not only Kate and Angel, but the Screech and every trusting victim it betrays. And, just as distrust is the key to the demon's life, trust brings it to its end. When at last Kate puts her faith in Angel and stops working against him, the two work together seamlessly and take down the fiend, who by now has made its way into the body of the bartender.
One thing that does hurt this episode, however, is that Doyle and Cordelia are largely left out. It was forgivable in the series opener and it wasn't even noticeable like it is here; I would've liked to see what they would've done through all of this. This may only be the second episode, but it's still kind of disappointing and detracts from the overall experience.
They still have a few moments, thankfully. Doyle's crush starts to develop as he tries to socialize with Cordelia, and at one point punches a guy who insults her, taking a decent beating for it. They also reminisce about dating in their youth and the comparable brutality of the big city scene. They, and Angel, have come from close environments where people knew and trusted each other, and shared something in common.
Doyle tells Cordelia, "you're in the big, bad city now, huh? Where everyone's a stranger - hiding behind walls, keeping This in response to her comment about High School having been so much easier, while Angel fondly recalls his human youth at the local pubs in Ireland. The statement 'High School is over' from "City of" continues to play its tune as Angel and Cordelia really begin to "grow up," having left Sunnydale and the safety of the Scooby gang behind.
It's also an interesting point to note that Doyle couldn't pick out any single person who needed their help in his vision, and Angel finds himself questioning the point of the trip to the bar at all for the same reason; in reality, most of these people need help, since the Screech is everything they are. They're disconnected, "hiding behind walls - keeping secrets," alone in a crowd with nothing more than the desire to meet that someone but failing to look in the right place. And since Angel is in the business of saving not just lives, but souls, it makes sense that the PTB would send such a vision.
Overall, this episode does deliver the goods. Like "City of", the dialogue is sharp, entertaining and significant, and the metaphor of the week as well as the demon behind it is done superbly. There's some important development here too, and the establishment of Kate and Angel's dynamic is both interesting and worthwhile.
Furthermore, episodes like this are what make the 'big' episodes like "Not Fade Away" matter; seeing the heroes in their every day suits and at their moments of communion. It's just a bonus when these episodes are this good.
Angel on the singles scene is a joy to behold, another commentary on the reality if life in LA. And Kate!
The nightclub actually seems quite hip and not 'stuck in the 80s', better than Henry's.
Kate; You can go to hell!
Angel; Been there, done that
Jeez, how did they get away with that?
Can you say 'eviscerated'? The nasty has some obvious influence from the Aliens series and some obvious influence from a very bad film called The Hidden which Kyle Maclachlan made before he got famous.
Damsel in distress; nope, still 1
Inverting the Hollywood cliche; we think there's a male killer picking in helpless females but that's not the case. Also Angel tries to use his grappling hook only to pull the beam down
In disguise; no but he poses as a vet which Fred will also pick as a job for him in Dad
DB get's his shirt off; not this time so that makes 1
Fang Gang in bondage: no although Kate tries to handcuff Angel
Fang gang knocked out: no but Kate is
Cordy: none this ep. 3 vamps, a demon from her time in Sunnydale
Angel: 1 demon for Angel. So that gives Angel 7 vamps, 2 demons, 1 human.
Fang Gang go evil:
Alternate Fang Gang:
Characters killed: 7 including a couple offscreen
Total number of Angel Investigations:
3, Angel, Doyle and Cordy
Angel Investigations shot: no although Kate shoots at Angel, shoots the lock out with her backup gun and shoots the bartender at the end.
Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:
On a scale of one to incredible exactly how gorgeous is Kate? No shortage of beautiful women in the Buffy/Angelverse but even so! Hard to imagine her in a cop's uniform (although I'm sure many have with the fanfic to prove it). Only in LA could the character of Sharon be called 'dowdy'. Now, of course this ep was originally known as Corrupt and was much darker in tone. It concentrated largely on Kate who was posing undercover as a prostitute but had gotten too far into her role and was actually having sex with her clients (sounds like the plot of some late night Channel 5 film, Undercover Heat anyone?). The studio said no and the series is probably the better for it (although we still have an oblique reference to sexual dysfunction). Unfortunately this meant we lost this rumoured scene;
Cordy (posing as a streetwalker, approaching a group of hookers on a corner) "Hello fellow prostitutes, how's tricks?"
Hooker; "Bitch, if you're living the life I'm Julia Roberts!"
Even so she's still mistaken for a prostitute at the club and will interview a bunch of them in Carpe Noctem. Presumably the scene in the opening titles with the lovely girl in the bikini top getting into the sports car also comes from this sequence. Angel also get's propositioned by a girl who get's turned on by him hitting people. Doyle examines one of Cordy's bras which she thinks is 'So high school'. Kate refers to herself as a 'self flagellating drunken slut'. Doyle uses internet porn. Cordy and Doyle slumber on each other's shoulder.
For the second time in 2 eps Angel is mistaken for hitting on a guy in a bar. Cordy also says she's a student of humanity and can tell one of the clubbers is a 'closet dyke'. Weird she never twigged Willow, huh?
Questions and observations;
The guy who is the third victim says he was a real 'something is out there' geek, a reference to the X-files I almost missed. There's also 'High school's over' which might be a oblique ref to Buffy. Angel sitting alone in the dark rather reminds me of how we first see Bruce Wayne in Batman Returns. Angel muses how different the dating scene is to when he was Liam, small town boy getting used to the big city.
Marks out of 5; 3/5 good ep but Angel still dealing with the case of the week
It's always difficult for shows in the first season to be completely perfect and the second episode of Angel shows that the Buffy spin-off was still trying to find it's feet.
Lonely Heart is a perfect example of Angel-lite. It follows the basic formula of many early episodes: Doyle gets a vision, Angel Inc. try to hunt down the victim, they discover the demon, big action climax, nice resolution.
Originally written as a dark, gritty hour called "Corrupt" about prostitutes, cocaine and sex addicts, writer David Fury explained in an interview that two days before filming began, the WB got hold of the script and demanded he re-write the entire episode, making it more "family-friendly".
The end result is a mixed bag. The storyline, involving a demonic parasite demon that passes from body to body during sex, is intriguing and the single's bar setting is effective but it eventually turns extremely tedious, leaving you praying that it ends soon.
The introduction of Kate Lockley gives the show it's first recurring character but she doesn't give much of an impression here. Elisabeth Rohm gives a fine performance but her "should I trust Angel" schtick eventually wears thin as she appears more on the show.
Cordelia is, as always, hilarious and the running gag of nobody being able to tell what sort of creature is on the Angel Investigations' calling cards is brilliant ("Is it a butterfly, a bird, an owl or a lobster?").
All-in-all, Lonely Heart is a slightly empty episode which shows the signs of several re-writes. It's watchable but hardly anything special.
Director: James A Contner
Writer: David Fury
It is hard to say definitively, but this episode is probably the worst of the entire series. That being said, I don't think it is so bad.
By episode 2, "Angel" still had not found its feet yet. This installment comes off as extremely predictable and formulaic. However, through the mediocrity, there are some bright spots.
We get to see more character interaction between Cordelia and Doyle, for one. And it is clear that Angel is still unsure about his mission. The episode opens and closes with Angel sitting alone in his apartment, brooding. I think it was meant as a way to come full circle in terms of story, but it indicates that Angel is still finding his way.
Also, this episode introduces Kate Lockley, who will appear more throughout this season and next. She's mostly useless in this episode, however.
Touched, you say that I am too
So much of what you say is true
I'll never find someone quite like you again
I'll never find someone quite like you, like you
The razors and the dying roses
Plead I don't leave you alone
The demi-gods and hungry ghosts
Oh G-d, G-d knows I'm not at home
I'll never find someone quite like you again
I'll never find someone quite like you again
I, I looked into your eyes and saw
A world that does not exist
I looked into your eyes and saw
A world I wish I was in
I'll never find someone quite as touched as you
I'll never love someone quite the way
That I loved you
No one does music quite like Joss, and while the story montage this song was woven through was a little clumsy and very disturbing, this song was a shining and well-chosen expression of longing. It's almost like a white flag from the writers, throwing up their hands and saying "Y'know what? Ignore the further conquests of the Tamlar demon, ignore Angel's haphazardly clueless wandering around and *please* ignore Kate's creepy home invasion. This -- this song -- says everything we're trying to get across here.
That and it so completely rocked
On to more important matters.
Like the visions. Again with the vague. And again with the ulterior motive. Yes, the visions did lead them to a Tamlar demon, which allowed for a nice tidy little sermon on the evils of casual sex (avoid it -- not because you could contract an STD or an unwanted pregnancy or find yourself alone with a psycho, but because you could become terminal host to a Tamlar demon and we've all been there, am I right, people?)
Never mind this episode, this *show* has a broad basic theme about how lonely everyone is and all about how no one should ever try to do anything about it because true love and happiness is an illusion and having sex turns you evil.
We do meet Kate. Hullo, Kate. Kate vaguely legitimizes Angel's activities (which is odd, given how terribly she's written as a police investigator), and puts a public, acceptable face on the things that bump and grind in the night.
Kate gives Angel access to files and records Angel is going to need to have access to in order for the writers to develop this charade of Angel the Private Investigator (oo, arr, anyone got any privates need investigatin'?) when he is no more nor less than a vampire with a soul. He's not especially equipped to help the hopeless. He's not even especially good at it. Where did he get books? He's got no books. No one in that group has books. Where'd the books come from? :o
Also, the Tamlar demon's been operating since the dawn of time. Nice that the Powers That Be finally got someone working on that (if that was indeed their objective) and at least five bodies later, the police and Angel arrived at the same conclusion.
That Angel did it.
WHAT? Wait, no. That wasn't it. Angel didn't do it. But even with Kate as his best alibi -- he spent the entire night talking to her -- she's still certain he's done it. Based on, perhaps, this compelling line of reasoning: "Hey! *You* were a person in that bar! I'd better follow *you*!"
No wonder it's taken them so long to catch this thing.
And never mind the bartender going up in flames so no autopsy would show much of anything (btw: so much fun to watch a zombie trying to get his smoove on), what about all of the other victims, the condition they were in? How on earth could they manage to explain that?
They needed to just leave the police out of it, leave out Doyle's larger-than-life grandiose philosophies about what he thinks all of it means, and *especially* leave out Cordy, who invented a job for herself, plunked down and started in with the gimme gimme gimme. It leads to wonderful stories down the road and yes, characters the series could not survive without. But for right now, it seems artificial and forced and not especially good.
While I'm here, Cordy does positive reinforcement yoga and meditation. How is that even *possible* in that slovenly dump? You wanna keep the positive energies of success and good fortune flowin', sweetheart, you've got to put the dirty dishes in the sink -- better yet, *do* them once in awhile. It's not in the "home -- hotel -- hotel -- married" strategy, but how's that workin' out for you?
What I'm saying is, everyone in this outfit needs a day job, because their night job is not gonna pay the rent.
Especially with the crappy missions they're given.
And I'm still looking for any evidence that The Powers That Be are especially good or indeed, interested in saving anyone.
Now, on to some fun:
Cordy the wh*re and her pimp Doyle. To be fair, those cards were somewhat unspecific about what needs they were there to service (although "Angel Investigations" should've been a tipoff that it wasn't a callgirl operation).
"You look troubled ... oh, that might just be your lazy eye." Very fun line from Cordy.
Cordy's thumbnail analysis of everyone in the bar was fun, if entirely unfollowed up.
And in the future, let's *not* hand a box of business cards to Angel's intrepid sidekick Seizure Boy. "If that was my gift, I'd return it." Damn' straight.
Ultimately, this was a floppy, monster-of-the-week entry that gave us very little insight into Angel as an investigator (please -- the phone book?), Angel the storyline or Angel the series.
‘Lonely Hearts’ was an excellent second episode. Darkness, and with such a great feeling. It was even slightly better than the show’s pilot.
It begins with Doyle wanting to go somewhere with Cordy and Angel has to help him but Angel just wants to stay in the dark. Cordy walks in with calling cards but they can’t figure out what’s on them. While Cordy tells them it’s an Angel, Doyle gets a vision about a club, they are going out after all.
In the club Cordy and Doyle have to guess who’s in trouble because Doyle didn’t get a face, meanwhile a guy keeps flirting with a girl and he looks oddly suspicious and takes her to his bedroom. After they had sex, it’s obviously it went bad and he asks her if he can hold her, next day she’s brand new but the guy is lying dead and looks as if he was sucked from the inside.
Angel also meets a new friend, her name is Kate and he has a lot incommon with her, for example. They both suck at talking. Kate is immediately a loveable character with a fun humor who puts herself down. But Angel doesn’t accept her offer when she asks to go to a private place, he leaves her when some guys attack Doyle and Kate decides to leave the club.
The next day Angel goes back to the club and sees Kate again, he asks her not to go in the club but she tells him to go the hell, but naturally he has already been there. While the same girl who went to bed with the other guy is flirting with a geek, she takes him to her room and holds him like the guy did to her, then something comes out of her and goes into the guy. When Angel arrives to save her it’s already to late. The guy is ready and attacks Angel and escapes when Kate arrives, turns out that she’s a cop and believes that Angel is the serial killer. She tries to cuff him but he escapes by jumping out of the window.
The demon is a sex demon that can only go into another body after having changed of body fluids. He also needs to keep changing bodies until it finds one where it can stay. While the demon changes of bodies, Cordy and Doyle hang around each other and Kate investigates Angel’s place.
Angel knows that he can only catch the demon with Kate’s help so he calls her and asks her for help. They are going to meet at the club and when she asks the bartender he says that Angel’s in the alley and takes her there were he knocks her out and tries to pawn himself into her. But Angel comes to the rescue, he eventually catches the demon and puts it on flames, Kate saves Angel by making an end to the creepy sex demon.
‘Lonely Hearts’ was an amazing episode, better than most second episodes. It was filled with darkness but also with hilarious comedy like Cordy’s apartment and the calling cards. Also character development for Doyle where we learn more about his visions and character development for Angel, he doesn’t always have to be in the dark even though he likes it.
Excellent, fun episode.
This episode is kinda creepy. The Demon that has to sllep with someone so it can go inside its body is scary.
This is the first episode of Kate Lockley. I love Kate and I wish she was in more episodes.
This isnt a bad episode its just not a personal favorite. Its a little better than the pilot IMO.
Doyle has a vision. Angel and friends investigate on behalf of their client: Humanity. (A little known fact, Humanity doesn't pay very well.) Bad things happen. Angel meets potential love interest...with a twist! Parasite has abandonment issues. Angel squarshes Parasite.
-1 Angel is a chunkhead
-1 Doyle has a vision
-1 Villain is not "big bad" but "big boring"
“Lonely Heart” is the second episode of the brilliant TV show Angel. This is a great episode, but I have to say I’ve seen it done before, in the X-files episode, “Gender Bender”. Basically a murder goes on a killing spree and transfers itself into the body of its victim, leading the killer to be anyone. Angel goes investigating after Doyle has a vision leading him to a single’s club. This is the first episode where we meet Kate Lockley, a police woman that will show up a few more time in the future. Overall this a great episode even though some of the ideas may been stolen from other shows.
This was an awsome episode starting off with my favorite character Doyle wants to go have a night on the town with Angel and Angel tells him no untill he has one of his mind splitting visions that tell them that someone will get hert at this night club so they go off. Angel's making an ass of himself asking people if thier in trouble. We get to meet the beautiful detective Lockley who's just sitting their looking for a murderer and starts getting involved with Angel. So Angel chases a girl back to her apartment but is to late because the deamon had already taken another body and after a huge fight the deamon got away and Kate thinks Angel did it. After a while Angel and Kate are going after the deamon in it's new body and Angel sets fire to it would die.
great eppie even better than the first what rocks abot it is the demon. i love the music and feel the ep gives you just like the first season only better, the donky demon as funny as well as he went frome boddy to boddy. the end was god with angel in the dark and coredy and doyle were the best again./
This ep was pretty cool too. Mind you, what do you expect an Angel fan to say? The only part that I didn't particularly favour was the gross graphic parts where it showed the monster moving from one person to the other. I kind of felt bad for Angel in this episode, because he was trying to protect Kate, but said all the wrong things :) I thought that was kind of cute though, so it wasn't too bad. In the end the bad guy got his butt kicked and Angel is a moody man again ...
Not a bad episode. It seems there is a killer out there who is preying on people who go to cheesy nightclubs. Angel and co. head out to the nightclub where these things seem to be happening and Angel meets Kate, a single who just seems to be looking for a connection. It doesnt take long for Angel to encounter the demon who is killing and taking over the bodies of young singles until he gets tired of the body and moves onto the next victim. Kate turns out to be a cop and (of course) walks into a crime scene at the wrong time and suspects Angel of being the killer. Fortunately, she finds out he isnt the killer and Angel kills the demon. Pretty good installment.
Fun words to learn and know: Doyle: “How's life treating you? What's that? Minions from hell getting you down?”
Dialogue to lose inside the sofa in Hell: Idiot: “Well I might be in need of a little service. You charge by the hour?”
Am I the only one unclear as to how Tahlmar gives its host super strength and fighting ability? Doesn’t it stand to reason that Tahlmar would only be as strong as the person whose body it habits? Should a tiny burrower demon have the ability to provide its host with power and fighting skills s/he does not already possess? These are not things for which parasites are known.
That quibble aside, I found this episode quite enjoyable, though David Fury isn't historically one of my favorite Jossverse writers. The premise/general set-up of the show was more firmly established and we've got a really good foundation.
I won't pretend that I haven't seen the rest of the series, that would be silly. I'll just come right out and say it: I don't like Kate, not because I feel like she could be a replacement for Buffy, but because she just doesn't seem like a very strong character to me. Don't get me wrong, I've got no problem with the actress portraying her, she does a good job; it's just ... Kate... well, she bugs.
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this episode. It had a lot going for it. After Doyle recieves another one of his head crunching visions Angel must chase after a body swapping demon that preys on the single and lonely of L.A. Along his quest he meets a young police officer, Kate, and manages to actually make a little connection with her. Unfortunately, he doesn't realize she is a cop working the same case as he is and she doesn't have the slightest clue what she has stumbled onto. This demon is uber-nasty! I mean he's awesome, but nasty all the same. There is also a great musical montage in this episode, where we see the demon repeatedly switching bodies with Angel and gang seemingly always one step behind. It's amazingly done and the track fits the tone and movement of the scene perfectly.
My favorite quote is when Angel went back to the club and met Kate again and asked her not to go in there and she said something about go to hell and he answered:
Been there, done that!
I have seen this scene so many times and I enjoyed it everytime!
The whole demon stuff isn't really my thing in this episode, but I guess the actors were great. I love Kate to be new on, because they needed someone like her and I enjoyed how her character is growing up in the next couple of episodes.
Doyle is really cute, trying to take Cordelia out and to shy to ask her, because he is half demon.
Another favorite scene is the last one, when Cordelia and Doyle don't wanna go out with Angel and he can sit in the dark alone.
Doesn't we all love David Boreanaz in his brooding mood?
Lonely Hearts is a great second episode, one which I didn't think I would enjoy, but ended up liking it even more than the pilot episode. It's basically about Angel, Doyle and Cordy going to the singles club (or something like that anyway) to help people, whilst Cordy was promoting business for the new Angel investigations. The demon of the episode was interesting, and a little creepy, going from person to person by the exchange of fluids. The introduction of Kate was great to watch, and the twist with her being a cop wasn't expected at all. All in all this was a great episode, which had me entertained throughout, also I loved that everytime someone saw the business card they didn't know it was an Angel! That was hilarious!
I loved the sarcasm in this episode, particularly between Cordy and Doyle, who is too scared to ask her out, and between Angel and Kate, Kate: Sure, that's actually on my To Do list this week, "Walk into serial killer's trap." This episode doesn't seem too popular and though it was not my favourite episode/demon i dont think the dialogue gets enough credit! I loved Cordys reaction to Angel saying it was a burrower demon....'What a donkey demon'? LOL. I didn't like the demon of the week, i felt it was unoriginal and boring, but at least his make-up was cool.
Lol, what better way to start and end the series than brood in the dark? You know, I totally thought it was Sharon who was the serial killer the whole time, not some borrower demon thing. She seemed a tad too pale and I was thinking Vampire, but I was really confused when I couldn't see any bite marks on Mr. Buff Man.
I really liked the barman, sucks that that parasite got him. He was cool. Lol, I love how they made it look like it was him the whole time. I have to give Angel some credit for at least trying to get out at the end. Good thing he's with semi-understanding people. And Cordelia, wow you are a very special person. Poor Doyle, I'm already feeling sorry for him when Cordelia finds out he's a half-demon.
Lonely Hearts-Doyle receives a new vision that sends the group to the club scene. They soon learn they are looking for a serial killer who has been seeking his prey in D'Oblique, a local singles bar. While searching the crowd, Angel meets a woman named Kate who seems to be the type that the killer has been targeting. Distracted because he is making a real, human connection with Kate, Angel does not notice another young woman being lured out of the bar. The next night Angel manages to find a clue to the killer's location, and he races against time to prevent another innocent death. However, someone else is heading to the same place perhaps to help Angel, perhaps to stop him. Just the second episode and the series is still trying to find it's place, but it's in the right direction with a plot that has good twists and an inventive demon. Most fans might not like Lonely Hearts, but I do. Our L.A. trio continue to do well in their new roles, with Doyle and Cordelia bringing in the laughs and Angel being so incompetent when it comes to talking to people. I love the scene with Angel, Doyle, and Cordelia in the club, which bring hilarous moments like Angel mistakenly thought to be hitting on a guy. This episode also introduces detetive Kate Lockley who becomes Angel's friend and partner through the first 2 seasons. Elizabeth Rohm does well in her scenes with David, especially the awkward moments of when they they don't know what to say to each other. Back to the demon plot, Borrower demon is very original and the idea of it going from body to body after sleeping with unsuspecting victims is intersting. Also it's a demon plot that gives a chance for many actors to play and all do well in the part. Also the twists are good with finding out whose the demon next, and the bartender revelation at the end was nicely played. Not to mention, the make-up used to show his rottening of the body was disturbing and digusting. All and All, an episode not enjoyed by much, but I love it, it has the usual witty humor and some creepy scenes for a show you would expect Angel to be at this point.
I wasnt a fan of this when it first aired I thought Kate was too old and a bad attempt at introducing another Buffy type character, but watching it back I really like this ep. I love how cold and dark Angel was in season 1 and how it captures the loneliness of an early 20's singleton.
I always thought Kate was too good a character to be on Angel she acts David Boreanaz off the screen I wish she could have turned up in later seasons she was totally underused.
The only bad point was the goofy demon which Angel season one had a lot of, not a mojor gripe though!
Whilst not the best episode of Angel, Lonely Hearts was an entertaining and well written episode, with good character development. The story starts with Doyle trying to get Angel to join him and Cordelia on a nighout. He gets a vision of a club, where the gang head out. From there out, the gang are trying to track a mysterious serial killer.
I think the best point of this episode was the great character development. Doyle and Cordelia's relationship progresses nicely and we can even get attached to new characters quickly.
Kate is a great character. Even though she's undercover, I get the feeling all her talk about loneliness isn't purely made up. As we see in later episodes, she is lonely. Her evident attraction to Angel is another strong point, as he is still getting over Buffy, and it's interesting to see how it pans out.
The monster of the week was good too and a strong adversary for Angel. The whole sex/body swap thing is weird and this demon has clearly adapted to the modern world and has been doing it for a long time as it knows what to say and when to say it.
All in all, I like this episode. It's not outstanding but a great episode nonetheless.
Line of the episode:
Cordelia: Hey there, you looked troubled, or is that just your lazy eye?
Annoying character of the week:
The 3 men standing beside the barrel when the barman was dragging that woman into an alley to rape her. They just watched! Freaks.
Doyle gets a vision of danger in a bar. Not knowing what to look for, Angel tries to start up a human connection with a woman, Kate. He doesn't realise she's a cop until she accuses him of murder. They team up to catch the serial killer.
Overall a pretty good episode, one to really get the series moving towards Angel atoning for his past misdeeds. Kate seems to pose an interesting angle for the series. Her introduction was somewhat cliched though, ofcourse if she was a cop she would have to think of Angel as the killer and have him save her. I'm not really complaining though, I am more eager to find out how much she will be included in Angel's future exploits. I thik she is definitely a character to watch out for.
I thought the 'villain' storyline was good, not just having 'a' serial killer made it interesting to track.
Definitely one to watch for character development, and if you like seeing Angel squirm in social situations.
This is a solid second episode that exudes much more confidence than the finicky pilot. It's just...well...it's as if scribe David Fury thought to himself "Ok, this isn't Buffy so we'll throw sex, sex, death, gross out moments and, erm, sex into one hour". It certainly gives off a whole other vibe from what them pesky kids in Sunnydale get up to and the mislead with Kate is wholly satisfying (after yet another blond in need of assistance, it's good to see a strong character entirely different from Buffy). It's tightly scripted and well paced and, oh yeah, extremely nasty in places. Cordy and Doyle make for a very amusing side-act and Kate is quite the fox! All in all, a very watchable episode that at times comes across as if its trying too hard.
Lonely Hearts was a superb second episode of the first season of Angel. This episode was very entertaining and really helped to establish the tone and feel of this series. I thought that the story was unique yet familiar territory for single viewers. This episode had action, drama, intrigue and character development. We were introduced to a new character, Kate, a LAPD officer. I thought it was great how she initially thought Angel was the bad guy, then found out the hard way he was really trying to help. This episode also had the classic "mind what you say" that made Buffy so great. By this I mean, the characters ask a rhetorical question, or question in general, or statement about what their doing or looking for, and the screen shot shows that it's right in front of their faces, or will be soon enough. I can't wait to watch the next episode!!!!!
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