Angel

Season 5 Episode 18

Origin

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 21, 2004 on The WB
9.2
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Angel resists the appeal of parents seeking help from Wolfram & Hart regarding their son's supernatural abilities after he discovers that the boy is his son, Connor. Despite his reservations, Angel is forced to bring Connor into conflict with an old adversary (Sahjahn) to prevent his son's memories from being restored. Meanwhile Wesley uncovers a mysterious deal struck by Wolfram & Hart that threatens the secret Angel desperately wants to protect.moreless

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  • Connor's back

    8.0
    ORIGIN



    The Good;

    Great final confrontation and like the way that Spike is so possessive of his clipboard. Powerful performance from Wes who grows ever more derranged as he suspects Angel has betrayed them.



    The Bad;

    ?



    Best line;

    Connor; (eying Illyria) "Sorry, always had a thing for older women"

    Angel; (muttering) "They were supposed to fix that"

    Connor; "What?"

    Angel; "Nothing"



    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    Gunn has his heart ripped out on a daily basis.



    Apocalypses: 5



    Angel Cliches



    In disguise; 8



    DB/JM get's his shirt off; 19,



    Cheap Angel; 8



    Fang Gang in bondage:

    Cordy: 5

    Angel: 15

    Wes: 8

    Gunn; 8

    Lorne; 6

    Fred; 5

    Spike; 6



    Fang gang knocked out:

    Cordy: 15

    Angel: 20

    Wes: 10

    Doyle; 1

    Gunn; 4

    Lorne; 8

    Groo; 1

    Connor; 1

    Faith; 1

    Fred; 7

    Spike; 5



    Kills; Angel kills at least 5 demons, Connor kills 2

    Cordy: 5 vamps, 3 demons

    Angel; 48 vamps, 72 and 1/2 demons, 5 zombies, 12 humans, one werewolf and one cyborg

    Doyle; 1 vamp

    Wes; 16 demons+5 vamps, 5 zombies, 4 humans, 2 cyborgs

    Kate; 3 vamps

    Faith; 18 vamps, 6 demons, 3 humans.

    Gunn; 11 vamps+ 15 demons, 5 zombies, 1 human.

    Groo; 1 demon

    Fred; 3 vamps+ 14 demons, 5 zombies

    Connor; 16 vamps, 5 zombies, 4 demons, Jasmine

    Spike; 21 vamps, 12 demons+1 human+one parasite



    Fang Gang go evil:

    Cordy: 3

    Angel: 3

    Gunn; 1

    Wes; 1



    Alternate Fang Gang;

    Cordy: 4

    Angel: 12

    Fred; 3

    Wes; 1

    Gunn; 2

    Connor; 1

    Lorne; 1



    Characters killed:

    2265



    Recurring characters killed;

    12



    Total number of Angel Investigations; 5, Wes refers to them running out of people.

    Angel, Gunn, Lorne, Wes, Spike



    Angel Investigations shot:

    Angel: 15

    Wes; 2

    Spike; 1



    Packing heat;

    Wes; 13

    Doyle; 1

    Angel; 4

    Gunn; 3

    Fred; 5



    Notches on Fang Gang bedpost:

    Cordy: 5 ?+Wilson/Hacksaw Beast+Phantom Dennis+Groo+Connor plus possibly the Beast

    Angel: 6; Buffy, Darla, The Transcending Furies, Eve

    Wes; 3 definite; Virginia, the bleached blonde and Lilah, 2 possible, Justine, Fred

    Gunn; 2 Fred and Gwen.

    Fred; 1 Gunn, 1 possible Wes

    Groo; 1Cordy

    Spike; 3-Buffy, Anya, Harmony



    Kinky dinky:

    Spike refers to Illyria as a 'filthy harlot'. Connor fancies her, once again a thing for older women, a teenage boy's lust so powerful even magic can't change it. Illyria wants to keep Spike as her pet.



    Captain Subtext;

    Marcus tells Angel he and Angel won't be having sex on the couch 'anytime soon'. But doesn't rule it out entirely? Angel's 'Do I look 500?' joke perhaps a comment on immortal Angel looking noticeably older. Check out the little look Illyria gives Harmony as she walks out of Wes' office. Hmmmm? Connor wonders if Sajhan wants to kiss him?



    Know the face, different character; 7



    Parking garages;

    10,



    Buffy characters on Angel; 17

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



    What the fanficcers thought; .

    A few nice fics regarding what would happen is Connor and Dawn hitched up. What would the children of the son of 2 vampires and The Key be like?



    Questions and observations;

    Never liked Connor but much like Riley in 'As You Were' he's much easier to accept in small doses. Anne Rice bashed. Good! Was it Cyrus Vail that made Sajhan incorporeal? What courage Gunn shows although you'd have liked to have heard what Marcus was going to offer him? You forget that Sajhan never met adult Connor so has no idea who he is. Does everyone now remember about Connor or just Illyria, Connor and Wes?



    Marks out of 10; 8/10 here begins the rehabilitation of Connor for me frankly

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  • Return of the kid from hell!

    9.4
    Origin is a fantastic episode that brings Connor back into the picture, introduced Cyvus Vail and has some good Illyria moments as well.



    This is the first episode ever where I haven't hated Connor. Usually whenever he's on screen I want to murder him viciously but here he was kinda good, a bit geeky but much much less annoying than the uber sulk he was last season. He made some great comments and his interactions with Illyria were particularly funny. I liked his relationship with his parents and also the fact that even after he knew the truth, he didn't turn into the Connor we all know and hate.



    Introducing Cyvus Vail earlier in the season rather than just have him show up in the last episode was a good idea. He isn't the most amazing villain or anything but he works well and is acted well, so I'm glad they brought him in here. He had a good costume as well.



    Sahjhan being back was NO NO NO. If you've read any of my S3 reviews, you'll know I hate Sahjhan with a passion- he's annoying, unfrightening and horrifyinly acted, so I was not happy to see him. It was a good way to bring Connor back but really I could have done without it. Jack Conley was as awful as ever and I was ecstatic when Connor chopped his head off- it's been a long time coming in my opinion!



    The Illyria scenes were interesting- I loved her interaction with Spike and her asking to keep him as a pet. She's unintentionally funny and amazingly acted by Amy Acker, who can do no wrong on this show. She was brilliant as Fred and she's now incredible as Illyria, portraying her with cold indifference and slight madness.



    Wesley smashing the mystical box and restoring everyone's memories was good. While I disagreed with him for doing it, I can see he was clutching at straws, hoping it would bring Fred back. It was quite sad to watch. I loved the little montage of scenes- it was a nice reminder of what has happened and how far we have come. It was enjoyable seeing past clips.



    Origin is an excellent episode that is the beginning of the end. It had a great story and isn't to be missed.moreless
  • Connor arrives with his parents to Wolfram & Hart, asking for some help because He has some powers. Angel feels tenderness, and gets angry with the Powers, and tries to deffend his son's life.moreless

    7.9
    This is a very fun episode. The characters are growing in this episode, since the appearance of Connor, that goes with this addopting fathers to the office asking for help because they are afraid of Connor's powers. He thinks He has some powers, and Angel tries to help him, and this way, spend some time with him. Irylia becomes very difficult to entertain, a godess in the power of Angel. I don't know why she is staying at Wolfram & Hart such powerful as she is. I think this is a way of making the story larger. I repeat: entertained.moreless
  • Origin

    10
    Origin was a perfect episode of Angel because it had a lot of great scenes, character development, and a great story. I enjoyed watching this episode as Illyria does some physical testing with Spike who gets whooped a few times. I thought the characters in this episode new and familiar were great. I found it interesting to learn more about Angel's deal with Wolfram and Hart through the Demon Sorceror now controling Connor's life. I am glad that the season addressed this part of the prophecy and tied up this story line. It was nice to see Connor actually understand and take his rightful place with his makeshift family. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • 'I'm like a superhero, or something!'

    10
    Connor's Peter Parker realisation that he has super powers is a real punch the air moment, and it's the first time where I actually really like Connor ask a character. He gets to be funny, witty and everything emo-Connor wasn't. Then again, Connor 2.0 has no recollection of growing up in a demon dimension, so he'e understandably less angst-y.



    Vincent is on a top form and you can tell he's enjoying playing an entirely different version of Connor. His blunt, yet mumbly, attack on Vahl was brilliant: 'You come near my family again and I'll slit your throat and if that doesn't kill you I'll chop your whole head off, and if that doesn't work I'll... I'll just keep stabbing you till you bleed to death.' There's plenty of light-hearted humour peppered throughout the episode to counterbalance Wesley's mourning/Gunn's gory torture scenes. Joss Whedon writes Illryia so well, but he really offers up some classics in this hour: Amy's deadpan response to Connor ('this one is lusting after me') had me in fits of laughter, it was priceless, not to mention the idea of her keeping spike as her pet. So delightfully zany! We also get to see Sahjahn one last time, and he's a total hoot ('…not exactly a day at the spa'), this episode was a laughing riot.



    Of course, it's not all clip-board flinging, Spike bashing fun. Wesley's attempts at figuring out what Angel is up to leads to a fantastic confrontation scene. David gives an amazing performance begging Wesley not to undo what has already been done, but it's not enough. What I liked most about this scene is Illryia fending off Angel as Wesley's right-arm, she's such a fascinating character and it's a pity the show didn't have enough time to dig deeper. The montage sequence really hit home that this series is coming to an end, and it kind of reminded me of Buffy's 'The Gift' opening montage.



    This is an action packed episode through and through. It's a perfect episode to bid adieu to yet another Pivotal Angel character, and that last scene was so well played by Vincent and David, respectively. Connor knows! And he's not emo. Hurray!moreless
Dennis Christopher

Dennis Christopher

Cyvus Vail

Guest Star

Jim Abele

Jim Abele

Laurence Reilly

Guest Star

Adrienne Brett Evans

Adrienne Brett Evans

Colleen Reilly

Guest Star

Vincent Kartheiser

Vincent Kartheiser

Connor

Recurring Role

Jack Conley

Jack Conley

Sahjahn

Recurring Role

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Marcus Hamilton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • At the beginning of the episode Wesley tells Angel that Illyria had just put a petri dish in her mouth. Wesley pronounces the word "petri" with a long "e" sound, which is the American pronunciation. As Wesley is English he should have used the British English pronunciation of the word which uses a short "e" sound.

    • When Vail tells Angel he wants Sahjahn dead, Angel says he has already trapped him in an urn, but it wasn't Angel who did it, it was Justine. This happened in "Forgiving" (3x17).

    • After leaving W & H unsuccessfully, Connor's family pulls into the parking lot of a motel. The first shot of them pulling in, there are parked cars on either side of their van, but in the next shots there are no cars.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Illyria: (to Wesley) You reek of frustration. Curls off of you like smoke.
      Spike: Actually, love, we call that scotch. Twelve-year Lagavulin if I'm not mistaken. Good choice.

    • Wesley: She doesn't understand our world. She needs someone to guide her. She needs...
      Angel: When was the last time you slept? You're not her savior. I need you here, working, not off drinking yourself into a coma, chasing ghosts. Fred's dead, Wes. You're still alive. Start acting like it.

    • Wesley: (about Illyria) She's either counting oxygen molecules or analyzing the Petri dish she just put into her mouth. Or sleeping. I can never quite tell.
      Angel: You sure this is a good idea?
      Wesley: We have plenty of Petri dishes.

    • Sahjahn: I do appreciate it though... That urn wasn't exactly a day at the spa... I owe you one!
      Connor: Right... Well, before you start trying to kiss me, I should probably tell you... You and I, we're... we're suppose to fight.
      Sahjahn: Is that right?
      Connor: Yeah.
      Sahjahn: Now, why would you want... Ah, you're him...
      Connor: Yeah, I'm me. Hi!

    • Connor: Here's how it works. I kill this Sahjahn thing and we walk. You come near my family again and I'll slit your throat and if that doesn't kill you I'll chop your whole head off, and if that doesn't work I'll... I'll just keep stabbing you till you bleed to death. You understand that?
      Cyvus Vail: I do.
      Connor: Good, so where is he?

    • Connor: (to Angel) You got to do what you can to protect your family. I learned that from my father.

    • Spike: (to Wesley) Oh, old broody-pants got you wound up, eh? Keep in mind, he can't get laid without maybe going crazy. Makes it funny.

    • Connor: (To Angel about his "Dad") He thinks we spent the whole
      night doing tests. I told him I could bench press, like, a thousand pounds.

    • Angel: She really put a whole petri dish in her mouth?

    • Connor: It's cool. I mean, my parents are liars and I can never trust them
      again, but it's cool.

    • Connor: You almost broke that guy in half! (beat) That was awesome!

    • Connor: (about Illyria) She have any powers?
      Spike: Glad you asked. So far, I've established that she can hit like a Mack Truck, selectively alter the flow of time and... possibly talk to plants.

    • (Angel and Connor are walking down the hallway talking when Spike is thrown through a door)
      Spike: Oh, you filthy harlot! I'm going to tear your neck out!
      Angel: (to Connor) Want to meet some of my co-workers?
      Connor: Sure.

    • Spike: I think we need to set some ground rules here. Number one: No more punching me in the face! Two: When I punch you in the face, you tell me how you feel so I can write it down on my clipboard. Three: No touching my clipboard!

    • Angel: Tell you what. Why don't you just tell me?
      Hamilton: Let's be clear about this. Things run differently now. I'm not a little girl. You and I won't be making love on this couch anytime soon. Now, with that in mind, how can I help you?

    • Wesley: Illyria can be...difficult. Testing her might be hard without getting someone seriously hurt.
      Angel: We'll make Spike do it.
      Wesley: Good.

    • Illryia: Your body warms. This one is lusting after me.
      Connor: No, I – I – It's just, uh... It's the outfit. I guess I've always had a thing for older women.
      Angel: They were supposed to fix that.
      Connor: What?
      Angel: Nothing.

    • Illryia: I'd like to keep Spike as my pet.

    • Sahjahn: Thank you, mortal, for releasing me from my cursed prison. In gratitude I grant you three wishes.
      Connor: Really?
      Sahjahn: Nah, I'm just messing with you.

    • Gunn: Let's go, Sparky -- this heart ain't going to rip itself out.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Connor: Open Sesame or whatever.
      Open Sesame were the magical words that opened the treasure cave in the story "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, often referred to as Arabian Nights.

    • Connor: Do you spend all your time making out with other vampires, like in Anne Rice novels?
      In Anne Rice novels, (such as The Vampire Chronicles series) most vampires have somewhat inappropriate relations with the vampires who make them and the vampires that they make. Also vampires they happen to meet on the street.

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