Season 5 Episode 19

Time Bomb

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 28, 2004 on The WB
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When Illyria's powers become unstable and cause her to erratically jump through time, she learns that the gang intends to kill her. Upon returning to the present, Illyria decides that she must kill everyone else before they are able to attack her. Angel, caught in Illyria's time distortion is pulled into the past and must find a way to alter the course of events.


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  • Illyria loses her godhood


    The Good;

    Great performance from mad Wes and lovely scenes between him and Gunn making up

    The Bad;

    In any show featuring time travel it's always a bit of a cheat to kill characters knowing you can just click your fingers and bring them back.

    Best line;

    Marcus; "Curing cancer Mr Pryce?"

    Wes; "Wouldn't be cost effective. I'm sure we make a lot of money from cancer"

    Marcus; "True, the patent holder is a client"

    Jeez, how did they get away with that?

    The Breathren want to feed their baby messiah consecrated urine and panda meat. I'm not sure which is worse?

    Apocalypses: 5

    Angel Cliches

    Subverting the Hollywood cliche; evil demon Fell Breathren all paternal (and rather camp?) about the coming baby. They also like organic cola.

    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


    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:


    Recurring characters killed; everyone but then they come back


    Total number of Angel Investigations; 5,

    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:

    Gunn suggests they keep Illyria in a leash. Spike refers to 'Dear Penthouse'.

    Captain Subtext;

    Illyria says that adaptation is compromise and Spike teases her about learning and the Internet. Again, we see why humans rule the world and demons don't.

    Know the face, different character; 7

    Parking garages;


    Guantanamo Bay;

    Suspicion of each other has started to pull AI apart, they don't trust each other anymore?

    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; .

    Angel travelling in time used by many fanficcers to rescue characters from all sorts of trouble.

    Questions and observations;

    Wes suggests they keep Illyria as an asset and he's to be proven correct. Jamie Bergman of course is Mrs Boreanaz and a Playboy Playmate. Has she turned up in Bones yet? Anyone else worry that Wes is slowly becoming Illyria's high priest? Marcus suggests that Angel has gone from front runner in the earning stakes to back of the pack, a hint of Angel's history at the WB? When did the 1000 year war begin? Anyone else think that Illyria reminds you of Lady Gaga? Jim Jones was a religious cult leader who led his followers into mass suicide in the South American jungle.

    Here Angel get's the idea for the story arc in the last few eps.

    Marks out of 10; 7/10 I think the Illyria storyline drags on too long

  • Time Bomb

    Time Bomb was a perfect episode of Angel because it had a lot of action, drama, and character development. I enjoyed watching this episode because we learned more about Illyria and her power. I thought it was funny how Lorne was watching Illyria and was spotted by her. I also enjoyed the sub plot of the pregnant woman giving up her baby to a demon clan. This episode definitely showes us a different side of Angel and this is where the gang really begin to question just what side Angel is really on. It was cool to see more of Illyria and learn more about her. I look forward to watching the next episode of Angel!!!!!!!moreless
  • "A true ruler."

    This is the episode that I've been waiting for ever since I've started liking Illyria. She's been quite a big storyline throughout the last few episodes, but she's reached her top in this one, that's for sure. Not being able to exist in her shell for a longer time, she goes through different time periods in order to keep her powers, but the Angel crew finally manages to bring her down a notch.

    I like how Gunn was brought back into the fold, how Wesley has this connection with Illyria, and how the writers decided to keep Illyria and note that she might join the team yet. The ending was a bit confusing with Angel changing his ways, but I guess that's something to worry about in the next episode.moreless
  • Touch me and die vermin!

    Time Bomb is another excellent episode that focuses on Illyria as she struggles to adapt to humanity and to our world, and shows how her powers are getting out of control. It is exciting and well worth a watch.

    I'm a big fan of Illyria- she may have killed old Fredikins but she's a great character, coming out with some funny lines and portrayed breathtakingly by the superb Amy Acker. This is one of the only episode where we see Illyria exhibit weaknesses and pain. It was a tad confusing at times when she just jumped through time but the action makes up for the slight confusion. I LOVED the fight where she killed Spike, Lorne, Wesley and Angel- it was brutal and completely shocking. I was thinking "But there's 3 episodes left! How could she kill them?" but then she went back in time again. It was a great moment and quite weird to watch everyone get killed, especially Angel! I'm glad they didn't stay dead though (obviously). Illyria's confusion here was interesting. Illyria rarely shows any weaknesses, always coming across as an all powerful god and seeing her in pain was quite something. I like that Angel stood up to her and that she finally lost some of her powers- she needs to mellow a bit. Her line at the end "Touch me and die vermin" is a great line and I laughed out loud at it. Wesley's relationship with Illyria is also interesting- he should hate her (she killed the woman he loved) but instead he comes the closes thing she has to a friend. I liked his speech at the end saying he didn't love her but he needed her. Illyria looking like Fred must be a small comfort so that he can see her face every day but in the long run it's not a good thing.

    The end of the episode where Angel looks like he's joining the evil side of life was good. It made you wonder whether Angel is succumbing to evil but we all know Angel isn't going to! He's a champion, of course.

    Time Bomb is a great episode that has some brilliant action and focuses on old Liry. It's not too heavy but is a fun ride that you won't forget soon.moreless
  • There She Blows!

    Timb Bomb-When Illyria's powers become unstable and cause her to erratically jump through time, she learns that the gang intends to kill her. Upon returning to the present, Illyria decides that she must kill everyone else before they are able to attack her. Angel, caught in Illyria's time distortion is pulled into the past and must find a way to alter the course of events.

    It's funny in a matter of very few episodes that Illyria has become one of the most best characters of the Buffyverse. I mean, besides the First, she's the oldest thing on Earth. She was a powerful god, who ruled the primordial world and was feared my all creatures as well as feared by them. But now, in the words of Spike, "Can't even get a polite hello." Since her return, Illyria has been searching for her place among the world she no longer knows, but can't seem to let go of her claim to fame of the demon era. What "Time Bomb" does well is letting us see for the first time a vunerable side to Illyria. That even with all that power and ego, she knows that world the world doesn't belong to her. In some ways, she feels safe with Wesley because that is her only connect to the world. But once she finds out she can't trust them she's willing to kill them becuase she's afraid of failure. Of maybe I'm just reading too much into this?

    Anyway, the time loops were great yet were bizarre at first when you didn't know what was going on. The best part was definately watching Illyria massacring Team Angel in the blink of eye! Just goes to show that Illyria is truly one of the most powerful beings the Buffyverse ever had! That sequence alone gives this episode a major upgrade! But of course, with an ally this powerful, there was no way for the gang to be useful so Wesley de-powers her in end. No more time manipulation. No more portal opening. Decreased superstrength. I'm guessing from her power display in the last 2 episodes, Illyria's strength is still good as she seems stronger than a slayer by the looks of it. Ohh, Illyria saves Gunn from hell world which was a great teaser by the way with Illyria kickin' the crap out of that Basement demon! Aww, but those days of glory are over. All and All, "Time Bomb" is great character sutdy of Illyria and actually develops her character in ways not thought possible.moreless
Jaime Bergman

Jaime Bergman


Guest Star

Nick Gilhool

Nick Gilhool

Fell Brother #1

Guest Star

Jeff Yagher

Jeff Yagher

Fell Leader

Guest Star

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Marcus Hamilton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Illyria shoves Wesley and his desk against a window and the blinds are closed. In the next shot, as she leaves his office, the blinds are open.

    • When Spike is talking about Illyria's fighting ability, he refers to "Brazilian Ninjutsu." There is no such style. Spike seemed to confuse Ninjutsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Illyria: A true ruler is as moral as a hurricane. Empty, but for the force of his gale.

    • Gunn: I turned him down. Not into making deals. Not anymore.
      Angel: Well, that's gonna make it tough to be a lawyer.

    • Hamilton: Curing cancer, Mr. Wyndam-Pryce?
      Wesley: Wouldn't be cost-effective. I'm sure we make a lot from cancer.
      Hamilton: You're right, the patent holder is a client.

    • Hamilton: Let me ask you something, Angel. Have you ever heard of the term "surgical strike"?
      Angel: You ever heard the term "appointment"?

    • Lorne: (about Hamilton) Well, tell you what. I still like him better then Eve.

    • Lorne: (on walkie-talkie) Angel ears, this is Secret Demon! Come in!

    • Lorne: Hey, Lyrie, when did you catch on to me? In the elevator? That was a tough one.
      Illyria: The vampire plays children's games.
      Lorne: Well, tag -- you're it, honey.

    • Angel: Illyria's blown all her gaskets, man. She's outta her mind!
      Spike: How can you tell? Yesterday she spent two hours mind-melding with a potted fern.

    • Illyria: You ask me to allow you to murder me?
      Spike: It's not murder if you say "yes."

    • Wesley: Illyria?
      Illyria: Touch me and die, vermin.
      Spike: Not a very dramatic difference, really.

    • Wesley: I'm not in love with this thing, Angel. But for some reason, I need it right now.
      Angel: Yeah, that's just weird.

    • Illyria: When the world met me, it shuddered, groaned. It knelt at my feet.
      Spike: (looks up, mocking) "Dear Penthouse, I don't normally write letters like this, but—"

    • Lorne: (talking on walkie-talkie) I repeat, Bluebird got wise. Secret Demon's cover is blown. Over. Hel-hello?! Is this on?

    • Amanda: (about the demon cult) Well, they are very religious... their religion, not the God one.

    • Lorne: You gotta keep your thingy on if this is gonna work. (Angel knocks Lorne's hat off of his head). Oh yeah, real mature!

    • Demon: Amanda. (holds his arms wide open) Ya look wonderful, huh? Huh?! So full of life. So how's our little oven-bun? Still kicking up a storm, I hope. Third trimester. (the other demons gesture thumbs-up) Any more pressure, shortness of breath? (Amanda nods) Well, that's normal. Are you taking the black cohosh we sent?
      Amanda: Mm-hmm.
      Demon: Lovely. Bipmep cut some articles out of this month's Fit Pregnancy. We'll send those along.

    • Wesley: She still thinks she's the God-King of the Universe.
      Gunn: So she's like a TV star?
      Wesley: No, nothing that bad. Bit more violent though.

    • Gunn: Yeah, I was just in his office and he--
      Lorne: Oh, God don't go in there! That's where he keeps his full strength crazy.
      Gunn: Yeah, I got a whiff of that.

    • Lorne: Angel wants me to start tailing Illyria. I got a little walkie-talkie and everything.

    • Angel: (on walkie-talkie) Lorne, this is Angel, can you hear me?
      Lorne: Uh... 10-4, good buddy.

  • NOTES (2)

    • As of this episode, every member of the Angel cast has been killed at some point, counting Harmony's death on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Graduation Day (2)" (3x22), Gunn's temporary death in "Ground State" (4x02), and Connor's metaphysical death in "Home" (4x22).

    • Jaime Bergman (Amanda) is David Boreanaz's wife.


    • Hamilton: It's a business, boys, not a Batcave.
      A reference to the DC comics super hero Batman, a crime-fighter who maintains a secret, hidden lair called "The Batcave."

    • Spike: "Dear Penthouse, I don't normally write letters like this, but..."
      Spike makes reference to an adult publication called Penthouse which has a letters forum in which readers send in their personal stories of supposedly true sexual adventures.

    • Spike: Babe the blue ox
      Babe was the huge, blue ox companion of the lumberjack Paul Bunyan in American legend.

    • Spike: Yesterday, she spent two hours mind-melding with a potted fern.
      The character of Spock originally mind melded with people on the first Star Trek series. It has since been done by other Vulcans and become a staple of that species throughout the franchise.

    • Gunn: This place just went Poseidon on my ass. I don't know which way is up.
      The reference is to the movie The Poseidon Adventure in which a passenger ship is upside down.

    • Angel: She's come unstuck in time.
      At one point it's stated that Illyria has become "unstuck in time." This is a reference to the 1969 Kurt Vonnegut novel Slaughterhouse Five, where the protagonist Billy Pilgrim has an experience of time very similar to Illyria's.

    • Illyria: Ridiculous apes.
      Angel: Get your damn hands off me!
      The combined dialogue seems like an obvious reference to the classic 1968 film Planet of the Apes in which Charlton Heston's character delivers the infamous quote "Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"