Once in a while you find a spin off that is just as good as the original series, this being one of those rare situations. Partly due to the fact that not only do we have one character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-2003), Angel (David Boreanaz), but we also have a couple of others we already know, Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter) and Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Alexis Denisof) along with some newer characters who are just as important to the series.
Buffy was a series for the later teens and early twenties, this is a series for the early to late twenties. Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt creating a series which did not depend on our knowledge of Buffy. We may already know and have feelings for some of the characters we have here. There are a handful of episodes which connect with Buffy episodes… in a storyline which does not affect the main story arc in a major way; therefore characters from that show appear in this, or vice versa. But very rarely does this happen.
There is a darkness to this series and we find ourselves thinking and feeling about what is going on, it has depth which, if you’ve never seen the series you may be surprise to find how layered it is. This is a grand example of a series being more than we assume… there are characters we love, there are characters we hate and then there are situations and moments which range from test every emotion available. We find ourselves wondering where we stand and with who. Not everything is as it seems and not everything is certain.
We get involved with the situation which are not merely there to entertain, but involve our brains, if we’re conscious of what it is we’re thinking about or not. This lasted five seasons and I could have happily seen this run for another two, equalling the original show. This is a series worth your time and there is a high repeat viewing value on this and the original series. I have watched both shows multiple times since their original airing and still find myself wanting to see them again and again.
The story lines are excellent in that they feel they have been thought out and are not some throw away; forgettable idea. Find yourself a copy of this and watch; you will not be disappointed with this fantastic series, which has just as much to say today as the times it was originally shown.