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My Thoughts On Conviction

Um, well, I didn't hate it. That's good right? ;) Personally, Conviction left me rather Blah. I understood that they would need the premiere to set up the tone, direction, and various story arcs for the season. I just wish it could have made for a more interesting hour of television (IMO, Alias did it's relaunch better).

At this point I have no deep thoughts. There really wasn't anything to have deep thoughts on. But, I do have some general observations.

- Eve both sucks and blows. Whether it's because she is a pale imitation of Lilah, or poorly developed, or horribly miscast I'm not sure. Actually, it's probably a lethal combination of all three. Hopefully, ME will see their error soon.

- The Wes/Fred situation still exists. It was obvious that Wes was jealous when he saw how buddy-buddy Fred and Knox seemed. I know a lot of people are against Fred and Wes hooking up, but I think it may work now. Why? Because the girl has come a long way from Pylea. She seems to be embracing her new position within W&H very well and showed a lot of back bone. I like this new, emotionally stronger Fred. I can now envision a mature relationship between the two developing.

- Knox is evil. Correct me if I'm wrong but he didn't have to sing for Lorne. Fred trusts him already. Her willingness to trust is one a both a wonderful trait and a potentially fatal flaw. While I think it will be a good thing in regards to Spike (I envision her being the most willing to except his presence and his declarations of change), I have a gut feeling it may be bad in regards to Knox.

- I like Lorne, I really do. But ever since he's become a series regular he's become increasingly useless. If he had been completely absent from this episode would it have mattered?

- Harmony was a hoot, but her explanation as to her presence at W&H was a bit thin. And while I never really considered her evil, she seems to be making a real effort to be good. Why else would she be living off pigs blood?

- I think I like Gunn's new role as lawyer. It's nice that he's more than muscle now. I just hope he doesn't spend too much time in a court room - we have enough lawyer shows. Though, he can keep the suits, he looked very good in them. :)

- My favorite funny moments....the ritual sacrifice hotline...Angel's "I have no problem spanking men" (As soon as I heard that I envisioned a hundred fics in the works.;)...and, of course, "Blondie Bear!"

All and all an OK outing. This episode alone would not have gotten me excited about the season or hooked on the show again. But, having seen next weeks as well, let me just say, Spike makes everything better. ;-)
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Hi (you prob don't know who I am but I added u a while ago because of Buffy) I didn't get to watch the whole epi tonite (stupid little sister) and I really haven't watched Angel until now (slight Buffy over-obsession-y one track mind kind of thing) but here's my one thought (based on your own comments (could I use any more parenthesis?)):

Harmony: Why is she suddenly good? I mean I agree that I never took her to be particularly evil and she's not all that smart but did she just give up or something? She doesn't have a soul or a chip or anything so why isn't she evil and killing ppl and stuff? Does she just suck (pardon the pun) at it or something? Also, what do u think will happen with her and Spike? I heart Spike...
Well, if you missed last season of Angel you didn't miss anything. I hated it. I even questioned watching this season but then James had to go and join the cast and I was stuck. :P

Harmony's situation is perplexing. I'm not sure what's going on with her. First off she's working, something she's never done before. Second, why is she "off" human blood? Like you said, no chip or soul to stop her from feeding. I can only hope it will be clarified later in the season. Maybe Spike will be the one to ask what the heck is going on with her.

I don't see her and Spike rekindling their prior relationship. I can see them getting along OK and he may treat her a bit nicer than he did before, but I don't see any romance forming. Actually, I'd prefer him to stay single for awhile. Plus, it's only been a short time since the events of 'Chosen'. It will be quite some time (if ever) that he is over Buffy.
Harmomy's not so evil ways
I am delurking to share some thoughts about Harmony.
I liked the particular moments, but the episode as a whole seemed … well… not bad.

Harmony made my day. I was happy to see her exactly as she was. About her not so evil ways… I think (unfortunately, not very coherently) that it is pretty much in her character.
Harmony burrs lines between human and demonic selves as no other vampire in the Buffyverse. Sometimes I thinks, she even improved after turning. Human Harmony: mean, dumb, sycophantic, conformist. Dead Harmony: all the same plus demon.
Harmony, in my opinion, doesn’t quite feel the difference herself. Beside the change in diet, avoiding the sunlight, and lack of reflection in mirrors. She still has her old notions about life, and what makes the life “cool”, plus, she needs company. And company of vampires didn’t really work out with her. In a way, she has the same problem that Buffy had: to reconcile her desire to have “normal” and “cool” life with her supernatural self. So she would go shopping and look for discounts as she did before, but then she would kill the salespersons, whereas as a human she would be just mean to them.
She is pretty inefficient as a vampire, she has never been any actual threat to humans – I mean, Buffy never bothered to slay her, and not because old friendship ties or something.
Anyway, it doesn’t surprise me that Harmony would look for an employment – it is normal thing to do. And not because she needs a salary. And who else would hire vampire as a stenographer? W&H.
About drinking pig’s blood: my take is that it was Wesley’s idea – hiring her as Angel’s secretary, he might have made it the term of employment. So no soul, no chip, but career demands worked for Harmony. The thrill of promotion turned out to be stronger than the thrill of killing.

Well, it looked much more intelligent in my head. And, of course, I may be wrong on all the accounts. May be Harmony is the evil mastermind behind the dealings of W&H. ;)

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