The Cast of Joss Whedon's ANGEL Reunite in EW Photos and Video for 20th Anniversary
It’s been 20 years since the Buffy The Vampire Slayer spinoff series Angel premiered. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long, and I’m sure it will make some of you feel older than you want to admit.
Well, to celebrate the occasion, Entertainment Weekly managed to get the cast of the series together for a photoshoot and to talk about the series. They released a couple covers for the upcoming anniversary issue along with a photo of the cast and a couple of videos for you to enjoy of the cast talking about their time on the series.
The photos feature David Boreanaz (Angel), Alexis Denisof (Wesley), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia), Amy Acker (Fred), James Marsters (Spike), J. August Richards (Gunn), and more.
I loved this show. It was a great spinoff that was just as good and engaging as Buffy was. Writer David Greenwalt talked about the initial concept for the series, and it the perfect explanation of why I liked it.
“We thought, let’s do a noir thing that’s about addiction and redemption, and we’ll put them in L.A. The stories will be darker and, more important, he’ll be darker.”
The series also ended up having plenty of heart and humor in it as well. It was just a perfect mix of fun entertainment. At the same time it was a bit heavier than Buffy. It’s explained that the series focused more “on the idea of dealing with the consequences of your actions.” Joss Whedon described it as “apocalyptic goofy noir” and explained:
“We started talking in terms of redemption. We realized, while Buffy is about the hero’s journey — that ‘becoming the person you are’ that happens in adolescence — Angel is about dealing with the person you’ve been.”
Co-creator Greenwalt went on to add, “Buffy has this wonderful purpose and fights evil, but still wants to go to the prom and get the right dress. Angel is a much darker and, in a sense, more complex character.”
The network initially thought the series was too dark ,and they told the creative team that if they are “gonna go that dark, you have to earn it.” So, they ended up revamping some things to appease the network, and they eventually greenlit it. I’m happy they did, because what they did with Angel was fantastic!
Check out a couple of videos below and head on over to EW to read more about what the cast and the creators had to say about the series.
What did you think about Angel? What were your favorite things about the series? What would you say your favorite episode is?