Angel, the spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a really amazing third season. Some of the best episodes in the series are in that crazy third season (where a lot of crazy stuff happens). Here are the top five:
5. Forgiving- This episode is tense and upsetting, and it has one of the best endings of any episode. It shows us that lines have been drawn and that some relationships are going to take a long time to mend. We also see some of Angel’s darker side. Let’s just say, the title is ironic.
4. Lullaby- The last of the “pregnant Darla” episodes is undoubtedly the best. We are treated to some of the tensest moments between the characters, and Darla shows us just how awesome and badass she can be, and how kind and caring she was when she had a soul. The “birth” of Conner is one of the most memorable moments in the series.
3. That Vision Thing- In this episode, we find out what Cordelia is made of (she has done a lot of growing since her snotty Sunnydale days). We also find out how much everyone, especially Angel, loves her and what they would be willing to do in order to save her. We also find out even more about how awful Wolfram and Hart is. Essentially, “That Vision Thing” helps us to see the unseen strengths and weaknesses of these characters.
2. The Price- This is one of the creepiest episodes in the “Buffyverse.” Yes, Buffy‘s “the Gentlemen” are pretty terrifying. But the nearly invisible wormy things that get inside you and suck all the moisture out of your body and then link you to a hive mind and talk through your voice and say things like “We are thirsty!”? That’s more terrifying to me. This episode has a ton of tension, some great foreboding, and foreshadowing. It’s one of the best of the series for sure.
1. Waiting in the Wings- This episode marks the last happy moments of the series, and they’re not so happy for Wesley. “Waiting in the Wings” is the episode that introduced Joss Whedon to Summer Glau (who would later become River on Firefly), and it is a pretty great one. It’s also…it’s pretty sexy. While the overarching story is pretty much Swan Lake or another sort of kept-woman fairy tale told in a Joss Whedon style, the tensions between the characters are the real point of the episode. A great example of how the supernatural elements of this series, and of Buffy, are merely vehicles for the characters.