By: John M Jerva
Before David Boreanaz was Master Chief Jason Hayes on the hit CBS series SEAL Team, the star earned his battle stripes as the lovelorn anti-hero Angel on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. His character was so popular with fans that he starred in his own spin-off series also titled Angel which ran from 1999 till 2004. To this day, the show has a devoted fan base and this year marked the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the very first episode.
The cast of the series which included Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Amy Acker and James Marsters all reunited on the stage of the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhatten Center in New York City to relive the glorious five years that the show was on the air. Unforntunately, Boreanaz was unable to attend due to his filming of SEAL Team but that didn’t stop the excitement for the hour that fans got to see the rest of the cast in person which included me. Yes, I was a big fan of the show and was eagerly excited to see the cast live and they did not disappoint as they shared awesome stories about their days on the show. I was in the very first row for the event and it was spectacular to see the gang together again even if it was sanz Boreanaz.
Carpenter spoke about how there was a lot of pressure doing this show initially because it was a smaller cast than Buffy and she talked about being worried about not having a “safety net” if the show didn’t make it. She also spoke about how bittersweet it was filming the episode HERO after co-star Glenn Quinn, who played Allen Doyle had passed away, which eventually made her and her character stronger but it was still tough to get through.
Carpenter also acknowledged that she wanted her character Cordelia to be more than what she was on Buffy and she was thrilled when the character grew as aperson and she calls the role one of the greatest of her life. James Marsters, who played Spike, remembers telling Charisma “I’m so sorry, I’ve been judging you for so long. You fooled me. You play a really good mean person.” when they worked together again on Supernatural. Charisma jokingly responded to him, “So do you.”
Marsters also commented on the fact that Spike was supposed to die after five epiosdes on Buffy and that he was suppoosed to be nothing than a boy toy for the character of Drusilla but he was such a fan favorite that he not only survived but he eventually made his way to Angel. “I pretty much played Spike with a soul from the beginning, and that was wrong,” Marsters said during the panel but it certainly wasn’t wrong in fans’ eyes.
Just like Spike, Alexis Denisof’s character of Wesley was supposed to only last two episodes on Buffy but he lasted a lot long and went from a bumbling weakling to a much darker character on the show. To this, Carpenter spoke of watching an episode just recently called Spin The Bottle, and pointed out the moment where Wesley stated, “I got my throat slit and my friends abandoned me” as a turning point for his character.
Fan favorite Amy Acker who is also popular for starring roles on Person Of Interest and most recently Wu Assassins, told of how hard it was when her character of Fred was killed and she turned into the evil Illyria. She remebers the time that creator Joss Whedon told her that they would be killing her off but then it was revealed that she would be returing as an ass kicking demon goddess to which Acker replied, “No one’s going to argue about that.”
J. August Richards, of course, played Gunn on the show and he was proud of the fact that his character started off as a vampire hater when he initially met Angel but then his story arc changes throughout and he becomes one of his closest allies. Richards also commented about how wonderful it was that all of them formed a tight family who are close even to this day.
One of the biggest complaints I did have about the show was the way they ended it as Angel and his cohorts basically went out in a blaze of glory. I’ll never forget Boreanaz’s final words of the show when, as a horde of demons are charging at them, he picks up his sword and says “Lets go to work” to which he takes on final swing as the credits roll. I always thought that hopefully the characters made it out but Marsters had a different take on the ending. He stated that the ending wrapped up Angel’s heroic story arc perfectly and that he felt that they died in that last battle becuase it wouldn’t have as much impact if they had survived.
Of course, the idea of a revival Angel was brought up and all the cast was in agreement that they would do one in a heartbeat. I thon I speak for everyone that I would welcome a revival with open arms and I feel with a lot of shows making a comeback these days, this one has a strong enough fan base to come back. If anything, the cast are truely a joy to see live and they have such great chemistry that here’s hoping that Angel and the gang will return one last time.
About The Author: John M Jerva is the owner and editor-in-chief of Action-Flix.com and is a DIE HARD fan of everyhting Action! From the glorious past to the thrilling future, John lives and breathes action!