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Angel - 1x14 - I've Got You Under My Skin

Synopsis: It's The Exorcist! With brownies! Yep, that about covers it.

Review: I've been wondering for a long time when the Buffyverse was going to have a demon possession episode. Lo and behold, here it is, and it's actually not too bad. This episode did a good job of keeping an otherwise cliche plot interesting with a few unexpected twists. Of course, the first one wasn't really as unexpected as it should have been, but that's okay. The dad was obviously being set up as a villain for the first few scenes, which, in the Buffyverse, usually means the character is not actually bad.

However, the revelation that the boy himself was actually more evil than the demon that possessed him was a very surprising and interesting development. The problem with this though is that it is never made clear whether the demon or the child was in control during the possession. Also, the child’s absence of a soul is never explained. Are we supposed to believe that in the Buffyverse some people are just born without souls, and this causes them to be evil?

We also learn a bit of Wesley's background in this episode. Apparently Wesley's father was overbearing or even abusive, which the demon/child uses to taunt him. I've never been a big fan of Wesley, but character development is always a good thing.

Also, I was glad to see Angel kill the demon, even though the child was the real evil. This series often falls into the trap of treating demons as uglier versions of human beings, which is a bit disconcerting when you see Buffy and friends slaughtering them indiscriminately. Thankfully, this episode sticks to the basic premise that demons are soulless and therefore evil, even if they are not actively causing trouble at that point in time. Moral gray area is fine, but inconsistency is not.

Rating: 4 out of 10 (Reviewed by: Matt Pickle)

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