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Angel — Drusilla

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Oh, the perils of doing things illegally on the internet — you’re always at the mercy of others.  It’s taken me months to find a working copy of issue 25, just so I could write this review of a two-parter which, after starting out directly enough, turns out to be a bit of a head-scratcher.  I can only assume that it’s going to be leading to something later on, because if it doesn’t, it really doesn’t make any sense and is just a blatant marketing scheme to hype Juliet Landau for some reason (the quizzical head-shots at the end of each issue would seem to lend credence to this theory).

But anyway, the story: so the cops find Dru on the streets of L.A., almost dead, with a (we assume stake-inflicted) wound in her chest, meaning someone tried to kill her but just narrowly failed.  Spike, maybe?  Angel?  Or it was a failed suicide?  But this is all supposed to have happened sometime in Angel Season 5, before the ‘Fall,’ so there would have to be some ret-conning going on to explain it.  This I can live with.  So she’s in a psych ward, where we later find out she’s either being hidden away by someone so that she doesn’t cause any damage, or else being ‘groomed’ to be destructive again later.  The obvious answer would be Wolfram & Hart, but remember, Angel was head of W&H at the time; so maybe Angel is trying to protect her (but would he?), or maybe it’s the Senior Partners acting directly if we go with the ‘grooming’ scenario.  I’d be okay with that, too, as it means she still has a role to play.  But . . .

. . . these theories kind of fall apart because there’s really no oversight going on; the doctors don’t seem to know whom she is, and they let her out, and she slaughters everyone.  If someone wanted to keep her under wraps, you’d think they’d make sure something like this couldn’t happen.  Then, when L.A. goes to hell, she ends up in ‘the past,’ before Angelus turned her.  Now, is this another sort of ‘holding cell’ to keep her safe until the Fall is over?  Like, a temporal prison (albeit a nice one) to keep her safe until she’s needed?  If we go with this interpretation, then I think we’d have to say it is the Senior Partners keeping her static and that we will see her again later.  Or is this her final bow?  Would be hard to believe so, but it could be.  This is why I say that if they don’t come back to this later, it’s just going to seem pointless because there are too many questions and too many loose threads.

There’s also a lot of symbolism going on, in the flashback scenes, with the pendant, falling into the flames; problem is, it’s been so long since I’ve watched Buffy and Angel that I can’t recall that back-story stuff too well, so I can’t say how significant this is supposed to be.  Was this an important pendant?  Or is it just really being introduced now?  I don’t remember.

So, if this is acting as a re-introduction of Dru into the series, and she’s going to come back to serve an important purpose later, great.  If this is meant as her curtain call as a character, then I think it needed to be more obvious (instead of her saying ‘I wonder how long this will last?’ at the end, she should have said something like ‘I’m finally home,’ or something).  Which makes me lean toward the former explanation as being the more likely.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. tgjkennedy permalink
    Thursday, December 3, 2009 1:10 am

    This was very well drawn… but a lot of pictures to say not a lot. How many killing spree shots do we really need? I enjoyed it, sure, but really nothing happens. I concur with the head scratching.

    Was that a slight nod to Serenity with the blue dress dancing fight scene?

    I also forget most of the Dru back story. I mean, it was 10 years ago, wasn’t it? If it’s going to be important to her part of the story later on, I hope they give a refresher course. I enjoy the nods to different characters from Buffy-days-gone-by but if it’s something integral to the story-line, we need some catch up.

    • Thursday, December 3, 2009 2:07 am

      Yes — it was quite a bit more gruesome than I might have expected.


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