June 29th, 2007 05:33 EST
Perspective of Angel's Second Season
Angel, the spin-off from Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, finds the vampire with a soul in Los Angeles fighting to save souls in the hopes of redeeming his own.
In season two, the road to redemption becomes even rockier for Angel (David Boreanaz) when the evil law firm Wolfram & Hart has resurrected his former lover and sire Darla (Julie Benz). The history together and his desire -- possibly obsession -- to save her consume him, creating a friction between him and his crew of Angel Investigations. When Darla became a vampire once more by Drusilla (Juliet Landau), Angel fired his crew and went from helping the helpless to hunting down the guilty.Lost in darkness, Angel questioned the importance of fighting the good fight as well as the war between good and evil. To him, it was about winning and earning his redemption. But then he realized that no matter how much good he does, he can never make up for all the evil he has done. He also learned that the war between good and evil is never-ending, and it will continue to go on -- with or without him.
"The world doesn't work in spite of evil, Angel," states late Wolfram & Hart superior Holland Manners in "Reprise". "It works with us. It works because of us."
In other words, darkness does not just come from the outside world, it also comes from inside us through everything we say, think, and do to one another and ourselves. The choices we made and the life we lead makes us who we are today.
Angel soon understands and receives an "Epiphany", and decides to help people-- not to just help himself, but because he truly wants to do good.
The war between good and evil is never-ending, but it is never about winning and losing. It is about choosing sides and standing up for your convictions. And though you may never be noticed for your deeds and actions, all that matters is fighting for what you believe in.
What you do today affects the lives of the people around you -- and possibly the world.