Hey everyone. Welcome to a new edition of Best of/Worst of, the series where we go back through our previous reviews and take a second look at our heroes. Were they good men and women, or did they disgust us with their antics?
This post's subject is: Angel & Faith, Season 02 (Angel, Season 8 for me; Angel, season 10 for DH), Issue 07.
Blurb: Faith decided to stay in the employ of Deepscan when she found out that her next mission concerned the missing Riley Finn - a guy with whom she has a past. Now, Faith and a team of Slayers search the South American jungle for Riley, his wife, and a missing tycoon, Walt Zane. In London’s Magic Town, Angel does his best to aid the people transformed by the magical virus he helped cause - currently he’s occupied with a request from an old Wiccan friend, Amy Madison.
Our primary focuses this issue are:
Angel: Still trying to figure out how to deal with Amy Madison to get her off of her ill-defined plans to attempt resurrecting Warren.
Faith: Still in the jungle with a group from Deepscan, employed by Reese Zane to find her missing father.
Ms. Zane: Trying to find her father, though the fact that they've been besieged by indigenous vampires doesn't reflect well on his chances... or on the missing Riley's.
Major Billings: The American military's point man on this mission [but I'm really not sure why the government is in on this].
Mai, the Slayer: The only Slayer in Deepscan, besides Kennedy, that is willing to see what Faith will do, rather than depending on her reputation.
What All Our Characters Desperately Want: MY APPROVAL.
Angel: *sigh* Sorry, Angel. I know your name is all over the title, but another issues goes by without a reward.
Faith: I'm down with Faith's strategy to protect a defensible dig-in rather than try to retreat through dark jungle. It doesn't work out due to the numbers of vampires, and they seemingly being unafraid to get dusted, but it was the right call. Half-KUDO
Reese Zane: Ms. Zane doesn't get any iota of kudo. In fact, she's annoying.
Major Billings: Also, not getting a kudo, and due to a touch of bad writing to make Faith look better, he's also annoying.
Mai: Mai gets herself a Half-KUDO for modifying a camping stove to be a flame thrower.
And I'm giving a Half-KUDO to the Deepscan Slayers as a group for building a stake throwing cannon! That was cool.
And we have a full KUDO to cameo-er, Sam Finn! Her last minute save of the Slayers, when it was looking like a rout was awesome.
What All Characters Dread... all of them, I say! MY DISAPPROVAL.
Angel: Angel manages not to do anything dumb, this time. [Maybe I should start issuing half kudos just for that.]
Faith: I've no demerits to pass Faith's way.
Reese Zane: Ugh. Even taking her concern for her father into account, she's the worst at actually listening to people who have been in this situation before, and she's haughty toward the military helping her. Half-DEMERIT
Major Billings: Poor, Major. His crap writing earns him a DEMERIT for wanting to retreat in a situation deteriorating due to loss of daylight & doesn't recognize a deliberate defensive set up, until it is explained to him. Obvs, he wasn't one of the shining beacons of light in his chosen career.
Mai: I've nothing to slap Mai for; She's competent and clever.
I was considering giving Amy a demerit for even mentioning Warren within my earshot/eyesight, but perhaps that's a bit much. Still, I'm glaring at you, dear.