I loved this episode of Angel. For many reasons. First, any screen time with Amy Acker is awesome, in my book. She is so great. Score one for geeky girls! Plus, I went through my own Kennedy assassination phase so a bookstore called “The Magic Bullet” is near and dear to me. I am very much enjoying this arc and I think Gina Torres (who finally has a name!) is the best Big Bad that Angel has had.
This episode continues the vein started with “Shiny Happy People.” Everyone in LA is so damned happy, thanks to Jasmine and her loving vibe. Everyone still seems like a Stepford to me and again, the parallels with credit card debt come out for me — especially as we approach the height of Christmas shopping frenzy. People are programmed to spend money, whether they have it to spend or not. I sound like a broken record but this clear debt thing is just such an obvious connection to the show’s theme’s.
So poor Fred — alone in a crowded city, pursued by her former friends. That has got to get a girl down. She escapes Gunn and Wesley but ends up in a demon’s lair. He’s hiding from the Jasminites (as he calls them) who have started their own jihad against demons. Finally (we think) Fred has an ally. A weird one, sure, but an ally. And then he tried to eat her. He’s just a little guy, for all his sharp pointy teeth, so luckily Fred takes care of him.
She ends up at the conspiracy bookstore “The Magic Bullet” and confronts Jasmine. Fred shoots her and as she does, she apologizes to Angel. Huh? we think, apologize to Angel….? And then we see the light about the same time Angel does — the bullet passed through Jasmine and into Angel and it is contact with her blood that allows you to see Jasmine as the monster she is. Ha! The magic bullet, indeed. Now Fred has an ally and a powerful one at that. And Jasmine has something to worry about.
Neither Angel or Fred are very happy. They have lost the innocence of being blindly happy in Jasmine’s thrall. They are sad to lose that connection and to view the world’s complications once more. This is something we all go through in the journey from childhood to adulthood and now, these two have to do it again. I think one of the keys to happiness is to be able to look at reality and then move forward — what Byron Katie calls “loving what is.” Angel and Fred have to accept the facts of the situation and instead of laying down and giving up, they hatch a plan to help their friends see the light as well.