DO announce your presence with authority.
For our money, there's no better opening sequence than this:
DO know your noir.
Angel (at least in season 1) moves from the pomo horror (or as Jenn described it, "teenage-soap-opera-esque-ness") of Buffy to a firm place in the P.I. genre. We've got the L.A. setting, the hero who is able to move freely amongst strata of the city (usually it's overworld and underworld, but Angel extends the division to demon and human), and a hardboiled persona. A's soul is pure human, but he's got a demonic exterior.
|He looks a bit superhero-y here, but trust me, season 1 is pure Vamp Sam Spade.|
In true Whedonesque fashion, Angel will assemble a cadre to help him protect the innocent in L.A. In episode 1 we're introduced to:
|Doyle. Half-demon. Irish. Adorable. Don't get attached.|
|Cordy! Blunt. Fearless. In later seasons, they'll mess up her character but good.|
DON'T forget we're in the Whedonverse, y'all.
You can take the vamp out of Sunnydale, but you can't take the Sunnydale out of the vamp. We're still going to deal with a cocktail of humor and angst, and episode 1 is no exception. Mixed with the laughs (Angel vaulting into the wrong convertible), we've got the pain (Angel losing his first client to the vampire version of Buffy's Ken). Angel is going to have to pick up some detective skills tout suite, and he's going to have to do better than a web search for "murders, young women" to get the job done.
In "City Of" Angel phones Buffy and hangs up when she answers in true brokenhearted/stalk-your-ex fashion . . . a call we see from the other side in "The Freshman." This consecutive re-watch is going to be fun!