Angel drops down into a sewer tunnel, enters a silo-like place, and calls, "Knock knock? Door was open." The doorway behind him promptly swirls into a solid wall. As Angel turns to look at the former doorway, a gray hand with long claws reaches out and pokes him on the neck before swiftly withdrawing. Remember what I said about necks last week? That would really freak me out. Angel jumps around -- less freaked than I'd be -- and a voice asks, "Are you lost?" The hand grabs the back of Angel's neck again and, once again, pulls back before Angel spots it. How annoying. The demi-goddess of the lost seems to have picked up her shtick on a fourth-grade playground. Angel complains that Dinza is going to make him seasick; with that, there's a flutter, and Dinza appears, perched up above Angel. She's a gray gargoyle wearing a bit of gauze over her head. Possibly to make herself appear younger. It works better if you put that over the camera lens, Dinza. Dinza taunts Angel about being lost undersea, noting that she knows "all the lost things." Angel asks, "Really? City of Atlantis? Holy Grail? Jimmy Hoffa?" Okay, Angel, the rule of threes is that the last item should be funny. Dinza taunts, "Lost loves," and flutters away. Actually, it's all implied fluttering, which doesn't require any expensive effects, because she's a budget-friendly demi-goddess. Dinza tells Angel that Cordy doesn't need Angel anymore, but Angel says he needs Cordy. Voices mutter and growl in the background, and Dinza says, "They think that you should join them. That I should never let you out." She chuckles, "But who listens to the dead?" Okay, now she's just reminding me of Miss Havisham, for some reason. From her new perch, Dinza is sitting so that her hands are visible, curled over the edge of a platform, which is cool because it makes her look more birdlike. Y'know, like when Marty Feldman imitated an owl on The Muppet Show? Was that Marty Feldman? It seems like it probably was. Anyway, Dinza says that "the Axis of Pythia rests close by," and that Angel can use it to find Cordy. Because it bridges dimensions. Okay, why not? Angel asks why he should trust Dinza. She suddenly grabs his neck from behind (quit that!) and hisses, "Because I'd love to keep you, but you have so much more to lose." This season's theme seems to be "grabbing people's necks."
Episode Report CardStrega: B- | 878 USERS: C+
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