|The first season begins with trying to find its place on prime time TV. With Angel being a prominent character centered around his ex-flame Buffy, it was hard to say how well the series would fare alone. The first season is comprised of a chain of stand alone episodes. Angel comes to Los Angeles in hope of forgetting where he left and trying to start a new life in the city of angels. |
Angel is befriended by a mysterious man named Doyle. Doyle tells Angel that he has been chosen by the Powers-That-Be to help the helpless through visions; that Doyle would be his guide because he would receive the visions. Angel is not on board at first but soon learns his role is to help those who are in need. Angel comes in to contact with old Sunnydale Alumni, Cordelia Chase. Soon, Angel, Cordelia, and Doyle team up to form a detective agency to help those in need based on the Powers' messages to them.
After a while, Doyle sacrifices his own life for Angel's mission of future redemption. This left a gap. Soon after the death of Doyle, a familiar face arrives in Los Angeles as a "rogue demon hunter." Wesley comes and helps out Angel in a case, which wins him a role on Angel Investigations. With enemies lurking such as Wolfram & Hart, the gang needs as many on the team as possible.
Angel Investigations continues to bring down evil until Wolfram & Hart finally finds a way to bring the gang to its knees. Wolfram & Hart does not want Angel dead because of his role in the Apocalypse, but does not mind keeping him out of commission. In the season finale, Angel Investigations office is destroyed. The demon that the law firm resurrects infects Cordelia's visions to almost send her to a coma as well as put Wesley into the hospital. Angel is all on his own to destroy this menace. Angel has a showdown with lawyer elite, Lindsey, and wins the battle, capturing a document known as the Shanshu Prophecy.
Angel helps out his team and learns what the Shanshu Prophecy is all about. "A vampire with a soul will play a role in the Apocalypse and after he wins he will receive life, become human again." Meanwhile, Wolfram & Hart brought a flame of Angel's past back from Hell, Darla.