Monday, June 14, 2010

#35: Holtz

The extent to which Daniel Holtz is an Angel season three phenomenon is perhaps best summed up in the following statistic: his first appearance occurs in a 47-word role in a historical flashback in the season début “Heartthrob”, written by David Greenwalt, and his final appearance occurs in the season finale “Tomorrow”, in a seven-word flashback to the previous episode. While within the plot, he exists over a wide swath of time and place, in the show's programming schedule, he exists entirely within the bounds of season three, the season for which he serves as the principal 'big bad' and the season in which he speaks the eighth most dialogue of any character.

In flashbacks, we meet Holtz when Angelus and Darla destroy his family in York in 1764. Swearing vengeance, he commits himself to chasing the vampire pair down. We then see him in Marseilles in 1767, in Rome in 1771 and back home in York in 1773, where he agrees to be transported to Los Angeles, 2001 in order to kill Angelus and Darla. After many adventures there, he enters a portal to Quor'Toth, a demon dimension, where he spends some seventeen years Quor'Toth time, mere days L.A. time, before returning to L.A. an old man, only to willingly be killed by Justine as the final part of his plan to wreak vengeance on Angel.

Not every character on Angel has a timeline this convoluted, though many do.

Holtz averages 292 words per episode, but the range is amazing, with the seven-word episode listed below not even being his lowest word count: that honour goes to episode 20, “A New World”, in which he speaks two words. It's the episode immediately following that, “Benediction”, where he says the most: his 900-word total ranks him #1 for that episode, both actual dialogue and a 186-word voiceover, reading a letter aloud, that takes advantage of Keith Szarabajka's most identifiable trait: his deep, rich whisper of a voice. Episode 9, “Lullaby”, gives him a #2 finish, and he gets two consecutive #4 finishes, in episodes 15, “Loyalty”, and 16, “Sleep Tight”.
  • Overall ranking: #35
  • Ranking on Angel: #17
  • Total words spoken on Angel: 3211
    • Season 3: 3211 (#8)
  • Total speaking appearances on Angel: 11
    • Ranking #1: 1
    • Ranking #2: 1
    • Ranking #4: 2
    • Minor: 7
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