After watching last night’s Angel, I have a new theory based on the question of just what role each person has in the Devourer’s arrival or defeat. After all, Skip told us all of them were manipulated into being where they were.
Angel and Darla had to be brought back from hell and death to produce Connor, who would become “Jasmine’s” father and champion. Lorne’s connection to the Powers led Angel to bargain for Darla’s life, a bargain which made Connor’s birth possible. Cordy’s visions paved the way for her to become part-demon and then ascend to a higher plane, enabling the devourer to return with her and be born.
But Skip also specifically mentioned Fred and Gunn: her trip to Pylea and his sister(‘s death?): both events that led to them joining Angel Investigations.
Two shows back, it was clear that Fred’s purpose was to be the first to see the truth and start the revolution. But Wes and Gunn’s roles remained unclear.
Now it turns out that Gunn has a role in defeating Jasmine. Him knowing someone in the group they found in the sewers led them to stick around and find the demon from another world, giving them – as Wes said – their first break. And who but Wes could have gotten the creature talking long enough to find out she’s a Rumpelstiltskin without being killed?
A few weeks ago (at the end of the Angelus subplot), we were wondering just how evil Cordy was, and Katie theorized that she might not be evil after all: she might just be seeing the big picture.
Maybe there is no rogue faction among the Powers. Suppose all the manipulations both in favor and against Jasmine’s triumph were deliberately made by the same beings: Powers doing what they have to, risking a world in order to destroy a threat.
Sometimes when something unpleasant is inevitable, you’re better off making sure it happens on your terms instead of someone else’s. And just maybe the Devourer could not be defeated without first becoming incarnate.
So the Powers bring together a group of mortals with two purposes: to bring the Devourer to Earth, and to defeat her.
All in the service of the big picture.