Episode 246 – I Don’t Suppose We Could Have a Moment of Cuddling?

Episodes discussed: Class 1×4 Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart and Angel 5×4 Hell Bound

Time Stamp: Angel starts 1:13:07

Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart

Written by Patrick Ness; Directed by Philippa Langdale

The connection between April and Corakins strengthens. Discussion points include:

  • The mid-season finale (sort of)
  • Quill’s role and the good parents
  • Sensitive Ram and aloof April
  • Corakinus gets it on with his minions
  • April’s Dad
  • Chekhov’s Cabinet
Hell Bound

Written and Directed by Steven S. DeKnight

Spike is tormented by ghosts as his situation worsens. Discussion points include:

  • Fred overextended
  • Wolfram & Hart’s profit motive
  • What happened to Fred and Gunn’s relationship?
  • Is this the real Hell?
  • Interpreting the Prophecy
  • Gunn is singled-out

Next time: Angel 5×5 Life of the Party and Class 1×5 Brave-ish Heart.

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Episode 245 – He’s More Than a Ghost

Episodes discussed: Angel 5×3 Unleashed and Class 1×3 Nightvisiting

Time Stamp: Class starts 1:29:00

Unleashed

Written by Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft; Directed by Marita Grabiak

Angel helps a young victim of a brutal werewolf attack. Discussion points include:

  • A new spin on Buffyverse werewolf mythology
  • Similarities to Harry Potter
  • The exotic meats club
  • Nina’s nonchalance
  • Fred’s priorities
  • Picnicking
Nightvisiting

Written by Patrick Ness; Directed by Ed Bazalgette

The gang are visited by lost loved ones. Discussion points include:

  • Who are the Lan Kin?
  • Grief and closure
  • Tanya’s tactics
  • Quill’s sister and Charlie’s boyfrield
  • Night visitors and folk music
  • April’s anger

Next time: Class 1×4 Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart and Angel 5×4 Hell Bound.

Episode 244 – Relax, Beefcake, I Didn’t Come Here for a Fight

Episodes discussed: Class 1×2 The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo and Angel 5×2 Just Rewards

Time Stamp: Angel starts 55:20

The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo

Written by Patrick Ness; Directed by Ed Bazalgette

Ram struggles with his recent traumas. Discussion points include:

  • Doubling down on the pop culture references
  • Ram’s life turned upside down
  • Toxic masculinity
  • The dragons themselves
  • Haven’t you ever heard of leather?
  • The robot and the Board of Governors
Just Rewards

Written by David Fury & Ben Edlund; Directed by James A. Contner

The team investigates Spike’s strange condition after his spontaneous arrival in Wolfram & Hart. Discussion points include:

  • Spike’s new predicament
  • Who was supposed to use the amulet?
  • Does Spike trick Angel?
  • Just a girl in the big city
  • Spike seeks Fred’s help
  • Fading into Hell

Next time: Angel 5×3 Unleashed Class 1×3 Nightvisiting.

Episode 243 – So, Are We All, Like, Mates, Then?

Episodes discussed: Angel 5×1 Conviction and Class 1×1 For Tonight We Might Die

Time Stamp: Class starts 1:03:00

Conviction

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Angel and co. take over the Wolfram & Hart LA branch. Discussion points include:

  • Angel: The procedural
  • Working with the system
  • Who and what is Eve?
  • Gunn’s new role
  • Working gal Harmony
  • Warring factions within Wolfram & Hart
For Tonight We Might Die

Written by Patrick Ness; Directed by Ed Bazalgette

The Doctor charges a teacher and a group of students of keeping an eye on the alien activity at Coal Hill School. Discussion points include:

  • Spinning off with Patrick Ness
  • Buffy shout-outs galore
  • Is Class derivative?
  • Darkness and the intended audience

Next time: Class 1×2 The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo and Angel 5×2 Just Rewards.

Episode 242 – Letting Go is So, So Hard

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who Series 10 & Buffy Season 7 Recaps.

Time Stamp: Buffy starts 1:17:15

Doctor Who Series 10 Recap

We wrap up our discussion of Series 10 and look at the broader themes and character development of the Moffat and Capaldi eras. Discussion points include:

  • A less celebrated era?
  • Series 10: arcs vs. episodes
  • The evolution of the Twelfth Doctor
  • The Doctor who moved on
  • Bill and Clara
  • Looking forward to the next era
Buffy Season 7 Recap

We wrap up our discussion of Season 7 and look at the broader themes and character development of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a whole.Discussion points include:

  • Buffy‘s legacy
  • Comedy and tragedy with Anya and Andrew
  • Have our perspectives changed?
  • Cultural impact
  • Buffyspeak lives on
  • The story continues (elsewhere)

Next time: Angel 5×1 Conviction and Class 1×1 For Tonight We Might Die.

Episode 241 – So What Do You Guys Wanna Do Tomorrow?

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×22 Chosen

Chosen

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Buffy and the Scoobies face the First in their final showdown in Sunnydale.  Discussion points include:

  • Getting to the end
  • What do we want in a series finale?
  • Evil is never really defeated
  • Buffy refuses to commit
  • Sharing the power
  • Even Joss can’t ruin Buffy
  • Spike and Willow: Hero and goddess
  • Robin and Faith
  • Anya and Andrew
  • “There’s one in Cleveland…”

Next time: The big Buffy and Doctor Who Recap.

Episode 240 – Who Has Been Stealing the Faces of the Dead?

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special Twice Upon a Time and Buffy 7×21 End of Days

Time Stamp: Buffy starts 2:02:00

Twice Upon a Time

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Rachel Talalay

The Doctors face regeneration alongside a World War I soldier on the Western Front.  Discussion points include:

  • Nominations and novelizations
  • The Western Front and the birth of modern fantasy
  • A glass jar filled with memories
  • 709 episodes ago…
  • Twelve’s final lesson
  • A glimpse of Thirteen
End of Days

Written by Jane Espenson & Doug Petrie; Directed by Marita Grabiak

The Scoobies reconvene to prepare for their final battle. Discussion points include:

  • The significant scythe
  • An easy reconciliation
  • The First whispers in Spike’s ear
  • Caleb’s impotence
  • The Guardians
  • Andrew and Anya’s decision to fight

Next time: Buffy 7×22 Chosen.

Episode 239 – Maybe There’s No Point to Any of This At All

Episodes discussed: Angel Season 4 Recap and Doctor Who 10×12 The Doctor Falls

Time Stamp: DW starts 1:20:20

Angel Season 4 Recap

We discuss the broader themes and character development of season 4 of Angel. Discussion points include:

  • The behind-the-scenes drama of season 4
  • Accolades for the season
  • Unfulfilled promise
  • Angel’s fantasy
  • The disappointment of Cordy’s ending
  • Connor’s new life
The Doctor Falls

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Rachel Talalay

Lilah makes the group a bizarre, but tempting, offer. Discussion points include:

  • A new world to defend
  • Nardole’s dedication
  • Sympathy for Bill
  • Missy vs. the Master
  • Cosmic pixie dream girls
  • The Doctor’s last stand

Next time: DW 2017 Christmas Special Twice Upon a Time and Buffy 7×21 End of Days.

Episode 238 – A Positive Attitude Will Help with the Horror to Come

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×11 World Enough and Time & Angel 4×22 Home

Time Stamp: Angel starts at 1:04:00

World Enough and Time

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Rachel Talalay

The TARDIS crew are met with a disastrous situation in a spaceship trying to escape a black hole. Discussion points include:

  • Bringing back some old foes
  • Black hole physics and time dilation
  • Missy Who
  • Bill’s shocking fate
  • Razor’s kindness and cruelty
  • The Cyberman who waited
Home

Written and Directed by Tim Minear

Lilah makes the group a bizarre, but tempting, offer. Discussion points include:

  • A new era
  • The fear of selling out
  • Gunn and the black panther
  • Super secret archives and evil R&D
  • Angel and Connor’s choices
  • Cordy wakes up in a coma

Next time: Angel Season 4 Recap and DW 10×12 The Doctor Falls.

Episode 237 – Time to Fight Your Fight

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×20 Touched and Doctor Who 10×10 The Eaters of Light

Time Stamp: DW starts at 1:04:00

Touched

Written by Rebecca Rand Kirshner; Directed by David Solomon

Buffy and the Scoobies reel from the decision to eject Buffy from the group. Discussion points include:

  • The immediate effect of Buffy leaving
  • Tender moments with Spike
  • Meet the new boss…
  • The Mayor returns
  • Everyone pairs off
  • The scythe in the stone
The Eaters of Light

Written by Rona Munro; Directed by Charles Palmer

The Doctor and Bill travel to Roman-occupied Scotland to settle a debate. Discussion points include:

  • Some background on the episode
  • The Ninth Legion & the Picts
  • Bill’s ongoing learning curve
  • “Robbery, slaughter, plunder”
  • A bunch of children
  • Missy’s release

Next time: DW 10×11 World Enough and Time Angel 4×22 Home.