Episode 152 – Your Pain is My Entertainment

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×7 Six Degrees of Separation and Angel 3×2 That Vision Thing

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:08:52; Angel 1:08:52-the end

Six Degrees of Separation

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Robert Young

After Baltar rejects Six’s God, Six abandons Baltar to be interrogated by Adama and Roslin about the Cylon attack on Caprica. Discussion points include:

  • It all comes back to Baltar
  • Number Six: Imaginative or divine?
  • The buttoned-up Shelly Godfrey
  • Gaeta’s complicated feelings for Baltar
  • Baltar brings the comedy
  • Roslin’s reservations
That Vision Thing

Written by Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Bill Norton

Cordy’s vision thing becomes excruciatingly painful and dangerous. Discussion points includes:

  • The pain and pride of Cordy’s visions
  • Kumar the Fez Guy
  • Abandoned by The Powers That Be
  • Lilah manipulates Angel
  • Future consequences
  • Skip the friendly demon

Next time: Buffy 6×1 Bargaining: Part 1 and BSG 1×8 Flesh and Bone.

Episode 151 – The Big Forever Love

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×1 Heartthrob and BSG 1×6 Litmus

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:08:00; BSG 1:08:00-the end

Heartthrob

Written and Directed by David Greenwalt

Angel struggles with his grief (or lack thereof) surrounding Buffy’s death.

  • Angel gets over Buffy
  • James and Elizabeth’s all-consuming love
  • Angelus and Darla’s maturity and independence
  • Babies!
  • Holtz the vampire hunter
  • Fred’s difficult transition
Litmus

Written by Jeff Vlaming; Directed by Rod Hardy

After a suicide bombing, suspicions among the Galactica crew reach a new high. Discussion points includes:

  • Helo follows his love
  • The Chief and his kids
  • Lax security aboard BSG
  • Tribunals, witch hunts, and the inscrutable truth
  • Baltar’s super-secret project
  • Tyrol and Boomer call it quits

Next time: BSG 1×7 Six Degrees of Separation and Angel 3×2 That Vision Thing.

Episode 150 – You’ve Lost Perspective

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×5 You Can’t Go Home Again and the Angel Season 2 Recap

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-58:00; Angel 58:00-the end

You Can’t Go Home Again

Written by Carla Robinson; Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan

After Starbuck crash-lands with a Cylon raider on a nearby moon, the Adamas argue with Roslin about whether or not to continue searching for her.

  • The Adamas as a united front
  • Personal issues get in the way
  • Starbuck’s specialness
  • “You can push people further than machines”
  • Starbuck and her raider
  • Baltar puts a bug in Roslin’s ear
Angel Season 2 Recap

We discuss the broader themes and character development of season 2 of Angel. Discussion points includes:

  • What the hell is this season about?
  • The banal evil of Wolfram & Hart
  • The introduction and integration of Lorne and Fred
  • The middle period of Angel’s history
  • Picking up where Buffy left off…
  • Unresolved character arcs

Next time: Angel 3×1 Heartthrob and BSG 1×6 Litmus.

Episode 149 – Lives Willingly Given

Episodes discussed: Buffy Season 5 Recap and BSG 1×4 Act of Contrition

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:18:16; BSG 1:18:16-the end

Buffy Season 5 Recap

This week we wrap up our journey through Season 5 of Buffy. Discussion points include:

  • How does season 5 rank?
  • Crossing the streams
  • Devastation and mortality
  • Checkhov’s checklist and narrative collapse
  • Loving and losing family
  • The Scoobies come into their own (except Buffy)
Act of Contrition

Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle; Directed by Rod Hardy

The conflict between the priests and the human rebels comes to a head with Angel and the gang caught in the middle. Discussion points includes:

  • Introducing Thompson & Weddle
  • Starbuck’s crashing relationships
  • Training the nuggets
  • Adama’s parental affection for Kara
  • Starbuck vs. everybody (except Tigh)
  • The non-coddling Cottle

Next time: BSG 1×5 You Can’t Go Home Again and the Angel Season 2 Recap.

Episode 148 – Why Do People Keep Putting Me in Charge of Things?

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×3 Bastille Day and Angel 2×22 There’s No Place Like Platz Glrb

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:11:39; Angel 1:11:39 to the end

Bastille Day

Written by Tonia Graphia; Directed by Allan Kroeker

A mission to recruit help from the Fleet’s resident prison ship goes wrong when the prisoners revolt. Discussion points include:

  • Sharon’s programmed act
  • Baltar’s intuitive reasoning
  • Tigh’s issues
  • The radical Mr. Zarek
  • Billy vs. Dee
  • What Apollo stands for
There’s No Place Like Plrtz Glrb

Written and Directed by David Greenwalt

The conflict between the priests and the human rebels comes to a head with Angel and the gang caught in the middle. Discussion points includes:

  • Lorne’s talking head
  • Cordy’s honor
  • Angel’s disturbing lack of ambiguity
  • Wesley’s pragmatic leadership
  • Gunn’s temperance
  • Home over the rainbow

Next time: Buffy Season 5 Recap and BSG 1×4 Act of Contrition.

Episode 147 – A Man Takes Responsibility for His Actions

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×22 The Gift and BSG 1×2 Water

The Gift

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Buffy prepares to make a big sacrifice in her showdown with Glory. Discussion points include:

  • A potential ending
  • The Adama Paradox
  • Willow the Big Gun
  • Xander and Anya celebrate life
  • Giles does the dirty work
  • Buffy’s gift
Water

Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rhymer

Boomer wakes up with missing memories just before a bombing attack on the BSG. Discussion points includes:

  • The credits as déjà vu
  • Boomer in media res
  • Chief’s non-reassuring help
  • The other Sharon
  • Should you second guess?
  • Gaeta the fanboy

Next time: BSG 1×3 Bastille Day and Angel 2×22 There’s No Place Like Platz Glrb.

Episode 146 – All Those Pesky Moral Ambiguities

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×1 33 and Angel 2×21 Through the Looking Glass.

Time stamp: BSG 00:00-1:20:30; Angel 1:20:30 to the end

33

Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rhymer

Five days after the Cylon attacks, and the human fleet have been making an FTL jump every 33 minutes on the dot. Discussion points include:

  • Starting on a high note
  • Jumping at faster than light speed
  • Why is it 33 minutes?
  • Pushing the crew too far
  • The importance of small decisions
  • Exploring Baltar’s psyche
Through the Looking Glass

Written and Directed by Tim Minear

Angel and the gang arrive in Pylea to find Cordy on the throne. Discussion points includes:

  • Queen Cordy
  • Wolf, Ram and Hart
  • Off with their heads!
  • Numfar does the Dance of Joy
  • Angel’s vanity and Fred’s envy
  • Wes and Gunn’s tactical errors

Next time: Buffy 5×22 The Gift and BSG 1×2 Water.

Episode 145 – It’s Not Really Your Fault

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×21 The Weight of the World and the BSG Miniseries Part 2

Time stamp: Buffy 00:00-1:08; BSG 1:08 to the end

The Weight of the World

Written by Douglas Petrie; Directed by David Solomon

With Buffy comatose, Willow has to explore her subconscious mind to bring her back. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy shuts down and Willow takes charge
  • Buffy’s mind palace
  • Why are the Slayers here?
  • Giles harshes everyone’s buzz
  • Glory debates Ben
  • Something worth dying for
BSG Miniseries Part 2

Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rhymer

With the Cylon genocide underway, Adama prepares the BSG crew to enter the battle while Roslin rises to a new leadership role. Discussion points includes:

  • Prosna at the Jesse/Clive of BSG (and Boxey)
  • The Hegelian dialectic approach
  • Giving humanity a purpose
  • Selfishness and guilt
  • What the frak is Head Six?
  • Starbuck’s conflicts and non-reconciliations

Next time: BSG 1×1 33 and Angel 2×21 Through the Looking Glass.

Episode 144 – Returning Home

Episodes discussed: BSG Miniseries Part 1 and Angel 2×20 Over the Rainbow

Time stamp: BSG 00:00-2:04:00; Angel 2:04:00-End

BSG Miniseries Part 1

Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rhymer

Kat and Curt go a little crazy in their discussion of our introduction to the world of BSG. Discussion points include:

  • Downloading the history
  • Big sets and realistic effects
  • Gallows humor with Baltar and Number Six
  • Technology both advanced and ancient
  • Adama establishes the Themes
  • An untried crew
Over the Rainbow

Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Frederick King Keller

The team travels to Pylea in search of Cordy, led by a very reluctant Lorne. Discussion points includes:

  • Angel’s joy
  • Cordy’s suffering
  • Fred: Crazy or super-sane?
  • Aggie sends Lorne home
  • Wolfram & Hart’s evil new plan

Next time: Buffy 5×21 The Weight of the World and the BSG Miniseries Part 2.

Episode 143 – Do We Know Where We’re Going Yet?

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×20 Spiral and the Introduction to BSG

Spiral

Written by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by James A. Contner

The Scoobies flee Glory and end up besieged in an abandoned gas station. Discussion points include:

  • The pit-stop cabin scenario
  • The Western last stand
  • The Romantic clerics
  • It doesn’t matter where you came from
  • Ben’s recklessness and Buffy’s resignation
  • The gamut of Scoobies

Link: Curtis’ paper Exploring the Cabins in the Whedonverse Woods published in Slayage.

Introduction to Battlestar Galactica

We talk about the history of BSG, as well as our own histories with it. Discussion points includes:

  • Our histories with BSG
  • Reviving another old TV property
  • Noteworthy personnel
  • Joss gushes
  • Critical acclaim

Link to the BSG Series Bible: The “Mission Statement” written by Ron Moore is on pages 1-3.

Next time: BSG Miniseries Part 1 and Angel 2×20 Over the Rainbow.