Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×9 Empress of Mars and Angel 4×21 Peace Out
Time Stamp: Angel starts at 1:10:00
Empress of Mars
Written by Mark Gatiss; Directed by Wayne Yip
Victorian soldiers attempt to colonize Mars. Discussion points include:
- The weirdest cameo ever
- Nardole’s participation
- Martian history
- Imperialist attitudes
- Godsacre & Catchlove
- Yas, Queen
Written by David Fury; Directed by Jefferson Kibbee
Connor searches for Cordy while Angel and crew take on the Jasminites. Discussion points include:
- The name and the word
- Does Jasmine believe her own fantasy?
- Let’s debate Connor’s beliefs
- Jasmine’s defeat
- Lilah’s reappearance
- Now what?
Next time: Buffy 7×20 Touched and DW 10×10 The Eaters of Light.
Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×19 Empty Places and Doctor Who 10×8 The Lie of the Land
Time Stamp: DW starts at 1:42:50
Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by James A. Contner
Buffy clashes with the group on how to proceed with investigating Caleb and the First. Discussion points include:
- Xander’s sacrifice
- A failure to communicate
- Of bikes and onion blossoms
- Anya’s helpfulness
- The airing of grievances
- Buffy’s departure
The Lie of the Land
Written by Toby Whithouse; Directed by Wayne Yip
The Monks have taken over Earth, and only Bill can remember that they’re intruders. Discussion points include:
- The Doctor’s propaganda
- Is the Doctor elitist?
- In on the joke
- Bill’s agency
- Missy helps out
Next time: DW 10×9 Empress of Mars and Angel 4×21 Peace Out.
Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×7 The Pyramid at the End of the World and Angel 4×20 Sacrifice
Time Stamp: Angel starts at 57:16
The Pyramid at the End of the World
Written by Peter Harness & Steven Moffat; Directed by Daniel Nettheim
The Monks arrive on Earth and begin their invasion. Discussion points include:
- Morris or Adams?
- All roads lead to Turmezistan
- The Doomsday Clock
- The Monks as strongman politicians
- “Consent must be pure”… Okay…
- The Doctor’s blindness
Written by Ben Edlund; Directed by David Straiton
Connor sticks with Jasmine while the rest of the crew are chased across L.A. Discussion points include:
- Cordy: still in a coma
- Cordy’s arc
- Connor: immune to the blood or sold on the fantasy?
- In the sewers with a bunch of kids
- The chatty spider monster
- Angel crosses over
Next time: Buffy 7×19 Empty Places and DW 10×8 The Lie of the Land.
Episodes discussed: Angel 4×19 The Magic Bullet and Doctor Who 10×6 Extremis
Time Stamp: DW starts at 57:16
The Magic Bullet
Written and Directed by Jeffrey Bell
Fred is all alone as the world falls under Jasmine’s spell. Discussion points include:
- The cult of Jasmine
- The chosen few
- Fred alone
- How I learned to stop worrying and love Jasmine
- Fred’s badassery
- Reconversion depression
Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Daniel Nettheim
The Vatican asks for the Doctor’s help reading a very dangerous text called Veritas. Discussion points includes:
- The episode’s baroque structure
- The execution of Missy
- Guarding the vault
- Another sort of religious commentary
- Bill’s passivity
- The Monks are coming
Next time: DW 10×7 The Pyramid at the End of the World and Angel 4×20 Sacrifice.
Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×5 Oxygen and Buffy 7×18 Dirty Girls
Time Stamp: Buffy starts at 1:15:40
Written by Jamie Mathieson; Directed by Charles Palmer
The Doctor and crew test the limits of physical endurance and economics on a space station without oxygen. Discussion points include:
- Meet the suits
- Capitalism in space
- Preaching to the choir
- LeGuin & Heinlein as counter-examples of political sci-fi
- Serious consequences
- Nardole’s moral authority
Written by Drew Goddard; Directed by Michael Gershman
Faith joins up with Buffy’s group of Potentials while a dangerous ally of the First also arrives in Sunnydale. Discussion points includes:
- Slut-shaming and battle cries
- Another unemployed Firefly actor as a Big Bad
- Caleb’s fervent misogyny
- The group begins to question Buffy
- “And if your eye causes you to stumble…”
- Faith’s return
Next time: Angel 4×19 The Magic Bullet and DW 10×6 Extremis.
Episodes discussed: Angel 4×18 Shiny Happy People and Doctor Who 10×4 Knock Knock
Shiny Happy People
Written by Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain; Directed by Marita Grabiak
The divinely beautiful lovechild of Cordy and Connor casts a spell over the group. Discussion points include:
- The divine miss Jasmine
- An antichrist?
- Jasmine’s origin myth
- How central is Angel, really?
- Lady McFred
- Fred gets back to her roots
Written by Mike Bartlett; Directed by Bill Anderson
Bill goes through the hell of trying to rent a house with a group of friends. Discussion points includes:
- Doctor Who in stereo!
- Bill’s non-friends
- The dodgy Landlord
- Weird familial relationships
- An unearned eucatastrophe
- She doesn’t knock
Next time: DW 10×5 Oxygen and Buffy 7×18 Dirty Girls.
Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×3 Thin Ice and Angel 4×17 Inside Out
Time Stamps: DW 00:00-1:19:35; Angel 1:19:35 to the end
Written by Sarah Dollard; Directed by Bill Anderson
The Doctor and Bill visit the last great Frost Fair on the frozen Thames. Discussion points include:
- The last of the great Frost Fairs
- Tricking Nardole
- Our blue planet
- Industrialism and exploitation
- Race and gender through the lens of Bill
- Bill’s inquisition
Written and Directed by Stephen S. DeKnight
Cordelia sets her plans in motion while Angel tries to figure out exactly who or what she really is. Discussion points includes:
- “Cordy’s” ineptitude
- Preplanning or retcon?
- Skip’s metanarrative
- Saint Cordy
- What exactly is Connor’s motivation?
- Darla’s point of view
Next time: DW 10×4 Knock Knock and Angel 4×17 Inside Out.
Episodes discussed: Angel 4×16 Players and Doctor Who 10×2 Smile
Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:09:30; DW 1:09:30 to the end
Written by Jeffrey Bell, Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft; Directed by Michael Grossman
Gunn teams up with Gwen on a side mission to rescue a little girl. Discussion points include:
- Return to the mission statement
- Gwen chooses Gunn
- More than muscle
- LISA and a liaison…
- Discomfort with Cordy/Connor
- Tacitly letting Wesley back in
Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce; Directed by Lawrence Gough
The Doctor and Bill go forward in time to a colony planet maintained by bots who speak in emoji. Discussion points includes:
- A field trip!
- The problem with emoji culture
- Bill’s honest face
- Erasing memories (again!!!)
- The magic haddock
- Nardole the nag
Next time: DW 10×3 Thin Ice and Angel 4×17 Inside Out.
Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×1 The Pilot and Buffy 7×17 Lies My Parents Told Me
Time Stamps: DW 00:00-1:20:30; Buffy 1:20:30to the end
Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Lawrence Gough
While lecturing at a university, the Doctor begins tutoring a member of the cafeteria staff. Discussion points include:
- Starting Capaldi’s final season and introducing Mackie
- New beginnings
- The tutor-student relationship
- Bill the sci-fi fan
- “A star in her eye”
- Memories again
Link: Friend from the Future – Pearl Mackie’s introduction video
Lies My Parents Told Me
Written by David Fury & Drew Goddard; Directed by David Fury
Spike and Robin’s complicated relationships with their mothers are explored. Discussion points includes:
- Spike vs. Nikki
- Spike’s… close relationship with his mother
- Curing Spike of the trigger
- Mothers’ love
- Another Slayer with family and friends
- Buffy’s disillusionment
Next time: Angel 4×16 Players and DW 10×2 Smile.
Episodes discussed: Angel 4×15 Orpheus and the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Return of Doctor Mysterio
Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:17:00; DW 1:17:00 to the end
Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Terrence O’Hara
Faith journeys through Angel’s subconscious in order to save him from Angelus. Discussion points include:
- Fred calls in the big guns
- Willow and Wes compare darknesses
- Cordy’s desperation
- Angel’s psyche
- Shouldn’t it be Morpheus?
The Return of Doctor Mysterio
Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Ed Bazalgette
The Doctor befriends a little boy who accidentally becomes a superhero. Discussion points includes:
- Two years later (or is it twenty-four?)…
- What’s so great about superheroes?
- Comics and cartoonishness
- Family values
- What’s up with Nardole?
- The escape from loneliness
Next time:DW 10×1 The Pilot and Buffy 7×17 Lies My Parents Told Me.