Episode 211 – Just Shut Up, William, and Take Me

AKA The Jane Espenson Happy Fun-Time Podcast Hour!

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×8 Sleeper and BSG 4×11 The Hub

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:11:20; BSG 1:11:20 to the end

Sleeper

Written by Jane Espenson & David Fury; Directed by Alan J. Levi

Buffy investigates Spike’s renewed killing streak. Discussion points include:

  • Trademark Espensonian characterization and humor
  • Sleeper agent Spike
  • Anya’s seduction
  • Triggers
  • The temptation of suicide
  • Giles in peril!
The Hub

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Paul Edwards

Roslin and Baltar accompany the rebel Cylons on their mission to destroy the Resurrection Hub. Discussion points includes:

  • Roslin’s mid-jump projections
  • Helo’s dilemma
  • Unboxing D’Anna
  • Baltar preaches to a Centurion
  • “Nobody blames the flood”
  • Roslin chooses love

Next time: BSG 4×12 Revelations and Buffy 7×9 Never Leave Me.

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Episode 210 – Hope is the Last Thing We Need

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×10 Sine Qua Non and Angel 4×7 Apocalypse, Nowish

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:11:45; Angel 1:11:45 to the end

Sine Qua Non

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Rod Hardy

The Adamas struggle with tough decisions in the wake of Roslin and the Cylons’ sudden disappearance. Discussion points include:

  • Natalie’s fate
  • Adama’s anger
  • Athena’s betrayal
  • Tigh + Caprica = baby
  • “We all need our family”
  • President Lee
Apocalypse, Nowish

Written by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by Vern Gillum

The Beast of Cordy’s visions finally emerges. Discussion points includes:

  • Lorne’s recovered motivation
  • Cordy & Connor’s icky relationship
  • Fred’s angency
  • Lilah’s jealousy
  • Battling the Beast
  • Prophecies fulfilled

Next time: Buffy 7×8 Sleeper and BSG 4×11 The Hub.

Episode 209 – Not So Much Connected

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×7 Conversations with Dead People and BSG 4×9 Guess What’s Coming to Dinner?

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:46:46; BSG 1:41:46 to the end

Conversations with Dead People

Written by Jane Espenson & Drew Goddard (with assists from Joss Whedon & Marti Noxon); Directed by Nick Marck

Buffy, Willow and Dawn receive visits from the great beyond while Jonathan and Andrew return to Sunnydale. Discussion points include:

  • Tag-team writing
  • Drawing attention to itself
  • Deceiving Dawn
  • Jonathan’s sacrifice
  • Cassie’s message to Willow
  • Buffy’s therapy session
Guess What’s Coming to Dinner?

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Wayne Rose

Natalie seeks to forge a peaceful alliance between the humans and Cylon rebels. Discussion points includes:

  • Racial tension and negotiations
  • Tigh’s (dis)loyalty
  • The gift of death
  • Roslin’s autocracy
  • Athena’s fear
  • Gaeta’s lament

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Next time: BSG 4×10 Sine Qua Non and Angel 4×7 Apocalypse, Nowish.

Episode 208 – Will I Ever See Those Kids Again?

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×8 Faith and Angel 4×6 Spin the Bottle

Time Stamps: BSG 00:001:18:35; Angel 1:18:35 to the end

Faith

Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey; Directed by Michael Nankin

A violent conclusion to the mutiny leads the Demetrius crew to work together in their new alliance with the Cylon rebels. Discussion points include:

  • Connection through suffering
  • Sam the wild card
  • The proper way to mutiny
  • Gaeta’s request
  • The Eights’ longing to belong
  • Roslin’s kindred spirit
Spin the Bottle

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

A spell to recover Cordy’s memory sends the team back to their teenage selves. Discussion points includes:

  • Whedon with a difference
  • Queen Cordy that was used to know
  • Is the frame story empty?
  • Wesley’s side of the story
  • Returning to their teenage selves
  • Forgiving Connor

Next time: Buffy 7×7 Conversations with Dead People and BSG 4×9 Guess What’s Coming to Dinner?

Episode 207 – I Don’t Want to Need Anyone’s Help

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×6 Him and BSG 4×7 The Road Less Traveled

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-51:35; BSG 51:35 to the end

Him

Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by Michael Gershman

The ladies all fall for a Sunnydale High jock. Discussion points include:

  • What’s the value of a soul?
  • Ambient music
  • Throwback metaphor of the week
  • The power of the jacket
  • Forgiving Anya
  • Criticisms of nice-guy Xander
The Road Less Traveled

Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by Michael Rymer

Starbuck’s conflict with her crew reaches a boiling point. Discussion points includes:

  • Baltar’s prosperity gospel
  • Tyrol’s “taxi driver” phase
  • Living with guilt
  • Baltar’s sincere apology
  • A proposed alliance
  • Mutiny on The Demetrius

Next time: BSG 4×8 Faith and Angel 4×6 Spin the Bottle.

Episode 206 – This Is Not My Frakkin’ Life!

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×6 Escape Velocity and Angel 4×5 Supersymmetry

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:08:35; Angel 1:08:35 to the end

Escape Velocity

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Edward James Oleos

Tyrol struggles his loss and his new identity. Discussion points include:

  • Black humor and the importance of pain
  • Cally’s legacy
  • Tory’s background influence
  • Tyrol’s self-destruction
  • Roslin’s loss of patience
  • Head Six makes a scene
Supersymmetry

Written by Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain; Directed by Bill L. Norton

Fred attempts to get back into her physics research. Discussion points includes:

  • A new writing team
  • Lorne’s recovery
  • Fred’s hopes and dreams
  • Wesley’s interest
  • Protectiveness vs. freedom
  • Connor gets ideas

Next time: Buffy 7×6 Him and BSG 4×7 The Road Less Traveled. 

Episode 205 – You Guys Aren’t Even Good Liars

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×4 Slouching Toward Bethlehem and BSG 4×5 The Ties That Bind

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:04:30; BSG 1:04:30 to the end

Slouching Toward Bethlehem

Written by Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Skip Schoolnik

Cordy returns to the group with no memory of herself, her life, or where she’s been for the past few months. Discussion points include:

  • “The Second Coming”
  • Connor’s quest for family
  • Cordy’s selective amnesia
  • Choosing Connor
  • Lilah’s softening
  • What rough beast?
The Ties That Bind

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Michael Nankin

Cally’s suspicion of Tyrol’s strange behavior grows. Discussion points includes:

  • Familial ties and captivity
  • Tyrol and Cally’s marital strain
  • Love and Bullets
  • Draining the swamp
  • The disgruntled Demetrius crew
  • Rebellion of the Sixes

Next time: BSG 4×6 Escape Velocity and Angel 4×5 Supersymmetry.

Episode 204 – Did Everybody Have Their Crazyflakes Today?

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×4 Six of One and Buffy 7×5 Selfless

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:20:00; Buffy 1:20:00 to the end

Six of One

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Anthony Hemingway

Adama makes a decision about Kara, Tory gets closer to Baltar, and dissension arises among the Cylons. Discussion points include:

  • Kara, Roslin, and faith
  • Cylon tokenism and democracy
  • The way to Earth
  • Apollo’s farewell
  • Tory gets close to Baltar
  • Roslin and Adama fighting dirty
Selfless

Written by Drew Goddard; Directed by David Solomon

When Anya’s vengeance crosses a line Buffy takes steps to confront her. Discussion points includes:

  • Shifting tones and styles
  • Anya’s Scandinavian roots
  • The peak of domestic happiness
  • Buffy vs Xander
  • D’Hoffryn’s price
  • Spike’s ghosts

Next time: Angel 4×4 Slouching Toward Bethlehem and BSG 4×5 The Ties That Bind.

Episode 203 – Lady Luck Was Smiling Down On You

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×3 The House Always Wins and BSG 4×3 He That Believeth in Me

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-54:50; BSG 54:50 to the end

The House Always Wins

Written by David Fury; Directed by Marita Grabiak

This TV movie explores the dark and dangerous parallel journey of the Battlestar Pegasus. Discussion points include:

  • The return of Lorne
  • Shallow characterization
  • Andy Hallett has a good time in Vegas
  • Wesley filler
  • Angel’s purpose
  • Differing experiences of heaven
He That Believeth in Me

Written by Bradley Thomspson & David Weddle; Directed by Michael Rymer

Buffy’s sense of responsibility kicks in when a Sunnydale High student makes suicidal comments. Discussion points includes:

  • Taking things on faith
  • Baltar’s miracle
  • Skepticism
  • Gaeta’s resistance and Sam’s acceptance
  • The signal gets weaker
  • Tigh’s denial

Next time: BSG 4×4 Six of One and Buffy 7×5 Selfless.

Episode 202 – We Can’t Always Choose Our Circumstances

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×1/4×2 Razor and Buffy 7×4 Help

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:15:00; Buffy 1:15:00 to the end

Razor

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá

This TV movie explores the dark and dangerous parallel journey of the Battlestar Pegasus. Discussion points include:

  • Trying to be all things at once
  • The Rosencrantz & Guildenstern approach
  • Flashbacks all the way down
  • What does it mean to be a razor?
  • Benjamin Button Adama
  • Hybrid experimentations
Help

Written by Rebecca Rand Kirshner; Directed by Rick Rosenthal

Buffy’s sense of responsibility kicks in when a Sunnydale High student makes suicidal comments. Discussion points includes:

  • Revisiting early storylines from an adult perspective
  • Students in need of counsel
  • Principal Wood’s failure of leadership
  • Cassie comes unstuck in time
  • Dawn’s pain and Spike’s hope
  • Beating up the bullies

Next time: Angel 4×3 The House Always Wins and BSG 4×3 He That Believeth in Me.