Episode 176 – I Have This Sudden Urge to Dedicate My Productive Cooperation

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×17 The Captain’s Hand and Buffy 6×13 Dead Things

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:23:00; Buffy 1:23:00 to the end

The Captain’s Hand

Written by Jeff Vlaming; Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan

Lee and Kara clash with the new Pegasus commander over leadership styles. Discussion points include:

  • A month later on the Pegasus…
  • The chain of command
  • People aren’t machines
  • Inevitability and foreshadowing
  • Tory vs. Billy
  • The right to choose
Dead Things

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

The Geek Trio take their villainy to new, dangerous levels. Discussion points includes:

  • Who are the plural dead things?
  • Warren’s motivated malice
  • The idea of rape
  • Trust and intimacy
  • Buffy’s breakdown
  • The importance of consent

Next time: Buffy 6×14 Older and Far Away and BSG 2×18 Downloaded.

Episode 175 – When the Iron is Hot

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×13 Waiting in the Wings and BSG 2×16 Sacrifice

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

Waiting in the Wings

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

A trip to the ballet puts the relationships within Angel’s team center stage. Discussion points include:

  • Summer Glau dances her way into Angel
  • Angel and Cordy’s budding feelings
  • The love triptych
  • The joys of ballet (and Hamilton)
  • Wesley and the Count
  • Groo’s return
Sacrifice

Written by Anne Cofell Saunders; Directed by Reynaldo Villalobos

Dee tries to decide between Lee and Billy while a vigilante group takes Cloud Nine hostage. Discussion points includes:

  • A wishy-washy love triangle
  • Sad, emo Lee
  • Taking the temperature of the fleet
  • Fear and revenge
  • The death of innocence and idealism
  • The individuality of Cylons

Next time: BSG 2×17 The Captain’s Hand and Buffy 6×13 Dead Things.

Episode 174 – A Taste for Nuggets

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×15 Scar and Buffy 6×12 Doublemeat Palace

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:02:00; Buffy 1:02:00 to the end

Scar

Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle; Directed by Michael Nankin

Starbuck, Kat, and the rest of the pilots go head to head with the fiercest and deadliest Cylon raider. Discussion points include:

  • Dead-end jobs
  • Kat goes from nugget to lifer
  • Starbuck’s new perspective
  • Following the structure
  • Starbuck and her Mini Me
  • The final roll call
Doublemeat Palace

Written by Jane Espenson; Written by Nick Marck

Buffy gets a job at the local fast food chain. Discussion points includes:

  • The Trio’s varying degrees of evil
  • Buffy becomes a productive member of society
  • The regulars
  • The deep, dark veggie secret
  • Halfrek stirs the pot
  • The convenience of magic

Next time: Angel 3×13 Waiting in the Wings and BSG 2×16 Sacrifice.

Episode 173 – Not All Good Deeds and Happy Endings

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×12 Provider and BSG 2×14 Black Market

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-48:08; BSG 48:08 to the end

Provider

Written by Scott Murphy; Directed by Bill Norton

Angel becomes the voice of fiscal practicality while Cordy focuses on the mission. Discussion points include:

  • Security vs. mission
  • Favoring the rich
  • The ambiguously gay duo
  • Wes & Gunn provide a service
  • Fred’s good head
  • Justine passes the test
Black Market

Written by Mark Verheiden; Written by James Head

Lee is assigned to investigate the growing power of the fleet’s seedy underbelly. Discussion points includes:

  • The not-free market
  • Phelan’s omnipotence
  • Lee’s companion
  • Girls of the past and future
  • Trying too hard not to care
  • Laying out the rules

Next time: BSG x215 Scar and Buffy 6×12 Doublemeat Palace.

Episode 172 – Maybe It’s Just Her Time

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×13 Epiphanies and Angel 3×11 Birthday

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:13:00; Angel 1:13:00

Epiphanies

Written by Joel Anderson Thompson; Directed by Rod Hardy

As Roslin’s cancer starts killing her, she wrestles with what to do with Sharon and Helo’s baby. Discussion points include:

  • Roslin’s condition
  • “Damned odd” blood
  • Baltar’s revelation
  • Personal, private, and political
  • Cylon sympathizers
  • Taking scripture literally
Birthday

Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Michael Grossman

On Cordy’s birthday she is confronted with a choice about her visions. Discussion points includes:

  • Not experimental enough
  • Cordy’s condition
  • The Powers That Be get proactive
  • The mechanics of vision transferal
  • Angel’s love for Cordy
  • Cordy chooses a path

Next time: Angel 3×12 Provider and BSG 2×14 Black Market.

Episode 171 – Free of This Life

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×11 Gone and BSG 2×12 Resurrection Ship: Part 2

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-47:12; BSG 47:12 to the end

Gone

Written and Directed by David Fury

When the geek trio turn Buffy invisible she enjoys a day of responsibility-free mischief-making. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy’s irresponsible joy
  • Dawn’s precarious situation
  • Pushing the envelope without showing anything
  • Awkward direction
  • Andrew who?
  • Non-confrontational confrontations
Resurrection Ship: Part 2

Written by Michael Rymer & Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rymer

Starbuck’s plan to attack the Resurrection Ship comes to a head while Adama and Cain plot against each other. Discussion points includes:

  • Randomness and hypocrisy
  • “Don’t flinch”
  • Cylon death and rebirth
  • The safety vs. freedom debate
  • Brutality and mercy
  • Lee’s despair

Next time: BSG 2×13 Epiphanies and Angel 3×11 Birthday.

Episode 170 – We All Want the Same Thing

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×11 Resurrection Ship: Part 1 and Angel 3×10 Dad

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:13:10; Angel 1:13:10 to the end

Resurrection Ship: Part 1

Story by Anne Cofell Saunders; Written and Directed by Michael Rymer

The BSG and Pegasus narrowly avoid coming to blows after the discovery of a tempting Cylon target. Discussion points include:

  • Choreographed conflict
  • Cain’s not so high horse
  • Assassination plots
  • Where good Cylons go when they die
  • Baltar bonds with Prisoner Six
  • Cain’s protégé
Dad

Written by David H. Goodman; Directed by Fred Keller

The hotel is under siege as different groups vie for Angel’s baby. Discussion points includes:

  • Everyone fights over Connor
  • Angel reconfirms his commitment to the group
  • Controversial Connor
  • Reconstructing the story
  • Angel’s archive
  • Holtz & Justine

Next time: Buffy 6×11 Gone and BSG 2×12 Resurrection Ship: Part 2.

Episode 169 – I’m Done Being Your Whipping Boy

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×10 Wrecked and BSG 2×10 Pegasus

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-59:00; BSG 59:00 to the end

Wrecked

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by David Solomon

Buffy and Willow’s lives deteriorate as they pursue their different addictions. Discussion points include:

  • The slippery slope of addiction
  • The Sorites Paradox
  • Standing on the precipice
  • Willow breaks down while Buffy functions
  • Too sharp of a decline?
  • Can they stick to it?
Pegasus

Written by Anne Cofell Saunders; Directed by Michael Rymer

The BSG runs into another colonial battlestar which escaped the Cylon genocide. Discussion points includes:

  • Coming together and falling apart
  • The Bizarro BSG
  • Getting help from the other side
  • Military law divorced from civilian morality
  • The Cylon POW’s
  • Cain vs. Adama

Next time: BSG 2×111 Resurrection Ship: Part 1 and Angel 3×10 Dad.

 

Episode 168 – Let’s Make with the Fun

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×9 Flight of the Phoenix and Buffy 6×9 Smashed

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:01:20; Buffy 1:01:20 to the end

Flight of the Phoenix

Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle; Directed by Michael Nankin

While the CIC crew try to eliminate a computer virus which has infected the BSG, Chief Tyrol leads the deck crew in a project to raise everyone’s spirits. Discussion points include:

  • Snapping under pressure
  • Helo ostracized
  • Sharon’s humanity
  • The Chief’s passion project
  • Telling them what they need to hear
  • Tyrol and Sharon save the day
Smashed

Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by Turi Meyer

When Amy is turned back into a human she and Willow start experimenting more heavily with magic. Discussion points includes:

  • Intuitive magic
  • Willow unleashed!
  • Where is everybody?
  • Buffy and Spike’s relationship escalates
  • Watch out for the responsible ones
  • Buffy a demon?

Next time: Buffy 6×10 Wrecked and BSG 2×10 Pegasus.

Episode 167 – They Will Keep All Peril from You

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×9 Lullaby and BSG 2×8 Final Cut

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-59:00; BSG 59:00 to the end

Lullaby

Written and Directed by Tim Minear

Darla goes into labor while Holtz comes to get his revenge on Angel. Discussion points include:

  • Holtz’s tragedy
  • The twisted lullaby
  • The cosmic convergence
  • Unpredictable prophecies
  • Darla’s feels
  • The Darth Vader moment
Final Cut

Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by Robert M. Young

An investigative journalist shoots a documentary about the crew of the BSG. Discussion points includes:

  • Investigative journalism in the fleet
  • Kat’s emotional breakdown
  • Tigh’s downfall
  • Getting to know the secondary characters
  • There are no replacements
  • D’Anna’s respect for humanity

Next time: Buffy 6×9 Smashed and BSG 2×9 Flight of the Phoenix.