Episode 157 – I Wake Up in the Morning and Wonder Who I Am

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×4 Carpe Noctem and BSG 1×12 Kobol’s Last Gleaming: Part 1

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-44:35; BSG 44:35 to the end

Carpe Noctem

Written by Scott Murphy; Directed by James A. Contner

Angel switches bodies with an old dude. Discussion points include:

  • A rather thin monster of the week
  • Letting Angel act out of character
  • Fred’s idea of a deep person
  • Humor at Wesley’s expense
  • Infighting at Wolfram & Hart
  • “Reunion”

Link to the Buffy comic Reunion published by Dark Horse.

Kobol’s Last Gleaming: Part 1

Written by Ronald D. Moore, Story by David Eick; Directed by Michael Rymer

Roslin and Adama disagree on the next course of action. Discussion points includes:

  • The metaphorical prologue
  • The Adamas (not) sparring
  • Crashdown crashes down
  • Roslin becomes a true believer
  • Polite disagreement
  • Baltar’s new low

Next time: BSG 1×13 Kobol’s Last Gleaming: Part 2 and Buffy 6×04 Flooded.

Episode 156 – Going Through the Motions of Our Old Lives

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×11 Colonial Day and Buffy 6×3 After Life

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:04:45; Buffy 1:04:45 to the end

Colonial Day

Written by Carla Robinson; Directed by Jonas Pate

Roslin is forced to court a Vice President during the fleet’s celebration of a national holiday. Discussion points include:

  • Recent history, national holidays, and patriotism
  • A wider view of the fleet
  • Bernie + Trump = Zarek
  • Appearances are deceiving
  • Zarek’s good points
  • Roslin’s politicking
After Life

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by David Solomon

Buffy brings something back with her from the other side. Discussion points includes:

  • The consequences of magic
  • A potential origin for demon-kind?
  • How Buffy’s return affects everyone
  • Heaven and Hell
  • Dawn the caretaker
  • Buffy’s lie

Next time: Angel 3×4 Carpe Noctem and BSG 1×12 Kobol’s Last Gleaming: Part 1.

Episode 155 – It’s About the Mission, Bro

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×3 That Old Gang of Mine and BSG 1×10 The Hand of God

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-58:50r; BSG 58:50 to the end

That Old Gang of Mine

Written by Tim Minear; Directed by Frederick King Keller

Gunn two crews end up in conflict. Discussion points include:

  • Unfocused direction and problematic characterization
  • Gunn’s internal conflict
  • Wesley’s coldness and authority
  • “He’s got the mission”
  • What are they loyal to?
  • Fred’s awkwardness and intellect
The Hand of God

Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle; Directed by Jeff Woolnough

The crew of the BSG take a risk when trying to steal fuel from the Cylons. Discussion points includes:

  • “The Big Mac”
  • Who is “the hand of God”?
  • The next crisis of resources
  • Striking first for the first time
  • Starbuck and Apollo switch roles
  • The big musical finish

Listen to the song “Wander My Friends” by composer Bear McCreary and read his notes about the “Adama Theme” here.

Bear McCreary’s Google Talk is below. Beware of spoilers for the future of BSG!

Next time: BSG 1×11 Colonial Day and Buffy 6×3 After Life.

Episode 154 – I Knew You Weren’t Dead

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×9 Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down and Buffy 6×2 Bargaining: Part 2

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

Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down

Written by Jeff Vlaming; Directed by Edward James Olmos

Hilarity ensues when a newly-discovered Ellen Tigh arrives on Galactica. Discussion points include:

  • Nothing comes between Adama and Tigh
  • EJO’s interesting direction
  • Mistrust at the highest levels
  • From grimdarkness to goofiness
  • The crafty and transgressive Ellen Tigh
  • Billy pumps Dee for intel
Bargaining: Part 2

Written by David Fury; Directed by David Grossman

A resurrected Buffy tries to make sense of her experience. Discussion points includes:

  • Buffy returns in a feral state
  • “Is this hell?”
  • Protecting her friends
  • Anti-Spuffy
  • Deep Magic
  • Anya wants to spread the good news

Next timeAngel 3×3 That Old Gang of Mine and BSG 1×10 The Hand of God. 

Episode 153 – I Just Need to Die for a Minute

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×1 Bargaining: Part 1 and BSG 1×8 Flesh and Bone

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:11:55; BSG 1:11:55-the end

Bargaining: Part 1

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by David Grossman

The Scoobies struggle to carry on the good fight in a world without Buffy. Discussion points include:

  • Bringing Buffy back without Buffy
  • The Buffybot’s cognitive uncanny valley
  • Willow takes charge
  • Tara’s reservations and Xander’s reluctance
  • Giles isn’t in the credits!!!
  • Spike leads the pack
Flesh and Bone

Written by Toni Graphia; Directed by Brad Turner

Starbuck is tasked with the interrogation of a new Cylon. Discussion points includes:

  • When is it a military decision?
  • Leoben’s eerie humanity
  • Puritanism vs. mysticism
  • Prescience and foreknowledge
  • Role reversals
  • Ruthlessness and moral ambiguity

Next time: BSG 1×9 Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down and Buffy 6×2 Bargaining: Part 2.

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.