Episode 218 – Please Don’t Take This Away from Me

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×17 No Exit and Angel 4×10 Awakening

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:27:15; Angel 1:27:15 to the end

No Exit

Written by Ryan Mottesheard; Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton

Flashbacks trace the journey of the ultimate member of the Final Five. Discussion points include:

  • Hell is being a person
  • A new system of government
  • The importance of networking
  • Sam’s infodump
  • The new old Ellen
  • Cavil’s nightmares
Awakening

Written by David Fury & Stephen S. DeKnight; Directed by James A. Contner

The gang decides to remove Angel’s soul in order to get vital information about the Beast from Angelus. Discussion points includes:

  • The frame story
  • The sneaky vision quest
  • Red herrings, cliches, and twists
  • Angel’s wish-fulfillment
  • Angelus returns

Next time: Buffy 7×13 The Killer in Me and BSG 4×18 Deadlock.

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Episode 217 – Standing in the Remains of My Fallen Brethren

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×9 Long Day’s Journey and BSG 4×16 Blood on the Scales

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:05:18; BSG 1:05:18 to the end

Long Day’s Journey

Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Terrence O’Hara

Gwen returns to lend a hand in the fight against the Beast. Discussion points include:

  • …into night
  • “Get over it”
  • The return of Gwen
  • Connor will be Connor
  • Wesley and Gunn’s sniping
  • The diverse Totems
Blood on the Scales

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Wayne Rose

The mutiny comes to a bloody conclusion. Discussion points includes:

  • Getting the plot holes out of the way
  • Using the Fleet for cover
  • Tyrol makes the machine stop
  • Arguing past each other
  • Gaeta’s tragic flaw
  • Tugging on the heartstrings

Next time: BSG 4×17 No Exit and Angel 4×10 Awakening.

Episode 216 – Nobody’s Watching Me

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×15 The Oath and Buffy 7×12 Potential

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:19:00; Buffy 1:19:00 to the end

The Oath

Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by John Dahl

Gaeta and Zarek lead a mutiny against Adama and Roslin. Discussion points include:

  • Too little, too late
  • Zarek takes first blood
  • Unlucky Felix
  • Orchestration and manipulation
  • Getting out of their funk
  • The range of motivations
A Disquiet Follows My Soul

Written by Rebecca Rand Kirshner; Directed by James A. Contner

A spell reveals that Dawn might be a potential Slayer. Discussion points includes:

  • Buffy’s lessons
  • Dawn’s (lack of) specialness
  • Taking the Potentials for a tour
  • Amanda
  • Dawn the Slayer
  • Xander’s empathy

Next time: Angel 4×9 Long Day’s Journey and BSG 4×16 Blood on the Scales.

Episode 215 – One Day Soon There’s Gonna be a Reckoning

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×8 Habeas Corpses and BSG 4×14 A Disquiet Follows My Soul

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-57:59; BSG 57:59 to the end

Habeas Corpses

Written by Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Skip Schoolnik

The Beast turns its attention to Wolfram & Hart. Discussion points include:

  • Angel rage and disgust
  • How should we feel about Connor?
  • Wesley’s loyalties
  • What’s the fate of Wolfram & Hart?
  • The death of the little girl
A Disquiet Follows My Soul

Written and Directed by Ronald D. Moore

The Fleet starts to self-destruct as Adama struggles to hold things together. Discussion points includes:

  • Absent parents
  • Baltar’s condemnation
  • Med-bay situations
  • Alliance pros and cons
  • Gaeta vs. Starbuck: Take 2
  • Executive overreach and brewing rebellion

Next time: BSG 4×15 The Oath and Buffy 7×12 Potential.

Episode 214 – You’re on the Verge of Seeing Ghosts

Episodes discussed: BSG Season 4 Webisodes The Face of the Enemy and Buffy 7×11 Showtime

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:12:00; Buffy 1:12:00 to the end

The Face of the Enemy

Written by Jane Espenson & Seamus Kevin Fahey; Directed by Wayne Rose

Tigh sends Gaeta for some R&R which turns into the worst raptor ride ever. Discussion points include:

  • The development of the webisodes
  • Gaeta’s state of mind
  • A softer side of Tigh
  • Prejudice at work
  • A list of names
  • The road to hell…

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Showtime

Written by David Fury; Directed by Michael Grossman

Buffy shows the Potentials what it means to be a Slayer. Discussion points includes:

  • The hierarchy of Potential
  • Eve the First woman
  • The temptation of fear
  • A bit of theater
  • What monsters fear
  • Andrew starts rooting for Buffy

Next time: Angel 4×8 Habeas Corpses and BSG 4×14 A Disquiet Follows My Soul.

Episode 213 – I’m Beyond Tired

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×10 Bring on the Night and BSG 4×13 Sometimes a Great Notion

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:11:25; BSG 1:11:25 to the end

Bring on the Night

Written by Marti Noxon & Doug Petrie; Directed by David Grossman

Buffy and the Scoobies struggle to come to grips with the seemingly impossible task of beating the First. Discussion points include:

  • Visions of Joyce
  • The temptation of rest
  • Andrew’s worldview
  • The Ubervamp
  • Buffy’s plan
  • Giles and the Potentials
Sometimes a Great Notion

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

“Frak Earth.” Discussion points includes:

  • “To jump in the river and drown”
  • Investigating the nuclear wasteland
  • The Tigh-shaped hole in Adama’s heart
  • Roslin gives up
  • Starbuck finds herself
  • Dee’s despair

Next time: BSG Season 4 Webisodes The Face of the Enemy and Buffy 7×11 Showtime. 

Episode 212 – The Weasel Wants to Sing

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×12 Revelations and Buffy 7×9 Never Leave Me

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:02:15; Buffy 1:02:15 to the end

Sleeper

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

D’Anna takes human hostages until the Final Five are returned safely to the Cylon baseship. Discussion points include:

  • Secrets revealed and an apocalyptic wasteland
  • Hostage negotiations
  • Tory’s new attitude
  • Tigh’s confession
  • Starbuck’s signal
  • Earth
Never Leave Me

Written by Drew Goddard; Directed by David Solomon

Willow captures Andrew during his preparations for another blood ritual. Discussion points includes:

  • Andrew’s inept villainy
  • Don’t mess with Willow
  • Good cop, bad cop
  • Spike’s faulty chip
  • The First
  • What the heck is up with Principal Wood?

Next time: Buffy 7×10 Bring on the Night and BSG 4×13 Sometimes a Great Notion.

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.

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.