Episode 261 – I Kill You, That’s How This Ends

Episodes discussed: Angel 5×19 Time Bomb and The Fades Episode  4

Time Stamp: Fades starts 1:03:20

Time Bomb

Written by Ben Edlund; Directed by Vern Gillum

Illyria explodes and time unravels. Discussion points include:

  • Rescuing Gunn
  • Imposter syndrome
  • The demonic messiah
  • “No master but your own ambition”
  • Unstuck in time
  • Angel’s executive decision
The Fades Episode 4

Written by Jack Thorne; Directed by Tom Shankland

A brain-dead Paul awakens as a Fade. Discussion points include:

  • Mark and Sarah
  • Family grief
  • Paul is (mostly) dead
  • Reborn in blood
  • Trust and betrayal
  • Paul’s resurrection

Next time: The Fades Episode 5 and Angel 5×20 The Girl in Question.

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Episode 260 – I Was Right Not to Have Doubted

Episodes discussed: The Fades Episode 3 and Angel 5×18 Origin

Time Stamp: Angel starts 159:50

The Fades Episode 3

Written by Jack Thorne; Directed by Farren Blackburn

Paul struggles to keep his two lives balanced. Discussion points include:

  • An Angelic gets his wings
  • The missing father
  • Helen’s theology
  • The unwritten code
  • Friends and allies
  • Paul’s predicament
Origin

Written by Drew Goddard; Directed by Terrence O’Hara

A memory-altered Connor unexpectedly shows up at Wolfram & Hart. Discussion points include:

  • More teenagers getting hit by trucks!
  • Connor’s new life
  • Wesley gets his head back in the game
  • Trust broken again
  • Living with the truth
  • Connor’s choice

Next time: Angel 5×19 Time Bomb The Fades Episode  4.

Episode 259 – Just Don’t Leave Me Behind, Okay?

Episodes discussed: Angel 5×17 Underneath and The Fades Episode 2

Time Stamp: Fades starts 1:10:50

Underneath

Written by Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft; Directed by Skip Schoolnik

The gang breaks Lindsey out of limbo. Discussion points include:

  • Cast notes
  • Spike becomes a full member of the team
  • Lorne’s disillusionment
  • Suburban Gothic
  • Eve & Marcus
  • Wes & Illyria
The Fades Episode 2

Written by Jack Thorne; Directed by Farren Blackburn

Paul learns more about his powers and his place among the Fades and the Angelics. Discussion points include:

  • The Angelics
  • “There’s always and exhaust port”
  • Anna the Mean Girl
  • Fade mythology
  • Paul’s state of mind
  • Sarah’s motivation

Next time: The Fades Episode 3 and Angel 5×18 Origin.

Episode 258 – Death Doesn’t Have to be the End

Episodes discussed: The Fades Episode 1 and Angel 5×16 Shells

Time Stamp: Angel starts 1:02:20

The Fades

Written by Jack Thorne; Directed by Farren Blackburn

A geeky British teenager discovers his supernatural powers. Discussion points include:

  • Introducing the show and the talent
  • What are “the fades”?
  • Sara’s failure to ascend
  • Neil, Helen & co.
  • Mac & Paul
  • Anna & Jay
Shells

Written and Directed by Steven S. DeKnight

The gang grapple with Illyria, the demon inhabiting Fred’s body. Discussion points include:

  • The finality of this death
  • Willow’s in the Himalayas (maybe)
  • Illyria
  • Fred’s shell
  • Wesley’s mercy runs out
  • Spike’s motivation

Next time: Angel 5×16 Underneath and The Fades Episode 2.

Episode 257 – Of Course the Cavemen Win

Episodes discussed: Angel 5×15 A Hole in the World and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×7 A Spell to End Magic in England

Time Stamp: JSMN starts 1:31:30

A Hole in the World

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Fred becomes infected by a mysterious demonic sarcophagus. Discussion points include:

  • A Fred-shaped hole in our hearts
  • The cavemen vs astronauts debate
  • Knox’s plan
  • Why doesn’t it work?
  • Fred is everyone’s favorite
  • Fred’s bitter end
A Spell to End Magic in England

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Toby Haynes

Strange and Norrell unite to bring down the Gentleman. Discussion points include:

  • Flooded with magic
  • The awful Mr. Lascelles
  • The Nameless Slave
  • The Gentleman’s defeat
  • Strange and Norrell’s fate
  • The spinoff adventures of Childermass & Vinculus

Next time: The Fades Episode 1 and Angel 5×16 Shells.

Episode 256 – Self-Esteem Is For Everybody

Episodes discussed: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×6 The Black Tower and Angel 5×14 Smile Time

Time Stamp: Angel starts 1:08:10

The Black Tower

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Toby Haynes

Jonathan finally manages to contact the Gentleman. Discussion points include:

  • The vanishing books
  • The romance of madness
  • The Greysteels and the crazy cat lady
  • Drawlight’s mission
  • Summoning the fairy
  • The Gentleman’s revenge and Vinculus’ fate
Arabella

Story by Joss Whedon & Ben Edlund; Teleplay and Direction by Ben Edlund;

The puppet episode. ‘Nuff said. Discussion points include:

  • A classic!
  • Parody is the sincerest form of flattery
  • Evil Sesame Street
  • Hey, Nina’s back!
  • Acute Flowers for Algernon Syndrome
  • Fred & Wes

Next time: Angel 5×15 A Hole in the World and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×7 A Spell to End Magic in England.

Episode 255 – No One Vexes Him As You Do

Episodes discussed: Angel 5×13 Why We Fight and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×5 Arabella

Time Stamp: JSMN starts 57:07

Why We Fight

Written by Stephen S. DeKnight & Drew Goddard; Directed by Terrence O’Hara

Angel’s activities during World War II are explored. Discussion points include:

  • How relevant are the flashbacks?
  • Angel’s sketchy decision
  • Angel’s timeline
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • Lawson’s soul
  • Where the team is at
Arabella

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Toby Haynes

The Gentleman steals away Arabella to Faerie. Discussion points include:

  • Breakthroughs and break-outs
  • An Arabella-shaped hole
  • Jonathan’s PTSD
  • The rules of fairy bargains
  • The insight of madness
  • Honeyfoot Ballads

Next time: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×6 The Black Tower and Angel 5×14 Smile Time.

Episode 254 – I’ve Been in the Most Desperate Need of You

Episodes discussed: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×4 All the Mirrors of the World and Angel 5×12 You’re Welcome

Time Stamp: Angel starts 1:26:02

All the Mirrors of the World

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Toby Haynes

Strange explores the King’s Roads. Discussion points include:

  • Mirrors and deep magic from before the dawn of time
  • Jonathan’s protégées
  • Childermass’ wakes up
  • Drs. Segundus and Honeyfoot
  • The King’s Roads
  • Norrell’s reputation
You’re Welcome

Written and Directed by David Fury

Strange experiments with dangerous new magic in service of the war effort. Discussion points include:

  • A fan-favorite farewell to Cordy
  • Giving closure to Doyle and Cordy
  • The Connor Perception Filter
  • What they all got out of this deal
  • Cordy’s second chance
  • Lindsey’s (temporary?) fate

Next time: Angel 5×13 Why We Fight and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×5 Arabella.

Episode 253 – The Walls Scream with the Blood of the Innocent

Episodes discussed: Angel 5×11 Damage and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×3 The Education of a Magician

Time Stamp: JSMN starts 1:15:00

Damage

Written by Steven S. DeKnight & Drew Goddard; Directed by Jefferson Kibbee

Angel’s team encounters a new Slayer. Discussion points include:

  • Madwomen in the attic
  • What to do about Eve?
  • The monsterification of the Slayer
  • The rocky road to redemption
  • Character nods and allusions
  • Watcher-in-training Andrew
The Education of a Magician

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Toby Haynes

Strange experiments with dangerous new magic in service of the war effort. Discussion points include:

  • Arabella and Emma
  • Interpreting the tapestry
  • Norrell’s threat and Childermass’ sacrifice
  • The Gentleman’s advances
  • Strange goes to war
  • Raising the dead

Next time: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×4 All the Mirrors of the World Angel 5×12 You’re Welcome.

Episode 252 – We Shall Have to Do Something About This Friendship

Episodes discussed: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×2 How is Lady Pole? and Angel 5×10 Soul Purpose

Time Stamp: Angel starts 1:06:25

How is Lady Pole?

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Toby Haynes

Strange and Norrell finally meet, and Lady Pole begins to exhibit strange behavior. Discussion points include:

  • Three beach scenes
  • Gentleman magicians
  • Strange and Norrell’s contrasting methods
  • Kindred spirits
  • The occupation of social climbing
  • The Gentleman’s collection
Soul Purpose

Written by Brent Fletcher; Directed by David Boreanaz

Eve makes Angel sick and Spike meets someone named “Doyle”. Discussion points include:

  • Boreanaz’s directorial debut
  • Shades of gray
  • Lindsey aka “Doyle”
  • Are Lindsey and Eve equal partners?
  • Taking over while the boss is out
  • Angel’s hallucinations
  • Spike helps the helpless

Next time: Angel 5×11 Damage and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1×3 The Education of a Magician.