Episode 196 – My Triumphs and My Mistakes

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×16 Dirty Hands and the Buffy Season 6 Recap

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:13:20; Buffy 1:13:20 to the end

Dirty Hands

Written by Jane Espenson & Anne Cofell Saunders; Directed by Wayne Rose

The Chief resumes his role as leader of the labor union in light of safety issues among the crew. Discussion points include:

  • The message of the story
  • Baltar’s memoir
  • Seelix & Cally
  • Dirty jobs in the fleet
  • Adama and Roslin out of character?
  • Chief bridges the gap
Buffy Season 6 Recap

We discuss the broader themes and character development of Season 6 of Buffy. Discussion points includes:

  • A well-recognized season
  • Greater than the sum of its parts
  • Favorite episodes
  • Who or what is the Big Bad?
  • Buffy goes dark

Next time: Buffy 7×1 Lessons and BSG 3×17 Maelstrom.

Episode 195 – It’d Be Easier to Hate You

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×22 Grave and BSG 3×15 A Day in the Life

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

Grave

Written by David Fury; Directed by James A. Contner

The Scoobies make their final confrontation against Dark Willow. Discussion points include:

  • Giles vs. Willow
  • Altruistic Anya
  • Jonathan’s aborted redemption
  • Buffy’s rebirth
  • Xander saves the day
  • Spike’s soul
A Day in the Life

Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by Rod Hardy

Adama celebrates his anniversary while the Chief and Cally navigate relationships and mechanical difficulties. Discussion points includes:

  • Adama projects his ex
  • Human projection
  • The Adama/Roslin Ship
  • Dee & Gaeta’s deleted scene
  • Hotdog’s rash
  • Chief and Cally’s problems

Note: Check out this episode’s unfortunately deleted scene with Dee & Gaeta:

Next time: BSG 3×16 Dirty Hands and the Buffy Season 6 Recap.

Episode 194 – I Care If You Live or Die

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×14 The Woman King and Buffy 6×21 Two to Go

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:09:20; Buffy 1:09:20 to the end

The Woman King

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Michael Rymer

Helo battles colonial prejudice in Galactica’s refugee camp. Discussion points include:

  • Why the title?
  • The saintly “Helo Suit”
  • Colonial racism
  • Adama and Cottle go way out of character
  • The awkward bar scene
  • A very special episode

Note: Check out “The Helo Suit” and the rest of Jacob Clifton’s epic TWP BSG recaps

Two to Go

Written by Doug Petrie; Directed by Bill L. Norton

Willow hunts down her remaining targets, Andrew and Jonathan. Discussion points includes:

  • Spike wants his old self back
  • The choice to be a demon
  • Xander at his most powerless
  • Obtuse Andrew and weak-willed Jonathan
  • Buffy and Dawn’s hopefulness
  • Willow’s responsibility and misalignment

Next time: Buffy 6×22 Grave and BSG 3×15 A Day in the Life.

Episode 193 – Kara Thrace and Her Special Destiny

Episodes discussed: Angel Season 3 Recap and BSG 3×13 Taking a Break from All Your Worries

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:11:09; BSG 1:11:09to the end

Angel Season 3 Recap

We discuss the broader themes and character development of season 3 of Angel. Discussion points include:

  • Awards, reception, and the domination of the Whedonverse
  • The departure of Greenwalt and the ascension of Bell & Minear
  • Arc-driven narrative and serialization
  • Frustrating characters
  • Favorite episodes
  • Darla, Connor & Wesley
Taking a Break from All Your Worries

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Edward James Olmos

Adama and Roslin try various techniques in their effort to get intelligence from Baltar. Discussion points includes:

  • Poetic writing and editing
  • Baltar’s lack of control
  • Roslin’s pardon and Baltar’s spin
  • Hypocrisy and contradiction
  • Gaeta the carrot
  • “To marriage: why we build bars”

Next time: BSG 3×14 The Woman King and Buffy 6×21 Two to Go.

Episode 192 – Where Did Everybody Go?

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×12 Rapture and Angel 3×22 Tomorrow

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:03:37; Angel 1:03:37 to the end

Rapture

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

The Eye of Jupiter is revealed and Number Three has a revelation. Discussion points include:

  • D’Anna’s flawed model
  • Mercy killing
  • Boomer vs. Athena
  • More quadrangle stuff (with bonus kick-ass Dee)
  • The star goes nova
  • The Final Five
Tomorrow

Written and Directed by David Greenwalt

Angel and Cordy come together and break apart. Discussion points includes:

  • Greenwalt’s swan song
  • Holtz’s final revenge
  • The danger of happiness
  • Linwood’s botched ambush
  • Going down and going up
  • Cordy’s sneaky vision

Next time: Angel Season 3 Recap and BSG 3×13 Taking a Break from All Your Worries.

Episode 191 – The Less This Man Speaks, the Better This Will Go

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×20 Villains and BSG 3×11 The Eye of Jupiter

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:21:05; BSG 1:21:05 to the end

Villains

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by Michael Nankin

After Warren’s attack on the Scoobies, Willow reclaims her dark magic to hunt him down. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy’s latest near-death experience
  • Willow’s dark willpower
  • Relying on the justice system
  • The flaw in Warren’s plan
  • Willow’s bloody revenge
  • Leaving Dawn alone
The Eye of Jupiter

Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by Michael Rymer

While harvesting food on the algae planet, the Chief discovers an ancient temple. Discussion points includes:

  • The thinness of part ones
  • The frustrated, and frustrating, quadrangle
  • Chief hears the call
  • Boomer’s bitterness
  • Escalating explosions
  • Negotiations with Cylons

Next time: BSG 3×12 Rapture and Angel 3×22 Tomorrow.

Episode 190 – Some Kind of Soul Colonic

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×10 The Passage and Angel 3×21 Benediction.

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

The Passage

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Michael Nankin

A blast from Kat’s past motivates her through a dangerous mission. Discussion points include:

  • Jane Espenson, patron saint of our podcast
  • Is this a major character death?
  • The quest for algae
  • Sasha’s identity
  • Burning out the bad
  • Tigh’s ovation
Benediction

Written and Directed by Tim Minear

Angel tries to bring Connor into the fold. Discussion points includes:

  • Connor torn between identities
  • Holtz’s contrition
  • Cordy flushes Connor out but good
  • Connor’s prejudice
  • Cordy only has eyes for Angel
  • Cordy’s discovery of her own powers

Next time: Buffy 6×20 Villains and BSG 3×11 The Eye of Jupiter.

Episode 189 – The Pummeling That Needs to Occur

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×19 Seeing Red and BSG 3×9 Unfinished Business

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

Seeing Red

Written by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by Michael Gershman

Buffy’s interactions with Spike and the Geek Trio lead to some shocking and violent confrontations. Discussion points include:

  • Joss Whedon, you bastard
  • Tragic Tara
  • “Smash his orbs”
  • Xander’s perspective on Spike
  • Spike’s attack
  • Warren’s attack
Unfinished Business

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Robert M. Young

Various members of the BSG crew work out their post-New Caprica grudges in a ship-wide boxing match. Discussion points includes:

  • Two “dances”
  • “Lee Adama loves Kara Thrace!!!!”
  • Wise Dee and innocent Sam
  • Apologies and reparations
  • Bill and Laura get high
  • The responsibility of leadership

Next time: Angel 3×21 Benediction and BSG 3×10 The Passage.

Episode 188 – All Alone in a Strange World

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×8 Hero and Angel 3×20 A New World

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

Hero

Written by David Eick; Directed by Michael Rymer

The reappearance from a pilot presumed-dead makes Adama question is own role in the Cylon attacks. Discussion points include:

  • A murky backstory
  • Hey, Bulldog
  • Tigh’s trap
  • The Old Man’s betrayals
  • The inappropriate medal ceremony
  • Dreamy Number Three
A New World

Written by Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Tim Minear

After appearing in the hotel, a teenage Connor flees into L.A. Discussion points includes:

  • Connor/Steven/Pete Campbell
  • Connor’s otherness
  • Angel expresses himself
  • They grow so fast!
  • Cordy’s powers
  • Fred’s defiance
  • The deepest circle of hell

Next time: Buffy 6×19 Seeing Red and BSG 3×9 Unfinished Business.

Episode 187 – Things Fall Apart So Hard

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×18 Entropy and BSG 3×7 A Measure of Salvation

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:19:50; BSG 1:19:50 to the end

Entropy

Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by James A. Contner

Anya contemplates her revenge on Xander while Tara and Willow being to repair their relationship. Discussion points include:

  • The Trio’s last hurrah
  • Xander’s fumbled apology
  • The shift from comedy to drama
  • Anya’s revenge
  • Spike’s revelation
  • “The center cannot hold”
A Measure of Salvation

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Bill Eagles

The crew contemplate using the Cylon sickness as a biological weapon. Discussion points includes:

  • More sex & violence with Baltar
  • Projection
  • Clues toward the endgame
  • What kind of virus?
  • Genocide and biological warfare
  • Helo’s disobedience and privilege

Next time: BSG 3×8 Hero and Angel 3×20 A New World.