Episode 3 – All the Trees Are Luddites

Episodes discussed: Buffy 1×2 “The Harvest” and Doctor Who 1×2 “The End of the World”

“The Harvest” Show Notes

Written by Joss Whedon; Directed by John T. Kretchmer

Continuing the action of last week’s pilot episode, Buffy and her new “potential” friends try to prevent the Master’s attempt to initiate the apocalypse. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy, Willow and Xander as “Soul Tryptich”
  • Mythological info-dumps: The Master, the Vessel, the Old Ones, and the Hellmouth
  • Jesse: Fully vampire or partially human?
  • Moody, mysterious Angel
  • Levels of awareness in Sunnydale

Visit HogwartsProfessor.com for more information on John Granger’s “Soul Tryptich” theory and his other writings on Harry Potter and fantasy literature.

“The End of the World” Show Notes

Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Euros Lyn

For her first trip in the TARDIS, the Doctor, naturally, takes Rose to witness Earth’s final day. Discussion points include:

  • The Last of the Time Lords: The Doctor’s loneliness
  • The functionality of the TARDIS, the Psychic Paper, and the Sonic Screwdriver
  • Humanity vs. Alienness
  • Free will, fate and choice
  • Grotesque satire and humor

Next time: Buffy 1×3 “Witch” and Doctor Who 1×3 “The Unquiet Dead.”

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About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

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