Episode 6 – Save the World, Lose You

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 1×5 World War Three and Buffy 1×5 Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

World War Three

Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Keith Boak

The Doctor, Rose, and Harriet Jones (M.P. for Flydale North) battle the wicked Slitheen while trapped within Downing Street, and the Doctor is faced with a difficult choice. Discussion Points Include:

  • The silly Slitheen
  • Terrorism, modern warfare, and protocol
  • Harriet Jones as a model of good government
  • The Doctor’s alien arrogance and human compassion
  • Mickey the Idiot, juvenile Jackie, and Rose’s growing pains
  • The Doctor’s dilemma: Save the world or save Rose?

Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

Written by Rob Des Hotel & Dean Batali; Directed by David Semel

Giles finds it difficult to keep Buffy focused on vampire slaying when she begins a relationship with her shy, sensitive classmate Owen. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy’s dilemma: Can she do both?
  • The outrageously sensitive Owen
  • Owen vs. Angel: Buffy’s brooding, Byronic boyfriends
  • Confident Cordelia and Xander, the perpetual third wheel
  • The Anointed One and Whedonesque red herrings
  • Giles’ watchful mentorship

Next time: Doctor Who 1×6 Dalek and Buffy 1×6 The Pack.

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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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