Episode 7 – Pigs Are Totes Yum

Episodes discussed: Buffy 1×6 The Pack and Doctor Who 1×6 Dalek

Common Theme: The dark midpoint of the first season
The Pack

Written by Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer; Directed by Bruce Seth Green

Things take a turn for the gruesome when Xander and a group of school bullies are possessed by the spirits of a pack of hyenas . Discussion Points Include:

  • Allegory, applicability, and the monster of the week
  • Bullying and pack behavior
  • Alpha male Xander’s troubling behavior
  • Xander and Buffy: Lying to save face
  • Disturbing scenes: The pack attacks Flutie and Xander attacks Buffy
  • The first major character death
Dalek

Written by Robert Shearman; Directed by Joe Ahearne

The Doctor comes face to face with his oldest enemy forcing him to confront the grim consequences of the Time War. Discussion points include:

  • Daleks: The quintessential Doctor Who monster
  • Multi-layered parallels between the Doctor, the Dalek, Adam, and Van Staaten
  • Aloneness, seclusion, and isolation
  • Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor: Fear, anger, and PTSD
  • Empathetic Rose’s role as facilitator and humanizer
  • Doctorish conundrums: Does he love Rose? Did he wipe out the Time Lords?

Next time: Doctor Who 1×7 The Long Game and Buffy 1×7 Angel.

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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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