Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 1×7 The Long Game and Buffy 1×7 Angel
The Long Game
Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Brian Grant
The Doctor, Rose, and Adam travel to the year 200,000 where the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire is being secretly controlled via the media. Discussion Points Include:
- Sci-fi and dystopian elements and allusions
- The importance of critical thinking and asking the right questions
- Misleading media and the passive reception of information
- “I only take the best”: Rose as ideal companion
- Adam: The Biff Tannen of Doctor Who
- Rose’s increasing agency
Written by David Greenwalt; Directed by Scott Brazil
Brooding and mysterious Angel’s secrets are revealed. Discussion points include:
- History lessons and Chekhov’s crossbow
- Who is the real monster of the week?
- Angel the Messenger: Can he change his ways?
- The dusting of darling Darla
- Deception and ignorance in Sunnydale
Next time: Doctor Who 1×8 Father’s Day and Buffy 1×8 I, Robot…You, Jane.