Episode 8 – One of Us Has to Go

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.


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.

5 thoughts on “Episode 8 – One of Us Has to Go

    1. Thank you for the nice comment and the follow! We hope you enjoy listening when you have time. 50 years in 50 weeks – yeesh! No wonder you’re busy. I don’t know if Curt can since he’s still a newbie (and we’re trying to keep each other unspoiled) but I’ll be sure to check out your blog. Let us know what you think of our podcasts if you get the chance.

  1. Thanks for the show it’s been a very enjoyable listen so far. I’ve watched both shows though it was a while ago especially for Buffy and it’s nice to get a new perspective on the shows.
    One thing I’d quite like to see if it’s not already planned is a season roundup / best of / comparison show looking at the overall themes of each season of the shows as I think that would be a good wayto give a shape to the overall discussion of the shows.
    Anyway thanks for the show and keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Kanzid. Thanks for the nice comment! Actually, we do have something exactly like that already queued up for the end of season one. Since both of the first seasons are the same length, we’ll post a special bonus episode after the season finales in which we discuss our favorite episodes and the journey of the characters and the story thus far. You’re right, it really is a great way to talk about the overall structure of the story and themes since each week we’re focusing so closely on the individual episodes. It’s a nice chance to sit back and look at the Big Picture. So look out for that in a couple weeks. Thanks again for listening, and be sure to let us know if you have any other comments or suggestions. It’s so nice to know that people are listening and enjoying the shows.

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