Episode 9 – Be Careful What You Wish For

Episodes discussed: Buffy 1×8 I, Robot…You, Jane and Doctor Who 1×8 Father’s Day

I, Robot…You, Jane

Written by Ashley Gable & Thomas A. Swyden; Directed by Stephen Posey

Willow strikes up an online relationship. Too bad her internet boyfriend turns out to be the ancient demon Moloch. Discussion Points Include:

  • Moloch the Corrupter throughout history, mythology and literature
  • Devotion and sacrifice
  • Technology and the perils of internet relationships
  • Chronological Snobbery: Old vs. New
  • Magical books and misguided readers
Father’s Day

Written by Paul Cornell; Directed by Joe Ahearne

The Doctor and Rose travel back to the 1980’s on the day Rose’s father died. Unsurprisingly, things go awry when she tries to save him.  Discussion points include:

  • “The oldest thing in the room”: The Doctor’s self-sacrifice and love for humanity
  • Paradoxes and time-meddling
  • Rose: Just another stupid ape?
  • Pete: From disappointment to the best dad in the world
  • The Past: Expectations vs. reality
  • Peter Pan parallels and consistent inconsistency

Next time: Doctor Who 1×9 The Empty Child and Buffy 1×9 The Puppet Show.

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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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