Monthly Archives: August 2013

Episode 13 – The End Is Pretty Seriously Nigh

Episodes discussed: Buffy 1×12 Prophecy Girl Doctor Who 1×12 Bad Wolf

Prophecy Girl

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Buffy confronts the Master when a prophecy foretelling her death at his hands is discovered by Giles and Angel.  Discussion points include:

  • Buffy’s uncertain fate and the finale’s melancholy tone
  • “Prophecies are tricky things”
  • The Big Bads: The Master and the Anointed One
  • The mechanics and mythology of the Buffyverse
  • Buffy’s choices, destiny and Christ-parallels
  • Loyal friends: Xander, Willow and (surprisingly) Cordelia
Bad Wolf

Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Joe Ahearne

The Doctor, Rose and Jack are abducted and find themselves playing for their lives in a series of deadly reality TV game shows. Discussion points include:

  • Easter Eggs: The Bad Wolf Corporation and the Torchwood Institute
  • Bread and Circuses: The Game Station and reality TV satire
  • The Doctor’s promises and pacifism
  • Oh my god, they killed Rose!
  • “Your viewing figures just went up”: Confident Captain Jack
  • The (non)effectiveness of the Daleks

Next time: Doctor Who 1×13 The Parting of the Ways and Buffy 2×1 When She Was Bad.

Episode 12 – Useful Members of Society

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 1×11 Boom Town Buffy 1×11 Out of Mind, Out of Sight

Boom Town

Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Joe Ahearne

The TARDIS crew, joined by Mickey, stop to refuel in present day Cardiff only to bump into an old enemy.  Discussion points include:

  • The obligatory anti-Slitheen rant
  • The Doctor’s brand of justice
  • Aliens becoming “fond of their little human [lives]”
  • Mickey and Rose’s co-dependent relationship
  • The TARDIS is alive!
  • Bad Wolf Watch
Out of Mind, Out of Sight

Written by Ashley Gable & Thomas A. Swyden; Directed by Reza Badiyi

An invisible wallflower seeks revenge on the mean and popular kids who ignored her. Discussion Points Include:

  • High school feelings of insignificance and invisibility
  • Perception shapes reality
  • Marcie: Self-imposed victim and wannabe “mean girl”
  • Pseudo-scientific magic
  • “All my thoughts contradict each other”: Complicated Cordelia
  • Angelic mythology

Next time: Buffy 1×12 Prophecy Girl and Doctor Who 1×12 Bad Wolf.

Episode 11 – Just This Once, Everybody Lives

Episodes discussed: Buffy 1×10 Nightmares and Doctor Who 1×10 The Doctor Dances

Nightmares

Written by David Greenwalt; Directed by Bruce Seth Green

Everyone’s worst nightmares come to terrifying life.  Discussion points include:

  • Showrunners, mythology and the influence of technology on TV
  • Nightmares, dreams, and fear
  • Facing your fears
  • Personalized nightmares
  • Who and what is the Ugly Man?
  • Meeting Mr. Summers
The Doctor Dances

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by James Hawes

When not avoiding contagious zombies or outwitting futuristic alien technology, the Doctor, Rose, and Jack flirt and “dance.” Discussion Points Include:

  • The Doctor’s paradoxical authority and insecurity
  • The subtext of “dancing”
  • The Doctor and Jack: Inverses of each other
  • Nanogenes, confused technology, and genetic cleansing
  • Nancy’s responsibility
  • “Everybody lives!”: Eucatastrophe and the happy ending

Next time: Doctor Who 1×11 Boom Town and Buffy 1×11 Out of Mind, Out of Sight.

Episode 10 – I’m a Real, Live Boy!

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 1×9 The Empty Child and Buffy 1×9 The Puppet Show

The Empty Child

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by James Hawes

The Doctor and Rose track a bomb into the heart of the London Blitz where they grapple with terrifying gas-mask zombies and the roguish Captain Jack Harkness. Discussion Points Include:

  • Creepiness, darkness and fear
  • The horrors of invasion and biological warfare
  • The slick and superficial Captain Jack
  • The Doctor’s aliases
  • Symbolic spaceships and nanogenes
  • The Doctor’s lost family
The Puppet Show

Written by Dean Batali  & Rob Des Hotel; Directed by Ellen S. Pressman

Someone is attacking Sunnydale High students while the school prepares for the talent show, and one student’s ventriloquist dummy is looking mighty suspicious.  Discussion points include:

  • The gonzo weirdness of this episode
  • Child’s Play, the Frog Prince, and Pinocchio
  • Principal Snyder: The Anti-Flutie
  • Comic relief with Cordy and Xander
  • The horror of human evil
  • A revisit to the soul triptych

Next time: Buffy 1×10 Nightmares and Doctor Who 1×10 The Doctor Dances.