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.

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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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