Episode 31 – There’s a Demon for Everything

Episodes discussed: Buffy 2×18 Killed by Death and Doctor Who 3×2 The Shakespeare Code

Killed by Death

Written by Rob Des Hotel & Dean Batali; Directed by Deran Sarafian

While in the hospital with the flu, Buffy must confront her childhood fears and memories.  Discussion points include:

  • The standalone meets the mythological
  • Repressed childhood fears
  • “You can’t fight death”
  • Luck, chance or providence?
  • The loyal Scooby Gang
  • (Romantic) tension between Joyce and Giles
The Shakespeare Code

Written by Gareth Roberts; Directed by Charlie Palmer

As a thank you, the Doctor takes Martha back in time to Elizabethan London to watch an authentic Shakespearean play at the Globe Theater. Discussion Points Include:

  • Martha’s intellectual curiosity
  • Pop culture apotheosis: The Doctor quotes Harry Potter in a Shakespearean drama
  • Slightly racist, slightly bi-sexual, always perceptive Shakespeare
  • The unfair comparisons of Martha and Rose
  • The power of words, names and art
  • Queen Elizabeth and time travel

Next time: Doctor Who 3×3 Gridlock and Buffy 2×19 I Only Have Eyes For You


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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