Monthly Archives: January 2014

Buffy Season 2 Recap: A Slayer with Family and Friends

In this special bonus episode, we take some time to discuss the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a whole.

Discussion Points Include:

  • Kat and Curt’s favorite episodes of the second season
  • Relationships, connectedness and trust
  • The tour of the classical monsters
  • Big Bads and little bads
  • Nobody’s safe

Next time: Doctor Who 3×7 42 and Buffy 3×1 Anne.

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Episode 35 – End of the Line

Episodes discussed: Buffy 2×22 Becoming: Part 2 and Doctor Who 3×6 The Lazarus Experiment

Becoming: Part 2

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Buffy and Spike team up to prevent Angel from initiating the apocalypse.  Discussion points include:

  • The process of becoming
  • Buffy’s reliance on others
  • Joyce’s initiation to the higher levels of knowledge
  • Buffy’s tenuous alliance with Spike
  • Comparisons between Spike and Screwtape
  • Angel’s death, Willow’s magic, and Xander’s lie
The Lazarus Experiment

Written by Stephen Greenhorn; Directed by Richard Clark

The Doctor drops Martha back at home only to get caught up investigating Tish’s new boss, Mr. Lazarus. Discussion Points Include:

  • Keeping up with the Joneses
  • The mysterious Mr. Saxon
  • The problem of Tish
  • Martha becomes a companion for reals
  • The Doctor as James Bond
  • Repeated memes: Evolution, humanity and death

Next time: The Buffy Season 2 Recap

Episode 34 – One Man Can Change the Course of History

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 3×5 Evolution of the Daleks and Buffy 2×21 Becoming: Part 1

Evolution of the Daleks

Written by Helen Raynor; Directed by James Strong

The Doctor and Martha continue their investigation of the Daleks’ plan in Depression-era Manhattan.  Discussion points include:

  • Do the Daleks evolve in the episode?
  • Survival and change
  • Nostalgia and romanticism of the Depression
  • The Doctor’s mercy
  • The Doctor’s death wish
  • Martha’s ethical dilemma
Becoming: Part 1

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Angel’s back-story plays out in flashback while in the present he tries to wake a demon who will open a portal to Hell itself. Discussion Points Include:

  • Angel’s sordid and epic back-story
  • Darla and Drusilla
  • The enigmatic Whistler: A mystery wrapped in a riddle
  • The Buffy movie redone for TV
  • Acathla and the Sword in the Stone
  • Just how much of a jerk is Xander being?

Next time: Buffy 2×22 Becoming: Part 2 and Doctor Who 3×6 The Lazarus Experiment

Episode 33 – Evolve! Evolve!! EVOLVE!!!

Episodes discussed: Buffy 2×20 Go Fish and Doctor Who 3×4 Daleks in Manhattan

Go Fish

Written by David Fury & Elin Hampton; Directed by David Semel

When the Sunnydale boys’ swim team members start inexplicably disappearing following their unexpected championship success, Xander joins the team to investigate.  Discussion points include:

  • The introduction of writer David Fury
  • Steroids = Bad
  • Creatures from the Black Lagoon
  • Bodily desires and satisfaction
  • Snyder extorts Willow
  • Xander and Cordy’s mixed motivations
Daleks in Manhattan

Written by Helen Raynor; Directed by James Strong

The Doctor and Martha visit 1930’s New York encountering Hooverville, the Empire State Building, and the Cult of Skaro. Discussion Points Include:

  • The introduction of writer Helen Raynor
  • What do the pig men have to do with anything?
  • The wise and just leader Solomon
  • The Doctor and Martha’s (lack of) development
  • Classic Who historical episodes
  • The Daleks in decline

Next time: Doctor Who 3×5 Evolution of the Daleks and Buffy 2×21 Becoming: Part 1.

Episode 32 – You Stink of Lies

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 3×3 Gridlock and  Buffy 2×19 I Only Have Eyes for You

Gridlock

Written by Russell T Davies; Directed by Richard Clark

The Doctor takes Martha to New New York where they find some familiar faces and get stuck in an endless traffic jam.  Discussion points include:

  • The Doctor opens up about Gallifrey and the Time War
  • Martha’s maturity and crush on the Doctor
  • The past, present, future pattern
  • The dystopia of New Earth
  • Boe’s death: “Don’t you go dying on me you big old face”
  • Boe’s shadowy backstory
I Only Have Eyes for You

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by James Whitmore Jr

Buffy faces her personal demons when a ghost starts reenacting his tragic fate using Sunnydale High’s students and teachers. Discussion Points Include:

  • Catharsis and Eucatastrophe
  • Gender swapping
  • Speculative and imaginative fiction
  • The Buffy and Angel confrontation
  • A vampire love triangle
  • Snyder’s level of knowledge

Next time: Buffy 2×20 Go Fish and Doctor Who 3×4 Daleks in Manhattan