Episode 36 – Someone Worth Believing In

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 3×7 42 and Buffy 3×1 Anne.

42

Written by Chris Chibnall; Directed by Graham Harper

The clock is ticking and the Doctor and Martha have 42 minutes to fix the engine of a space cargo ship which is crashing into a star.  Discussion points include:

  • Douglas Adams’ “answer to life, the universe and everything”
  • 24 and real-time TV
  • Parallels to “The Impossible Planet”
  • Martha earns her stripes
  • The Doctor shows a vulnerable side
  • Eavesdropping and communication
Anne

Written and directed by Joss Whedon

Having run away, Buffy lives a difficult life in a seedy part of LA while the Scoobies try to control the local vampires in her absence. Discussion Points Include:

  • The increasing ambition of the production team
  • A glimpse at post-high school life
  • Anne, Lily, Chantarelle and Sister Sunshine: The power of names
  • Multiverses and time distortion
  • The Scoobies fight the good fight
  • Joyce blames Giles

Next time: Buffy 3×2 Dead Man’s Party and Doctor Who 3×8 Human Nature.

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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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