Episode 38 – Fire and Ice and Rage

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 3×9 The Family of Blood  and Buffy 3×3 Faith, Hope & Trick.

The Family of Blood

Written by Paul Cornell; Directed by Charles Palmer

Human schoolteacher John Smith finds himself faced with an impossible choice while the Family of Blood closes in.  Discussion points include:

  • The deliberately evil Family of Blood
  • Kindness, cruelty and justice
  • Invasion of the body snatchers
  • “Facing death is part of being human”
  • Cowardice, kids with guns and the Lost Generation
  • “I must look so very small”: Joan’s stature
Faith, Hope & Trick

Written by David Greenwalt; Directed by James A. Contner

There’s a new Slayer in town and her wild and crazy life disrupts Buffy’s attempts to return to normalcy. Discussion Points Include:

  • The Slayer trinity: Faith contrasted with Buffy and Kendra
  • Faith’s traumatic backstory
  • Ancient Kakistos and newfangled Mr. Trick
  • What does Faith’s name signify?
  • The super sweet Scott Hope
  • Angel’s back!

Next time: Buffy 3×4 Beauty and the Beasts and Doctor Who 3×10 Blink.


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.

2 thoughts on “Episode 38 – Fire and Ice and Rage

    1. Thanks for the nice comment, Nicole. Glad you’re liking the podcast. Yes, as if Human Nature/Family of Blood weren’t great enough, the next episode of Doctor Who is (as I say in our forthcoming recording) the gold standard. It was a ton of fun to talk about, I can tell you, and there’s always more to say.

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