Episode 41 – C: All Systems Tend Toward Chaos

Episodes discussed: Buffy 3×6 Band Candy and Doctor Who 3×12 The Sound of Drums

Band Candy

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Michael Lange

When the adults of Sunnydale magically regress to their adolescent selves, Buffy is forced into responsibility.  Discussion points include:

  • The introduction of Jane Espenson
  • Regression, adolescence, and immaturity
  • Added depth and shallowness in Giles and Joyce
  • “Just call me Snyder”
  • Ethan, Trick, and the Mayor
  • Secrets, lies, and sexual tension
The Sound of Drums

Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Colin Teague

The Doctor and friends make it back to 2007 to find that the Master has become the British Prime Minister. Discussion Points Include:

  • The Master & Harold Saxon
  • The mythical Toclafane
  • Faithful companion Lucy and caricaturish President Winters
  • The Doctor’s questionable desire to save the Master
  • The significance of running
  • Put-upon Martha and loyal Jack

Next time: Doctor Who 3×13 Last of the Time Lords and Buffy 3×7 Revelations.

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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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