Monthly Archives: April 2014

Episode 48 – The Bravery of Idiots

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 4×5 The Poison Sky and Buffy 3×13 The Zeppo

The Poison Sky

Written by Helen Raynor; Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

The Doctor and Donna lead UNIT in the resistance of the Sontaran invasion. Discussion points include:

  • Pros and cons of militarism
  • Honor in battle
  • The Doctor’s turn to say goodbye
  • Donna stretches herself
  • Clone!Martha’s memory and experience
  • Rattigan’s reversal
The Zeppo

Written by Dan Vebber; Director by James Whitmore Jr.

Xander takes center stage for a very weird evening as Buffy and friends battle another apocalypse in the background. Discussion points include:

  • “Buffy-lite” and untold stories
  • Xander’s “carnival of the physical”
  • The superfluous member of the group
  • “What is the essence of cool?”
  • Faith and Xander’s…encounter
  • Self-parody

Next time: Buffy 3×14 Bad Girls and Doctor Who 4×6 The Doctor’s Daughter.

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Episode 47 – The Weapons of Womenfolk

Episodes discussed: Buffy 3×12 Helpless and Doctor Who 4×4 The Sontaran Stratagem

Helpless

Written by David Fury; Directed by James Contner

For her 18th birthday, the Watchers Council gives Buffy the worst present ever: The loss of her Slayer powers. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy comes of age
  • Disappointing father figures
  • Buffy relies on her wit
  • Freudian fairy-tales and “road horror”
  • Giles gets fired!
  • Cordy shows solidarity
The Sontaran Stratagem

Written by Helen Raynor; Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Martha calls the Doctor back to Earth to assist UNIT in an investigation of a suspicious factory. Discussion points include:

  • The 70’s strike back!
  • Sontarans, Hitler Youth, clones, and evil GPS’s
  • Doctors and soldiers
  • Increasing attachments between the Doctor and Donna
  • The critical Nobles
  • Donna the Supertemp

Next time: Doctor Who 4×5 The Poison Sky and Buffy 3×13 The Zeppo.

Episode 46 – I’m Having a Rebellion

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 4×3 Planet of the Ood and Buffy 3×11 Gingerbread

Planet of the Ood

Written by Keith Temple; Directed by Graeme Harper

The Doctor and Donna visit the native planet of the Ood where they discover their oppression by humans. Discussion Points Include:

  • “The Ood Strike Back!” (or, “Revenge of the Ood”)
  • Collective memory and community
  • Ood Sigma’s prediction
  • The Doctor-Donna
  • Halpen’s hair loss
  • Donna faces harsh realities
Gingerbread

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by James Whitmore Jr.

Joyce starts a literal witch hunt in Sunnydale after the death of two local children. Discussion points include:

  • Witchy stuff
  • Fake-outs and scapegoating
  • Willow’s rebellion & mother issues
  • Joyce goes off the rails
  • Buffy “fights the long defeat”
  • Xander’s “future guilt”

Next time: Buffy 3×12 Helpless and Doctor Who 4×4 The Sontaran Stratagem. 

Episode 45 – Sometimes I Need Someone

Episodes discussed: Buffy 3×10 Amends Doctor Who 4×2 The Fires of Pompeii

Amends

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Sunnydale suffers and unseasonably warm Christmas as Buffy and Angel finally confront each other. Discussion Points Include:

  • Pathetic fallacy, eucatastrophe, and faith
  • Forgiveness and sacrifice
  • The sin of despair
  • The First Evil and the Bringers
  • The Boethian concept of evil
  • Willow and Oz reconcile
The Fires of Pompeii

Written by James Moran; Directed by Colin Teague

The Doctor and Donna find themselves in Pompeii on Volcano Day. Discussion points include:

  • Donna’s moral compass
  • Moral dilemmas and fixed points
  • Chronological snobbery
  • Survival and memory
  • Peter Capaldi and Karen Gillan!
  • The Sisterhood and the Shadow Proclamation

Next time: Doctor Who 4×3 Planet of the Ood and Buffy 3×11 Gingerbread