Episode 45 – Sometimes I Need Someone

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


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


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 45 – Sometimes I Need Someone

  1. I’m not sure why, but this episode isn’t filtering through to my usual methods of listening (via the podcast app on iOS, and OneCast on Android)?

    1. Hi Kim – Thanks for letting us know. The post was miscategorized, so the podcast feed wasn’t picking it up properly. I’ve fixed it, so hopefully it will update appropriately soon. It may take some time to propagate to all the various places.

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