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.

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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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