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.


About Katherine Sas

Graduate of Messiah College and Signum University with degrees in literature. I'm a student of the imaginative literature, TV, and film, particularly Tolkien and the Inklings, Doctor Who, and the fairy tale tradition.

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