Episode 59 – Petty Larceny Seems So Petty

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×1 The Freshman and Doctor Who 4×15 Planet of the Dead

The Freshman

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Buffy embarks on her most terrifying adventure yet: College.  Discussion points include:

  • Season premier trend: Buffy becomes Buffy
  • The humor and relatability of going to college
  • Newbies: Riley, Kathy & Professor Walsh
  • The Red Vip– I mean, Eddie the awkward Freshman
  • Sunday and her snobbish and shallow clique
  • Off-campus adjustments
Planet of the Dead

Written by Russell T. Davies & Gareth Roberts; Directed by James Strong

While investigating a random wormhole, the Doctor and a bus full of strangers end up on a remote desert planet. Discussion points include:

  • Throw-away aliens and setting
  • The Doctor sans Companion
  • Does Christina deserve rejection?
  • “He will knock four times”
  • Malcolm and Magambo
  • The Doctor’s cameo in The Sarah Jane Adventures


Next time: Doctor Who 4×16 The Waters of Mars and Angel 1×1 City of…


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.

4 thoughts on “Episode 59 – Petty Larceny Seems So Petty

  1. I can recommend all of the SJA series, and not just for those with offspring to provide a justification for watching it. And, if you are looking for more RTD sci-fi, there is “Wizards and Aliens” to provide more teenage larks.

    1. Yeah, I was really impressed with “The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith.” In fact, I preferred it to “Planet of the Dead.” I’ll have to check out the full series, and Wizards vs Aliens, one of these days.

  2. You can look forward to the cameo by Matt Smith in a later episode of SJA … has some important stuff about past companions.

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