Monthly Archives: October 2014

Episode 72 – Not Really the Marrying Kind

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 5×10 Vincent and the Doctor and Angel 1×7 The Bachelor Party

Vincent and the Doctor

Written by Richard Curtis; Directed by Jonny Campbell

The Doctor and Amy spend an emotional couple of days with Vincent Van Gogh. Discussion points include:

  • Richard Curtis and the real Van Gogh
  • Subtle Rory subtext
  • Avoidance or convalescence?
  • Vincent’s artistry and depression
  • Amy and Vincent’s connection
  • The Doctor’s realism
The Bachelor Party

Written by Tracey Stern; Directed by David Straiton

Things get wacky and kinda sad when Doyle’s surprise ex makes a surprise appearance. Discussion points include:

  • Doyle’s wholesome upbringing
  • The tragic, failed marriage
  • Delayed Cordy/Doyle gratification
  • Is this episode funny or sad?
  • The hilariously integrated demon family
  • Cordy reaches out to Doyle

Next time: Buffy 1×8 Pangs and Doctor Who 5×11 The Lodger.

Episode 71 – There’s Always a Military, Isn’t There?

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×7 The Initiative and Doctor Who 5×9 Cold Blood

The Initiative

Written by Douglas Petrie; Directed by James A. Contner

Spike finds himself a prisoner in a lab while Riley starts to pursue a relationship with Buffy. Discussion points include:

  • The Initiative: cruel or kind?
  • Walsh, Riley, and the undercover gang
  • More Spike! (and James Marsters)
  • Sexual innuendos with Spike and Willow
  • Poor battered Harmony
  • Riley courts Buffy
Cold Blood

Written by Chris Chibnall; Directed by Ashley Way

The Doctor and Nasreen investigate the Silurian civilization while Rory and the others try to keep their hostage safe. Discussion points include:

  • The voice-over frame
  • An uncertain future
  • Rory’s death and erasure
  • TARDIS shrapnel
  • Rewritten memories
  • Silurian/Human diplomacy

Next time: Doctor Who 5×10 Vincent and the Doctor and Angel 1×7 The Bachelor Party.

Episode 70 – I Feel You Judge Me

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 5×8 The Hungry Earth and Angel 1×6 Sense and Sensitivity

The Hungry Earth

Written by Chris Chibnall; Directed by Ashley Way

The Doctor, Amy, and Rory visit a Welsh mining community in the near future where something is burrowing towards the surface of the Earth. Discussion points include:

  • Separation anxiety
  • Rings and future selves
  • “A young man assembled by old men from memory”
  • Not-scared kids
  • The sympathetic Silurians
  • Graves and claustrophobia
Sense and Sensitivity

Written by Tim Minear; Directed by James A. Contner

Kate and her fellow police officers undergo some intense sensitivity training. Discussion points include:

  • Tim Minear enters the Whedonverse
  • Cops with feelings
  • Emotionally damaged and repressed Kate
  • “I always have pensive face”
  • “No hugging, no crying, no learning”
  • Tony Soprano and Wolfram & Hart

Next time: Buffy 4×7 The Initiative and Doctor Who 5×9 Cold Blood.

Episode 69 – Bad Dream I Guess

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×6 Wild at Heart and Doctor Who 5×7 Amy’s Choice

Wild at Heart

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by David Grossman

Oz grows closer with Veruca, changing his relationship with Willow forever. Discussion points include:

  • Farewell, Seth Green
  • Seductive Veruca
  • Rape, consent, and cheating
  • Oz’s denial and betrayal
  • Old injuries resurface
  • Riley’s niceness, Spike’s ineffectiveness, and Giles’ boredom
Amy’s Choice

Written by Simon Nye; Directed by Catherine Morshead

The Doctor, Amy, and Rory are trapped trying to distinguish between dream and reality. Discussion points include:

  • Dreams and reality
  • The Doctor’s subconscious
  • Has Amy really chosen?
  • False dichotomies
  • Conflict in the Doctor
  • Amy’s suicide

Next time: Doctor Who 5×8 The Hungry Earth and Angel 1×6 Sense and Sensitivity.