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.


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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