Episode 77 – Silence Is All Around

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×10 Hush and Doctor Who 6×0 A Christmas Carol

Hush

Written and directed by Joss Whedon

“Can’t even shout, can’t even cry, the Gentlemen are coming by…” Discussion points include:

  • A writing and directorial challenge
  • Communicating without talking
  • The Gentlemen: Perfect fairy-tale monsters
  • Giles’ silent presentation
  • Wicca Group and Tara
  • Secondary characters and shifting relationships
A Christmas Carol

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Toby Haynes

To save a crashing spaceship full of passengers, the Doctor reenacts Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Discussion points include:

  • Moffat adapts Dickens and himself
  • The practicalities and ethics of rewriting time
  • Christmas traditions and fishy explanations
  • A bizarre social system
  • Creating your own story
  • Endings and beginnings

Next time: Angel 1×10 Parting Gifts and Doctor Who 6×1 The Impossible Astronaut.

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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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