Monthly Archives: January 2015

Episode 84 – Why Would We Need Names?

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 6×7 A Good Man Goes to War and Angel 1×13 She

A Good Man Goes to War

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Peter Hoar

To rescue Amy from Demons Run, the Doctor assembles an army and wages war on Madam Kovarian. Discussion points include:

  • The Doctor’s assembled army
  • The human-plus Melody Pond
  • Madam Kovarian’s evil, evil plan
  • The Doctor plays at warfare
  • Is this really the Doctor’s darkest hour?
  • The wistful Lorna Bucket
She

Written by David Greenwalt & Marti Noxon; Directed by David Greenwalt

A skirmish between demons from another dimensions causes collateral damage in LA. Discussion points include:

  • A Rider Haggard reference?
  • The problem of Bai Ling
  • Demonic world-building
  • There are demons and there are demons…
  • Misogyny and patriarchy
  • Dorky dancing

Link: The Language of the Night by Ursula K. Le Guin

Next time: Buffy 4×14 Goodbye Iowa and Doctor Who 6×8 Let’s Kill Hitler.

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Episode 83 – I Choose to Feel Threatened

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×13 The I in Team and Doctor Who 6×6 The Almost People

The I in Team

Written by David Fury; Directed by James A. Contner

Professor Walsh tries to bring Buffy into the Initiative but becomes dangerous when Buffy starts asking too many questions. Discussion points include:

  • The Whedony death of Walsh
  • Weird mother/son bonds
  • The Initiative underestimates Buffy
  • Obedient Riley disobeys orders
  • Spike gets his comeuppance
  • Why does Willow lie?
The Almost People

Written by Matthew Graham; Directed by Julian Simpson

The two Doctors try to mediate between the increasingly hostile humans and Gangers. Discussion points include:

  • The Almost-Doctor
  • The Doctor researches the Flesh
  • The regeneration metaphor
  • Ganger!Amy and her dubious pregnancy
  • Rory’s trust and gullibility
  • Are humans and Gangers really equal?

Next time: Doctor Who 6×7 A Good Man Goes to War and Angel 1×13 She.

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Episode 82 – A Lot Can Go Wrong in an Hour

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 6×5 The Rebel Flesh and Angel 1×12 Expecting

The Rebel Flesh

Written by Matthew Graham; Directed by Julian Simpson

The Doctor and his companions land in the future where some miners are working with a controversial new technology known as The Flesh. Discussion points include:

  • Did the Doctor mean to come here?
  • The almost fleshy gangers
  • Rory the caretaker
  • Eye-Patch Lady peeks in on Amy
  • Amy: Gutsy or reckless?
  • Gangers vs. Humans
Expecting

Written by Howard Gordon; Directed by David Semel

Cordy’s attempts to start a new relationship lead to an unwanted, overnight pregnancy. Discussion points include:

  • Taking the metaphor seriously
  • Wesley steps up
  • Cordy’s halting recovery
  • Absolute trust
  • Angel’s worrying tendencies
  • Wesley wants to be part of the group

Next time: Buffy 4×13 The I in Team and Doctor Who 6×6 The Almost People.

Episode 81 – You Were Mythtaken

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×12 A New Man and Doctor Who 6×4 The Doctor’s Wife

A New Man

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Michael Gershman

Giles goes through a bit of a mid-life crisis. Discussion points include:

  • Giles struggles to find his place
  • Walsh’s mean-spirited bluntness
  • The ever-chaotic Ethan
  • The ominous Room 314
  • Willow and Tara’s tentative relationship
  • Is Riley too dispassionate?
The Doctor’s Wife

Written by Neil Gaiman; Directed by Richard Clark

The Doctor follows a distress call to a bubble universe, hoping to meet surviving Time Lords. Discussion points include:

  • Celebrity writer and superfan Neil Gaiman
  • The Doctor’s most constant companion
  • The Last of the TARDISes
  • Goodbye/Hello
  • The Time War bubbles back up
  • House messes with Amy and Rory’s heads

Next time: Doctor Who 6×5 The Rebel Flesh and Angel 1×12 Expecting.