Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×15 This Year’s Girl and Doctor Who 6×10 The Girl Who Waited
This Year’s Girl
Written by Douglas Petrie; Directed by Joss Whedon
Faith wakes up from her coma and considers how to get some payback on Buffy. Discussion points include:
Faith’s act of justification
Can two Slayers coexist?
A body-switching cliffhanger
Riley’s cognitive dissonance
Willow’s complex emotions for Tara and Faith
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Written by Tom MacRae; Directed by Nick Hurran
Amy becomes trapped on a quarantined planet in a faster time stream than the Doctor and Rory. Discussion points include:
Which one’s Amy One?
Rory’s extraordinary empathy
The Pond themes come together
The horror of rewriting time
Is older Amy the main character?
The Doctor’s questionable actions
The Robert Heinlein quote Curtis mangles in this episode is indeed from Stranger in a Strange Land:
“Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is…and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be…and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart…no matter what the merciless hours have done to her.”
Next time: Doctor Who 6×11 The God Complex and Angel 1×15 The Prodigal.