Monthly Archives: February 2015

Episode 87 – The World Has Gone and Changed on You

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 back!
  • 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.

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Episode 86 – Save Me From the Monsters

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 6×9 Night Terrors and Angel 1×14 I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Night Terrors

Written by Mark Gatiss; Directed by Richard Clark

The Doctor makes a house call to visit a young boy with pantophobia (fear of everything, not fear of  pants). Discussion points include:

  • The Doctor makes a house call
  • The terror of childhood
  • The problem kids
  • Chesterton, Tolkien & children’s stories
  • Metaphorical closets and adoption
  • The scariest cupboard in the universe
I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Written by Jeannine Renshaw; Directed by R.D. Price

Angel helps a family who are plagued by a pyromaniac possessing demon. Discussion points include:

  • The soulless, psychopathic kid
  • Patriarchs and protectors
  • “The most frightening thing in the world is nothing”
  • Hints of the cosmic battle
  • Kate reluctantly helps out
  • Backstory for Wes and fun for Cordy

Next time: Buffy 4×15 This Year’s Girl and Doctor Who 6×10 The Girl Who Waited.

Episode 85 – I’m a Psychopath, I’m Not Rude

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×14 Goodbye Iowa and Doctor Who 6×8 Let’s Kill Hitler

Goodbye Iowa

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by David Solomon

The escaped Adam wreaks havoc on Sunnydale as Riley struggles to come to grips with the truth of the Initiative. Discussion points include:

  • The brutal yet philosophical Adam
  • Taking responsibility for technology
  • Riley’s chemical and emotional dependency
  • Anya worries about Buffy’s influence on Xander
  • The entirely euphemistic Willow and Tara
  • Spike’s rejection
Let’s Kill Hitler

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Richard Senior

The Doctor, Amy, Rory, and their childhood friend Mels crash-land in 1940’s Berlin. Discussion points include:

  • The provocative title
  • Melody, Mels, and River
  • Feminist criticism
  • The Doctor and River shape each other
  • Amy & Rory neglect?
  • Silent mythology

Link: Prequel to “Let’s Kill Hitler”

 

Next time: Doctor Who 6×9 Night Terrors and Angel 1×14 I’ve Got You Under My Skin.