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.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Episode 85 – I’m a Psychopath, I’m Not Rude

  1. You don’t mention having seen the prequel called “Prequel to Let’s Kill Hitler” …it’s on BBC sites and Youtube, etc.. Starting from prequel to “A Good Man Goes to War ” there are many such extras, sometimes called minisodes, that you’ll need to decide what to do about. There’s even a sequel called “The Battle of Demons Run: Two Days Later” to look out for, and it’s relevant to your discussion here. There is a list at http://www.reddit.com/r/doctorwho/comments/10klcl/list_of_doctor_who_miniepisodes which puts this sequel as to be seen just before the next but one Christmas special in your programme of viewing Doctor Who, as that’s about when it was published, but there’s no real spoilers.

    1. Thanks for the link, dj! I did send this to Curtis but we just didn’t have time to discuss. I’ll add a link to the show notes, though, so thanks for the reminder. But I definitely will make sure we link to the “Battle of Demons Run” minisode before “The Snowmen.”

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