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.


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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