Monthly Archives: April 2015

Episode 95 – Are They The New Us?

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×19 New Moon Rising and Doctor Who 7×2 Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

New Moon Rising

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by James A. Contner

Oz comes back to Sunnydale having learned new meditation techniques and causes Willow to question her relationship with Tara.  Discussion points include:

  • Oz is (temporarily) back!
  • How complete is Oz’s recovery?
  • Willow stops waiting
  • Willow and Tara make a serious commitment
  • Riley makes up his mind
  • Spike and Adam team up
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Written by Chris Chibnall; Directed by Saul Metzstein

The Doctor and his new gang have to prevent a spaceship full of (you guessed it) dinosaurs from crashing into Earth. Discussion points include:

  • The best or the worst?
  • The Doctor’s gang
  • Trying to give up the Ponds
  • Nasty Solomon gets his comeuppance
  • Brian (not a) Pond
  • Weaning off of the Doctor

Next time: Doctor Who 7×3 A Town Called Mercy and Angel 1×19 Sanctuary.

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Episode 94 – Doesn’t She Seem A Bit Too Angry?

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 7×1 Asylum of the Daleks and Angel 1×18 Five by Five

Asylum of the Daleks

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Nick Hurran

The Daleks abduct the Doctor and the Ponds to infiltrate the Dalek Asylum where they meet a woman trapped in a crashed spaceship.  Discussion points include:

  • The surprise appearance of Jenna Coleman
  • The Doctor saves the Daleks
  • The determined and chipper Oswin Oswald
  • Remembering and forgetting
  • Fixing the Ponds’ marriage
  • Amy’s anger and Rory’s martyrdom
Five By Five

Written Jim Kouf; Directed by James A. Contner

Faith turns up in L.A. and is hired by Wolfram & Hart to assassinate Angel. Discussion points include:

  • Filling in Angel’s backstory
  • Angel’s empathy for Faith
  • Faith’s breakthrough (finally!)
  • Has Wesley changed his mind?
  • Faith’s death drive
  • The three L’s of Wolfram & Hart

Next time: Buffy 4×19 New Moon Rising and Doctor Who 7×2 Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

Episode 93 – What Do They Teach In Schools These Days?

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×18 Where the Wild Things Are and the Doctor Who 2011 Christmas Special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

Where the Wild Things Are

Written by Tracey Forbes; Directed by David Solomon

As Buffy and Riley grow closer, their passion disturbs a number of ghosts in Riley’s house as well as the other blossoming Scoobie couples.  Discussion points include:

  • Heavy-handed collegiate metaphors
  • Too serious or too silly?
  • Finally, more screen time for Anya!
  • Spike reminds everyone that he’s a bad guy
  • Is Willow’s behavior influenced?
  • Giles rocks out to The Who
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

Written Steven Moffat; Directed by Farren Blackburn

The Doctor crash-lands in London during the Blitz and befriends a housewife and her children. Discussion points include:

  • Silent links?
  • A Pond reunion
  • “What is this salty discharge?”
  • Taking a cue from C.S. Lewis
  • The importance of family
  • The fear of future loss

Next time: Doctor Who 7×1 Asylum of the Daleks and Angel 1×18 Five by Five.