Monthly Archives: May 2015

Episode 99 – We Are Forever

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×21 Primeval and the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Snowmen

Primeval

Written by David Fury; Directed by James A. Contner

Buffy and her friends must unite (literally) to defeat Adam. Discussion points include:

  • Putting the Soul Triptych Theory to the test
  • “Trouble was stir-uppable”
  • Mind, Spirit, Heart, and Hand
  • Adam: Not so big or bad
  • Spike, the great hedger of bets
  • The end of the Initiative
The Snowmen

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Saul Metzstein

Mourning the loss of the Ponds, the Doctor seeks solitude in Victorian London and encounters a rather familiar governess. Discussion points include:

  • The Great Intelligence
  • Another Clara fake-out
  • Clara’s spunk and skepticisim
  • Fate and coincidence
  • Matt Smith’s evolving performance
  • The Paternoster Gang

Prequels to “The Snowmen”

The Battle of Demon’s Run: Two Days Later

The Great Detective

Vastra Investigates

Next time: A special anniversary and 100th Episode Bonus Debate!

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Episode 98 – Don’t Count On Any Long Goodbyes

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 7×5 The Angels Take Manhattan and Angel 1×20 War Zone

The Angels Take Manhattan

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Nick Hurran

The Doctor and the Ponds follow clues in a hard-boiled detective novel to 1930’s New York which the Weeping Angels have overwhelmed. Discussion points include:

  • A case of diminishing returns?
  • Hard-boiled film noir tropes
  • The Ponds enter their thirties!
  • Amy & Rory “live to death”
  • Is the suicide problematic?
  • Does the Doctor understand time as well as he says?

Link: Tie-in novel The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery

Prequel Storyboards: “P.S.” by Chris Chibnall

War Zone

Written by Gary Campbell; Directed by David Straiton

Angel and his gang encounter the economic spectrum of Los Angeles through a nerdy billionaire and a gang of homeless teenagers. Discussion points include:

  • The introduction of Gunn and David
  • The social spectrum of L.A.
  • Infantile David and his vampiric friends
  • The charismatic but reckless Gunn
  • Angel/Gunn parallels
  • Subverting the superhero tropes

Next time: Buffy 4×21 Primeval and the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Snowmen.

Episode 97 – Too Many Places I’ve Gotta See

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×20 The Yoko Factor and Doctor Who 7×4 The Power of Three

The Yoko Factor

Written by Douglas Petrie; Directed by David Grossman

Spike clears the way for Adam’s plan by turning the Scoobies against each other.  Discussion points include:

  • Losing its way or coming together?
  • Breaking up the band
  • What’s up with Adam and Riley?
  • Angel and Buffy reconcile
  • Spike’s tenacity and Giles’ insecurity
  • Who is the most wronged?
The Power of Three

Written by Chris Chibnall; Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

When billions of plain black cubes suddenly appear on Earth, the Doctor is forced to take the slow path to discover their origin. Discussion points include:

  • The Slow Invasion
  • Real life vs. Doctor life
  • The significance of three
  • The Doctor who waited
  • “The first face this face saw”
  • The reintroduction of UNIT

Next time: Doctor Who 7×5 The Angels Take Manhattan and Angel 1×20 War Zone.

Episode 96 – We All Carry Our Prisons with Us

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 7×3 A Town Called Mercy and Angel 1×19 Sanctuary

A Town Called Mercy

Written by Toby Whithouse; Directed by Saul Metzstein

The Doctor and the Ponds find themselves pitted against a Gunslinger in the Old West.  Discussion points include:

  • Fairy, folk and tall tales
  • Mercy’s angel
  • The Doctor goes dark
  • Comparing alien Doctors
  • The idealized Sheriff and restrained Gunslinger
  • Hardened Rory and merciful Amy
Sanctuary

Written by Tim Minear & Joss Whedon; Directed by Michael Lange

Angel and his friends and foes debate how to handle the newly-reformed Faith. Discussion points include:

  • Faith’s moment of clarity
  • “It’s the thought that counts”
  • Angel breaks free of Buffy
  • L.A. misfits
  • The thuggish Watchers
  • Wesley’s journey and Kate’s temptation

Next time: Buffy 4×20 The Yoko Factor and Doctor Who 7×4 The Power of Three.