Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×21 Primeval and the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Snowmen
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
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
Next time: A special anniversary and 100th Episode Bonus Debate!
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
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.
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.
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
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.