Monthly Archives: July 2015

Episode 105 – Hello Again, You Old Romeo

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×1 Buffy vs. Dracula and Doctor Who 7×9 Hide

Buffy vs. Dracula

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by David Solomon

Season 5 opens with Buffy encountering the most famous vampire of all. Discussion points include:

  • Fiction comes to life
  • Allusions to Stoker’s Dracula
  • The power struggles between Dracula & Buffy
  • Giles prepares to pass the torch
  • The Whedony tone
  • Introducing Michelle Trachtenberg
Hide

Written by Neil Cross; Directed by Jamie Payne

The Doctor and Clara investigated a haunted house on the English moors. Discussion points include:

  • Why Kat loves “Hide”
  • Palmer & Emma as echoes of the Doctor & Clara
  • “We’re all ghosts to you”
  • Clara’s caution
  • The TARDIS and Clara team up
  • “Every lonely monster needs a companion”

Next time:  Doctor Who 7×10 Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS and Angel 2×1 Judgment.

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Episode 104 – These People Mean a Lot to Me

Episodes discussed: Buffy Season 4 Recap and Angel Season 1 Recap

Buffy Season 4 Recap

We take some time to discuss the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a whole. Discussion points include:

  • The critical and fan reception of season 4
  • The heart of the series
  • Jonathan takes over the show
  • Spike’s failure to be evil
Angel Season 1 Recap

We take some time to discuss the first season of Angel as a whole. Discussion points include:

  • A successful first season
  • A story about itself
  • The team coalesces
  • Marrying the procedural and the mythological

Next time:  Buffy 5×1 Buffy vs. Dracula and Doctor Who 7×9 Hide.

Episode 103 – I Know This Fool

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 7×8 Cold War and Angel 1×22 To Shanshu in L.A.

Cold War

Written by Mark Gatiss; Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

The Doctor and Clara find themselves trapped in a Soviet sub with a very bellicose alien. Discussion points include:

  • The Hunt for Red October vibe
  • Reintroducing the Davies formula
  • The power of music
  • The Ice Warriors
  • Heroism and mercy
  • Clara’s quest for validation
To Shanshu in L.A.

Written and Directed by David Greenwalt

Wolfram & Hart attempt to take by Angel by targeting his friends. Discussion points include:

  • The cycle of life and death
  • Angel gets some hope
  • Kate, Gunn & Nabbit
  • Angel’s family
  • Cordelia’s suffering and empathy
  • The baddies

Next time: Buffy Season 4 Recap and Angel Season 1 Recap.