Monthly Archives: September 2015

Episode 113 – I Told You You Couldn’t Ditch Me

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×5 No Place Like Home and the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Time of the Doctor

No Place Like Home

Written by Douglas Petrie; Directed by David Solomon

The introduction of a powerful new villain sheds some light on Buffy’s mysterious kid sister. Discussion points include:

  • The widening of the cosmic worldview
  • Glory, the Beast, and names
  • Dawn is Key!
  • Nostalgia and home
  • The love of capitalism
  • Compassionate Willow, kittenish Riley, & stalkerish Spike
The Time of the Doctor

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Jamie Payne

The Doctor faces his final death in the infamous war on Trenzalore. Discussion points include:

  • “Eleven’s hour is over now…”
  • Every enemy ever
  • The Papal Mainframe & origins of the Silence
  • The Doctor grows old
  • A new cycle of Doctors
  • A vision of Amy and a glimpse of Twelve

Next time: Recap of the Eleventh Doctor Era of Doctor Who and Angel 2×5 Dear Boy

Episode 112 – Little Miss Time Bomb

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special The Day of the Doctor
and Angel 2×4 Untouched

The Day of the Doctor

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Nick Hurran

The Eleventh Doctor and Clara encounter several of the Doctor’s past selves in an attempt to save the future and the past. Discussion points include:

  • Arguing with yourself
  • “The man who regrets and the man who forgets”
  • The Time War: retcon and eucatastrophe
  • The Heroes of Gallifrey: Clara and the Moment
  • The War Doctor’s journey
  • The Curator & UNIT

Link to the 50 Best Easter Eggs in The Day of the Doctor

Untouched

Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Joss Whedon

  • Not the strongest episode
  • Whedon-directed by not penned
  • Trauma and power
  • Cordy’s tough love
  • The creepy subtext with Lilah
  • Angel’s dreams get more intense

Next time: Buffy 5×5 No Place Like Home and the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Time of the Doctor.

Episode 111 – I Have Faith in Your Survival Instinct

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×4 Out of My Mind and the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Bonus Material

Out of My Mind

Written by Rebecca Sinclair; Directed by David Grossman

Everyone converges on the hospital as Riley’s health declines and Spike seeks to get his brain implant removed. Discussion points include:

  • Rivalry between Riley and Spike
  • Graham the company man
  • Riley’s (e)masculation
  • Spike’s love/hate for Buffy
  • Coupling issues with the Scoobies
  • Dawn as unreliable narrator
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Bonus Material

“The Night of the Doctor” Prequel

  • Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by John Hayes

“The Last Day” Prequel

  • Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Jamie Stone

“The Day of the Doctor” Trailer

An Adventure in Space and Time

  • Written by Mark Gatiss; Directed by Terry McDonough

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

  • Written and Directed by Peter Davison

Next time: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary The Day of the Doctor
and Angel 2×4 Untouched.

Episode 110 – I’ve Been Here the Whole Time

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who Series 7 Recap and Angel 2×3 First Impressions.

Doctor Who Series 7 Recap

We discuss our favorite episodes as well as the broader themes and character development of Series 7 . Discussion points include:

  • A middling season?
  • The complicated morality of “A Town Called Mercy”
  • Breaking the mold with part-time companions
  • Clara’s slow burn
  • The most intimate finale yet
  • Neil Gaiman, awards, and setting up the anniversary
First Impressions

Written by Shawn Ryan; Directed by James A. Contner

Angel is plagued by visits from Darla in his dreams. Discussion points include:

  • Angel neglects his crew
  • Is Darla really there?
  • Is Angel in his right mind?
  • The slightly awkward pairing of Gunn & Cordy
  • Marrying Gunn’s anger and humor
  • Cody’s insightful protection

Next time: Buffy 5×4 Out of My Mind and the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Bonus Material.