Monthly Archives: November 2015

Episode 120 – Can You Do Deep Cover?

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 8×6 The Caretaker and Angel 2×8 The Shroud of Rahmon

The Caretaker

Written by Gareth Roberts & Steven Moffat; Directed by Paul Murphy

The Doctor goes undercover as the caretaker at Clara’s school. Discussion points include:

  • Caring vs. taking care
  • Can Clara keep this up?
  • Looking for trouble
  • Danny’s difference from Mickey & Rory
  • Clara’s Doctorish perspective
  • Soldier and officer
The Shroud of Rahmon

Written by Jim Kouf; Directed by David Grossman

Angel goes undercover in order to foil a plan to steal a dangerous magical shroud. Discussion points include:

  • The mystery structure
  • Wesley’s interrogation
  • Angel does Ocean’s 11
  • Friction between Gunn & Angel
  • Angel takes control
  • What’s the takeaway for Kate?

Next time: Buffy 5×9 Listening to Fear and Doctor Who 8×7 Kill the Moon.

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Episode 119 – Tick Frickin’ Tock

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×8 Shadow and Doctor Who 8×5 Time Heist

Shadow

Written by David Fury; Directed by Daniel Attias

Glory summons a monster to track down the missing Key, and Joyce undergoes some medical tests. Discussion points include:

  • Her magnificence Glorificus
  • Dawn’s reaction to the snake monster
  • Buffy pummels a rubber snake
  • The shadow monster
  • Riley’s needs and Ben’s insight
  • Tara’s growing confidence
Time Heist

Written by Steve Thompson & Steven Moffat; Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

The Doctor and Clara break into the most secure bank in the universe. Discussion points include:

  • The basic watchability of Steve Thompson
  • Does the plot make sense?
  • The Doctor’s cluelessness
  • Doctor Who does Ocean’s 11
  • Competition over Clara
  • “I hate the Architect”

Next time: Doctor Who 8×6 The Caretaker and Angel 2×8 The Shroud of Rahmon.

Episode 118 – Fear Can Make You Kind

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 8×4 Listen and Angel 2×7 Darla

Listen

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

While Clara attempts to go on a date with Danny Pink, the Doctor becomes obsessed with a particular nightmare. Discussion points include:

  • The return of the “Moffat Prestige Piece”
  • The audience as silent companions
  • Monsters and fear
  • Danny & Clara’s awkward first date
  • Rupert & Orson
  • The Doctor’s origins
Darla

Written and Directed by Tim Minear

Flashbacks reveal Darla’s origin story, crossing over with Spike, Angel, and Drusilla’s. Discussion points include:

  • Minear mixes it up
  • Darla’s origins
  • Angel & Darla, the old married couple
  • Recontextualizing the China flashbacks
  • Darla’s death/immortality drive
  • Can Darla be redeemed?

Next time: Buffy 5×8 Shadow and Doctor Who 8×5 Time Heist.

Episode 117 – History is a Burden

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×7 Fool for Love and Doctor Who 8×3 Robot of Sherwood

Fool for Love

Written by Douglas Petrie; Directed by Nick Marck

In the effort to discover why Slayers always get killed, Buffy delves into Spike’s surprising backstory. Discussion points include:

  • Does Buffy “get off” on slaying?
  • Riley gets more cocky and reckless
  • The history of the Slayers
  • Spike the scorned
  • William the Bloody Awful Poet
  • Spike’s obsession with Buffy
Robot of Sherwood

Written by Mark Gatiss; Directed by Paul Murphy

When the Doctor asks Clara who she wants to meet most in the world, she asks to meet the legendary Robin Hood. Discussion points include:

  • Clara’s hero worship
  • No-nonsense schoolteacher Clara
  • “Stories can make us fly”
  • The Sheriff’s plans to take over THE WORLD!
  • No silliness or banter allowed
  • Doctor/Robin parallels

Next time: Doctor Who 8×4 Listen and Angel 2×7 Darla.