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.


About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

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