Monthly Archives: December 2015

Episode 124 – Stop Calling Us a Team

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 8×10 In the Forest of the Night and Angel 2×10 Reunion

In the Forest of the Night

Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce; Directed by Sheree Folkson

Everyone wakes up to find Earth covered in trees while Danny and Clara supervise a school field trip. Discussion points include:

  • “More natural than natural”
  • Songs of Innocence and Experience
  • Danger and protection in the forest
  • The gifted and talented group
  • Lying and trickery
  • Where do you get your wonder?
Reunion

Written by Tim Minear & Shawn Ryan; Directed by James A. Contner

Angel agrees to perform three magical tasks with the hope of saving Darla. Discussion points includes:

  • Drusilla the classicist
  • Grandmother Darla
  • The slightly incestuous vampire lineage
  • Blinded by success
  • Angel makes a dark decision
  • Firing the team

Next time: Buffy 5×11 Triangle and Doctor Who 8×11 Dark Water.

Episode 123 – Talk to Soldier Boy

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×10 Into the Woods and Doctor Who 8×9 Flatline

Into the Woods

Written and Directed by Marti Noxon

The tension between Buffy and Riley comes to a head. Discussion points include:

  • Sondheim and fairy-tale subversions
  • Buffy’s misreading of Riley
  • Buffy’s bad boys
  • Does Giles blame the victims?
  • Xander, the Buffy/Riley shipper
  • Xander commits to Anya
Flatline

Written by Jamie Mathieson; Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Angel agrees to perform three magical tasks with the hope of saving Darla. Discussion points includes:

  • Abbott’s Flatland
  • The Otherworldly Boneless
  • Silliness and children’s stories
  • Class and social commentary
  • Clara becomes the Doctor
  • The Doctor’s moral critique

Next time: Doctor Who 8×10 In the Forest of the Night and Angel 2×10 Reunion.

Episode 122 – The Chase Can Be Exhilarating with the Proper Companion

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 8×8 Mummy on the Orient Express and Angel 2×9 The Trial

Mummy on the Orient Express

Written by Jamie Mathieson; Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

The Doctor and Clara take a trip on the Orient Express (in space) for their last hurrah. Discussion points include:

  • Egyptomania
  • Who is behind all this?
  • Where is Heaven?
  • Clara’s non-departure and the Doctor’s introversion
  • Clara’s lies
  • The Doctor’s bedside manner
The Trial

Written by Douglas Petrie & Tim Minear; Directed by Bruce Seth Green

Angel agrees to perform three magical tasks with the hope of saving Darla. Discussion points includes:

  • The continuing adventures in flashback
  • Angel’s quest to save Darla
  • Does Lindsey understand love?
  • Did the Host eat his bartender?
  • True neutral Jeeves
  • Angel’s trials and Darla’s acceptance

Next time: Buffy 5×10 Into the Woods and Doctor Who 8×9 Flatline.

Episode 121 – We Have to Take Care of Her

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×9 Listening to Fear and Doctor Who 8×7 Kill the Moon

Listening to Fear

Written by Rebecca Rand Krishner; Directed by David Solomon

Joyce suffers hallucinations as a lunar meteorite brings a demon who attacks the mentally ill. Discussion points include:

  • Joyce’s worsening condition
  • Joyce’s lunacy
  • Riley calls the military’s E.T. department
  • Ben and the Queller Demon
  • Buffy breaks down
  • Precious Dawn & “cheating” Riley
The Shroud of Rahmon

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Paul Wilmhurst

The Doctor and Clara end up on the moon where something is (quite literally) hatching. Discussion points includes:

  • Peter Harness and controversy
  • The life/choice subtext
  • “It’s your choice, womankind”
  • What is Clara’s position?
  • Clara takes her leave of the TARDIS
  • The Doctor abstains

Link: Philip Sandifer interviews Peter Harness on “Kill the Moon” and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (spoiler warning for both)

Next time: Doctor Who 8×8 Mummy on the Orient Express and Angel 2×9 The Trial.