Monthly Archives: February 2016

Episode 131 – I Want to Kiss It to Death

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×14 Crush and Doctor Who 9×3 Under the Lake

Crush

Written by David Fury; Directed by Daniel Attias

Spike’s titular crush on Buffy results in a dangerous confrontation. Discussion points include:

  • Who’s crushing on whom
  • Chip vs. soul
  • Can (or does) Spike love Buffy?
  • Spike’s romantic misogyny
  • Xander’s disappointment
  • Victim blaming
Under the Lake

Written by Toby Whithouse; Directed by Daniel O’Hara

The Doctor and Clara confront a bunch of ghosts in an underwater base. Discussion points includes:

  • Underwater science
  • Artificial ghosts
  • Clara’s disconnection from home
  • The Doctor talks about feelings
  • Talking without saying anything
  • Cass’ contribution

Next timeDoctor Who 9×4 Before the Flood and Angel 2×14 The Thin Dead Line.

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Episode 130 – He’s an Energy Sucker

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 9×2 The Witch’s Familiar and Angel 2×13 Happy Anniversary.

The Witch’s Familiar

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Hettie Macdonald

Following the cliffhanger, the Doctor has a showdown with Davros in an effort to save Clara. Discussion points include:

  • Who are the magician, the witch, the apprentice, and the familiar?
  • The nationalism of good men
  • Clara’s passivity
  • The acceptance of the Hanged Man
  • Why the Doctor always wins
  • Compassion and mercy
Happy Anniversary

Written by David Greenwalt; Directed by Bill Norton

With the Doctor missing, Clara is forced to team up with Missy to find him. Discussion points includes:

  • An awkward & unsatisfying relationship
  • The melody of life
  • The Host takes initiative
  • Finding your path
  • Growth and stagnation
  • Wesley’s deductions

Next timeBuffy 5×14 Crush and Doctor Who 9×3 Under the Lake.

Episode 129 – Big Bad Looking Over Her Shoulder

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×13 Blood Ties and Doctor Who 9×1 The Magician’s Apprentice

Blood Ties

Written by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by Michael Gershman

Dawn enlists Spike in helping her discover her true nature. Discussion points include:

  • Teenage paranoia
  • Coming clean
  • Spike tags along
  • The YA aesthetic
  • Glory = Ben, maybe?
  • Willow’s powerful spell
The Magician’s Apprentice

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Hettie Macdonald

With the Doctor missing, Clara is forced to team up with Missy to find him. Discussion points includes:

  • Would you kill baby Davros?
  • The Doctor’s best friend
  • “Cheap and nasty time travel”
  • Meditation and silliness
  • Davros’ powerlessness
  • Opening with a bang

Watch the prequel “The Doctor’s Meditation.”

Next time: Doctor Who 9×2 The Witch’s Familiar and Angel 2×13 Happy Anniversary.