Monthly Archives: March 2016

Episode 135 – Where’d She Go?

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×16 The Body and Doctor Who 9×7 The Zygon Invasion

The Body

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Buffy, Dawn, and their friends react to a shocking loss. Discussion points include:

  • Joss writes and directs a powerful episode
  • The bored “mundanity” of death
  • Buffy’s helplessness
  • Dawn’s negative space
  • The Scoobies bring humor and pathos
  • Facing The Body
The Zygon Invasion

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Daniel Nettheim

The Zygons in hiding around planet Earth are threatened with exposure by an extremist faction. Discussion points includes:

  • Peter Harness’ political interests
  • The Zygon-Human link
  • Operation Double
  • Fear of the other
  • Why stay on Earth?
  • Jenna Coleman’s dark side

Next timeDoctor Who 9×10 The Zygon Inversion & Angel 2×16 Epiphany.

Episode 134 – It’s Me Against the World

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 9×6 The Woman Who Lived and Angel 2×15 Reprise

The Woman Who Lived

Written by Catherine Tregenna; Directed by Ed Bazalgette

The Doctor runs into Ashildr, now Lady Me, Restoration England. Discussion points include:

  • Catherine Tregenna’s jaded immortals
  • What you choose to forget
  • Multiple lives and identities
  • What’s in a name?
  • Saving or trapping Lady Me
  • “We need the mayflies”
Reprise

Written by Tim Minear; Directed by James Whitmore, Jr.

Kate undergoes an investigation at work while Wolfram & Hart gears up for its dreaded 75 year review. Discussion points includes:

  • The 75 year review
  • Conflicted Lindsey and desperate Lilah
  • Angel’s murky destiny
  • The elevator to Hell
  • Kate gives up
  • Angel plays with fire

Next timeBuffy 5×16 The Body and Doctor Who 9×7 The Zygon Invasion.

Episode 133 – Someone She Can’t Bear to Lose

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×15 I Was Made to Love You and Doctor Who 9×5 The Girl Who Died

I Was Made to Love You

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by James A. Contner

Buffy and the gang confront a lonely inventor and his robotic girlfriend. Discussion points include:

  • Espenson comedy with a dramatic twist
  • Monster of the week: Warren or April?
  • Is the episode dated?
  • Anya’s robotic quirkiness
  • Spike orders himself a Buffy doll
  • Night and day gods
The Girl Who Died

Written by Jamie Mathieson & Steven Moffat; Directed by Ed Bazalgette

The Doctor and Clara are captured by a band of medieval Vikings and encounter a strange girl. Discussion points includes:

  • The Harry Potter vibe
  • Tidal waves and ripples
  • “Immortality is everybody else dying”
  • Opportunity for new life
  • Silliness and subversion
  • Bad luck and foresight

Next time: Doctor Who 9×6 The Woman Who Lived and Angel 2×15 Reprise.

Episode 132 – The Rules of Life and Death

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 9×4 Before the Flood and Angel 2×14 The Thin Dead Line

Before the Flood

Written by Toby Whithouse; Directed by Daniel O’Hara

Clara tries to evade the ghosts while the Doctor confronts the Fisher King in the past. Discussion points include:

  • The Doctor explains the Bootstrap Paradox
  • The Fisher King who rules the Wasteland
  • Clara’s marginalization
  • “Die with whoever comes next”
  • Better than no future at all?
  • Loving while you have the chance
The Thin Dead Line

Written by Shawn Ryan & Jim Kouf; Directed by Scott McGinnis

When the LAPD come into violent confrontation with the local street kids, Angel Investigations gets caught in the crossfire. Discussion points includes:

  • Police brutality: then and now
  • The cure is worse than the disease
  • Anne’s back!
  • Wesley get shot! OMG!
  • Sunnydale Cordy makes a return
  • The tension thaws between Kate and Angel

Next timeBuffy 5×15 I Was Made to Love You and Doctor Who 9×5 The Girl Who Died.