Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×16 The Body and Doctor Who 9×7 The Zygon Invasion
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 time: Doctor Who 9×10 The Zygon Inversion & Angel 2×16 Epiphany.
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”
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 time: Buffy 5×16 The Body and Doctor Who 9×7 The Zygon Invasion.
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.
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 time: Buffy 5×15 I Was Made to Love You and Doctor Who 9×5 The Girl Who Died.