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.


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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