Monthly Archives: April 2016

Episode 139 – Some Minutes are Better Than Others

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×18 Intervention and Doctor Who 9×11 Heaven Sent


Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Michael Gershman

While Buffy goes on a spiritual quest, Spike finds another way to satisfy his longings for Buffy. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy’s hardness
  • “Death is your gift”
  • The slavishly mechanical Buffybot
  • Dawn’s theft and Willow’s advancement
  • Spike lives his fantasy
  • Glory gets closer to the Key
Heaven Sent

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Rachel Talalay

The Doctor works through his grief for Clara while trapped in an empty castle. Discussion points includes:

  • The ultimate puzzle box
  • The Veil and the confession dial
  • Repetition, hope, and despair
  • Purgatory and “burning through the grief”
  • The coming of the Hybrid
  • “How many seconds in eternity”

Next time: Doctor Who 9×12 Hell Bent and Angel 2×18 Dead End. 

Episode 138 – Why Can’t I Be Like You?

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 9×10 Face the Raven and Angel 2×17 Disharmony

Face the Raven

Written by Sarah Dollard; Directed by Justin Molotnikov

The Doctor and Clara help their old friend Rigsy investigate some missing memories. Discussion points include:

  • Fearing the reaper
  • Clara’s non-regeneration
  • Rigsy’s local knowledge
  • Mayor Me’s sanctuary
  • Clara’s reckless abandon
  • Fridging and Poe

Written by David Fury; Directed by Frederick King Keller

Cordy looks after her old friend Harmony when she comes to LA for a visit. Discussion points includes:

  • Cordy’s strained relationship with Angel
  • Speaking of friends who’ve gone to the dark side…
  • Cordy accepts Harmony
  • Self-actualization
  • Another betrayal
  • Reconciliation with clothes

Next time: Buffy 5×18 Intervention and Doctor Who 9×11 Heaven Sent.

Episode 137 – I Fell Apart

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×17 Forever and Doctor Who 9×11 Sleep No More


Written and Directed by Marti Noxon

Buffy struggles to be the parent to Dawn, while Dawn just wishes she could bring her mother back. Discussion points include:

  • Getting back to a routine
  • Pressure to be a parent
  • The subtextual Angel scene
  • Does Willow encourage Dawn?
  • Spike’s genuine grief
  • Buffy and Dawn let it out
Sleep No More

Written by Mark Gatiss; Directed by Justin Molotnikov

The Doctor and Clara arrive on a spaceship full of sleep-deprivation machines. Discussion points includes:

  • An interesting idea…
  • The found footage concept
  • Meta moments
  • Why are the Sandmen evolving, again?
  • Surface action only
  • A non-ending

Next time: Doctor Who 9×10 Face the Raven and Angel 2×17 Disharmony.

Episode 136 – All That Matters Is What We Do

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 9×10 The Zygon Inversion & Angel 2×16 Epiphany

The Zygon Inversion

Written by Peter Harness & Steven Moffat; Directed by Daniel Nettheim

In the second part, the Doctor confronts Bonnie about the moral consequences of her rebellion. Discussion points include:

  • An actionless episode
  • Inverted expectations
  • Bonnie’s humanity
  • Osgood’s refusal
  • Thinking like the Doctor
  • The Doctor’s guilt and anger

Written by Tim Minear; Directed by Thomas J. Wright

Angel has a change of heart and decides to go back to his friends, who are in need of some rescuing. Discussion points includes:

  • Parallels between “Surprise” and “Epiphany”
  • Darla’s epiphany
  • Kate’s lucky rescue
  • Applying Angel to the real world
  • The Host’s neutrality
  • Cordy’s hurt feelings

Link: A Russian Woman Speaks Out for LGBT Rights Using a Line from a Joss Whedon show

Next time: Buffy 5×17 Forever and Doctor Who 9×11 Sleep No More.