Monthly Archives: May 2016

Episode 143 – Do We Know Where We’re Going Yet?

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×20 Spiral and the Introduction to BSG

Spiral

Written by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by James A. Contner

The Scoobies flee Glory and end up besieged in an abandoned gas station. Discussion points include:

  • The pit-stop cabin scenario
  • The Western last stand
  • The Romantic clerics
  • It doesn’t matter where you came from
  • Ben’s recklessness and Buffy’s resignation
  • The gamut of Scoobies

Link: Curtis’ paper Exploring the Cabins in the Whedonverse Woods published in Slayage.

Introduction to Battlestar Galactica

We talk about the history of BSG, as well as our own histories with it. Discussion points includes:

  • Our histories with BSG
  • Reviving another old TV property
  • Noteworthy personnel
  • Joss gushes
  • Critical acclaim

Link to the BSG Series Bible: The “Mission Statement” written by Ron Moore is on pages 1-3.

Next time: BSG Miniseries Part 1 and Angel 2×20 Over the Rainbow.

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Episode 142 – I Never Wanted to Feel Like This

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who Series 9 Recap and Angel 2×19 “Belonging”

Doctor Who Series 9 Recap

We wrap up our journey through Doctor Who (for the time being, anyway) by discussing the themes and character development of Series 9. Discussion points include:

  • Mini-arcs and serialized storytelling
  • Choosing to forget
  • Ashildr’s development
  • Boldness and disappointments with Clara’s story
  • Bringing back the hanged man
  • Wrapping up Who
Belonging

Written by Shawn Ryan; Directed by Turi Meyer

The team struggles with their individual places in the world. Discussion points includes:

  • Lorne
  • Artistic ambiguities
  • Landok’s Pylean values
  • Cordy’s objectification
  • Recognizing Wesley’s authority
  • Gunn’s choice

Next time: Buffy 5×20 Spiral and the Introduction to BSG.

Episode 141 – Not One Living Thing Is Worth You

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×19 Tough Love and Doctor Who 9×13 The Husbands of River Song

Tough Love

Written by Rebecca Rand Kirshner; Directed by David Grossman

Buffy tries to be a strict parent to Dawn while a fight between Tara and Willow makes them vulnerable to Glory. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy leaves school and tries to keep Dawn in school
  • Buffy’s tunnel vision
  • Spike and Dawn’s kindred spirits
  • Willow and Tara’s First Big Fight ™
  • Changes and insecurities
  • Willow’s scary dark magic
The Husbands of River Song

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

The Doctor gets a glimpse at the other side of River’s life. Discussion points includes:

  • Marriages of convenience
  • Security and doubt
  • Unfettered psychopathy
  • Mature love
  • A full marriage

Next time: Doctor Who Series 9 Recap and Angel 2×19 Belonging.

Episode 140 – And Besides, I’m Leaving

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 9×12 Hell Bent and Angel 2×18 Dead End

Hell Bent

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Rachel Talalay

Back on Gallifrey, the Doctor confronts the Time Lords over Clara’s death. Discussion points include:

  • Opening vs. ending frames
  • Whose POV?
  • The Doctor as dougboy
  • Hybrids and red herrings
  • A necessary break-up
  • Clara and Me
Dead End

Written by David Greenwalt; Directed by James A. Contner

When given a new prosthetic hand with magical qualities, Lindsey starts to question his place at Wolfram and Hart. Discussion points includes:

  • Cordy’s visions keep getting worse
  • Wesley the leader
  • Lindsey’s artistry and contrarianism
  • Idle hands
  • Lilah’s protection
  • Lindsey follows his path

Next time: Buffy 5×19 Tough Love and Doctor Who 9×13 The Husbands of River Song.