Monthly Archives: June 2016

Episode 146 – All Those Pesky Moral Ambiguities

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×1 33 and Angel 2×21 Through the Looking Glass.

Time stamp: BSG 00:00-1:20:30; Angel 1:20:30 to the end

33

Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rhymer

Five days after the Cylon attacks, and the human fleet have been making an FTL jump every 33 minutes on the dot. Discussion points include:

  • Starting on a high note
  • Jumping at faster than light speed
  • Why is it 33 minutes?
  • Pushing the crew too far
  • The importance of small decisions
  • Exploring Baltar’s psyche
Through the Looking Glass

Written and Directed by Tim Minear

Angel and the gang arrive in Pylea to find Cordy on the throne. Discussion points includes:

  • Queen Cordy
  • Wolf, Ram and Hart
  • Off with their heads!
  • Numfar does the Dance of Joy
  • Angel’s vanity and Fred’s envy
  • Wes and Gunn’s tactical errors

Next time: Buffy 5×22 The Gift and BSG 1×2 Water.

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Episode 145 – It’s Not Really Your Fault

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×21 The Weight of the World and the BSG Miniseries Part 2

Time stamp: Buffy 00:00-1:08; BSG 1:08 to the end

The Weight of the World

Written by Douglas Petrie; Directed by David Solomon

With Buffy comatose, Willow has to explore her subconscious mind to bring her back. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy shuts down and Willow takes charge
  • Buffy’s mind palace
  • Why are the Slayers here?
  • Giles harshes everyone’s buzz
  • Glory debates Ben
  • Something worth dying for
BSG Miniseries Part 2

Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rhymer

With the Cylon genocide underway, Adama prepares the BSG crew to enter the battle while Roslin rises to a new leadership role. Discussion points includes:

  • Prosna at the Jesse/Clive of BSG (and Boxey)
  • The Hegelian dialectic approach
  • Giving humanity a purpose
  • Selfishness and guilt
  • What the frak is Head Six?
  • Starbuck’s conflicts and non-reconciliations

Next time: BSG 1×1 33 and Angel 2×21 Through the Looking Glass.

Episode 144 – Returning Home

Episodes discussed: BSG Miniseries Part 1 and Angel 2×20 Over the Rainbow

Time stamp: BSG 00:00-2:04:00; Angel 2:04:00-End

BSG Miniseries Part 1

Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rhymer

Kat and Curt go a little crazy in their discussion of our introduction to the world of BSG. Discussion points include:

  • Downloading the history
  • Big sets and realistic effects
  • Gallows humor with Baltar and Number Six
  • Technology both advanced and ancient
  • Adama establishes the Themes
  • An untried crew
Over the Rainbow

Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Frederick King Keller

The team travels to Pylea in search of Cordy, led by a very reluctant Lorne. Discussion points includes:

  • Angel’s joy
  • Cordy’s suffering
  • Fred: Crazy or super-sane?
  • Aggie sends Lorne home
  • Wolfram & Hart’s evil new plan

Next time: Buffy 5×21 The Weight of the World and the BSG Miniseries Part 2.