Monthly Archives: July 2016

Episode 149 – Lives Willingly Given

Episodes discussed: Buffy Season 5 Recap and BSG 1×4 Act of Contrition

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:18:16; BSG 1:18:16-the end

Buffy Season 5 Recap

This week we wrap up our journey through Season 5 of Buffy. Discussion points include:

  • How does season 5 rank?
  • Crossing the streams
  • Devastation and mortality
  • Checkhov’s checklist and narrative collapse
  • Loving and losing family
  • The Scoobies come into their own (except Buffy)
Act of Contrition

Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle; Directed by Rod Hardy

The conflict between the priests and the human rebels comes to a head with Angel and the gang caught in the middle. Discussion points includes:

  • Introducing Thompson & Weddle
  • Starbuck’s crashing relationships
  • Training the nuggets
  • Adama’s parental affection for Kara
  • Starbuck vs. everybody (except Tigh)
  • The non-coddling Cottle

Next time: BSG 1×5 You Can’t Go Home Again and the Angel Season 2 Recap.

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Episode 148 – Why Do People Keep Putting Me in Charge of Things?

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×3 Bastille Day and Angel 2×22 There’s No Place Like Platz Glrb

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:11:39; Angel 1:11:39 to the end

Bastille Day

Written by Tonia Graphia; Directed by Allan Kroeker

A mission to recruit help from the Fleet’s resident prison ship goes wrong when the prisoners revolt. Discussion points include:

  • Sharon’s programmed act
  • Baltar’s intuitive reasoning
  • Tigh’s issues
  • The radical Mr. Zarek
  • Billy vs. Dee
  • What Apollo stands for
There’s No Place Like Plrtz Glrb

Written and Directed by David Greenwalt

The conflict between the priests and the human rebels comes to a head with Angel and the gang caught in the middle. Discussion points includes:

  • Lorne’s talking head
  • Cordy’s honor
  • Angel’s disturbing lack of ambiguity
  • Wesley’s pragmatic leadership
  • Gunn’s temperance
  • Home over the rainbow

Next time: Buffy Season 5 Recap and BSG 1×4 Act of Contrition.

Episode 147 – A Man Takes Responsibility for His Actions

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×22 The Gift and BSG 1×2 Water

The Gift

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Buffy prepares to make a big sacrifice in her showdown with Glory. Discussion points include:

  • A potential ending
  • The Adama Paradox
  • Willow the Big Gun
  • Xander and Anya celebrate life
  • Giles does the dirty work
  • Buffy’s gift
Water

Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rhymer

Boomer wakes up with missing memories just before a bombing attack on the BSG. Discussion points includes:

  • The credits as déjà vu
  • Boomer in media res
  • Chief’s non-reassuring help
  • The other Sharon
  • Should you second guess?
  • Gaeta the fanboy

Next time: BSG 1×3 Bastille Day and Angel 2×22 There’s No Place Like Platz Glrb.