Monthly Archives: August 2016

Episode 154 – I Knew You Weren’t Dead

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×9 Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down and Buffy 6×2 Bargaining: Part 2

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:00:00r; Buffy 1:00:00 to the end

Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down

Written by Jeff Vlaming; Directed by Edward James Olmos

Hilarity ensues when a newly-discovered Ellen Tigh arrives on Galactica. Discussion points include:

  • Nothing comes between Adama and Tigh
  • EJO’s interesting direction
  • Mistrust at the highest levels
  • From grimdarkness to goofiness
  • The crafty and transgressive Ellen Tigh
  • Billy pumps Dee for intel
Bargaining: Part 2

Written by David Fury; Directed by David Grossman

A resurrected Buffy tries to make sense of her experience. Discussion points includes:

  • Buffy returns in a feral state
  • “Is this hell?”
  • Protecting her friends
  • Anti-Spuffy
  • Deep Magic
  • Anya wants to spread the good news

Next timeAngel 3×3 That Old Gang of Mine and BSG 1×10 The Hand of God. 

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Episode 153 – I Just Need to Die for a Minute

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×1 Bargaining: Part 1 and BSG 1×8 Flesh and Bone

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:11:55; BSG 1:11:55-the end

Bargaining: Part 1

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by David Grossman

The Scoobies struggle to carry on the good fight in a world without Buffy. Discussion points include:

  • Bringing Buffy back without Buffy
  • The Buffybot’s cognitive uncanny valley
  • Willow takes charge
  • Tara’s reservations and Xander’s reluctance
  • Giles isn’t in the credits!!!
  • Spike leads the pack
Flesh and Bone

Written by Toni Graphia; Directed by Brad Turner

Starbuck is tasked with the interrogation of a new Cylon. Discussion points includes:

  • When is it a military decision?
  • Leoben’s eerie humanity
  • Puritanism vs. mysticism
  • Prescience and foreknowledge
  • Role reversals
  • Ruthlessness and moral ambiguity

Next time: BSG 1×9 Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down and Buffy 6×2 Bargaining: Part 2.

Episode 152 – Your Pain is My Entertainment

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×7 Six Degrees of Separation and Angel 3×2 That Vision Thing

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:08:52; Angel 1:08:52-the end

Six Degrees of Separation

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Robert Young

After Baltar rejects Six’s God, Six abandons Baltar to be interrogated by Adama and Roslin about the Cylon attack on Caprica. Discussion points include:

  • It all comes back to Baltar
  • Number Six: Imaginative or divine?
  • The buttoned-up Shelly Godfrey
  • Gaeta’s complicated feelings for Baltar
  • Baltar brings the comedy
  • Roslin’s reservations
That Vision Thing

Written by Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Bill Norton

Cordy’s vision thing becomes excruciatingly painful and dangerous. Discussion points includes:

  • The pain and pride of Cordy’s visions
  • Kumar the Fez Guy
  • Abandoned by The Powers That Be
  • Lilah manipulates Angel
  • Future consequences
  • Skip the friendly demon

Next time: Buffy 6×1 Bargaining: Part 1 and BSG 1×8 Flesh and Bone.

Episode 151 – The Big Forever Love

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×1 Heartthrob and BSG 1×6 Litmus

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:08:00; BSG 1:08:00-the end

Heartthrob

Written and Directed by David Greenwalt

Angel struggles with his grief (or lack thereof) surrounding Buffy’s death.

  • Angel gets over Buffy
  • James and Elizabeth’s all-consuming love
  • Angelus and Darla’s maturity and independence
  • Babies!
  • Holtz the vampire hunter
  • Fred’s difficult transition
Litmus

Written by Jeff Vlaming; Directed by Rod Hardy

After a suicide bombing, suspicions among the Galactica crew reach a new high. Discussion points includes:

  • Helo follows his love
  • The Chief and his kids
  • Lax security aboard BSG
  • Tribunals, witch hunts, and the inscrutable truth
  • Baltar’s super-secret project
  • Tyrol and Boomer call it quits

Next time: BSG 1×7 Six Degrees of Separation and Angel 3×2 That Vision Thing.

Episode 150 – You’ve Lost Perspective

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×5 You Can’t Go Home Again and the Angel Season 2 Recap

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-58:00; Angel 58:00-the end

You Can’t Go Home Again

Written by Carla Robinson; Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan

After Starbuck crash-lands with a Cylon raider on a nearby moon, the Adamas argue with Roslin about whether or not to continue searching for her.

  • The Adamas as a united front
  • Personal issues get in the way
  • Starbuck’s specialness
  • “You can push people further than machines”
  • Starbuck and her raider
  • Baltar puts a bug in Roslin’s ear
Angel Season 2 Recap

We discuss the broader themes and character development of season 2 of Angel. Discussion points includes:

  • What the hell is this season about?
  • The banal evil of Wolfram & Hart
  • The introduction and integration of Lorne and Fred
  • The middle period of Angel’s history
  • Picking up where Buffy left off…
  • Unresolved character arcs

Next time: Angel 3×1 Heartthrob and BSG 1×6 Litmus.