Episodes discussed: Angel 3×4 Carpe Noctem and BSG 1×12 Kobol’s Last Gleaming: Part 1
Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-44:35; BSG 44:35 to the end
Written by Scott Murphy; Directed by James A. Contner
Angel switches bodies with an old dude. Discussion points include:
- A rather thin monster of the week
- Letting Angel act out of character
- Fred’s idea of a deep person
- Humor at Wesley’s expense
- Infighting at Wolfram & Hart
Link to the Buffy comic Reunion published by Dark Horse.
Kobol’s Last Gleaming: Part 1
Written by Ronald D. Moore, Story by David Eick; Directed by Michael Rymer
Roslin and Adama disagree on the next course of action. Discussion points includes:
- The metaphorical prologue
- The Adamas (not) sparring
- Crashdown crashes down
- Roslin becomes a true believer
- Polite disagreement
- Baltar’s new low
Next time: BSG 1×13 Kobol’s Last Gleaming: Part 2 and Buffy 6×04 Flooded.
Episodes discussed: BSG 1×11 Colonial Day and Buffy 6×3 After Life
Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:04:45; Buffy 1:04:45 to the end
Written by Carla Robinson; Directed by Jonas Pate
Roslin is forced to court a Vice President during the fleet’s celebration of a national holiday. Discussion points include:
- Recent history, national holidays, and patriotism
- A wider view of the fleet
- Bernie + Trump = Zarek
- Appearances are deceiving
- Zarek’s good points
- Roslin’s politicking
Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by David Solomon
Buffy brings something back with her from the other side. Discussion points includes:
- The consequences of magic
- A potential origin for demon-kind?
- How Buffy’s return affects everyone
- Heaven and Hell
- Dawn the caretaker
- Buffy’s lie
Next time: Angel 3×4 Carpe Noctem and BSG 1×12 Kobol’s Last Gleaming: Part 1.
Episodes discussed: Angel 3×3 That Old Gang of Mine and BSG 1×10 The Hand of God
Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-58:50r; BSG 58:50 to the end
That Old Gang of Mine
Written by Tim Minear; Directed by Frederick King Keller
Gunn two crews end up in conflict. Discussion points include:
- Unfocused direction and problematic characterization
- Gunn’s internal conflict
- Wesley’s coldness and authority
- “He’s got the mission”
- What are they loyal to?
- Fred’s awkwardness and intellect
The Hand of God
Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle; Directed by Jeff Woolnough
The crew of the BSG take a risk when trying to steal fuel from the Cylons. Discussion points includes:
- “The Big Mac”
- Who is “the hand of God”?
- The next crisis of resources
- Striking first for the first time
- Starbuck and Apollo switch roles
- The big musical finish
Listen to the song “Wander My Friends” by composer Bear McCreary and read his notes about the “Adama Theme” here.
Bear McCreary’s Google Talk is below. Beware of spoilers for the future of BSG!
Next time: BSG 1×11 Colonial Day and Buffy 6×3 After Life.