Monthly Archives: October 2016

Episode 161 – We Don’t Live in Normal Circumstances

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×6 Billy and BSG 2×2 Valley of Darkness

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:05:30; BSG 1:05:30 to the end


Written by Tim Minear & Jeffrey Bell; Directed by David Grossman

Billy, who Angel set free from imprisonment by The Powers That Be, comes back to cause trouble for Angel’s friends. Discussion points include:

  • Billy, the (evil) boy next door
  • Powerful family ties
  • A darker form of misogyny
  • Cordy’s empowerment
  • Lilah the battered woman turned hero
  • “You just keep laughing”
Valley of Darkness

Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle; Directed by Michael Rymer

The Cylons invade the Galactica while the Kobol mission deteriorates. Discussion points includes:

  • The CIC’s longest day ever
  • Horror in the belly of Galactica
  • Billy and Dee’s false starts
  • Tigh and Lee’s acknowledgment
  • A trip into Starbuck’s past
  • Baltar’s dream baby

Next time: BSG 2×3 Fragged and Buffy 6×6 All the Way.

Episode 160 – Completely Without Focus

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×1 Scattered and Buffy 6×5 Life Serial

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:23:15; Buffy 1:28:15 to the end


Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle; Directed by Michael Rymer

In the aftermath of Adama’s shooting, the BSG loses the rest of the fleet. Discussion points include:

  • The oldest 30 year olds ever
  • Adama and Tigh’s one-way relationship
  • Kelly’s resistance and Gaeta’s ingenuity
  • Tigh’s leadership
  • #nevertigh
  • Incompetent leadership on Kobol
Life Serial

Written by David Fury & Jane Espenson; Directed by Nick Marck

The Trio decide to have a contest to see who can harass Buffy the most effectively. Discussion points includes:

  • Buffy’s long-term life goals
  • Geeky villains
  • Harassment of Buffy
  • Stuck in retail hell
  • Playing for kittens
  • Giles’ uncertain status

Next time: Angel 3×6 Billy and BSG 2×2 Valley of Darkness.


Episode 159 – You Haven’t Run Far Enough

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×5 Fredless and the BSG Season 1 Recap

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-48 mins; BSG 48 mins to the end


Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Marita Grabiak

When Fred’s parents come looking for her, she has to make a decision about whether to stay or leave. Discussion points include:

  • The Fredisode
  • What is Fred’s “thing”?
  • Fred’s too normal family
  • Running from demons in order to face them
  • Lorne’s pity party
  • Part of the team
BSG Season 1 Recap

We discuss the broader themes and character development of Season 1 of Battlestar Galactica. Discussion points includes:

  • A strong, steady start to the series
  • Assembling a good ensemble
  • The struggle for survival
  • Big picture philosophy
  • Humanizing the other
  • Satisfying resolution

Next time: BSG 2×1 Scattered and Buffy 6×5 Life Serial.

Episode 158 – I’m Not a Bad Guy

Episodes discussed: BSG 1×13 Kobol’s Last Gleaming: Part 2 and Buffy 6×04 Flooded

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:04:49; Buffy 1:04:49 to the end

Kobol’s Last Gleaming: Part 1

Written by Ronald D. Moore, Story by David Eick; Directed by Michael Rymer

Roslin recruits Starbuck for a mission while the crew of the BSG prepares an attack on a Cylon basestar. Discussion points include:

  • Shock and awe in the writing and music
  • Tension between Crashdown and Tyrol
  • Magic enters the scene
  • Convergence at the arrow
  • Adama’s coup and Lee’s mutiny
  • Boomer’s betrayal

Listen to Bear McCreary’s “Passacaglia” & “The Shape of Things to Come”


Written by Douglas Petrie & Jane Espenson; Directed by Douglas Petrie

When Buffy’s basement floods she’s confronted with her financial obligations. Discussion points includes:

  • Transitioning into adulthood
  • Buffy’s financial woes
  • Jonathan still doesn’t get it
  • The Geek Trio
  • Getting warmer with Spike
  • Giles dresses down Willow

Next time: Angel 3×5 Fredless and the BSG Season 1 Recap.