Monthly Archives: December 2016

Episode 168 – Let’s Make with the Fun

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×9 Flight of the Phoenix and Buffy 6×9 Smashed

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:01:20; Buffy 1:01:20 to the end

Flight of the Phoenix

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

While the CIC crew try to eliminate a computer virus which has infected the BSG, Chief Tyrol leads the deck crew in a project to raise everyone’s spirits. Discussion points include:

  • Snapping under pressure
  • Helo ostracized
  • Sharon’s humanity
  • The Chief’s passion project
  • Telling them what they need to hear
  • Tyrol and Sharon save the day
Smashed

Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by Turi Meyer

When Amy is turned back into a human she and Willow start experimenting more heavily with magic. Discussion points includes:

  • Intuitive magic
  • Willow unleashed!
  • Where is everybody?
  • Buffy and Spike’s relationship escalates
  • Watch out for the responsible ones
  • Buffy a demon?

Next time: Buffy 6×10 Wrecked and BSG 2×10 Pegasus.

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Episode 167 – They Will Keep All Peril from You

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×9 Lullaby and BSG 2×8 Final Cut

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-59:00; BSG 59:00 to the end

Lullaby

Written and Directed by Tim Minear

Darla goes into labor while Holtz comes to get his revenge on Angel. Discussion points include:

  • Holtz’s tragedy
  • The twisted lullaby
  • The cosmic convergence
  • Unpredictable prophecies
  • Darla’s feels
  • The Darth Vader moment
Final Cut

Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by Robert M. Young

An investigative journalist shoots a documentary about the crew of the BSG. Discussion points includes:

  • Investigative journalism in the fleet
  • Kat’s emotional breakdown
  • Tigh’s downfall
  • Getting to know the secondary characters
  • There are no replacements
  • D’Anna’s respect for humanity

Next time: Buffy 6×9 Smashed and BSG 2×9 Flight of the Phoenix.

Episode 166 – Balderdash and Chicanery

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×7 Home: Part 2 and Buffy 6×8 Tabula Rasa

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:08:23; Buffy 1:08:23 to the end

Home: Part 2

Written by David Eick and Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Jeffrey Woolnough

While on a mission with Sam’s resistance, Starbuck is shot and wakes up in an unknown hospital. Discussion points include:

  • Nonbelievers interpreting scripture
  • Roslin’s push to the finish line
  • Acknowledgement and reconciliation
  • Future President Billy
  • Sharon and Helo’s reintegration
  • Sharon, but a different Sharon
Tabula Rasa

Written by Rebecca Rand Kirshner; Directed by David Grossman

The Scoobies declare their innermost feelings in song when a demon puts a musical spell on Sunnydale. Discussion points includes:

  • Silliness without resolution
  • Giles breaks his sad news
  • Buffy’s depression
  • Willow’s betrayal
  • Wacky hijinks ensue
  • Everyone runs away

Next time: Angel 3×9 Lullaby and BSG 2×8 Final Cut.

Episode 165 – She Wants Her Baby to Live

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×8 Quickening and BSG 2×6 Home: Part 1

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-56:40; BSG  56:41 to the end

Quickening

Written by Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Skip Schoolnik

While on a mission with Sam’s resistance, Starbuck is shot and wakes up in an unknown hospital. Discussion points include:

  • Holtz’s tragic backstory
  • The “chosen” family
  • History download
  • Wolfram & Hart nonsense
  • The baby cult
  • Angel and Darla reverse roles
Home: Part 1

Written by David Eick; Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gerzzan

The Scoobies declare their innermost feelings in song when a demon puts a musical spell on Sunnydale. Discussion points includes:

  • The motley Kobol crew
  • Zarek moves away from myth
  • Lee vs. Sam
  • Sincerity and ruthlessness
  • The dissolution of rank
  • Dee calls the family home

Next time: BSG 2×7 Home: Part 2 and Buffy 6×8 Tabula Rasa.