Monthly Archives: January 2017

Episode 172 – Maybe It’s Just Her Time

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×13 Epiphanies and Angel 3×11 Birthday

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:13:00; Angel 1:13:00

Epiphanies

Written by Joel Anderson Thompson; Directed by Rod Hardy

As Roslin’s cancer starts killing her, she wrestles with what to do with Sharon and Helo’s baby. Discussion points include:

  • Roslin’s condition
  • “Damned odd” blood
  • Baltar’s revelation
  • Personal, private, and political
  • Cylon sympathizers
  • Taking scripture literally
Birthday

Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Michael Grossman

On Cordy’s birthday she is confronted with a choice about her visions. Discussion points includes:

  • Not experimental enough
  • Cordy’s condition
  • The Powers That Be get proactive
  • The mechanics of vision transferal
  • Angel’s love for Cordy
  • Cordy chooses a path

Next time: Angel 3×12 Provider and BSG 2×14 Black Market.

Episode 171 – Free of This Life

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×11 Gone and BSG 2×12 Resurrection Ship: Part 2

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-47:12; BSG 47:12 to the end

Gone

Written and Directed by David Fury

When the geek trio turn Buffy invisible she enjoys a day of responsibility-free mischief-making. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy’s irresponsible joy
  • Dawn’s precarious situation
  • Pushing the envelope without showing anything
  • Awkward direction
  • Andrew who?
  • Non-confrontational confrontations
Resurrection Ship: Part 2

Written by Michael Rymer & Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rymer

Starbuck’s plan to attack the Resurrection Ship comes to a head while Adama and Cain plot against each other. Discussion points includes:

  • Randomness and hypocrisy
  • “Don’t flinch”
  • Cylon death and rebirth
  • The safety vs. freedom debate
  • Brutality and mercy
  • Lee’s despair

Next time: BSG 2×13 Epiphanies and Angel 3×11 Birthday.

Episode 170 – We All Want the Same Thing

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×11 Resurrection Ship: Part 1 and Angel 3×10 Dad

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:13:10; Angel 1:13:10 to the end

Resurrection Ship: Part 1

Story by Anne Cofell Saunders; Written and Directed by Michael Rymer

The BSG and Pegasus narrowly avoid coming to blows after the discovery of a tempting Cylon target. Discussion points include:

  • Choreographed conflict
  • Cain’s not so high horse
  • Assassination plots
  • Where good Cylons go when they die
  • Baltar bonds with Prisoner Six
  • Cain’s protégé
Dad

Written by David H. Goodman; Directed by Fred Keller

The hotel is under siege as different groups vie for Angel’s baby. Discussion points includes:

  • Everyone fights over Connor
  • Angel reconfirms his commitment to the group
  • Controversial Connor
  • Reconstructing the story
  • Angel’s archive
  • Holtz & Justine

Next time: Buffy 6×11 Gone and BSG 2×12 Resurrection Ship: Part 2.

Episode 169 – I’m Done Being Your Whipping Boy

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×10 Wrecked and BSG 2×10 Pegasus

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

Wrecked

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by David Solomon

Buffy and Willow’s lives deteriorate as they pursue their different addictions. Discussion points include:

  • The slippery slope of addiction
  • The Sorites Paradox
  • Standing on the precipice
  • Willow breaks down while Buffy functions
  • Too sharp of a decline?
  • Can they stick to it?
Pegasus

Written by Anne Cofell Saunders; Directed by Michael Rymer

The BSG runs into another colonial battlestar which escaped the Cylon genocide. Discussion points includes:

  • Coming together and falling apart
  • The Bizarro BSG
  • Getting help from the other side
  • Military law divorced from civilian morality
  • The Cylon POW’s
  • Cain vs. Adama

Next time: BSG 2×111 Resurrection Ship: Part 1 and Angel 3×10 Dad.