Monthly Archives: February 2017

Episode 176 – I Have This Sudden Urge to Dedicate My Productive Cooperation

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×17 The Captain’s Hand and Buffy 6×13 Dead Things

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

The Captain’s Hand

Written by Jeff Vlaming; Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan

Lee and Kara clash with the new Pegasus commander over leadership styles. Discussion points include:

  • A month later on the Pegasus…
  • The chain of command
  • People aren’t machines
  • Inevitability and foreshadowing
  • Tory vs. Billy
  • The right to choose
Dead Things

Written by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by James A. Contner

The Geek Trio take their villainy to new, dangerous levels. Discussion points includes:

  • Who are the plural dead things?
  • Warren’s motivated malice
  • The idea of rape
  • Trust and intimacy
  • Buffy’s breakdown
  • The importance of consent

Next time: Buffy 6×14 Older and Far Away and BSG 2×18 Downloaded.

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Episode 175 – When the Iron is Hot

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×13 Waiting in the Wings and BSG 2×16 Sacrifice

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

Waiting in the Wings

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

A trip to the ballet puts the relationships within Angel’s team center stage. Discussion points include:

  • Summer Glau dances her way into Angel
  • Angel and Cordy’s budding feelings
  • The love triptych
  • The joys of ballet (and Hamilton)
  • Wesley and the Count
  • Groo’s return
Sacrifice

Written by Anne Cofell Saunders; Directed by Reynaldo Villalobos

Dee tries to decide between Lee and Billy while a vigilante group takes Cloud Nine hostage. Discussion points includes:

  • A wishy-washy love triangle
  • Sad, emo Lee
  • Taking the temperature of the fleet
  • Fear and revenge
  • The death of innocence and idealism
  • The individuality of Cylons

Next time: BSG 2×17 The Captain’s Hand and Buffy 6×13 Dead Things.

Episode 174 – A Taste for Nuggets

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×15 Scar and Buffy 6×12 Doublemeat Palace

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:02:00; Buffy 1:02:00 to the end

Scar

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

Starbuck, Kat, and the rest of the pilots go head to head with the fiercest and deadliest Cylon raider. Discussion points include:

  • Dead-end jobs
  • Kat goes from nugget to lifer
  • Starbuck’s new perspective
  • Following the structure
  • Starbuck and her Mini Me
  • The final roll call
Doublemeat Palace

Written by Jane Espenson; Written by Nick Marck

Buffy gets a job at the local fast food chain. Discussion points includes:

  • The Trio’s varying degrees of evil
  • Buffy becomes a productive member of society
  • The regulars
  • The deep, dark veggie secret
  • Halfrek stirs the pot
  • The convenience of magic

Next time: Angel 3×13 Waiting in the Wings and BSG 2×16 Sacrifice.

Episode 173 – Not All Good Deeds and Happy Endings

Episodes discussed: Angel 3×12 Provider and BSG 2×14 Black Market

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-48:08; BSG 48:08 to the end

Provider

Written by Scott Murphy; Directed by Bill Norton

Angel becomes the voice of fiscal practicality while Cordy focuses on the mission. Discussion points include:

  • Security vs. mission
  • Favoring the rich
  • The ambiguously gay duo
  • Wes & Gunn provide a service
  • Fred’s good head
  • Justine passes the test
Black Market

Written by Mark Verheiden; Written by James Head

Lee is assigned to investigate the growing power of the fleet’s seedy underbelly. Discussion points includes:

  • The not-free market
  • Phelan’s omnipotence
  • Lee’s companion
  • Girls of the past and future
  • Trying too hard not to care
  • Laying out the rules

Next time: BSG x215 Scar and Buffy 6×12 Doublemeat Palace.