Monthly Archives: May 2017

Episode 190 – Some Kind of Soul Colonic

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×10 The Passage and Angel 3×21 Benediction.

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

The Passage

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Michael Nankin

A blast from Kat’s past motivates her through a dangerous mission. Discussion points include:

  • Jane Espenson, patron saint of our podcast
  • Is this a major character death?
  • The quest for algae
  • Sasha’s identity
  • Burning out the bad
  • Tigh’s ovation
Benediction

Written and Directed by Tim Minear

Angel tries to bring Connor into the fold. Discussion points includes:

  • Connor torn between identities
  • Holtz’s contrition
  • Cordy flushes Connor out but good
  • Connor’s prejudice
  • Cordy only has eyes for Angel
  • Cordy’s discovery of her own powers

Next time: Buffy 6×20 Villains and BSG 3×11 The Eye of Jupiter.

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Episode 189 – The Pummeling That Needs to Occur

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×19 Seeing Red and BSG 3×9 Unfinished Business

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

Seeing Red

Written by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by Michael Gershman

Buffy’s interactions with Spike and the Geek Trio lead to some shocking and violent confrontations. Discussion points include:

  • Joss Whedon, you bastard
  • Tragic Tara
  • “Smash his orbs”
  • Xander’s perspective on Spike
  • Spike’s attack
  • Warren’s attack
Unfinished Business

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Robert M. Young

Various members of the BSG crew work out their post-New Caprica grudges in a ship-wide boxing match. Discussion points includes:

  • Two “dances”
  • “Lee Adama loves Kara Thrace!!!!”
  • Wise Dee and innocent Sam
  • Apologies and reparations
  • Bill and Laura get high
  • The responsibility of leadership

Next time: Angel 3×21 Benediction and BSG 3×10 The Passage.

Episode 188 – All Alone in a Strange World

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×8 Hero and Angel 3×20 A New World

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

Hero

Written by David Eick; Directed by Michael Rymer

The reappearance from a pilot presumed-dead makes Adama question is own role in the Cylon attacks. Discussion points include:

  • A murky backstory
  • Hey, Bulldog
  • Tigh’s trap
  • The Old Man’s betrayals
  • The inappropriate medal ceremony
  • Dreamy Number Three
A New World

Written by Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Tim Minear

After appearing in the hotel, a teenage Connor flees into L.A. Discussion points includes:

  • Connor/Steven/Pete Campbell
  • Connor’s otherness
  • Angel expresses himself
  • They grow so fast!
  • Cordy’s powers
  • Fred’s defiance
  • The deepest circle of hell

Next time: Buffy 6×19 Seeing Red and BSG 3×9 Unfinished Business.

Episode 187 – Things Fall Apart So Hard

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×18 Entropy and BSG 3×7 A Measure of Salvation

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:19:50; BSG 1:19:50 to the end

Entropy

Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by James A. Contner

Anya contemplates her revenge on Xander while Tara and Willow being to repair their relationship. Discussion points include:

  • The Trio’s last hurrah
  • Xander’s fumbled apology
  • The shift from comedy to drama
  • Anya’s revenge
  • Spike’s revelation
  • “The center cannot hold”
A Measure of Salvation

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Bill Eagles

The crew contemplate using the Cylon sickness as a biological weapon. Discussion points includes:

  • More sex & violence with Baltar
  • Projection
  • Clues toward the endgame
  • What kind of virus?
  • Genocide and biological warfare
  • Helo’s disobedience and privilege

Next time: BSG 3×8 Hero and Angel 3×20 A New World.

Episode 186 – End of Line

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×6 Torn and Angel 3×19 The Price

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-56:25; Angel 56:25 to the end

Torn

Written by  Anne Cofell Saunders; Directed by Jean de Segonzac

Starbuck and Tigh exacerbate divisions within the BSG crew. Discussion points include:

  • Baltar returns to his imaginative world
  • Quest for the holy land
  • Immersion in the Cylon world: the Final Five, projection, and the Hybrid
  • The Cylon plague
  • Starbuck and Tigh “hold court”
  • Adama’s ultimatum
The Price

Written by David Fury; Directed by Marita Grabiak

Angel’s dark magic creates a series of demonic invasions into the hotel. Discussion points includes:

  • Even more consequences of dark magic
  • Cordy’s priorities
  • Everyone’s attitude toward Wesley
  • Monster without much metaphor
  • Wesley’s reluctance
  • The final reveal

Next time: Buffy 6×18 Entropy and BSG 3×7 A Measure of Salvation.