Monthly Archives: October 2017

Episode 209 – Not So Much Connected

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×7 Conversations with Dead People and BSG 4×9 Guess What’s Coming to Dinner?

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:46:46; BSG 1:41:46 to the end

Conversations with Dead People

Written by Jane Espenson & Drew Goddard (with assists from Joss Whedon & Marti Noxon); Directed by Nick Marck

Buffy, Willow and Dawn receive visits from the great beyond while Jonathan and Andrew return to Sunnydale. Discussion points include:

  • Tag-team writing
  • Drawing attention to itself
  • Deceiving Dawn
  • Jonathan’s sacrifice
  • Cassie’s message to Willow
  • Buffy’s therapy session
Guess What’s Coming to Dinner?

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Wayne Rose

Natalie seeks to forge a peaceful alliance between the humans and Cylon rebels. Discussion points includes:

  • Racial tension and negotiations
  • Tigh’s (dis)loyalty
  • The gift of death
  • Roslin’s autocracy
  • Athena’s fear
  • Gaeta’s lament

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Next time: BSG 4×10 Sine Qua Non and Angel 4×7 Apocalypse, Nowish.

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Episode 208 – Will I Ever See Those Kids Again?

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×8 Faith and Angel 4×6 Spin the Bottle

Time Stamps: BSG 00:001:18:35; Angel 1:18:35 to the end

Faith

Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey; Directed by Michael Nankin

A violent conclusion to the mutiny leads the Demetrius crew to work together in their new alliance with the Cylon rebels. Discussion points include:

  • Connection through suffering
  • Sam the wild card
  • The proper way to mutiny
  • Gaeta’s request
  • The Eights’ longing to belong
  • Roslin’s kindred spirit
Spin the Bottle

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

A spell to recover Cordy’s memory sends the team back to their teenage selves. Discussion points includes:

  • Whedon with a difference
  • Queen Cordy that was used to know
  • Is the frame story empty?
  • Wesley’s side of the story
  • Returning to their teenage selves
  • Forgiving Connor

Next time: Buffy 7×7 Conversations with Dead People and BSG 4×9 Guess What’s Coming to Dinner?

Episode 207 – I Don’t Want to Need Anyone’s Help

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×6 Him and BSG 4×7 The Road Less Traveled

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-51:35; BSG 51:35 to the end

Him

Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by Michael Gershman

The ladies all fall for a Sunnydale High jock. Discussion points include:

  • What’s the value of a soul?
  • Ambient music
  • Throwback metaphor of the week
  • The power of the jacket
  • Forgiving Anya
  • Criticisms of nice-guy Xander
The Road Less Traveled

Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by Michael Rymer

Starbuck’s conflict with her crew reaches a boiling point. Discussion points includes:

  • Baltar’s prosperity gospel
  • Tyrol’s “taxi driver” phase
  • Living with guilt
  • Baltar’s sincere apology
  • A proposed alliance
  • Mutiny on The Demetrius

Next time: BSG 4×8 Faith and Angel 4×6 Spin the Bottle.

Episode 206 – This Is Not My Frakkin’ Life!

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×6 Escape Velocity and Angel 4×5 Supersymmetry

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:08:35; Angel 1:08:35 to the end

Escape Velocity

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Edward James Oleos

Tyrol struggles his loss and his new identity. Discussion points include:

  • Black humor and the importance of pain
  • Cally’s legacy
  • Tory’s background influence
  • Tyrol’s self-destruction
  • Roslin’s loss of patience
  • Head Six makes a scene
Supersymmetry

Written by Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain; Directed by Bill L. Norton

Fred attempts to get back into her physics research. Discussion points includes:

  • A new writing team
  • Lorne’s recovery
  • Fred’s hopes and dreams
  • Wesley’s interest
  • Protectiveness vs. freedom
  • Connor gets ideas

Next time: Buffy 7×6 Him and BSG 4×7 The Road Less Traveled.