Monthly Archives: February 2018

Episode 224 – We Are Gods. We Are As Gods.

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×23 Daybreak: Part 3 and Buffy 7×16 Storyteller

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:35:55; Buffy 1:35:55 to the end

Daybreak: Part 3

Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by  Michael Rymer

As the Battlestar Galactica finally breaks apart, . Discussion points include:

  • The breaking of the truce
  • The fulfillment of destiny
  • “It’s Earth”
  • Regression & recursion
  • Rounding out the character arcs
  • The Epilogue
Storyteller

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Marita Grabiak

Andrew films a documentary about the Scooby gang for posterity. Discussion points includes:

  • The three cameras
  • Andrew’s “detached journalism”
  • The inversion of “Superstar”
  • Commentary on director-geek Whedon?
  • Buffy’s story
  • Xander and Anya’s future

Next time: Angel 4×13 Salvage and the BSG Season 4 & Series Recap.

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Episode 223 – I’m Not Crossing That Line

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×15 Get it Done and BSG 4×22 Daybreak: Part 2

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:07:10; BSG 1:07:10 to the end

Get It Done

Written and Directed by Doug Petrie

Buffy learns more about the origins of the First Slayer. Discussion points include:

  • “Call me Robin”
  • Drill sergeant Kennedy
  • The First targets Chloe
  • Buffy toughens up
  • Stop holding back
  • The origin myth
Daybreak: Part 2

Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by  Michael Rymer

The mission to rescue Hera gets underway. (Note: Part 2 pauses at 1:14:16 in the feature-length Blu-ray version.)Discussion points includes:

  • The big, action climax
  • Adama’s character assassination
  • The CIC’s transformation
  • Baltar’s BS saves the day
  • Touched by an angel
  • Farewells to supporting characters

Next time: BSG 4×23 Daybreak: Part 3 and Buffy 7×16 Storyteller.

Episode 222 – I Wouldn’t Trust Me Either

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×21 Daybreak: Part 1 and Angel 4×12 Calvary

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:10:40; Angel 1:10:40 to the end

Daybreak: Part 1

Written by Ronald Dr. Moore; Directed by  Michael Rymer

Flashbacks give glimpses into the lives of the main characters before the Cylon genocide while Adama begins planning to mission to rescue Hera. Discussion points include:

  • How resonant or relevant are the flashbacks?
  • Sam’s cosmic connectedness
  • Finding a new lie to believe in
  • Selfless Baltar
  • Roslin’s tragedies
  • Planning the rescue mission
Calvary

Written by Mere Smith, Steven S. DeKnight, Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Bill L. Norton

The group debates whether or not to return Angel’s soul to his body. Discussion points includes:

  • “Not the forty-damn-second cavalry”
  • Angel’s non-ensoulment
  • Lorne’s mistake
  • How far back does Cordy’s change go?
  • Lilah as an ally
  • Gunn and Fred take a break

Next time: Buffy 7×15 Get it Done and BSG 4×22 Daybreak: Part 2.

Episode 221 – Everyone Is Hearing the Drumbeat

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×14 First Date and BSG 4×12 Islanded in a Stream of Stars

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-58:40; BSG 58:40 to the end

First Date

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by David Grossman

Buffy and Principal Wood grow more interested in each other, in more ways than one. Discussion points include:

  • “He’s hot, but he could be evil”
  • Another Slayer with family and friends
  • Of course, Xander’s new flame is demonic
  • The end of standalones
  • The big date
  • Andrew’s baby steps
Islanded in a Stream of Stars

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Edward James Olmos

As the Galactica continues to fall apart, Baltar exposes Kara’s secret. Discussion points includes:

  • Hera’s predicament
  • Forgiveness for Boomer & Tyrol
  • Adama & BSG’s symbiosis
  • Helo’s plea
  • Kara’s rut
  • Baltar is doing all right

Next time: BSG 4×21 Daybreak: Part 1 and Angel 4×12 Calvary.