Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×5 Oxygen and Buffy 7×18 Dirty Girls
Time Stamp: Buffy starts at 1:15:40
Written by Jamie Mathieson; Directed by Charles Palmer
The Doctor and crew test the limits of physical endurance and economics on a space station without oxygen. Discussion points include:
- Meet the suits
- Capitalism in space
- Preaching to the choir
- LeGuin & Heinlein as counter-examples of political sci-fi
- Serious consequences
- Nardole’s moral authority
Written by Drew Goddard; Directed by Michael Gershman
Faith joins up with Buffy’s group of Potentials while a dangerous ally of the First also arrives in Sunnydale. Discussion points includes:
- Slut-shaming and battle cries
- Another unemployed Firefly actor as a Big Bad
- Caleb’s fervent misogyny
- The group begins to question Buffy
- “And if your eye causes you to stumble…”
- Faith’s return
Next time: Angel 4×19 The Magic Bullet and DW 10×6 Extremis.
Episodes discussed: Angel 4×18 Shiny Happy People and Doctor Who 10×4 Knock Knock
Shiny Happy People
Written by Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain; Directed by Marita Grabiak
The divinely beautiful lovechild of Cordy and Connor casts a spell over the group. Discussion points include:
- The divine miss Jasmine
- An antichrist?
- Jasmine’s origin myth
- How central is Angel, really?
- Lady McFred
- Fred gets back to her roots
Written by Mike Bartlett; Directed by Bill Anderson
Bill goes through the hell of trying to rent a house with a group of friends. Discussion points includes:
- Doctor Who in stereo!
- Bill’s non-friends
- The dodgy Landlord
- Weird familial relationships
- An unearned eucatastrophe
- She doesn’t knock
Next time: DW 10×5 Oxygen and Buffy 7×18 Dirty Girls.
Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×3 Thin Ice and Angel 4×17 Inside Out
Time Stamps: DW 00:00-1:19:35; Angel 1:19:35 to the end
Written by Sarah Dollard; Directed by Bill Anderson
The Doctor and Bill visit the last great Frost Fair on the frozen Thames. Discussion points include:
- The last of the great Frost Fairs
- Tricking Nardole
- Our blue planet
- Industrialism and exploitation
- Race and gender through the lens of Bill
- Bill’s inquisition
Written and Directed by Stephen S. DeKnight
Cordelia sets her plans in motion while Angel tries to figure out exactly who or what she really is. Discussion points includes:
- “Cordy’s” ineptitude
- Preplanning or retcon?
- Skip’s metanarrative
- Saint Cordy
- What exactly is Connor’s motivation?
- Darla’s point of view
Next time: DW 10×4 Knock Knock and Angel 4×17 Inside Out.
Episodes discussed: Angel 4×16 Players and Doctor Who 10×2 Smile
Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:09:30; DW 1:09:30 to the end
Written by Jeffrey Bell, Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft; Directed by Michael Grossman
Gunn teams up with Gwen on a side mission to rescue a little girl. Discussion points include:
- Return to the mission statement
- Gwen chooses Gunn
- More than muscle
- LISA and a liaison…
- Discomfort with Cordy/Connor
- Tacitly letting Wesley back in
Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce; Directed by Lawrence Gough
The Doctor and Bill go forward in time to a colony planet maintained by bots who speak in emoji. Discussion points includes:
- A field trip!
- The problem with emoji culture
- Bill’s honest face
- Erasing memories (again!!!)
- The magic haddock
- Nardole the nag
Next time: DW 10×3 Thin Ice and Angel 4×17 Inside Out.