Monthly Archives: April 2018

Episode 232 – I Think I’ve Got Some Spare Eyes Somewhere

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×5 Oxygen and Buffy 7×18 Dirty Girls

Time Stamp: Buffy starts at 1:15:40

Oxygen

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
Dirty Girls

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.

Episode 231 – Hope Is Its Own Form of Cruelty

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
Knock Knock

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.

Episode 230 – Exactly Like Every Other Day of Your Life

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

Thin Ice

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
Inside Out

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.

Episode 229 – It Feels Good to be Doing Good

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

Players

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
Smile

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.