All posts by Katherine Sas

About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

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.

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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. 

Episode 205 – You Guys Aren’t Even Good Liars

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×4 Slouching Toward Bethlehem and BSG 4×5 The Ties That Bind

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:04:30; BSG 1:04:30 to the end

Slouching Toward Bethlehem

Written by Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Skip Schoolnik

Cordy returns to the group with no memory of herself, her life, or where she’s been for the past few months. Discussion points include:

  • “The Second Coming”
  • Connor’s quest for family
  • Cordy’s selective amnesia
  • Choosing Connor
  • Lilah’s softening
  • What rough beast?
The Ties That Bind

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Michael Nankin

Cally’s suspicion of Tyrol’s strange behavior grows. Discussion points includes:

  • Familial ties and captivity
  • Tyrol and Cally’s marital strain
  • Love and Bullets
  • Draining the swamp
  • The disgruntled Demetrius crew
  • Rebellion of the Sixes

Next time: BSG 4×6 Escape Velocity and Angel 4×5 Supersymmetry.

Episode 204 – Did Everybody Have Their Crazyflakes Today?

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×4 Six of One and Buffy 7×5 Selfless

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:20:00; Buffy 1:20:00 to the end

Six of One

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Anthony Hemingway

Adama makes a decision about Kara, Tory gets closer to Baltar, and dissension arises among the Cylons. Discussion points include:

  • Kara, Roslin, and faith
  • Cylon tokenism and democracy
  • The way to Earth
  • Apollo’s farewell
  • Tory gets close to Baltar
  • Roslin and Adama fighting dirty
Selfless

Written by Drew Goddard; Directed by David Solomon

When Anya’s vengeance crosses a line Buffy takes steps to confront her. Discussion points includes:

  • Shifting tones and styles
  • Anya’s Scandinavian roots
  • The peak of domestic happiness
  • Buffy vs Xander
  • D’Hoffryn’s price
  • Spike’s ghosts

Next time: Angel 4×4 Slouching Toward Bethlehem and BSG 4×5 The Ties That Bind.

Episode 203 – Lady Luck Was Smiling Down On You

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×3 The House Always Wins and BSG 4×3 He That Believeth in Me

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-54:50; BSG 54:50 to the end

The House Always Wins

Written by David Fury; Directed by Marita Grabiak

This TV movie explores the dark and dangerous parallel journey of the Battlestar Pegasus. Discussion points include:

  • The return of Lorne
  • Shallow characterization
  • Andy Hallett has a good time in Vegas
  • Wesley filler
  • Angel’s purpose
  • Differing experiences of heaven
He That Believeth in Me

Written by Bradley Thomspson & David Weddle; Directed by Michael Rymer

Buffy’s sense of responsibility kicks in when a Sunnydale High student makes suicidal comments. Discussion points includes:

  • Taking things on faith
  • Baltar’s miracle
  • Skepticism
  • Gaeta’s resistance and Sam’s acceptance
  • The signal gets weaker
  • Tigh’s denial

Next time: BSG 4×4 Six of One and Buffy 7×5 Selfless.

Episode 202 – We Can’t Always Choose Our Circumstances

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×1/4×2 Razor and Buffy 7×4 Help

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:15:00; Buffy 1:15:00 to the end

Razor

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá

This TV movie explores the dark and dangerous parallel journey of the Battlestar Pegasus. Discussion points include:

  • Trying to be all things at once
  • The Rosencrantz & Guildenstern approach
  • Flashbacks all the way down
  • What does it mean to be a razor?
  • Benjamin Button Adama
  • Hybrid experimentations
Help

Written by Rebecca Rand Kirshner; Directed by Rick Rosenthal

Buffy’s sense of responsibility kicks in when a Sunnydale High student makes suicidal comments. Discussion points includes:

  • Revisiting early storylines from an adult perspective
  • Students in need of counsel
  • Principal Wood’s failure of leadership
  • Cassie comes unstuck in time
  • Dawn’s pain and Spike’s hope
  • Beating up the bullies

Next time: Angel 4×3 The House Always Wins and BSG 4×3 He That Believeth in Me.

Episode 201 – I Am So Sick of My Chin Being Up

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×2 Ground State and the BSG Season 3 Recap

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:12:35; BSG 1:12:35to the end

Ground State

Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Michael Grossman

In the pursuit of finding Cordy Angel encounters a young woman with shocking superpowers. Discussion points include:

  • Angel and Wesley’s non-reconciliation
  • Wesley’s minions
  • The roguish Gwen
  • Finding connection in isolation
  • Cordy’s state of boredom
  • Gunn’s near-death experience
BSG Season 3 Recap

We recap the broader themes and character development of BSG season 3. Discussion points includes:

  • The festering wounds of New Caprica
  • Forgiveness
  • The slow burn of mythology
  • Mediocre slice-of-life episodes
  • Mixed reviews
  • The final push towards Earth

Next time: BSG 4×1/4×2 Razor and Buffy 7×4 Help.

Anniversary Bonus Episode – Everybody’s Got a Story

This week we take a break from our regular episode analysis to celebrate the fourth anniversary and 200th episode of this podcast with a free-flowing discussion on diversity in sci-fi and fantasy.

Discussion points include:

  • How to critique shows from a different time
  • Is it always appropriate?
  • Game of Thrones and Confederate
  • Hiring the best person for the part
  • Race-relations in BSG and representation in Buffy
  • Reactions to the first female Doctor
  • The influence of Le Guin and Heinlein
  • The danger of expecting perfection
  • Whedon, Xander, and feminism
  • Extra-bonus discussion of the recent news related to Joss Whedon and Cai Kole (aka “Jossgate”)

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Next time: Angel 4×2 Ground State and the BSG Season 3 Season Recap.

Episode 200 – It’s Nice to be Forgiven—Too Bad I Need So Much of It

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×19 Crossroads: Part 2 and Buffy 7×3 Same Time, Same Place

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:38:00; Buffy 1:38:00 to the end

Crossroads: Part 2

Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by Michael Rymer

The result of Baltar’s trial is revealed and the mysterious music leads to a game-changing revelation. Discussion points include:

  • Losing because he’s winning
  • Gaeta’s perjury
  • Lee’s epic testimony
  • Roslin’s hatred of Baltar
  • The Penultimate Four
  • “All Along the Watchtower”

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Same Time, Same Place

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by James A. Contner

Willow’s return home results in dangerous misunderstandings. Discussion points includes:

  • Super-creepy Gnarl and Camden Toy
  • Willow checks out of rehab early
  • Scavenger Spike
  • The joy of the kill
  • Everyone forced to confront their issues
  • Is Anya still part of the group?

Next time: Our special 200th episode/four year anniversary bonus episode!

Episode 199 – I Love You, Now Get Out of My House

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×1 Deep Down and BSG 3×18 Crossroads: Part 1

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:12:50; BSG 1:12:50 to the end

Deep Down

Written by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by Terrence O’Hara

Fred and Gunn try to hold down the fort while also searching for the missing Angel and Cordelia. Discussion points include:

  • Fred & Gunn holding it together
  • Connor’s surly teenage phase
  • Wesley & Lilah (and Justine in the closet)
  • Angel’s Greek hell
  • Tough dad love
  • Fred’s fury and Cordy’s boredom
Crossroads: Part 1

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Michael Rymer

The trial of Gaius Baltar begins. Discussion points includes:

  • Figuring out the Cylon game-plan
  • Lampkin makes his case
  • Disastrous testimonies
  • Adama’s unhealthy relationships
  • Scapegoats and broken systems
  • “IT’S IN THE FRAKKIN’ SHIP!”

Next time: BSG 3×19 Crossroads: Part 2 and Buffy 7×3 Same Time, Same Place.