Category Archives: Angel

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.

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Episode 220 – I’m Not Being Diplomatic, You Oversensitive Jackass

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×19 Someone to Watch Over Me and Angel 4×11 Soulless

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:26:35; Angel 1:26:35 to the end

Someone to Watch Over Me

Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle; Directed by Michael Nankin

Starbuck bonds with a mysterious pianist while Tyrol tries to save Boomer. Discussion points include:

  • Kara’s routine
  • Who and what is Slick?
  • Stars and notes
  • Citizen Sonia
  • Tyrol’s retcon
  • Boomer’s escape(s)
Deadlock

Written by Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft; Directed by Sean Astin

The gang interrogates Angelus about the nature of the Beast. Discussion points includes:

  • Yes, that Sean Astin
  • Wesley’s many failures
  • Fred caught in the middle
  • Oedipal Connor
  • Cordy’s deal
  • Angelus’ motivations

Next time: Buffy 7×14 First Date BSG 4×120 Islanded in a Stream of Stars.

Episode 218 – Please Don’t Take This Away from Me

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×17 No Exit and Angel 4×10 Awakening

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:27:15; Angel 1:27:15 to the end

No Exit

Written by Ryan Mottesheard; Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton

Flashbacks trace the journey of the ultimate member of the Final Five. Discussion points include:

  • Hell is being a person
  • A new system of government
  • The importance of networking
  • Sam’s infodump
  • The new old Ellen
  • Cavil’s nightmares
Awakening

Written by David Fury & Stephen S. DeKnight; Directed by James A. Contner

The gang decides to remove Angel’s soul in order to get vital information about the Beast from Angelus. Discussion points includes:

  • The frame story
  • The sneaky vision quest
  • Red herrings, cliches, and twists
  • Angel’s wish-fulfillment
  • Angelus returns

Next time: Buffy 7×13 The Killer in Me and BSG 4×18 Deadlock.

Episode 217 – Standing in the Remains of My Fallen Brethren

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×9 Long Day’s Journey and BSG 4×16 Blood on the Scales

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:05:18; BSG 1:05:18 to the end

Long Day’s Journey

Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Terrence O’Hara

Gwen returns to lend a hand in the fight against the Beast. Discussion points include:

  • …into night
  • “Get over it”
  • The return of Gwen
  • Connor will be Connor
  • Wesley and Gunn’s sniping
  • The diverse Totems
Blood on the Scales

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Wayne Rose

The mutiny comes to a bloody conclusion. Discussion points includes:

  • Getting the plot holes out of the way
  • Using the Fleet for cover
  • Tyrol makes the machine stop
  • Arguing past each other
  • Gaeta’s tragic flaw
  • Tugging on the heartstrings

Next time: BSG 4×17 No Exit and Angel 4×10 Awakening.

Episode 215 – One Day Soon There’s Gonna be a Reckoning

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×8 Habeas Corpses and BSG 4×14 A Disquiet Follows My Soul

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-57:59; BSG 57:59 to the end

Habeas Corpses

Written by Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Skip Schoolnik

The Beast turns its attention to Wolfram & Hart. Discussion points include:

  • Angel rage and disgust
  • How should we feel about Connor?
  • Wesley’s loyalties
  • What’s the fate of Wolfram & Hart?
  • The death of the little girl
A Disquiet Follows My Soul

Written and Directed by Ronald D. Moore

The Fleet starts to self-destruct as Adama struggles to hold things together. Discussion points includes:

  • Absent parents
  • Baltar’s condemnation
  • Med-bay situations
  • Alliance pros and cons
  • Gaeta vs. Starbuck: Take 2
  • Executive overreach and brewing rebellion

Next time: BSG 4×15 The Oath and Buffy 7×12 Potential.

Episode 210 – Hope is the Last Thing We Need

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×10 Sine Qua Non and Angel 4×7 Apocalypse, Nowish

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:11:45; Angel 1:11:45 to the end

Sine Qua Non

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Rod Hardy

The Adamas struggle with tough decisions in the wake of Roslin and the Cylons’ sudden disappearance. Discussion points include:

  • Natalie’s fate
  • Adama’s anger
  • Athena’s betrayal
  • Tigh + Caprica = baby
  • “We all need our family”
  • President Lee
Apocalypse, Nowish

Written by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by Vern Gillum

The Beast of Cordy’s visions finally emerges. Discussion points includes:

  • Lorne’s recovered motivation
  • Cordy & Connor’s icky relationship
  • Fred’s angency
  • Lilah’s jealousy
  • Battling the Beast
  • Prophecies fulfilled

Next time: Buffy 7×8 Sleeper and BSG 4×11 The Hub.

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 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 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.