Category Archives: Angel

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.

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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.

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 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.

Episode 193 – Kara Thrace and Her Special Destiny

Episodes discussed: Angel Season 3 Recap and BSG 3×13 Taking a Break from All Your Worries

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:11:09; BSG 1:11:09to the end

Angel Season 3 Recap

We discuss the broader themes and character development of season 3 of Angel. Discussion points include:

  • Awards, reception, and the domination of the Whedonverse
  • The departure of Greenwalt and the ascension of Bell & Minear
  • Arc-driven narrative and serialization
  • Frustrating characters
  • Favorite episodes
  • Darla, Connor & Wesley
Taking a Break from All Your Worries

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Edward James Olmos

Adama and Roslin try various techniques in their effort to get intelligence from Baltar. Discussion points includes:

  • Poetic writing and editing
  • Baltar’s lack of control
  • Roslin’s pardon and Baltar’s spin
  • Hypocrisy and contradiction
  • Gaeta the carrot
  • “To marriage: why we build bars”

Next time: BSG 3×14 The Woman King and Buffy 6×21 Two to Go.