Category Archives: Battlestar Galactica

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.

Episode 198 – Just a Guy Who Can Lend a Hand

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×18 The Son Also Rises and Buffy 7×2 Beneath You

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:09:10; Buffy 1:09:10 to the end

The Son Also Rises

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Robert Young

While assigned to Baltar’s security team, Lee becomes drawn into his legal defense. Discussion points include:

  • Hemingway and puns
  • Starbuck repercussions
  • Fleet law
  • The overly-quirky Romo Lampkin
  • Principled, idealist Lee
  • Love and pain
Beneath You

Written by Doug Petrie; Directed by Nick Marck

Xander encounters a woman who is being pursued by a worm-demon. Discussion points includes:

  • Another prologue! Another Slayer!
  • “From beneath you it devours”
  • Ambiguous attitudes toward Willow
  • Anya vs Xander vs Spike vs Buffy
  • Scary Dawn
  • Spike’s breakdown

Next time: Angel 4×1 Deep Down and BSG 3×18 Crossroads: Part 1.

Episode 197 – I Think We’re All Going to Learn Something About Ourselves

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×1 Lessons and BSG 3×17 Maelstrom

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:17:55; BSG 1:17:55 to the end

Lessons

Written by Joss Whedon; Directed by David Solomon

Dawn begins high school at the newly renovated Sunnydale High. Discussion points include:

  • In Istanbul, not Constantinople…
  • Newly confident Xander
  • The ambiguous Principal Wood
  • Dawn and her Scoobies
  • Softened Anya & Willow
  • Spike’s demons
Maelstrom

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

Kara faces her fears while patrolling for Cylon raiders. Discussion points includes:

  • Focusing on Kara
  • The symbol of the storm
  • Conversations with imaginary people
  • Making up with mommy
  • “You’re not Leoben”
  • A seemingly pointless death

Next time: BSG 3×18 The Son Also Rises and Buffy 7×2 Beneath You.

Episode 196 – My Triumphs and My Mistakes

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×16 Dirty Hands and the Buffy Season 6 Recap

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:13:20; Buffy 1:13:20 to the end

Dirty Hands

Written by Jane Espenson & Anne Cofell Saunders; Directed by Wayne Rose

The Chief resumes his role as leader of the labor union in light of safety issues among the crew. Discussion points include:

  • The message of the story
  • Baltar’s memoir
  • Seelix & Cally
  • Dirty jobs in the fleet
  • Adama and Roslin out of character?
  • Chief bridges the gap
Buffy Season 6 Recap

We discuss the broader themes and character development of Season 6 of Buffy. Discussion points includes:

  • A well-recognized season
  • Greater than the sum of its parts
  • Favorite episodes
  • Who or what is the Big Bad?
  • Buffy goes dark

Next time: Buffy 7×1 Lessons and BSG 3×17 Maelstrom.

Episode 195 – It’d Be Easier to Hate You

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×22 Grave and BSG 3×15 A Day in the Life

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

Grave

Written by David Fury; Directed by James A. Contner

The Scoobies make their final confrontation against Dark Willow. Discussion points include:

  • Giles vs. Willow
  • Altruistic Anya
  • Jonathan’s aborted redemption
  • Buffy’s rebirth
  • Xander saves the day
  • Spike’s soul
A Day in the Life

Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by Rod Hardy

Adama celebrates his anniversary while the Chief and Cally navigate relationships and mechanical difficulties. Discussion points includes:

  • Adama projects his ex
  • Human projection
  • The Adama/Roslin Ship
  • Dee & Gaeta’s deleted scene
  • Hotdog’s rash
  • Chief and Cally’s problems

Note: Check out this episode’s unfortunately deleted scene with Dee & Gaeta:

Next time: BSG 3×16 Dirty Hands and the Buffy Season 6 Recap.

Episode 194 – I Care If You Live or Die

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×14 The Woman King and Buffy 6×21 Two to Go

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:09:20; Buffy 1:09:20 to the end

The Woman King

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Michael Rymer

Helo battles colonial prejudice in Galactica’s refugee camp. Discussion points include:

  • Why the title?
  • The saintly “Helo Suit”
  • Colonial racism
  • Adama and Cottle go way out of character
  • The awkward bar scene
  • A very special episode

Note: Check out “The Helo Suit” and the rest of Jacob Clifton’s epic TWP BSG recaps

Two to Go

Written by Doug Petrie; Directed by Bill L. Norton

Willow hunts down her remaining targets, Andrew and Jonathan. Discussion points includes:

  • Spike wants his old self back
  • The choice to be a demon
  • Xander at his most powerless
  • Obtuse Andrew and weak-willed Jonathan
  • Buffy and Dawn’s hopefulness
  • Willow’s responsibility and misalignment

Next time: Buffy 6×22 Grave and BSG 3×15 A Day in the Life.

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.

Episode 192 – Where Did Everybody Go?

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×12 Rapture and Angel 3×22 Tomorrow

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:03:37; Angel 1:03:37 to the end

Rapture

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

The Eye of Jupiter is revealed and Number Three has a revelation. Discussion points include:

  • D’Anna’s flawed model
  • Mercy killing
  • Boomer vs. Athena
  • More quadrangle stuff (with bonus kick-ass Dee)
  • The star goes nova
  • The Final Five
Tomorrow

Written and Directed by David Greenwalt

Angel and Cordy come together and break apart. Discussion points includes:

  • Greenwalt’s swan song
  • Holtz’s final revenge
  • The danger of happiness
  • Linwood’s botched ambush
  • Going down and going up
  • Cordy’s sneaky vision

Next time: Angel Season 3 Recap and BSG 3×13 Taking a Break from All Your Worries.

Episode 191 – The Less This Man Speaks, the Better This Will Go

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×20 Villains and BSG 3×11 The Eye of Jupiter

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:21:05; BSG 1:21:05 to the end

Villains

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by Michael Nankin

After Warren’s attack on the Scoobies, Willow reclaims her dark magic to hunt him down. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy’s latest near-death experience
  • Willow’s dark willpower
  • Relying on the justice system
  • The flaw in Warren’s plan
  • Willow’s bloody revenge
  • Leaving Dawn alone
The Eye of Jupiter

Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by Michael Rymer

While harvesting food on the algae planet, the Chief discovers an ancient temple. Discussion points includes:

  • The thinness of part ones
  • The frustrated, and frustrating, quadrangle
  • Chief hears the call
  • Boomer’s bitterness
  • Escalating explosions
  • Negotiations with Cylons

Next time: BSG 3×12 Rapture and Angel 3×22 Tomorrow.