Category Archives: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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”


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 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


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

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


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 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


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.

Episode 189 – The Pummeling That Needs to Occur

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×19 Seeing Red and BSG 3×9 Unfinished Business

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

Seeing Red

Written by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by Michael Gershman

Buffy’s interactions with Spike and the Geek Trio lead to some shocking and violent confrontations. Discussion points include:

  • Joss Whedon, you bastard
  • Tragic Tara
  • “Smash his orbs”
  • Xander’s perspective on Spike
  • Spike’s attack
  • Warren’s attack
Unfinished Business

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Robert M. Young

Various members of the BSG crew work out their post-New Caprica grudges in a ship-wide boxing match. Discussion points includes:

  • Two “dances”
  • “Lee Adama loves Kara Thrace!!!!”
  • Wise Dee and innocent Sam
  • Apologies and reparations
  • Bill and Laura get high
  • The responsibility of leadership

Next time: Angel 3×21 Benediction and BSG 3×10 The Passage.

Episode 187 – Things Fall Apart So Hard

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×18 Entropy and BSG 3×7 A Measure of Salvation

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:19:50; BSG 1:19:50 to the end


Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by James A. Contner

Anya contemplates her revenge on Xander while Tara and Willow being to repair their relationship. Discussion points include:

  • The Trio’s last hurrah
  • Xander’s fumbled apology
  • The shift from comedy to drama
  • Anya’s revenge
  • Spike’s revelation
  • “The center cannot hold”
A Measure of Salvation

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Bill Eagles

The crew contemplate using the Cylon sickness as a biological weapon. Discussion points includes:

  • More sex & violence with Baltar
  • Projection
  • Clues toward the endgame
  • What kind of virus?
  • Genocide and biological warfare
  • Helo’s disobedience and privilege

Next time: BSG 3×8 Hero and Angel 3×20 A New World.

Episode 183 – Caught Up in Our Own Little World

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×17 Normal Again and BSG 3×3 Exodus: Part 1.

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

Normal Again

Written by Diego Gutierrez; Directed by Rick Rosenthal

Another attempt of the Trio to mess with Buffy causes her to question her reality. Discussion points include:

  • Warren’s toxicity
  • Couples on breaks
  • Revelations of Buffy’s past
  • A tempting escape from reality
  • Scary Buffy
  • The show commenting on itself
Exodus: Part 1

Written by David Weddle & Bradley Thompson; Directed by Felix Alcala

Sharon makes contact with the Resistance as the humans prepare for the rescue on New Caprica. Discussion points includes:

  • The missing survivor count
  • Jammer’s reversal and Ellen’s reveal
  • The look in Sam’s eyes
  • Baltar’s impotence
  • Toilet paper vs. nukes
  • Three, Sharon and Hera

Next time: BSG 3×4 Exodus: Part 2 and Angel 3×17 Forgiving.