Category Archives: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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.

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

Entropy

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.

Episode 182 – On the Side of the Demons

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×2 Precipice and Buffy 6×16 Hell’s Bells

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:02:10; Buffy 10:02:10 to the end

Precipice

Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan

Both Cylons and humans face the consequences of the Resistance’s suicide-bombing tactics. Discussion points include:

  • Alternative facts
  • Does Baltar care?
  • Tyrol: the moral compass of the Resistance
  • Gaeta, Jammer and Ellen caught in the middle
  • The domestication of Kara Thrace
  • Cliffhangers converge
Hell’s Bells

Written by Rebecca Sinclair; Directed by David Solomon

Xander and Anya’s happy day finally arrives. Discussion points includes:

  • Anya’s beauty
  • Demonic families
  • A guy like Xander
  • Anya’s conviction and Xander’s conflict
  • Xander’s fear
  • “I know what love is”

Next time: Buffy 6×17 Normal Again and BSG 3×3 Exodus: Part 1.

Episode 180 – The Wheel Never Stops Turning

Episodes discussed: BSG Season 2 Recap and Buffy 6×15 As You Were

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:24:20; Buffy 1:24:20to the end

BSG Season 2 Recap

We discuss the broader themes, character development, and favorite episodes of Season 2 of Battlestar Galactica. Discussion points include:

  • BSG’s place in the Golden Age of TV
  • “Final Cut” and the emphasis on character
  • Emotional fatigue
  • “Downloaded” and the shift in perspective
  • Real World: BSG
  • “The Resistance” webisodes
As You Were

Written and Directed by Douglas Petrie

Buffy struggles with her self-confidence when Riley and his new wife come to Sunnydale. Discussion points includes:

  • Dullness
  • The insecurity of young adulthood
  • Confessing to Riley
  • The annoyingly nice other woman
  • Breaking up with Spike
  • “It’s all uphill from here”

Next time: Angel 3×16 Sleep Tight and BSG 3×1 Occupation.

Episode 177 – Here’s Me Basking in the Love

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×14 Older and Far Away and BSG 2×18 Downloaded

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-57:40; BSG 57:40 to the end

Older and Far Away

Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by Michael Gershman

A wish of Dawn’s goes disastrously awry. Discussion points include:

  • Older and farther than what?
  • Flavors of vengeance demons
  • William and Cecily
  • Patronizing Dawn
  • Normal vs special
  • Tara and Willow starting to reconcile
Downloaded

Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle; Directed by Jeff Woolnough

The second lives of Caprica Six and Boomer are explored. Discussion points includes:

  • Caprica Six and Head Baltar
  • “We’re alive”
  • Is this Three D’Anna?
  • Boomer’s humanity
  • The power of love
  • Revolutionary thinking

Next time: BSG 2×19 Lay Down Your Burdens: Part 1 and Angel 3×14 Couplet.

Episode 176 – I Have This Sudden Urge to Dedicate My Productive Cooperation

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×17 The Captain’s Hand and Buffy 6×13 Dead Things

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:23:00; Buffy 1:23:00 to the end

The Captain’s Hand

Written by Jeff Vlaming; Directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan

Lee and Kara clash with the new Pegasus commander over leadership styles. Discussion points include:

  • A month later on the Pegasus…
  • The chain of command
  • People aren’t machines
  • Inevitability and foreshadowing
  • Tory vs. Billy
  • The right to choose
Dead Things

Written by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by James A. Contner

The Geek Trio take their villainy to new, dangerous levels. Discussion points includes:

  • Who are the plural dead things?
  • Warren’s motivated malice
  • The idea of rape
  • Trust and intimacy
  • Buffy’s breakdown
  • The importance of consent

Next time: Buffy 6×14 Older and Far Away and BSG 2×18 Downloaded.

Episode 174 – A Taste for Nuggets

Episodes discussed: BSG 2×15 Scar and Buffy 6×12 Doublemeat Palace

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:02:00; Buffy 1:02:00 to the end

Scar

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

Starbuck, Kat, and the rest of the pilots go head to head with the fiercest and deadliest Cylon raider. Discussion points include:

  • Dead-end jobs
  • Kat goes from nugget to lifer
  • Starbuck’s new perspective
  • Following the structure
  • Starbuck and her Mini Me
  • The final roll call
Doublemeat Palace

Written by Jane Espenson; Written by Nick Marck

Buffy gets a job at the local fast food chain. Discussion points includes:

  • The Trio’s varying degrees of evil
  • Buffy becomes a productive member of society
  • The regulars
  • The deep, dark veggie secret
  • Halfrek stirs the pot
  • The convenience of magic

Next time: Angel 3×13 Waiting in the Wings and BSG 2×16 Sacrifice.

Episode 171 – Free of This Life

Episodes discussed: Buffy 6×11 Gone and BSG 2×12 Resurrection Ship: Part 2

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-47:12; BSG 47:12 to the end

Gone

Written and Directed by David Fury

When the geek trio turn Buffy invisible she enjoys a day of responsibility-free mischief-making. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy’s irresponsible joy
  • Dawn’s precarious situation
  • Pushing the envelope without showing anything
  • Awkward direction
  • Andrew who?
  • Non-confrontational confrontations
Resurrection Ship: Part 2

Written by Michael Rymer & Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rymer

Starbuck’s plan to attack the Resurrection Ship comes to a head while Adama and Cain plot against each other. Discussion points includes:

  • Randomness and hypocrisy
  • “Don’t flinch”
  • Cylon death and rebirth
  • The safety vs. freedom debate
  • Brutality and mercy
  • Lee’s despair

Next time: BSG 2×13 Epiphanies and Angel 3×11 Birthday.