Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×5 Oxygen and Buffy 7×18 Dirty Girls
Time Stamp: Buffy starts at 1:15:40
Written by Jamie Mathieson; Directed by Charles Palmer
The Doctor and crew test the limits of physical endurance and economics on a space station without oxygen. Discussion points include:
- Meet the suits
- Capitalism in space
- Preaching to the choir
- LeGuin & Heinlein as counter-examples of political sci-fi
- Serious consequences
- Nardole’s moral authority
Written by Drew Goddard; Directed by Michael Gershman
Faith joins up with Buffy’s group of Potentials while a dangerous ally of the First also arrives in Sunnydale. Discussion points includes:
- Slut-shaming and battle cries
- Another unemployed Firefly actor as a Big Bad
- Caleb’s fervent misogyny
- The group begins to question Buffy
- “And if your eye causes you to stumble…”
- Faith’s return
Next time: Angel 4×19 The Magic Bullet and DW 10×6 Extremis.
Episodes discussed: Angel 4×18 Shiny Happy People and Doctor Who 10×4 Knock Knock
Shiny Happy People
Written by Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain; Directed by Marita Grabiak
The divinely beautiful lovechild of Cordy and Connor casts a spell over the group. Discussion points include:
- The divine miss Jasmine
- An antichrist?
- Jasmine’s origin myth
- How central is Angel, really?
- Lady McFred
- Fred gets back to her roots
Written by Mike Bartlett; Directed by Bill Anderson
Bill goes through the hell of trying to rent a house with a group of friends. Discussion points includes:
- Doctor Who in stereo!
- Bill’s non-friends
- The dodgy Landlord
- Weird familial relationships
- An unearned eucatastrophe
- She doesn’t knock
Next time: DW 10×5 Oxygen and Buffy 7×18 Dirty Girls.
Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×3 Thin Ice and Angel 4×17 Inside Out
Time Stamps: DW 00:00-1:19:35; Angel 1:19:35 to the end
Written by Sarah Dollard; Directed by Bill Anderson
The Doctor and Bill visit the last great Frost Fair on the frozen Thames. Discussion points include:
- The last of the great Frost Fairs
- Tricking Nardole
- Our blue planet
- Industrialism and exploitation
- Race and gender through the lens of Bill
- Bill’s inquisition
Written and Directed by Stephen S. DeKnight
Cordelia sets her plans in motion while Angel tries to figure out exactly who or what she really is. Discussion points includes:
- “Cordy’s” ineptitude
- Preplanning or retcon?
- Skip’s metanarrative
- Saint Cordy
- What exactly is Connor’s motivation?
- Darla’s point of view
Next time: DW 10×4 Knock Knock and Angel 4×17 Inside Out.
Episodes discussed: Angel 4×16 Players and Doctor Who 10×2 Smile
Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:09:30; DW 1:09:30 to the end
Written by Jeffrey Bell, Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft; Directed by Michael Grossman
Gunn teams up with Gwen on a side mission to rescue a little girl. Discussion points include:
- Return to the mission statement
- Gwen chooses Gunn
- More than muscle
- LISA and a liaison…
- Discomfort with Cordy/Connor
- Tacitly letting Wesley back in
Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce; Directed by Lawrence Gough
The Doctor and Bill go forward in time to a colony planet maintained by bots who speak in emoji. Discussion points includes:
- A field trip!
- The problem with emoji culture
- Bill’s honest face
- Erasing memories (again!!!)
- The magic haddock
- Nardole the nag
Next time: DW 10×3 Thin Ice and Angel 4×17 Inside Out.
Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×1 The Pilot and Buffy 7×17 Lies My Parents Told Me
Time Stamps: DW 00:00-1:20:30; Buffy 1:20:30to the end
Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Lawrence Gough
While lecturing at a university, the Doctor begins tutoring a member of the cafeteria staff. Discussion points include:
- Starting Capaldi’s final season and introducing Mackie
- New beginnings
- The tutor-student relationship
- Bill the sci-fi fan
- “A star in her eye”
- Memories again
Link: Friend from the Future – Pearl Mackie’s introduction video
Lies My Parents Told Me
Written by David Fury & Drew Goddard; Directed by David Fury
Spike and Robin’s complicated relationships with their mothers are explored. Discussion points includes:
- Spike vs. Nikki
- Spike’s… close relationship with his mother
- Curing Spike of the trigger
- Mothers’ love
- Another Slayer with family and friends
- Buffy’s disillusionment
Next time: Angel 4×16 Players and DW 10×2 Smile.
Episodes discussed: Angel 4×15 Orpheus and the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Return of Doctor Mysterio
Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:17:00; DW 1:17:00 to the end
Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Terrence O’Hara
Faith journeys through Angel’s subconscious in order to save him from Angelus. Discussion points include:
- Fred calls in the big guns
- Willow and Wes compare darknesses
- Cordy’s desperation
- Angel’s psyche
- Shouldn’t it be Morpheus?
The Return of Doctor Mysterio
Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Ed Bazalgette
The Doctor befriends a little boy who accidentally becomes a superhero. Discussion points includes:
- Two years later (or is it twenty-four?)…
- What’s so great about superheroes?
- Comics and cartoonishness
- Family values
- What’s up with Nardole?
- The escape from loneliness
Next time:DW 10×1 The Pilot and Buffy 7×17 Lies My Parents Told Me.
Episodes discussed: The BSG TV movie The Plan and Angel 4×14 Release
Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-59:30; Angel 59:30 to the end
Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Edward James Olmos
“And they have a plan” … or did they? Discussion points include:
- The struggles of Syfy
- Does The Plan work?
- Sympathy for Boomer
- Wait, so, what’s the plan?
- Softening the Cylons
- Trying to recapture the magic
Written by Steven S. DeKnight, Elizabeth Craft, & Sarah Fain; Directed by James A. Contner;
The Beastmaster makes contact with Angelus. Discussion points includes:
- The Beastmaster’s omniscience and omnipresence
- Crossover potential
- Manipulating Connor
- Another demon pregnancy
- Wesley & Faith’s reversal of fortune
- Lorne’s promotion
Next time: Angel 4×15 Orpheus and the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Return of Doctor Mysterio.
Episodes discussed: Angel 4×13 Salvage and the BSG Season 4 Series Recap
Written by David Fury; Directed by Jefferson Kibbee
Wesley recruits a new ally to help him capture Angelus. Discussion points include:
- Head Lilah
- Wesley’s development
- Connor’s anti-magical stance
- Saving Angel with Faith
- Cordy’s pregnancy
The Battlestar Galactica Season 4 & Series Recap
We discuss our favorite episodes of Season 4 as well as the broader themes and character development across the series. Discussion points includes:
- End of series acclaim
- Good fathers and absent fathers
- The “frak Earth” period
- The real climax of BSG?
- Revisiting the mission statement
- Putting the opera back in space opera
- Spinoffs, prequels, sequels, and reboots
- Guillermo Adama
You can read BSG’s Mission Statement and Series Bible, written by Ron Moore, here.
Next time: BSG’s TV movie The Plan and Angel 4×14 Release.
Episodes discussed: BSG 4×23 Daybreak: Part 3 and Buffy 7×16 Storyteller
Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:35:55; Buffy 1:35:55 to the end
Daybreak: Part 3
Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rymer
As the Battlestar Galactica finally breaks apart, . Discussion points include:
- The breaking of the truce
- The fulfillment of destiny
- “It’s Earth”
- Regression & recursion
- Rounding out the character arcs
- The Epilogue
Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Marita Grabiak
Andrew films a documentary about the Scooby gang for posterity. Discussion points includes:
- The three cameras
- Andrew’s “detached journalism”
- The inversion of “Superstar”
- Commentary on director-geek Whedon?
- Buffy’s story
- Xander and Anya’s future
Next time: Angel 4×13 Salvage and the BSG Season 4 & Series Recap.
Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×15 Get it Done and BSG 4×22 Daybreak: Part 2
Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:07:10; BSG 1:07:10 to the end
Get It Done
Written and Directed by Doug Petrie
Buffy learns more about the origins of the First Slayer. Discussion points include:
- “Call me Robin”
- Drill sergeant Kennedy
- The First targets Chloe
- Buffy toughens up
- Stop holding back
- The origin myth
Daybreak: Part 2
Written by Ronald D. Moore; Directed by Michael Rymer
The mission to rescue Hera gets underway. (Note: Part 2 pauses at 1:14:16 in the feature-length Blu-ray version.)Discussion points includes:
- The big, action climax
- Adama’s character assassination
- The CIC’s transformation
- Baltar’s BS saves the day
- Touched by an angel
- Farewells to supporting characters
Next time: BSG 4×23 Daybreak: Part 3 and Buffy 7×16 Storyteller.