Episode 232 – I Think I’ve Got Some Spare Eyes Somewhere

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 10×5 Oxygen and Buffy 7×18 Dirty Girls

Time Stamp: Buffy starts at 1:15:40

Oxygen

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
Dirty Girls

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.

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Episode 231 – Hope Is Its Own Form of Cruelty

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
Knock Knock

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.

Episode 230 – Exactly Like Every Other Day of Your Life

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

Thin Ice

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
Inside Out

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.

Episode 229 – It Feels Good to be Doing Good

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

Players

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
Smile

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.

Episode 228 – Knowledge Comes from Crafted Bindings and Pages

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

The Pilot

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.

Episode 227 – Who’s the Big Hero Now?

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

Orpheus

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:

  • Willow!
  • 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.

Episode 226 – As Far as Plans Go, I Make My Own

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

The Plan

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
Release

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.

Episode 225 – We’re Caught in the Middle of a Maelstrom

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×13 Salvage and the BSG Season 4 Series Recap

Salvage

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.

Episode 224 – We Are Gods. We Are As Gods.

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
Storyteller

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.

Episode 223 – I’m Not Crossing That Line

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.