Tag Archives: Angel

Episode 206 – This Is Not My Frakkin’ Life!

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×6 Escape Velocity and Angel 4×5 Supersymmetry

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:08:35; Angel 1:08:35 to the end

Escape Velocity

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Edward James Oleos

Tyrol struggles his loss and his new identity. Discussion points include:

  • Black humor and the importance of pain
  • Cally’s legacy
  • Tory’s background influence
  • Tyrol’s self-destruction
  • Roslin’s loss of patience
  • Head Six makes a scene
Supersymmetry

Written by Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain; Directed by Bill L. Norton

Fred attempts to get back into her physics research. Discussion points includes:

  • A new writing team
  • Lorne’s recovery
  • Fred’s hopes and dreams
  • Wesley’s interest
  • Protectiveness vs. freedom
  • Connor gets ideas

Next time: Buffy 7×6 Him and BSG 4×7 The Road Less Traveled. 

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Episode 205 – You Guys Aren’t Even Good Liars

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×4 Slouching Toward Bethlehem and BSG 4×5 The Ties That Bind

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:04:30; BSG 1:04:30 to the end

Slouching Toward Bethlehem

Written by Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Skip Schoolnik

Cordy returns to the group with no memory of herself, her life, or where she’s been for the past few months. Discussion points include:

  • “The Second Coming”
  • Connor’s quest for family
  • Cordy’s selective amnesia
  • Choosing Connor
  • Lilah’s softening
  • What rough beast?
The Ties That Bind

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Michael Nankin

Cally’s suspicion of Tyrol’s strange behavior grows. Discussion points includes:

  • Familial ties and captivity
  • Tyrol and Cally’s marital strain
  • Love and Bullets
  • Draining the swamp
  • The disgruntled Demetrius crew
  • Rebellion of the Sixes

Next time: BSG 4×6 Escape Velocity and Angel 4×5 Supersymmetry.

Episode 203 – Lady Luck Was Smiling Down On You

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×3 The House Always Wins and BSG 4×3 He That Believeth in Me

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-54:50; BSG 54:50 to the end

The House Always Wins

Written by David Fury; Directed by Marita Grabiak

This TV movie explores the dark and dangerous parallel journey of the Battlestar Pegasus. Discussion points include:

  • The return of Lorne
  • Shallow characterization
  • Andy Hallett has a good time in Vegas
  • Wesley filler
  • Angel’s purpose
  • Differing experiences of heaven
He That Believeth in Me

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

Buffy’s sense of responsibility kicks in when a Sunnydale High student makes suicidal comments. Discussion points includes:

  • Taking things on faith
  • Baltar’s miracle
  • Skepticism
  • Gaeta’s resistance and Sam’s acceptance
  • The signal gets weaker
  • Tigh’s denial

Next time: BSG 4×4 Six of One and Buffy 7×5 Selfless.

Episode 201 – I Am So Sick of My Chin Being Up

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×2 Ground State and the BSG Season 3 Recap

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:12:35; BSG 1:12:35to the end

Ground State

Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Michael Grossman

In the pursuit of finding Cordy Angel encounters a young woman with shocking superpowers. Discussion points include:

  • Angel and Wesley’s non-reconciliation
  • Wesley’s minions
  • The roguish Gwen
  • Finding connection in isolation
  • Cordy’s state of boredom
  • Gunn’s near-death experience
BSG Season 3 Recap

We recap the broader themes and character development of BSG season 3. Discussion points includes:

  • The festering wounds of New Caprica
  • Forgiveness
  • The slow burn of mythology
  • Mediocre slice-of-life episodes
  • Mixed reviews
  • The final push towards Earth

Next time: BSG 4×1/4×2 Razor and Buffy 7×4 Help.

Anniversary Bonus Episode – Everybody’s Got a Story

This week we take a break from our regular episode analysis to celebrate the fourth anniversary and 200th episode of this podcast with a free-flowing discussion on diversity in sci-fi and fantasy.

Discussion points include:

  • How to critique shows from a different time
  • Is it always appropriate?
  • Game of Thrones and Confederate
  • Hiring the best person for the part
  • Race-relations in BSG and representation in Buffy
  • Reactions to the first female Doctor
  • The influence of Le Guin and Heinlein
  • The danger of expecting perfection
  • Whedon, Xander, and feminism
  • Extra-bonus discussion of the recent news related to Joss Whedon and Cai Kole (aka “Jossgate”)

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Next time: Angel 4×2 Ground State and the BSG Season 3 Season Recap.

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 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 190 – Some Kind of Soul Colonic

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×10 The Passage and Angel 3×21 Benediction.

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

The Passage

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Michael Nankin

A blast from Kat’s past motivates her through a dangerous mission. Discussion points include:

  • Jane Espenson, patron saint of our podcast
  • Is this a major character death?
  • The quest for algae
  • Sasha’s identity
  • Burning out the bad
  • Tigh’s ovation
Benediction

Written and Directed by Tim Minear

Angel tries to bring Connor into the fold. Discussion points includes:

  • Connor torn between identities
  • Holtz’s contrition
  • Cordy flushes Connor out but good
  • Connor’s prejudice
  • Cordy only has eyes for Angel
  • Cordy’s discovery of her own powers

Next time: Buffy 6×20 Villains and BSG 3×11 The Eye of Jupiter.

Episode 188 – All Alone in a Strange World

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×8 Hero and Angel 3×20 A New World

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

Hero

Written by David Eick; Directed by Michael Rymer

The reappearance from a pilot presumed-dead makes Adama question is own role in the Cylon attacks. Discussion points include:

  • A murky backstory
  • Hey, Bulldog
  • Tigh’s trap
  • The Old Man’s betrayals
  • The inappropriate medal ceremony
  • Dreamy Number Three
A New World

Written by Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Tim Minear

After appearing in the hotel, a teenage Connor flees into L.A. Discussion points includes:

  • Connor/Steven/Pete Campbell
  • Connor’s otherness
  • Angel expresses himself
  • They grow so fast!
  • Cordy’s powers
  • Fred’s defiance
  • The deepest circle of hell

Next time: Buffy 6×19 Seeing Red and BSG 3×9 Unfinished Business.