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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.

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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.

Episode 222 – I Wouldn’t Trust Me Either

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×21 Daybreak: Part 1 and Angel 4×12 Calvary

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:10:40; Angel 1:10:40 to the end

Daybreak: Part 1

Written by Ronald Dr. Moore; Directed by  Michael Rymer

Flashbacks give glimpses into the lives of the main characters before the Cylon genocide while Adama begins planning to mission to rescue Hera. Discussion points include:

  • How resonant or relevant are the flashbacks?
  • Sam’s cosmic connectedness
  • Finding a new lie to believe in
  • Selfless Baltar
  • Roslin’s tragedies
  • Planning the rescue mission
Calvary

Written by Mere Smith, Steven S. DeKnight, Jeffrey Bell; Directed by Bill L. Norton

The group debates whether or not to return Angel’s soul to his body. Discussion points includes:

  • “Not the forty-damn-second cavalry”
  • Angel’s non-ensoulment
  • Lorne’s mistake
  • How far back does Cordy’s change go?
  • Lilah as an ally
  • Gunn and Fred take a break

Next time: Buffy 7×15 Get it Done and BSG 4×22 Daybreak: Part 2.

Episode 221 – Everyone Is Hearing the Drumbeat

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×14 First Date and BSG 4×12 Islanded in a Stream of Stars

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-58:40; BSG 58:40 to the end

First Date

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by David Grossman

Buffy and Principal Wood grow more interested in each other, in more ways than one. Discussion points include:

  • “He’s hot, but he could be evil”
  • Another Slayer with family and friends
  • Of course, Xander’s new flame is demonic
  • The end of standalones
  • The big date
  • Andrew’s baby steps
Islanded in a Stream of Stars

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Edward James Olmos

As the Galactica continues to fall apart, Baltar exposes Kara’s secret. Discussion points includes:

  • Hera’s predicament
  • Forgiveness for Boomer & Tyrol
  • Adama & BSG’s symbiosis
  • Helo’s plea
  • Kara’s rut
  • Baltar is doing all right

Next time: BSG 4×21 Daybreak: Part 1 and Angel 4×12 Calvary.

Episode 220 – I’m Not Being Diplomatic, You Oversensitive Jackass

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×19 Someone to Watch Over Me and Angel 4×11 Soulless

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:26:35; Angel 1:26:35 to the end

Someone to Watch Over Me

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

Starbuck bonds with a mysterious pianist while Tyrol tries to save Boomer. Discussion points include:

  • Kara’s routine
  • Who and what is Slick?
  • Stars and notes
  • Citizen Sonia
  • Tyrol’s retcon
  • Boomer’s escape(s)
Deadlock

Written by Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft; Directed by Sean Astin

The gang interrogates Angelus about the nature of the Beast. Discussion points includes:

  • Yes, that Sean Astin
  • Wesley’s many failures
  • Fred caught in the middle
  • Oedipal Connor
  • Cordy’s deal
  • Angelus’ motivations

Next time: Buffy 7×14 First Date BSG 4×120 Islanded in a Stream of Stars.

Episode 219 – Just One Soul Touching Another

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×13 The Killer in Me and BSG 4×18 Deadlock

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:22:37; BSG 1:22:37 to the end

The Killer in Me

Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by David Solomon

A mysterious spell causes Willow to take on the appearance of Warren. Discussion points include:

  • Kennedy’s privilege
  • Willow’s guilt
  • Bringing Warren out in Willow
  • Amy’s last hurrah
  • “Just like in fairy-tales”
  • Spike’s chip and Giles’ touch
Deadlock

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Robert M. Young

The return of Ellen to the Fleet causes conflict between Tigh and Caprica Six. Discussion points includes:

  • Ellen comes back from the dead (again)
  • The importance of love
  • Tyrol’s loyalties
  • Adama’s great love affair
  • “More guns, bigger guns!”
  • Baltar makes an effort

Next time: BSG 4×19 Someone to Watch Over Me and Angel 4×11 Soulless.

Episode 218 – Please Don’t Take This Away from Me

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×17 No Exit and Angel 4×10 Awakening

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:27:15; Angel 1:27:15 to the end

No Exit

Written by Ryan Mottesheard; Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton

Flashbacks trace the journey of the ultimate member of the Final Five. Discussion points include:

  • Hell is being a person
  • A new system of government
  • The importance of networking
  • Sam’s infodump
  • The new old Ellen
  • Cavil’s nightmares
Awakening

Written by David Fury & Stephen S. DeKnight; Directed by James A. Contner

The gang decides to remove Angel’s soul in order to get vital information about the Beast from Angelus. Discussion points includes:

  • The frame story
  • The sneaky vision quest
  • Red herrings, cliches, and twists
  • Angel’s wish-fulfillment
  • Angelus returns

Next time: Buffy 7×13 The Killer in Me and BSG 4×18 Deadlock.

Episode 217 – Standing in the Remains of My Fallen Brethren

Episodes discussed: Angel 4×9 Long Day’s Journey and BSG 4×16 Blood on the Scales

Time Stamps: Angel 00:00-1:05:18; BSG 1:05:18 to the end

Long Day’s Journey

Written by Mere Smith; Directed by Terrence O’Hara

Gwen returns to lend a hand in the fight against the Beast. Discussion points include:

  • …into night
  • “Get over it”
  • The return of Gwen
  • Connor will be Connor
  • Wesley and Gunn’s sniping
  • The diverse Totems
Blood on the Scales

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Wayne Rose

The mutiny comes to a bloody conclusion. Discussion points includes:

  • Getting the plot holes out of the way
  • Using the Fleet for cover
  • Tyrol makes the machine stop
  • Arguing past each other
  • Gaeta’s tragic flaw
  • Tugging on the heartstrings

Next time: BSG 4×17 No Exit and Angel 4×10 Awakening.