Tag Archives: Buffy

Episode 214 – You’re on the Verge of Seeing Ghosts

Episodes discussed: BSG Season 4 Webisodes The Face of the Enemy and Buffy 7×11 Showtime

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

The Face of the Enemy

Written by Jane Espenson & Seamus Kevin Fahey; Directed by Wayne Rose

Tigh sends Gaeta for some R&R which turns into the worst raptor ride ever. Discussion points include:

  • The development of the webisodes
  • Gaeta’s state of mind
  • A softer side of Tigh
  • Prejudice at work
  • A list of names
  • The road to hell…

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Showtime

Written by David Fury; Directed by Michael Grossman

Buffy shows the Potentials what it means to be a Slayer. Discussion points includes:

  • The hierarchy of Potential
  • Eve the First woman
  • The temptation of fear
  • A bit of theater
  • What monsters fear
  • Andrew starts rooting for Buffy

Next time: Angel 4×8 Habeas Corpses and BSG 4×14 A Disquiet Follows My Soul.

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Episode 213 – I’m Beyond Tired

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×10 Bring on the Night and BSG 4×13 Sometimes a Great Notion

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:11:25; BSG 1:11:25 to the end

Bring on the Night

Written by Marti Noxon & Doug Petrie; Directed by David Grossman

Buffy and the Scoobies struggle to come to grips with the seemingly impossible task of beating the First. Discussion points include:

  • Visions of Joyce
  • The temptation of rest
  • Andrew’s worldview
  • The Ubervamp
  • Buffy’s plan
  • Giles and the Potentials
Sometimes a Great Notion

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

“Frak Earth.” Discussion points includes:

  • “To jump in the river and drown”
  • Investigating the nuclear wasteland
  • The Tigh-shaped hole in Adama’s heart
  • Roslin gives up
  • Starbuck finds herself
  • Dee’s despair

Next time: BSG Season 4 Webisodes The Face of the Enemy and Buffy 7×11 Showtime. 

Episode 212 – The Weasel Wants to Sing

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×12 Revelations and Buffy 7×9 Never Leave Me

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:02:15; Buffy 1:02:15 to the end

Sleeper

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

D’Anna takes human hostages until the Final Five are returned safely to the Cylon baseship. Discussion points include:

  • Secrets revealed and an apocalyptic wasteland
  • Hostage negotiations
  • Tory’s new attitude
  • Tigh’s confession
  • Starbuck’s signal
  • Earth
Never Leave Me

Written by Drew Goddard; Directed by David Solomon

Willow captures Andrew during his preparations for another blood ritual. Discussion points includes:

  • Andrew’s inept villainy
  • Don’t mess with Willow
  • Good cop, bad cop
  • Spike’s faulty chip
  • The First
  • What the heck is up with Principal Wood?

Next time: Buffy 7×10 Bring on the Night and BSG 4×13 Sometimes a Great Notion.

Episode 211 – Just Shut Up, William, and Take Me

AKA The Jane Espenson Happy Fun-Time Podcast Hour!

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×8 Sleeper and BSG 4×11 The Hub

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:11:20; BSG 1:11:20 to the end

Sleeper

Written by Jane Espenson & David Fury; Directed by Alan J. Levi

Buffy investigates Spike’s renewed killing streak. Discussion points include:

  • Trademark Espensonian characterization and humor
  • Sleeper agent Spike
  • Anya’s seduction
  • Triggers
  • The temptation of suicide
  • Giles in peril!
The Hub

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Paul Edwards

Roslin and Baltar accompany the rebel Cylons on their mission to destroy the Resurrection Hub. Discussion points includes:

  • Roslin’s mid-jump projections
  • Helo’s dilemma
  • Unboxing D’Anna
  • Baltar preaches to a Centurion
  • “Nobody blames the flood”
  • Roslin chooses love

Next time: BSG 4×12 Revelations and Buffy 7×9 Never Leave Me.

Episode 209 – Not So Much Connected

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×7 Conversations with Dead People and BSG 4×9 Guess What’s Coming to Dinner?

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-1:46:46; BSG 1:41:46 to the end

Conversations with Dead People

Written by Jane Espenson & Drew Goddard (with assists from Joss Whedon & Marti Noxon); Directed by Nick Marck

Buffy, Willow and Dawn receive visits from the great beyond while Jonathan and Andrew return to Sunnydale. Discussion points include:

  • Tag-team writing
  • Drawing attention to itself
  • Deceiving Dawn
  • Jonathan’s sacrifice
  • Cassie’s message to Willow
  • Buffy’s therapy session
Guess What’s Coming to Dinner?

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Wayne Rose

Natalie seeks to forge a peaceful alliance between the humans and Cylon rebels. Discussion points includes:

  • Racial tension and negotiations
  • Tigh’s (dis)loyalty
  • The gift of death
  • Roslin’s autocracy
  • Athena’s fear
  • Gaeta’s lament

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Next time: BSG 4×10 Sine Qua Non and Angel 4×7 Apocalypse, Nowish.

Episode 207 – I Don’t Want to Need Anyone’s Help

Episodes discussed: Buffy 7×6 Him and BSG 4×7 The Road Less Traveled

Time Stamps: Buffy 00:00-51:35; BSG 51:35 to the end

Him

Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by Michael Gershman

The ladies all fall for a Sunnydale High jock. Discussion points include:

  • What’s the value of a soul?
  • Ambient music
  • Throwback metaphor of the week
  • The power of the jacket
  • Forgiving Anya
  • Criticisms of nice-guy Xander
The Road Less Traveled

Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by Michael Rymer

Starbuck’s conflict with her crew reaches a boiling point. Discussion points includes:

  • Baltar’s prosperity gospel
  • Tyrol’s “taxi driver” phase
  • Living with guilt
  • Baltar’s sincere apology
  • A proposed alliance
  • Mutiny on The Demetrius

Next time: BSG 4×8 Faith and Angel 4×6 Spin the Bottle.

Episode 204 – Did Everybody Have Their Crazyflakes Today?

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×4 Six of One and Buffy 7×5 Selfless

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

Six of One

Written by Michael Angeli; Directed by Anthony Hemingway

Adama makes a decision about Kara, Tory gets closer to Baltar, and dissension arises among the Cylons. Discussion points include:

  • Kara, Roslin, and faith
  • Cylon tokenism and democracy
  • The way to Earth
  • Apollo’s farewell
  • Tory gets close to Baltar
  • Roslin and Adama fighting dirty
Selfless

Written by Drew Goddard; Directed by David Solomon

When Anya’s vengeance crosses a line Buffy takes steps to confront her. Discussion points includes:

  • Shifting tones and styles
  • Anya’s Scandinavian roots
  • The peak of domestic happiness
  • Buffy vs Xander
  • D’Hoffryn’s price
  • Spike’s ghosts

Next time: Angel 4×4 Slouching Toward Bethlehem and BSG 4×5 The Ties That Bind.

Episode 202 – We Can’t Always Choose Our Circumstances

Episodes discussed: BSG 4×1/4×2 Razor and Buffy 7×4 Help

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

Razor

Written by Michael Taylor; Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá

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

  • Trying to be all things at once
  • The Rosencrantz & Guildenstern approach
  • Flashbacks all the way down
  • What does it mean to be a razor?
  • Benjamin Button Adama
  • Hybrid experimentations
Help

Written by Rebecca Rand Kirshner; Directed by Rick Rosenthal

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

  • Revisiting early storylines from an adult perspective
  • Students in need of counsel
  • Principal Wood’s failure of leadership
  • Cassie comes unstuck in time
  • Dawn’s pain and Spike’s hope
  • Beating up the bullies

Next time: Angel 4×3 The House Always Wins and BSG 4×3 He That Believeth in Me.

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 200 – It’s Nice to be Forgiven—Too Bad I Need So Much of It

Episodes discussed: BSG 3×19 Crossroads: Part 2 and Buffy 7×3 Same Time, Same Place

Time Stamps: BSG 00:00-1:38:00; Buffy 1:38:00 to the end

Crossroads: Part 2

Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by Michael Rymer

The result of Baltar’s trial is revealed and the mysterious music leads to a game-changing revelation. Discussion points include:

  • Losing because he’s winning
  • Gaeta’s perjury
  • Lee’s epic testimony
  • Roslin’s hatred of Baltar
  • The Penultimate Four
  • “All Along the Watchtower”

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Same Time, Same Place

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by James A. Contner

Willow’s return home results in dangerous misunderstandings. Discussion points includes:

  • Super-creepy Gnarl and Camden Toy
  • Willow checks out of rehab early
  • Scavenger Spike
  • The joy of the kill
  • Everyone forced to confront their issues
  • Is Anya still part of the group?

Next time: Our special 200th episode/four year anniversary bonus episode!