Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Buffy Rewatch: Girls Gone Wild

This week bring the Xander-centric episode "The Zeppo", and season 3's endgame begins with "Bad Girls" and "Consequences".

"Faith, you don't get it. You killed a man."
"No, you don't get it. I don't care."

Though she's never a full-time cast member, Faith has, I think, the best character arc of the series. Initially rebellious, she turns truly dangerous after being let down - yet again - by an authority figure. Her journey from where she is now (refusing to accept the consequences of her actions), through her later appearances on both BUFFY and ANGEL, to where she ends up in "Chosen" (having fully accepted and understood her role as a "hot chick with superpowers") is truly compelling. And I think it's fair to say that, given the anti-hero trend on many notable TV series in the decade since BUFFY went off the air, Faith seems like a more current character. If BUFFY debuted today, you can be sure the network would want Joss and the writers to have Buffy be more like Faith. That might be an interesting series, but I prefer Faith as a foil to Buffy, as the cautionary tale of someone with Buffy's great power without Buffy's great responsibility.

Episode 20 - My Plastic Surgeon Doesn't Want Me Doing Any Activity Where Balls Fly At My Nose

While Joe takes a well deserved week off, Becca Gross is in for our "Fashion" episode. She picked the book Emma, while Amy chose the adaptation of same in "Clueless."

Linky links:
Sarah MacLean's Numbers series and Scoundrels series
Alyssa Rosenberg's Washington Post article

Intro Music: "Fashion" by David Bowie
Exit Music: "Tenderness" by General Public

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Oh, and if you want to be ready for the next episode we're reading A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore and watching "A Matter of Life and Death" [alternate title: "Stairway to Heaven"].

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Buffy Rewatch: Just a Girl

Season 3 reaches the halfway point with "Amends", "Gingerbread", and "Helpless".

"I can't just be a person. I can't be helpless like that."

So I managed to get a few weeks behind on the Buffy Rewatch.

Part of the reason was an amazing trip to New York, but we've been back for three weeks now, so that's no excuse. This group of episodes features one of my absolute favorite episodes of the series, and I wanted to try to devote more time/effort to writing about it, but at this rate it'll be August before I get around to it, so let's just jump right back in.

Over the next couple of weeks, I'll get back on track. Based on the schedule I put together in January, I'm supposed to be finishing season 3 this week. That's clearly not going to happen, but I plan on being fully caught up in the next couple of weeks. Look for a couple of double-post weeks!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Episode 18.5 - WHOOPS

Sadly, this is going to be a lost episode due to a corrupt file issue. We'll be back for our regularly scheduled podcast on the 26th, with special guest Becca Gross!

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