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Episode 8 - Halloween / Lie to Me / The Dark Age (feat. David Bushman & Arthur Smith)

April 28th, 2018

For this week’s conversation David Bushman and Arthur Smith, TV curators at the Paley Center for Media in New York and authors of Buffy the Vampire Slayer FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Sunnydale's Slayer of Vampires, Demons, and Other Forces of Darkness join me to discuss rumors of “Golden Circle” behavior in the Mutant Enemy writers room and how that compares to the growing insularity of the Scooby Gang over the course of the series. We touch very briefly on Xander’s role as the Joss proxy; early hints of #Gamergate mentality; and how story, theme, and emotion tend to trump consistency in the Whedonverse.

 

Episode 206, “Halloween” introduces Ethan Rayne, the only character ever to deliver a convincing read of a Latin incantation. In 207, Buffy asks Giles to “Lie to Me,” or...to her, or whatever. You know what I meant. And Ethan is back to mess things up for Giles and Jenny in 208, “The Dark Age.”

 

Next: Melanie Scala, long time fan of genre fiction in general and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in particular, and apparently young Watcher-in-training joins me to discuss “What’s My Line? (Part One)” and, you guessed it, “What’s My Line? (Part Two).”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00 - 8:34)

Main Topic (8:34 - 1:28:35)

Outro / Next (1:28:35 - 1:32:39)

 

THE LIBRARY

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Sunnydale’s Slayer of Vampires, Demons, and Other Forces of Darkness, by David Bushman and Arthur Smith

 

THE LINKS

Big Bad Buffy Interviews - iTunes - Facebook

 

THE MUSIC

“Conversations (feat. Wesley Mead)” by Azura (2017)

“Saturday Night” by Bay City Rollers, Rollin’ (1975)

 

THE SCHOLARS

Whedon Studies Association is a non-profit academic organization devoted to the study of the works of Joss Whedon and his associates. They put out Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies, and Watcher Junior​: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies, both blind peer-reviewed twice-yearly online publications. They also host the biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, which brings all these incredible scholars together to present papers, discuss ways of incorporating Whedon Studies in education, and basically just geek out together.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

Episode 7 - School Hard / Inca Mummy Girl / Reptile Boy (feat. Theresa Fortier)

April 21st, 2018

So my excuse for the crappy audio this time will be that it’s punk to not care about sound quality, and with Spike’s glorious debut I’m trying to make the show more punk. Yeah, that’s it. *sigh*

 

Anyway, as unprofessional as I may be Theresa Fortier, founder of supportspike.com and producer at VidiotsOnline.com still agreed to join me this week to discuss the most important episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 203, “School Hard,” and how it dramatically shakes up the vampire status quo of the series with the introduction of some exciting new characters. Also on deck we’ve got 204, “Inca Mummy Girl,” which introduces two more brand new characters, one arguably the most abused in series history and the other inarguably the most laconic. And in 205, “Reptile Boy,” the series addresses the fratboy cultist cliche in the metaphorical room that we all knew we were going to have to get to sooner or later.

 

And yes the episode runs long. It’s punk, dammit. Leave me alone.

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00 - 7:29)

Main Topic (7:29 - 1:51:27)

Outro / Next (1:51:27 - 1:56:03)

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE LINKS

SupportSpike.com

VidiotsOnline.com

Theresa@EyeLAshout.net

Twitter: @Eyelashout

 

THE MUSIC

“Conversations (feat. Wesley Mead)” by Azura (2017)

“Hello” by Ghost of the Robot, Bourgeois Faux Pas (2015)

 

THE SCHOLARS

Whedon Studies Association is a non-profit academic organization devoted to the study of the works of Joss Whedon and his associates. They put out Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies, and Watcher Junior​: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies, both blind peer-reviewed twice-yearly online publications. They also host the biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, which brings all these incredible scholars together to present papers, discuss ways of incorporating Whedon Studies in education, and basically just geek out together.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

Episode 6 - When She Was Bad / Some Assembly Required (feat. Michael Adams)

April 13th, 2018

When the Audio Was Bad! That’s right, in the ‘90s two high school kids with low-end lab equipment could resurrect the dead, but here in the 21st century two adult professionals can’t make a podcast that doesn’t sound like it’s broadcast from the bottom of an empty grave. Skype is a bitca! I apologize for the inconvenience, but the conversation is still good, so please grab your tin can on a string and listen in as Michael Adams, author of Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon joins me to ring in Season Two with episodes 201, “When She Was Bad,” and 202, “Some Assembly Required.” We talk about language on the Hellmouth, the possibly unfair redemption expectations placed upon Cordelia Chase, and how the series is already starting to explore the consequences of coming back from the hereafter.

 

Next: Theresa Fortier, founder of supportspike.com and producer at VidiotsOnline.com joins me to celebrate the introduction of a couple of brand new characters to the world of the Slayer in 203, “School Hard.” Oh and there’s also 204, “Inca Mummy Girl,” and 205, “Reptile Boy.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00 - 11:06)

Main Topic (11:06 - 1:23:13)

Outro / Next (1:23:13 - 1:27:21)

 

THE LIBRARY

Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon, by Michael Adams

 

Buffy Goes Dark: Essays on the Final Two Seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Television, edited by Lynne Y. Edwards, Elizabeth Rambo, and James B. South

 

THE MUSIC

“Conversations (feat. Wesley Mead)” by Azura (2017)

“My Girl” by the Temptations, The Temptations Sing Smokey (1964)

 

THE SCHOLARS

Whedon Studies Association is a non-profit academic organization devoted to the study of the works of Joss Whedon and his associates. They put out Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies, and Watcher Junior​: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies, both blind peer-reviewed twice-yearly online publications. They also host the biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, which brings all these incredible scholars together to present papers, discuss ways of incorporating Whedon Studies in education, and basically just geek out together.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

Episode 5 - Out of Mind, Out of Sight / Prophecy Girl (feat. James South)

April 7th, 2018

We close out the conversation about Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season One with guest scholar James South, editor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale and the upcoming Westworld and Philosophy: If You Go Looking for the Truth, Get the Whole Thing. Together we discuss the hidden chalkboard messages of 111, “Out of Mind, Out of Sight,” and the intentional fallacy of Merrie Melodies in 112, “Prophecy Girl.” Cordy finally goes to the library; Xander is a bully; and Buffy’s only 16.

 

Also, what did the Beatles know about invisible assassin school and when did they know it?

 

Next: Michael Adams, author of Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon shares some words with me about the first two episodes of the second season, “When She Was Bad” and “Some Assembly Required.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00 - 5:00)

Main Topic (5:00 - 1:19:50)

Outro / Next (1:19:50 - 1:26:16)

 

THE LIBRARY

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Vol. 4), edited by James B. South

 

Westworld and Philosophy (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series), edited by James B. South

 

THE LINKS

James South Academic Site

 

THE MUSIC

“Conversations (feat. Wesley Mead)” by Azura (2017)

“Happiness is a Warm Gun” by the Beatles, The Beatles (1968)

 

THE SCHOLARS

Whedon Studies Association is anon-profit academic organization devoted to the study of the works of Joss Whedon and his associates. They put out Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies, and Watcher Junior​: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies, both blind peer-reviewed twice-yearly online publications. They also host the biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, which brings all these incredible scholars together to present papers, discuss ways of incorporating Whedon Studies in education, and basically just geek out together.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

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