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Episode 30 - This Year’s Girl / Who Are You (feat. Arlo Wiley)

March 29th, 2019

There’s clearly been some body swapping shenanigans going on, because somehow infamous prodigal Conversational-ist Arlo Wiley makes his first appearance in the Dead People mausoleum. (I mean at least there wasn’t any hyena possession going on.) We talk around the awkward, metaphorically demonic history between us regarding the origins of this podcast before at last renewing our Faith in each other to discuss this week’s impressive double bill of episodes. In 415, “This Year’s Girl” we see the very welcome return of some long lost fan favorite characters as Faith wakes up from her coma, learns of the fate of her father figure Mayor Wilkins, and shares some tender moments with Joyce. And the extraordinary 416, “Who Are You” gives us two of THE -- BEST -- PERFORMANCES of the entire series, with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Eliza Dushku swapping roles to absolutely unbelievable effect.

 

For serious, guys...these are two of my personal favorites.

 

Next: superstar Kenn Edwards returns to discuss 417, “Superstar.” And I guess we’ll talk about 418, “Where the Wild Things Are” too, but really it’s “Superstar.”

 

THE CROSSOVER

Angel 118, “Five by Five”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Run Time: 01:42:44

00:00:55 - Intro / Guest

00:22:12 - Main Topic

01:35:40 - Outro / Next

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE LINKS

Gobbledygeek Podcast

The Avatar Returns Podcast

“Joss Whedon’s Yardstick: Feminism, Humanism, and Xander” by Arlo Wiley, Gobbledygeek (Arlo wants to be sure you know this is old and his opinions on this topic have evolved.)

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Trading Places” by Usher, Here I Stand (2018)

 

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 29 - The I in Team / Goodbye Iowa (feat. Michael Holland)

March 15th, 2019

Michael Holland returns to the Conversations with Dead People mausoleum to discuss the agelessness of Ian McShane. (Coming soon: Conversations with Deadwood.) We also talk a little about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Episode 413, “The I in Team” covers a LOT of territory, including a dramatically silly but thematically significant trap, the very perfunctory end of Maggie Walsh’s story, and the high watermark (so far) of the patented Buffyverse “slo-mo sex-equals-violence” montage. And episode 414 makes some implied promises with the title “Goodbye Iowa” that maybe don’t pay off the way some viewers expected. Adam studies anatomy, Riley’s off his meds, a certain subtext considers dropping the sub, and the relevance of Road Runner cartoons is discussed.

 

Next: I’ll be once again by Whedon Studies author and Associate Dean for Faculty, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University James South as we find Faith in episodes 415, “This Year’s Girl” and 416, “Who Are You.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Run Time: 01:19:00

00:00:55 - Intro / Guest

00:06:54 - Main Topic

01:13:52 - Outro / Next

 

THE LIBRARY

Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show (Smart Pop series), edited by Glenn Yeffeth

 

THE LINKS

Patrick (H) Willem’s Video Essays

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Window to Your Soul” by Delerium, Karma (1997)

 

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/

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