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Episode 34 - Buffy vs. Dracula / Real Me / The Replacement (feat. Dax Stokes)

May 24th, 2019

Are season openers the weakest link in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer chain? Is Rudolf Martin an interesting Prince of Darkness? Are Xander’s days of being everybody’s butt-monkey finally over? Dax Stokes, host of the podcast The Vampire Historian, makes his Conversations debut to discuss these and other very, very important questions. In the Season 5 premiere, “Buffy vs. Dracula,” that poncy bugger turns up to feed Xander bugs and smolder ineffectually as he blathers on about the Slayer’s darkness. In “Real Me,” Buffy’s little sister finally gets an episode of her own, only 79 episodes into the series, and of course she has a crush on Xander. And in “The Replacement,” Anya almost gets to live the dream with two Xanders at once.

 

It’s a big week for the X-Man.

 

Next: Mr. Point Award-winner Stephanie Graves returns to discuss episodes 504, “Out of My Mind” and 505, “No Place Like Home.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Run Time: 01:47:15

00:00:55 - Intro / Guest

00:11:10 - Main Topic

01:40:29 - Outro / Next

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE LINKS

The Vampire Historian Podcast

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor” by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Walter Weller, Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

 

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 33 - Primeval / Restless (feat. Mary Ellen Iatropoulos)

May 17th, 2019

Multi-Mr. Pointy Award-winning author Mary Ellen Iatropoulos returns to discuss Franken-Forrest, Cabin in the Woods, and Joss’ obsession with concepts of hybridization in 421, “Primeval.” And then Season Four comes to it’s oh-so-welcome end with 422, “Restless,” which features some very unsubtle lesbian metaphors, Spike swinging really high, Mayor Meat, and the debate and confusion around the name of the First Slayer.

 

Oh, and we share our perhaps problematic love of the film Ghostbusters.

 

Next: I’m joined by Dax Stokes, host of the award-winning podcast The Vampire Historian to discuss the first three episodes of Season 5, “Buffy vs. Dracula,” “Real Me,” and “The Replacement.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Run Time: 02:01:04

00:00:55 - Intro / Guest

00:04:33 - Main Topic

01:53:30 - Outro / Next

 

THE LIBRARY

Joss Whedon and Race: Critical Essays, edited by Mary Ellen Iatropoulos and Lowery A. Woodall III

The Aesthetics of Culture in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, by Matthew Pateman

 

THE LINKS

Mary Ellen Iatropoulos’ Website

 

THE MUSIC

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

“The Exposition Song” by Anthony Stewart Head (2000)

 

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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