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Episode 37 - Shadow / Listening to Fear (feat. Michael Holland)

June 28th, 2019

No good deed goes unpunished, and so Michael Holland pays for being such a great guest last week, where we got to discuss one (maybe two?) of the best episodes in the entire series. His penance? He’s back with me again, which is perhaps punishment enough, but in fact he’s here to talk about Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes 508, “Shadow” and 509, “Listening to Fear.” In the former he’s forced to endure the worst CGI snake demon the show ever conjures up, and in the latter he struggles to survive the show’s embarrassing X-Files envy.

 

(That’ll teach him to be so smart and fun, huh?)

 

Next: PhD student, Slayage contributor, and fellow Spuffy fanatic Jessica Hautsch returns to discuss episodes 510, “Into the Woods” and 511, “Triangle.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Run Time: 01:25:50

00:00:55 - Intro / Guest

00:04:00 - Main Topic

01:18:15 - Outro / Next

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE LINKS

Michael’s Blog - Holland Imaginarium

 

THE MUSIC

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

“The X-Files Theme” by The Dust Brothers, X-Files: The Album (1998)

 

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 36 - Family / Fool for Love (feat. Michael Holland)

June 22nd, 2019

I’m a bad podcaster, but I’m a good man. I’m just so into this Buffy the Vampire Slayer rewatch lately that I decided to get really sick just as we start getting into the episodes that deal with Joyce getting really sick. Fortunately I SEEM to have rounded a corner, and with luck (and maybe a little bit of magic?) this silly little podcast will now get back on some kind of regular track.

 

That track begins with the triumphant return of Michael Holland, Manager of Television for Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services, who joins me for a very special episode. We kick off with 506, “Family,” where we talk about the way patriarchal systems dehumanize women and how the Jossian found family narrative is perhaps the most profound and moving aspect of anything set in the Whedonverse. And with 507, “Fool for Love,” we reach what is arguably, for me personally, the high water mark of the series. I know, there’s still a lot of great stuff coming up. But...well let’s just say I’m a Spike fan, and I kinda sorta like what this episodes does for the character. (WARNING: We talk about Spike, like, a LOT.)

 

Next: I have so much fun talking with Michael Holland that I’m not letting him leave. He rejoins me next week to find out if episodes 508, “Shadow” and 509, “Listening to Fear” can possibly live up to the wonders we witnessed this week.

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Run Time: 01:32:26

00:00:55 - Intro / Apologies / Guest

00:05:11 - Family

00:37:03 - Fool for Love

01:26:38 - Outro / Next

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE LINKS

Michael’s Blog - Holland Imaginarium

 

THE MUSIC

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

“I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Melanie Doane, Adam’s Rib (1999)

 

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 35 - Out of My Mind / No Place Like Home (feat. Stephanie Graves)

June 14th, 2019

Plague demons worked their worst to keep this episode out of your earbuds, faithful listeners. But I have valiantly fought my way free of the mucous-based hell dimension to finally bring you my discussion with the inimitable Stephanie Graves about 504, “Out of My Mind” and 505, “No Place Like Home.” People still hate Dawn; Spike gets arguably the greatest five-word quote in the entire damn series; and there’s something about that boy Ben...I can’t quite put my finger on it...

 

Next: I, and presumably a guest, who shall remain a mystery for now since I can’t get confirmation from anyone, will be discussing episodes 506, “Family” and, a big one for me personally, 507, “Fool for Love.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Run Time: 01:26:39

00:00:55 - Intro / Guest

00:04:22 - Main Topic

01:22:20 - Outro / Next

 

THE LIBRARY

Joss Whedon vs. the Horror Tradition: The Production of Genre in Buffy and Beyond, edited by K. K. Woofter and Lorna Jowett

 

THE MUSIC

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

“No Place Like Home” by Todrick Hall, Straight Outta Oz (2016)

 

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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