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Episode 58 - Sleeper / Never Leave Me (feat. Tami Anderson)

July 28th, 2020

I have no idea what Anya is talking about. For me, Souled Spike IS Happyland! But whatever. This week I’m joined by fan and amateur Buffyologist Tami Anderson to discuss the Pavlov’s Bell-ness of episode 708, “Sleeper,” and how I will never forgive episode 709, “Never Leave Me” for turning the death of my beloved Jonathan into nothing more than a lame (and medically specious) punchline.

 

Next: Author Vickie Navarra returns to the cemetery to converse on episodes 710, “Bring On The Night” and 711, “Showtime.”

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Run Time: 01:21:30

00:00:55  -  Intro / Guest

00:09:22  -  Main Topic

01:16:30  -  Outro / Next

 

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Pavlov’s Bell” by Aimee Man, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale - Music from the TV Series (2003)

Episode 57 - Conversations with Dead People (feat. Eric Sipple)

July 23rd, 2020

“Do the words ‘superiority complex’ mean anything to you?”

 

This week I’m joined by Broken Magic author and my very frequent collaborator Eric Sipple, here to discuss arguably the most important episode of the series (being the namesake of this clearly revolutionary podcast) episode 707, “Conversations with Dead People.” We break down the four (five?) titular conversations; wax rhapsodic about Jonathan Woodward; condemn the pointless death of Jonathan Levinson; lament the horribly wasted potential of the First Evil; and ask whether the episode is better in isolation or if the shocks and twists of this episode actually pay off in a satisfying way through the rest of the season.

 

Is it just a coincidence that this podcast takes its name from the only episode in the entire run of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with absolutely ZERO Xander Harris? You be the judge. 

 

Next: Tami Anderson, fan and amateur Buffyologist, joins me to discuss episode 708, “Sleeper” and 709, “Never Leave Me.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Run Time: 01:21:44

00:00:55  -  Intro / Guest

00:05:50  -  Main Topic

01:18:30  -  Outro / Next

 

THE LIBRARY

Broken Magic, by Eric Sipple

The Deli Counter of Justice, by Paul Smith, Eric Sipple, Arlo Wiley

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Blue” by Angie Hart, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale - Music from the TV Series (2003)

Episode 56 - Help / Selfless / Him (feat. Michael Adams)

July 6th, 2020

Michael Adams, author of Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon, joins me as I continue my march to the end here in Season 7 with the next three episodes. “Help” introduces us, for a tragically brief time, to the delightful Azura Skye as Cassie, doomed teenage poet and seer. “Selfless” features a fun flashback and a “lost” musical number from “Once More, With Feeling.” (It is also the point at which my uncharacteristic love for Buffy Summers I’ve been feeling for the first part of this season finally wears off.) And “Him” provides a mildly troubling Buffy-channeling-Darla seduction scene, and a waka-chicka-waka-chicka Charlie’s Angels-esque split screen montage.

 

Next: Broken Magic author, and my co-author/co-editor on The Deli Counter of Justice, Eric Sipple joins me for what is arguably the most important episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ever (being the namesake for this very important podcast), 707, “Conversations with Dead People.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Run Time: 01:46:35

00:00:55  -  Intro / Guest

00:04:16  -  Main Topic

01:41:00  -  Outro / Next

 

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)

“Theme from ‘A Summer Place’” by Percey Sledge and his Orchestra, A Summer Place (1959)

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