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Episode 75 - War Zone / Blind Date / To Shanshu in L.A. (feat. Elizabeth Rambo)

August 21st, 2021

“Don’t believe everything you’re foretold.”  ~Angel


The prophecy is finally fulfilled as author, scholar, and friend Elizabeth Rambo makes her Angel conversations debut, just in time for the explosive final episodes of the first season. While the previous two Faith-centric episodes are a hard act to follow, “War Zone” steps up to the plate big time with the introduction of Charles Gunn. It also gives us the fantastic David Nabbitt, and it’s not this episode’s fault that the series going forward fumbles the ball with that character. Next up, “Blind Date” looks like (see what I did there?) it totally wastes it’s monster-of-the-week antagonist, the blind assassin Vanessa, but it’s not really about that. (Hello, Holland Manners!) And the season goes out with a literal bang in “To Shanshu in L.A.,” where we are introduced to the multi-tool of ancient relics in the Scroll of Aberjian, the fiery death of the Angel Investigations offices, and the return of...the thing in the box!


NEXT: Melanie Scala joins me to kick off season two with episodes 201, “Judgment,” 202, “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been,” and 203, “First Impressions.”




00:00:55  -  Intro / Guest

00:06:38  -  Main Topic

01:27:57  -  Outro / Next




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




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

“Explosion in Your Soul” by The Soul Survivors, When the Whistle Blows Anything Goes (1967)

Episode 74 - Five by Five / Sanctuary (feat. Eric Sipple)

August 14th, 2021

“Help me.”  ~Faith


After a good-not-great season one so far, Angel finds its feet properly, giving one of the best characters from across the Whedonverse one of the best moments of character development from across the Whedonverse. Or that’s my opinion at least. Fortunately, my good friend, Broken Magic author Eric Sipple agrees with me, so I let him come back on the show. Together we discuss the blossoming of the Angel/Lindsey rivalry, the overwhelming power of THAT rain-soaked alley scene, and how it’s not about you, Buffy! 


NEXT: Author, scholar, and friend of the show Elizabeth Rambo makes her triumphant return, her first time joining me since we wrapped up Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to lead us through the final three episodes of Angel season one. We’ll be discussing 120, “War Zone,” 121, “Blind Date,” and 122, “To Shanshu in L.A.”




00:00:55  -  Intro / Guest

00:05:13  -  Main Topic

01:39:35  -  Outro / Next




Broken Magic, by Eric Sipple

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




Eric’s Website - A Beautiful Rain of Frogs




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

“Why Does It Always Rain on Me?” by Anakelly, Timeless (Piano & Vocal) (2016)


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