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Episode 2 - The Witch / Teacher’s Pet / Never Kill a Boy on the First Date (feat. Elizabeth Rambo)


Welcome back, everyone! This week, with the hard work of setting the stage and introducing the characters and concepts handled by last week’s premiere, we head into the more workmanlike episodes as they begin to lay out what Buffy the Vampire Slayer would look like on a weekly basis. I’m joined by professor and author Elizabeth Rambo to discuss 103, “The Witch,” where Willow may or may not dabble with her first cauldron, the slightly clumsy metaphors (and extremely clumsy papier-mâché) of 104, “Teacher’s Pet,” and whether Owen from 105, “Never Kill a Boy on the First Date” is actually just Riley v0.1.


Next: Elizabeth sticks around to continue the conversation as the first season truly finds its footing with 106, “The Pack,” 107, “Angel,” and 108, “I Robot, You Jane.”



Intro / Guest (00:00 - 5:28)

Main Topic (5:28 - 1:09:04)

Outro / Next (1:09:04 - 1:13:08)



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



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

“Let the Sun Fall Down” by Kim Richey, Kim Richey (1995)



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.

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