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Episode 4 - The Puppet Show / Nightmares (feat. Alexander Lester)


Alexander Lester, Graduate Student and Teaching Associate in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, joins me this week for the penultimate conversation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season One. Together we discuss the Sid the Demon-Hunting Puppet series that could have (and maybe should have) spun out of 109, “The Puppet Show,” as well as just how perfectly sinister the introduction of Principal Snyder is. And 110, “Nightmares,” gives us some serious wiggins, but it’s not the killer clowns or forcible Chess Club recruitment practices that get to us — it’s the casual child abuse.


And what’s with all the Nazis in Season One?


Next: James South, editor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale, joins me to take a look at episodes 111, “Out of Mind, Out of Sight” and the dramatic season finale, 112, “Prophecy Girl.”



Intro / Guest (00:00 - 7:14)

Main Topic (7:14 - 1:14:25)

Outro / Next (1:14:25 - 1:17:40)



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

“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” by Lily James, Cinderella (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2015)



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