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Episode 40 - Crush / I Was Made to Love You (feat. Jessica Hautsch)


Jessica Hautsch is back in the cemetery to discuss two more episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Being massive Spike fans, episode 514, “Crush” gives us both a lot to talk about. Episode 515, “I Was Made to Love You” gives us...less. We have plenty to say about the performative nature of Spike, the arc of his moral continuum, and how wisely (or not) vampires are able to love. We go on and on about how problematic he can be, how much we love him in spite of all that, and how intensely, annoyingly metatextual and condescending Quasimodo comparisons are. 


“Doesn’t seem to me it matters very much how you start out.” 


When it comes to long, compelling conversations about misogynistic geeks and sex robots...we do all right.


Next: My hetero life mate Arlo Wiley returns to help me tackle the heartbreaking 516, “The Body.” Have the Kleenex ready.



Run Time: 01:42:05

00:00:55 - Intro / Guest

00:02:28 - Main Topic

01:38:30 - Outro / Next



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

“I Was Made For Lovin’ You” by Kiss, Dynasty (1979)



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