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Episode 43 - Spiral / The Weight of the World (feat. Margaret Ann Robbins)


“Do we suspect that there may be some kind of connection between Ben and Glory?”


Great question, Giles. First time guest Margaret Ann Robbins joins me to answer that and other ponderables. For example, in “Spiral,” is Buffy the Vampire Slayer really just a retelling of Milton’s Paradise Lost? Are the ren faire reject Knights of Byzantium a tonal bridge too far? If killing humans is a no-no, but killing Knights of Byzantium goes unmentioned from now to the end of time, does that kind of answer my previous question? And in “The Weight of the World,” why is it okay for Glory to whine, “Get out, get out, get out!” without catching grief from the fans? Does the Gollum / Sméagol scene between Glory and Ben work? And what if the Key were a velvet Elvis painting?


Next: we’re in the endgame now. Buffy’s world comes tumbling down, literally, in the Season 5 finale. Join me and returning guest Michael Holland as we discuss episode 522, “The Gift.”



Run Time: 01:28:13

00:00:55 - Intro / Guest

00:04:47 - Main Topic

01:24:47 - Outro / Next



Bite Me!: The Chosen Edition The Unofficial Guide to Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Seven Seasons One Book), by Nikki Stafford



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

“Knight Rider Main Theme” by Stu Phillips, Knight Rider (Original TV Soundtrack) (2005)



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