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Episode 5 - Out of Mind, Out of Sight / Prophecy Girl (feat. James South)


We close out the conversation about Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season One with guest scholar James South, editor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale and the upcoming Westworld and Philosophy: If You Go Looking for the Truth, Get the Whole Thing. Together we discuss the hidden chalkboard messages of 111, “Out of Mind, Out of Sight,” and the intentional fallacy of Merrie Melodies in 112, “Prophecy Girl.” Cordy finally goes to the library; Xander is a bully; and Buffy’s only 16.


Also, what did the Beatles know about invisible assassin school and when did they know it?


Next: Michael Adams, author of Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon shares some words with me about the first two episodes of the second season, “When She Was Bad” and “Some Assembly Required.”



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

Main Topic (5:00 - 1:19:50)

Outro / Next (1:19:50 - 1:26:16)



Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Vol. 4), edited by James B. South


Westworld and Philosophy (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series), edited by James B. South



James South Academic Site



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

“Happiness is a Warm Gun” by the Beatles, The Beatles (1968)



Whedon Studies Association is anon-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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