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Episode 28 - Doomed / A New Man (feat. Johny Ho)

February 22nd, 2019

We’re back! For justice, and the safety of puppies! Brazilian fan community organizer extraordinaire Johny Ho joins me to talk about the maybe possibly sloggy mid-point of Season Four. In 411, “Doomed,” the kids LITERALLY go back to high school in what Paul rather grumpily refers to as a clumsy attempt to demonstrate maturation. While in 412, “A New Man,” the annual Buffy Birthday Crisis eschews the usual zombies and problematic issues of power and consent in favor of...a mid-life crisis.

 

Also we lament all those stories and spinoffs that could have been: the more sophisticated Giles vs. Walsh arc we never got; Ripper the Series; and the Giles/Spike half hour buddy comedy series that just simply HAS to exist in the multiverse somewhere.

 

Next: Someone, possibly Michael Holland, joins me to discuss 413, “The I in Team” and 414, “Goodbye Iowa.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Run Time: 01:17:00

00:00:55 - Intro / Apologies / Guest

00:03:48 - Main Topic

01:13:40 - Outro / Next

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Back to School” by Ace Frehley, Trouble Walkin’ (1989)

 

THE SCHOLARS

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.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

Episode 27 - Hush (feat. Kenn Edwards)

January 25th, 2019

I guess we have to talk...

 

I know, I know, it’s been a while. You thought this podcast was dead and buried. But as so many before you have learned, in Sunnydale...dead don’t take! I’m back, I have more to say, and I’ve brought the most relevant rock musician in the world Kenn Edwards back with me. This time we’re discussing one of the big mile markers of the series, “Hush.” We talk about the debut of so-shy-she’s-almost-speechless Tara; Riley Finn and other classic Greco-Roman Heroes; the subversion of princess and tower tropes; the very significant difference between language and communication; and the most (intentionally?) anti-climactic climactic screams in genre television history.

 

But of course the real reason to prick up your ears and listen is to hear what we have to say about the Gentlemen. Even the Mr. Burns Mob and Their Coterie of Capering Smitherses can’t stop the Conversation!

 

Next: Brazillian fan community organizer Johny Ho returns to help me examine episodes 411, “Doomed” and 412, “A New Man.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Run Time: 01:15:12

00:00:55 - Intro / Guest

00:03:06 - A few words about Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 from BOOM! Studios

00:16:03 - Main Topic

01:10:40 - Outro / Next

 

THE LIBRARY

Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, by Rhonda V. Wilcox

 

THE LINKS

The Alex Jonestown Massacre on Bandcamp

...on Facebook

“Shake Me Judy” music video

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Voices Carry” by ‘Til Tuesday, Voices Carry (1985)

 

THE SCHOLARS

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.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

Episode 26 - The Initiative / Pangs / Something Blue (feat. Jessica Hautsch)

November 21st, 2018

PhD student, Slayage contributor, and shadowy, mysterious Spuffy fanfic author Jessica Hautsch makes her Conversations with Dead People debut! Together we find the titular troublemakers in 407, “The Initiative” to be non-mixy things, possibly even a little bit world-breaky? In 408, “Pangs,” as is usually the case with Thanksgiving gatherings there are things we really love and things we really don’t. And finally, Spike pops the question to Buffy and is welcomed into the family with open arms in 409, “Something Blue.”

 

What is up with the creepy TA/student power dynamics? Did the show just blatantly foreshadow an important character development in Angel Season Five? And what is even holding Sunnydale up at this point?

 

Enjoy your ritual sacrifice with pie, everybody!

 

Next: my good, loud, punk rock friend Kenn Edwards unplugs and joins me to discuss episode 410, “Hush.” The entire conversation will take place via dry erase boards, which ought to make for a pretty interesting podcast.

 

THE CROSSOVER

Angel 107, “The Bachelor Party” and 108, “I Will Remember You”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00:00 - 00:00:08:38)

Main Topic (00:08:38 - 01:49:30)

Outro / Next (01:49:30 - 01:54:40)

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Something Blue” by Elvis Presley, Pot Luck with Elvis (1962)

 

THE SCHOLARS

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.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

Episode 25 - Fear, Itself / Beer Bad / Wild at Heart (feat. Melanie Scala)

November 17th, 2018

Melanie Scala is back and we’re gettin’ all Clan of the Cave Beer in the cemetery this week. It’s a big overture, little show in 404, “Fear, Itself.” Nothing can defeat the penis in 405, “Beer Bad.” And 406, “Wild at Heart” should be considered an emotional hate crime. Somehow neither one of us were drunk during this recording.

 

Also, hashtag Beeranderthals!

 

Next: I’m joined by Slayage contributor and Spuffy fanfic author Jessica Hautsch to discuss 407, “The Initiative,” 408, “Pangs,” and 409, “Something Blue.” Things are about to get weird.

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00:00 - 00:07:50)

Main Topic (00:07:50 - 01:49:15)

Outro / Next (01:49:15 - 01:55:45)

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Hooray for Beer” by Bowling For Soup, Sorry for Partyin’ (2009)

 

THE SCHOLARS

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.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

Episode 24 - The Freshman / Living Conditions / The Harsh Light of Day (feat. Stephanie Graves)

November 10th, 2018

PhD student, author, and Mr. Pointy Award winner Stephanie Graves makes her debut on the podcast with a discussion of Buffy’s transition from the innocent days of high school to the bleak promise years of college. In 401, “The Freshman,” Willow opens herself to the thrusting, spurty knowledge of UC Sunnydale while Buffy makes what will prove to be one of the darkest, most brutal quips of foreshadowing possibly in the history of the series. 402, “Living Conditions” gives us...not a whole lot, actually. And in 402, “The Harsh Light of Day,” Giles has a TV! He’s shallow like us!

 

Also, Blondie Bear is back and can’t wait to see if he freckles; Xander isn’t awful; Riley isn’t awful either; but Parker is manipulative and shallow...and why doesn’t he want me?

 

Next: Melanie Scala is back for a three-peat appearance in the coveted guest host slot, this time discussing 404, “Fear, Itself,” 405, “Beer Bad,” and 406, “Wild at Heart.”

 

THE CROSSOVER

Angel 101, "City of..." and 103, "In the Dark"

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00:00 - 00:08:05)

Main Topic (00:08:05 - 01:41:42)

Outro / Next (01:41:42 - 01:45:07)

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Believe” by Cher, Believe (1998)

 

THE SCHOLARS

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.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

Episode 23 - Graduation Day (Part 1 & Part 2) (feat. Vickie Navarra)

November 2nd, 2018

The lovely and delightful Vickie Navarra joins me to discuss the rhetorical proficiency of evil, that dream sequence, and all the various graduations and ascensions that take place in the final episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s third season. Buffy is done with the Watchers Council; Oz panics with Willow; Anya feels barfy with Xander; Angel and Cordelia graduate to their own series; and the Mutant Enemy wears a mortarboard.

 

Also sex scenes, amirite?

 

Next: I’m joined by...a guest...to discuss episodes 401, “The Freshman,” 402, “Living Conditions,” and 403, “The Harsh Light of Day.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00:00 - 00:09:00)

Main Topic (00:09:00 - 01:39:59)

Outro / Next (01:39:59 - 01:46:10)

 

THE LIBRARY

Reading Joss Whedon (Television and Popular Culture), edited by Rhonda V. Wilcox, Tanya R. Cochran, Cynthea Masson, and David Lavery

At Home in the Whedonverse: Essays on Domestic Place, Space and Life, edited by Juliette C. Kitchens

Geek Rock: An Exploration of Music and Subculture, edited by Alex DiBlasi and Victoria Willis

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Graduation Day” by Chris Isaak, Forever Blue (1995)

 

THE SCHOLARS

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.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

Episode 22 - Choices / The Prom (feat. Melanie Scala)

October 19th, 2018

Melanie Scala is back for the penultimate discussion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3, and this podcast continues to come dangerously close to just being an open therapy session to work through my own personal issues. Sorry ‘bout that. But it’s not all about me...we also talk about episode 319, “Choices” and the cost-benefit analysis of trading the Box of Gavrok for Willow, and episode 320, “The Prom” where we see WAAAAAY more persons of color than we have ever seen before or will ever see again on the show.

 

Also the show very clearly sets the stage for at least two of our beloved main cast to leave forever; we discuss whether Joyce is more cruel than the Mayor; and I continue to be impressed by the hints, however tiny (or imagined) that Wesley was ALWAYS more than just the idiot comedic foil for Giles and the Scooby Gang.

 

Next: still trying to confirm my next guest, but whoever the lucky winner is they’ll be joining me to wrap up Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The High School Years as Season 3 closes on “Graduation Day (Part 1)” and “Graduation Day (Part 2).”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00:00 - 00:08:24)

Main Topic (00:08:24 - 01:37:57)

Outro / Next (01:37:57 - 01:44:29)

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Wild Horses” by the Sundays, Blind (1992)

 

THE SCHOLARS

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.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

Episode 21 - Doppelgangland / Enemies / Earshot (feat. Matthieu Cravatte)

October 12th, 2018

“It’s really nice that you guys miss me. Say, y’all didn’t happen to do a bunch of drugs, didja?”

 

This week I remind everyone how awful I am by utterly and completely blanking on the name of that one amazing series where Tatiana Maslany gets to play a bunch of clones of herself. I’m sorry, I’m the worst. Joining me in spite of my awfulness is fabulous French philosopher (and soon-to-be-published author) Matthieu Cravatte. We discuss the mirroring and doubling of characters in 316, “Doppelgangland,” real vs. performative trauma in Faith’s arc through 317, “Enemies,” and Oz’s normally sardonic humor getting a really chilling twist in 318, “Earshot.” Plus, after breaking our hearts last week, sugared up mocha Willow brings the adorable back, and Wesley schools all y’all on how to ACTUALLY pronounce Angelus.

 

Also, somehow, in the midst of trying to get my guest to promote himself, I wind up pimping my own stuff...because as we’ve already learned, I am literally the worst. (Go listen to The Avatar Returns Podcast!)

 

Next: Melanie Scala returns for the penultimate discussion of Season Three with episodes 319, “Choices” and 320, “The Prom.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00:00 - 00:10:16)

Main Topic (00:10:16 - 01:41:10)

Outro / Next (01:41:10 - 01:44:56)

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Virgin State of Mind” by K’s Choice, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1999)

 

THE SCHOLARS

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.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

Episode 20 - Bad Girls / Consequences (feat. James Rocha)

October 5th, 2018

My beloved, incomparable Wesley Wyndam-Price finally arrives just as Faith succumbs to the pull of the Dark Side, and Philosophy Professor James Rocha returns to the podcast to help me explore all the existentialism surrounding both events. The double whammy of episodes 314, “Bad Girls” and 315, “Consequences” forces us to ask some uncomfortable questions... Are to-do lists evil? Why do you need to have sex with all of your friends? And is Faith to Buffy the Vampire Slayer as P.J. is to Family Circus?

 

Next: first time guest Matthieu Cravatte joins me all the way from France to discuss the ethics and philosophy of episodes 316, “Dopplegangland,” 317, “Enemies,” and 318, “Earshot.” From what I understand, Matthieu learned everything he knows about America from watching...which may or may not be true, but it makes for an interesting tease, and hopefully you’ll all tune in to find out.

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00:00 - 00:03:22)

Main Topic (00:03:22 - 01:25:45)

Outro / Next (01:25:45 - 01:30:52)

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Bad Girls” by Donna Summer, Bad Girls (1979)

 

THE SCHOLARS

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.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

Episode 19 - Helpless / The Zeppo (feat. Jennifer Walsh)

September 7th, 2018

We’re back and we’re brief! Yes cats and kittens, this week we manage to keep the show down to under 14 hours. You’re welcome. Joining me this time around is writer, producer, Buffy scholar, and, most importantly, Twitter manager for Star Talk Radio, Jennifer Walsh. In episode 312, “Helpless” we talk about Buffy’s daddy issues, how well the premise of Giles’ betrayal has aged since its original airdate, and what kind of weirdo vamp ‘roids Kralik must be on to do the things he does. And in 313, “The Zeppo” I finally ease up just a little bit on poor ol’ Xander Harris as we discuss what may arguably be his high-water mark in the series, and recognize that it isn’t always about him doing or saying problematic things, sometimes problematic things are done or said to him.

 

Next: academics are so hard to pin down! Presumably I WILL have a guest with me, but I can neither confirm nor deny that at this time. Whatever the case may be SOMEBODY is going to be talking about episodes 314, “Bad Girls” and 315, “Consequences.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00:00 - 00:08:53)

Main Topic (00:08:53 - 01:29:55)

Outro / Next (01:29:55 - 01:33:41)

 

THE LIBRARY

Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow

 

THE MUSIC

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

“Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon, Surprise (2006)

 

THE SCHOLARS

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.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

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