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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Puppet Show

Sunnydale High has a new principal, or as Giles puts it the “new Fuhrer”. It’s immediately obvious that Buffy’s life has been made more difficult by his presence, because this one is paying attention: “There’s something going on with you. … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I, Robot… You, Jane

Sometimes rewatching Buffy makes me feel old, but never more so than I, Robot… You Jane. It’s not just that the technology seems so out-of-date that it looks prehistoric now, it’s the outdated attitudes on display that really seem alien, … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Angel

We are seven episodes into the series, but this is the one that really defines the nature of the show and the direction it is going to take. Writer David Greenwalt hints at a secret past for Angel for the … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Pack

I was not looking forward to rewatching this episode, as I remembered it as embarrassingly silly. On repeat viewing, and paying a bit more attention to what the writers are doing here, I was wondering how I could have been … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

What happens when your heart’s desire conflicts with your responsibilities? Buffy is obviously going to be a series that explores teenage issues, but it can do more than that, because Buffy is the Slayer, and that’s a job and a … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Teacher’s Pet

This week, Xander is mesmerised by an unattractive middle aged woman. Is something magical going on, or is this simply a representation of a teenage boy who is a slave to his hormones? Actually, it’s both, one literal and one … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Witch

When I first watched Buffy I found the first season entertaining enough to keep watching, but on repeat viewings I’ve always felt it doesn’t quite reach the standard of what followed later. I think that’s probably because it feels so … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Harvest

The resolution to the previous episode’s cliffhanger is very weak, but to be fair it was originally intended only to follow an advertisement break, with the two episodes shown back to back on first broadcast. A bigger problem is how … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Welcome to the Hellmouth

The first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has one of the most iconic opening scenes of any television series. A couple of teenagers are sneaking around, the girl hears a noise and she looks nervous. Once she is satisfied … Continue reading

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Breather Episodes

Continuing drama series, whether sci-fi or otherwise, can go to some intense, often dark places.  If this becomes unremitting then you can lose the audience, because it sucks all the fun out of the viewing experience and becomes tiring.  It … Continue reading

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Amy’s Choice

The philosophy of the “dream argument” goes right back to Plato, but was really popularised by Descartes.  It takes dreaming as evidence that we cannot trust our senses to show us the difference between reality and illusion.  For centuries philosophers … Continue reading

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The Vampires of Venice

The Vampires of Venice is all about the Doctor trying to fix Amy and Rory’s relationship.  The reason he wants to do this is slightly troubling because it has overtones of somebody deciding the path Amy’s life is going to … Continue reading

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Six Degrees of Who: Buffy

In this series of articles we look at thematic links between Doctor Who and other television series, and influences that often run both ways.  As always, let’s start by looking at the most superficial of links: actors who crossed over: … Continue reading

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