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Angel

In this episode!

  • Mark loves Cordelia’s Bernie Sanders response to NAFTA!  Feel the Bern!
  • We don’t know if the Anointed One is human or not. Can anyone help us out? (Katherine thinks he’s probably a vampire?)
  • Mark struggles with the rules of invitation.
  • Katherine and Mark debate over the significance of Buffy exposing her neck to Angel, and Mark reveals he is probably not a vampire, even though he (Mark) did die once.
  • Mark believes Angel has a death wish. Does Buffy?
  • Mark loves the connection to Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter, and Katherine loves that in Buffy it is mainly men who get punished. (Angel as Hester Prynne! Sort of.)
  • Katherine explains the significance of “sires.”
  • Mark loves the idea of Angel as addict who hasn’t been using for over 100 years.
  • Katherine winks at Buffy fans when Mark asks, do vampires have human farms?
  • Mark thinks Buffy isn’t turned on to Xander because of his jokester status–do you agree? And, what role is Xander playing? Willow?

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  1. David NomDePlume said...

    on 30 March 2016 @ 7:36 pm

    I think the expulsion rules for vampires are an important world building tool, but I don’t think the scene of Buffy expelling Angel shows a successful expulsion. I believe it shows what Buffy thinks is a successful expulsion.

    The Anointed is confirmed as a vampire, or something functionally similar and not a human, in a later episode.

    I always came down on the side of Buffy having a death wish, but a mild one. Perhaps it could be a willingness to sacrifice herself, that occasionally tilts across the line into a death wish. Being a Slayer really requires the willingness to sacrifice, but the burden she bears as the Slayer who survives a constant onslaught of horror and who has strong social ties makes it easy to tilt a bit too far.

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    • katherine said...

      on 4 April 2016 @ 2:08 am

      David–I love these comments. You, of course, are right about The Annointed One being a vampire, and we say that on a later podcast. Good catch. I also agree with you about Buffy not understanding the correct way to expel Angel, and it will be delightful to see the consequences of this later in the season. (Bwahaha! I’m saying that because wow is this going to blow Mark’s mind.)
      And I love what you say about Buffy and death wishes. This is an issue we will explore multiple times over the course of the show. Such an interesting issue to explore. Thanks for the thoughts! We’ll be doing a shout out to you, Mr. NomDePlume.

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  2. Mark W. Schumann said...

    on 17 April 2016 @ 8:07 am

    A potentially “scientific” explanation of the rule of invitation: http://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/39842/why-would-vampires-be-incapable-of-entering-a-non-vampire-human-s-house-uninvite

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