I Robot, You Jane

In this episode!


  • We’re concerned—did Katherine use the word “actually” enough times?
  • Is Bella our biggest fan?

The show itself!

  • Mark reminisces about old computers and computer programs.
  • Listeners—where is Sunnydale in Jenny’s internet circle? Is it in the middle or on the circumference? This could change everything!
  • Katherine and Mark debate Buffy’s comment about her hair. Mark thinks it’s either a joke or superficial. Katherine says there is nothing superficial about a teenage girl’s concern about her hair. We need our two listeners  to decide if Buffy is joking or not.
  • Mark likes Jenny Calendar in that she overturns the cliché of the anti-spirituality computer programmer.
  • Katherine is excited by the idea in Buffy that there have always been good people who fought and now fight against evil; it isn’t just our valiant cohort.
  • Mark asks: Why Buffy? Why is it important from the pop culture standpoint? Why is it important from a literary standpoint?
  • Katherine responds with: she loves the feminism and the female protagonists, but her favorite thing is the friendships. We’d love to know why you love Buffy.


Katherine commented about a terrific essay she read. She read it in the book Seven Seasons of Buffy:Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Discuss Their Favorite Television Show, edited by Glenn Yeffeth, which has been referenced on this show before; however, the essay is available on line. It is called “A Buffy Confession” by Justine Larbalestier.

In this essay, Larbalestier creates what she calls “Buffy Mini-Festivals” for those times you want to watch Buffy but don’t feel like binging the whole show. Her suggestions for episodes to pull together is inspired. Perhaps it is needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway), this is for those of you who have watched Buffy already.

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  1. David Takhallus said...

    on 4 April 2016 @ 7:58 pm

    I think there is one important aspect of this episode that you didn’t note. This is the first episode to really focus on Willow and it really gives her personality a chance to shine through.

    • katherine said...

      on 5 April 2016 @ 3:03 am

      Dave, I think you are absolutely right. We got so wrapped up in how slight the episode was that we missed that really important point. Thanks for bringing that up, an we will rectify that one. It is important that it is really the first of a sort of Willow-centric episode, though in a way you could argue it is almost as much, if not more so, a Jenny-centric episode. Thanks for the comment!

      • Jessica said...

        on 8 April 2016 @ 4:58 pm

        I just watched this episode again and while I agree that it’s not one of the best/most compelling/most dramatically nuanced, I wouldn’t necessarily call any of the episodes “slight” per se. As in Teacher’s Pet, there are so many plot strands and themes that get started or embellished here, even if that’s only really apparent much later. And the relationship/character development that takes place in these “slight” episodes is ultimately what makes the pacing and foreshadowing that comes to fruition in the more dramatic episodes work. Interpretation is retrospective….

        • Jessica said...

          on 8 April 2016 @ 6:32 pm

          However, I do have some questions in the spirit of superficiality. 1) What is with the Latin and the spells? I took Latin for years: No demons appeared. 2) What is with Buffy’s lipgloss? 3) Why does Buffy react so little to the deaths of people she knows (even given that they’re casual acquaintances)?

          • Mark W. Schumann said...

            on 8 April 2016 @ 8:24 pm

            In a later podcast episode (since we’re releasing these a few weeks after recording them) I do wonder aloud why nobody on this show is showing obvious signs of post-traumatic stress.

            I’ve had the same poor results with my Latin, and I took 3.5 years of it.

            Finally, there is nothing wrong with Buffy’s lip gloss. You are just a hater.

  2. Marcia Camino said...

    on 8 April 2016 @ 2:53 am

    I have never seen a Buffy episode, but I know both of you silly butts, and I enjoyed the heck out of listening. –OM

    • Katherine said...

      on 8 April 2016 @ 3:54 pm

      This might be my favorite compliment (which is how I’m choosing to take it) ever. I love that we are “silly butts.” I’m going to be fixing my Linked In profile, and I think I just might have to include the fact that I am a silly butt in it. 😉 Glad you liked this, Marcia. We like you too, and so this has earned you a shout out in the next episode we do (which is early in Season 2 so be looking for it!)

  3. katherine said...

    on 8 April 2016 @ 8:18 pm

    Jessica–You are speaking like a real Buffy fan! I love it! I am so glad you liked the episode and argued with us about whether or not it is slight. As for the questions as to lip gloss and so on, I think that Mark, our fashion police for this podcast, ought to be the one respond to this. 😉


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