Special Episode 4: Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Special Episode 4’s cover: Giles and Buffy.

In Special Episode #4, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Flourish and Elizabeth watch “Lovers Walk,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode 3.08. And because it’s Elizabeth and Flourish, the conversation centers around morality—this time with vampires! Topics covered include the way the show approached vampires (and how that changed over time), various ships, and, perhaps most importantly…why didn’t Elizabeth pick an episode that featured more of her favorite character, Giles? To listen to this episode or read the transcript, pledge to our Patreon!


Please be warned: We discuss sexual assault, 9/11, and school shootings in this episode. We don't go into explicit or graphic details, but if any of these topics is likely to upset or trigger you, please tread carefully.

Show Notes

[00:00:00] As always, our intro music is “Awel” by stefsax, used under a CC-BY 3.0 license.

[00:01:03] The Buffy theme song episode is by Nerf Herder. Go listen!

[00:03:48] We are ETERNALLY grateful to 51kas81 for making this DELIGHT of a gif.

A gif of GIles with books fading in around his face.

[00:05:10] A page from Elizabeth’s Buffy album—a much-coveted 1999 cover from American Libraries magazine!

A cover of  American Libraries  magazine, with Giles and Buffy in a library.

[00:11:27] Does looking at this make you nostalgic?

A row of Buffy and Angel VHS cases.

[00:16:02] If you don’t know Paul Ford, here’s his Twitter.

[00:16:40] When Flourish asked Elizabeth if she had a link to this first Buffy fic she’d ever read, she said “omg no” so…you don’t get links.

A gif of Spike saying “Love isn’t brains, children, it’s blood. Blood screaming inside you to work its will.” It’s by goodbyepiccadilly on Tumblr.

[00:45:14] You heard it first here: Spike/Drusilla, Faith/Buffy, Willow/Tara are all good ships.

[00:53:21] If you have never seen a Buffy comic, behold a page. We…can neither recommend nor not-recommend them!

A page from the Buffy comic. Xander and Faith are giving blood. Xander says, “Okay, I get it’s an emergency and there are lots of reasons they need blood.” The second panel pulls out and shows a line of vampires, led by Spike, waiting to get blood in punch cups. Xander continues, “But do they have to drink it right in front of us?”

[00:59:42] We are NOT going to watch Twin Peaks probably, sorry ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Last but not least, throughout the episode you’ve been hearing Lee Rosevere’s music, used under a CC-BY license: first “Biking in the Park,” then “Musical Mathematics.”

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