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Hey, remember this little project by masqthephlsphr and myself from way back in 2008?

Yeah, we didn't, either. Until I happened to be cleaning up my web server, and discovered the folder.
We did a whole 11 episodes, and some of them are actually kind of interesting.

So we decided to get with the modern times and turn them into a SoundCloud playlist that anyone can access, just in case you want to get all nostalgic with us as we drink way too much and ramble on about early episodes of our favorite series. 


A tale of postponed domination

Last week, masqthephlsphr and I held a top-secret, hush-hush, behind-the-scenes world domination session. It was so highly classified, we couldn't release the results of our confidential confab until now. You might think that "Ted" and "Bad Eggs" are just random MOTW episodes, bits of fluff tossed in before Mutant Enemy launched the angstfest of late season 2.

You would be wrong. Perhaps fatally so.

In our podcast, we are finally able to reveal the truth behind these episodes. In the wrong hands (which ours totally are not), this kind of power could be disastrous. That's why we had to hold onto our conversation longer than usual: we needed to encrypt certain parts of it for reasons of national and international security. The world has enough trouble at the moment without having to worry about us unleashing an apocalypse.

We were extra-sneaky about the encryption, given the high risk. So all those parts that seem like digressions (e.g., 8-track tapes) are actually cover-ups for the most sensitive parts of the Truth.

You're welcome.

This week's domination-o-gram

Believe it or not, we are already up to episode 10. This week's episodes are The Dark Age and What's My Line--and yes, we did both parts of the latter, because we were loath to break it up just for our own convenience. See the sacrifices we make in the name of world domination?

This is a very relationshippy stage of the show, so we talk a little about the budding Xander/Cordelia and Willow/Oz pairings, the bumps in Giles and Jenny's romance, and (although not much) Buffy and Angel, who are the centerpiece of the season. There are also discussions of slayerness (of course), dark magic, a couple of tarot cards, and sundry other stuff. Also shoes.

Here is the file: right-click/command-click to download, or you can just click normally to listen in streaming mode. Hope you enjoy!


Buffy: Does it ever get easy?
Giles: You mean life?
Buffy: Yeah. Does it get easy?
Giles: What do you want me to say?
Buffy: Lie to me.

Giles: Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.

The episode "Lie to Me" marks the transition between the more black-and-white world of moral clarity and the complication, depth, and moral murkiness that would give us something to chew on for the next...decade.

But did it go too far? In presenting sympathetic and/or alluring bad guys, and the often fruitless struggles of "good guys," did BtVS lose its moral bearings all together until the message was just...muck?

Yes, prepare to be dominated again

After a few weeks' unplanned hiatus, the Coffeemakers That Think are back at work. We're so sorry to have left the world to its own devices in these past few weeks: clearly, things have gotten out of control in our absence. Sorry about that. Hopefully, the world will right itself now that we're back at work.

Here, then, is podcast number 9, on the episodes "Halloween" and "Lie to Me." As always, you can either click to stream or right-click (command-click on Mac) to download. If there are any problems, just let us know.

Hope you enjoy it--it's longer than usual, but we actually come up with some things to say, rather than babbling aimlessly. So maybe it's worth listening to. Let us know!
Yes, it's that time again. (Dawn's in trouble; must be Tuesday.) We are still in early season 2, this time around looking at "Inca Mummy Girl" and "Reptile Boy." As so often is the case, these seem to be throwaway MotW episodes, and yet we seem to find all kinds of things to talk about.

This week, there are a couple of new and/or extra bits. The most important is that we have our first guest: chocolatechakra, who has just finished watching BtVs for the first time and is about halfway through Angel. She has some interesting insights from the perspective of someone rewatching early episodes for the first time after seeing the end of the series.

Secondly, this week's podcast also indirectly involves macha3, who sent a lovely gift of a Tarot deck (the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot, for the record). So, for fun, we did a reading for each episode, and used that as the basis for some of the discussion. If people enjoy it, we can keep doing it in the future.

Here's the podcast: click to stream, or right-click to download for your future listening convenience. It's an mp4 file, so if you have trouble with it, let us know.

Turgid supernatural soap operas

Willow adores Xander. Xander pines for Buffy. Buffy is in love with a vampire, who loves her back, but is, well, a vampire, and she's a slayer. A lot of people complained about the "soap-operaness" of BtVS (and later, AtS), especially in the early seasons when it was all a little...high schoolish. They were tuning in for the action, and the supernatural. For others, the relationships (romantic and **otherwise**) were what the show was all about--the monsters and magic were incidental; mere metaphors for love, angst, fear, and human foibles.

Me, I wanted both. I was torn apart when Buffy was forced to send her lover away forever. But wasn't it cool she had to send him to hell, literally? I think the show dealt with relationships in an intelligent way that went far beyond "Dawson's Creek with vampires," and that's why it sticks with us years later.

Poll #1236233 The first evah World Domination poll

Turgid supernatural soap operas?

I just want to check a box.

The return of domination

Last week the world went sadly undominated, but now, in Terminator-ish fashion, we're back! This week, we move forward with Season 2, "Some Assembly Required" and "School Hard." Both episodes lay a lot of the groundwork for what's to come.

Here's the podcast. As always, right-click (command-click) to download, or just click to listen in streaming mode. One of these days we'll figure out how to do this up all fancy, but for now we're on the low-tech end of the spectrum.

A sneak preview of some of the things we discuss:
  • How vampires (and slayers) in the Jossverse change from Orthodox to Reform
  • Our efforts to develop a "World Domination" cocktail
  • More on science and magic in the Jossverse
  • Lots of themes for the season: love (and various permutations and perversions thereof), connectedness, balancing conflicting commitments
  • Much, much more...

Again, if you have any trouble with this file, please let us know. And we'd love to hear your comments about early season two, or anything else you care to comment on and discuss. Including cocktail suggestions.
We're up to our sixth podcast, can you believe it? This week was a fun double-header, ending season 1 and moving into season 2. Miraculously, we even stay pretty much on topic!

Podcast 6 - Prophecy Girl and When She Was Bad.

Click to listen in streaming mode, or right-click (command-click on Mac) to download.

Please let us know if you have trouble: there's a way to convert the file, but last week no one mentioned any file issues, so we didn't upload the alternative version. However, it's easy enough to do, so leave a comment if you need it.
So I was watching "Nightmares" yesterday evening when I suddenly seized on a pet peeve of mine I wanted to geek about today. Then, during the podcast, I made the very error I was going to bitch about. It was a slip of the tongue and I knew better, but still...recorded for posterity.

To wit: altered realities ≠ alternate dimensions ≠ Buffyverse dimensions ≠ the Christian conception of heaven or hell.

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So there you have it. Everything you never wanted to know about Buffyverse realities, histories, dimensions, and hells, but were afraid to ask.