In Listening To Fear (Buffy the Vampire Slayer S5 E9), Joyce prepares for brain surgery as a dangerous alien stalks her. The podcast episode recaps Listening To Fear, focusing on:
- opening conflict grounded in Buffy's new normal – taking care of Joyce in the hospital;
- Riley's disappearing act shows the audience his inner turmoil – and puts the gang in grave danger;
- the challenges of a protagonist (Buffy) and antagonist (the demon from outer space) not knowing about each other until the episode climax; and
- seemingly throwaway dialogue sows seeds so the audience buys later character choices and events.
Spoiler-free, except at the end (with plenty of warning).
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