Listening To Fear S5 E9 (Buffy and the Art of Story Podcast)

Buffy and the Art of Story podcast coverIn 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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About Lisa M. Lilly

In addition to hosting the podcast Buffy and the Art of Story, Lisa M. Lilly is the author of the bestselling four-book Awakening supernatural thriller series as well as numerous short stories. She is currently writing the latest novel in her Q.C. Davis mysteries. Her non-fiction includes books on writing craft under L. M. Lilly. She also founded