This week on Buffy and the Art of Story – Pangs (Season 4 Episode 8 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), where Buffy strives to make a perfect Thanksgiving dinner and deal with an avenging spirit, Spike seeks help, and Angel lurks. This podcast episode looks at:
(1) weaving in exposition through conflict;
(2) clever dialogue that links one scene to the next seamlessly;
(3) whether the plot justifies Angel’s presence;
(4) characterization of Buffy that makes her obsession with Thanksgiving dinner work; and
(5) the interplay of tone and theme.
Spoiler-free, except at the end (with plenty of warning).
Next Up: I Will Remember You (Angel S1 E8 and Buffy crossover)
Last Episode: The Initiative (S4 E7)
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