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Pop Culture Role Call

Pop Culture Role Call is a podcast that is currently reviewing Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the main characters’ perspectives. Each week, our hosts watch from the viewpoint of Buffy, Xander, and Willow (with the occasional guest). They only watch scenes that their character is present in, leaving them with only part of the bigger picture.
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Feb 13, 2019

Season 5 has come and gone, which means it's time for a wrap-up episode! A huge thank you to everyone who sent in their questions and to His Most Dilectable One, Jack, for sitting in as Glory. We are both excited and a little bit terrified to jump into season 6 considering Buffy is currently dead and burried. But hey, stories always have happy endings, right?....right?!... Ah jeeze. Thanks for listening!

Feb 11, 2019

Hello again for the first time, listeners! It's the season 5 finale 2.0 redux and we have a lot to talk about. Glory has been a well dressed thorn in our sides for a long time now. She has caused us pain and loss, and now we get to return the favor. But at what cost? Every great victory comes with great sacrifice. Thank you for listening!

Jan 30, 2019

Friends, welcome to the penultimate episode of Buffy season 5! I wish I could say that we were all suited up and ready to punch that sassy god in her sassy head but... honestly, y'all? Things aren't looking too hot for us right now. Some of us are catatonic, some of us are stabbed, some of us are going to be sacrificed to destroy the fabric of reality. Please keep us in your thoughts!

Jan 24, 2019

We have fought, we have planned, we have attacked, and we have defended. But nothing seems to have worked. Glory is in full Big Bad mode and the Scooby Gang is forced to make a hard and unconventional choice; we run. We pack everyone up and flee town in an effort to give us some breathing room, some kind of security. Can we really outrun our problems though? Thanks for listening!

Jan 16, 2019

We are in the last stretch of season 5 and the stakes are really starting to ramp up (pun not intended)! Glory, like a predator stalking through the brush, is an ever-present danger, even when she isn't punching anyone. Tara experienced this first hand when the god reach into her head and mentally broke her. Luckily she survived, but will she ever be the same? Where do we go from here? Thanks for listening!

Jan 9, 2019

Half high jinks and half desert spirit quest, this episode has a little bit for everyone. While Buffy and Giles head out to learn their deep and introspective lessons from the fabled "first slayer", the rest of the Scooby Gang is being bamboozled by a sex-bot. But...why does that sex-bot look like Buffy? Thanks for listening!

Jan 2, 2019

Things aren't necessarily looking up in this episode of Buffy, but they aren't looking more down at least. Now that Joyce is buried, what next? Buffy still has to be the hero, she still needs to save the world. Can she be a mom, a sister, a friend, a student, and a slayer? Maybe the special, super surprise character can help us answer that one. Thanks for listening!

Dec 27, 2018

So this is the episode everyone has been whispering about, huh? This is the "just wait" episode, huh? Well, this week the gang is reeling from loss and dealing with the aftermath that can only come about with the unexpected death of a loved one. Feel like a good chuckle or two? Might be a better idea to go re-watch Futurama or something instead. We will be here to talk about feelings when you're ready. Thanks for listening!

Dec 19, 2018

This week on Buffy it's all lies, death, and something about a robot. Up until the last scene we were all having such a good time. It was "haha, this" and "sex robot, that". Anya was being Anya and Joyce was going out on a date with some boring normie man. But then the walls came crashing down and grim specter of death invaded our lives once again.

Dec 12, 2018

It's season 5 episode 14 and Spike is dealing with a serious case of "late season character development". Our favorite bleeding heart romantic jumps a bit off the deep end this week, abducting Buffy and promising her an affectionate ritual sacrifice. But even with all of this heartwarming bloodshed, Buffy still doesn't return Spike's advances. Thanks for listening!

Dec 5, 2018

Welcome to season 5 episode 13, where lies abound and the truth hurts. Remember that little plot device of "Dawn showing up out of absolutely nowhere"? Turns out she isn't just a true-blue american teenager, she is also a key. An....energy key.. for a god? Or, something? That isn't all flushed out yet. What's important is that Buffy didn't jump the shark it just made a bold story choice. Thanks for listening!

Nov 28, 2018

It's season 5 episode 12 and Buffy is here to take on her most formidable foe thus far. The horrifying, eternal, and nauseatingly powerful.... BUREAUCRACY! *Insert stock audio of a scream*. The Watchers are back and they come bearing red tape and pretentious assumptions. Stay safe out there, Buffy. Thanks for listening!

Nov 21, 2018

Season 5 episode 11 is here and we are back to our classic, minor petty aggression. What a relief! Sure, Joyce is still sick and Taad is still gone and Glory is still out there summoning buff snakes. BUT, for 50 minutes we just need to worry about Willow and Anya bickering and maybe the occasional Troll breaking someones wrist. Easy peasy. Thanks for listening!

Nov 14, 2018

Dear Taad (Riley), your departing is such sweet.... relief. I'm not quite sure I understand though. I'm not quite sure I understand you. Big muscles and a condescending tone is what you brought to the table and the table was worse for it. Now you are gone. Leaving at midnight in a helicopter surrounded by a gaggle of other boring boys. You left a broken heart behind. I would wish you all the best, but honestly, I don't really care. Thanks for listening!

Nov 1, 2018

Hello dear listeners! Another relatively split episode coming at you this week. The whole Summers family is still in the midst of dealing with the fact that Joyce has a brain tumor. Meanwhile, the rest of the Scooby gang is on some kind of X-Files inspired extraterrestrial romp in the woods. How is this all related to the anthropomorphic snake loving Big Bad lady? Not sure, but hopefully we find out soon. Thanks for listening!

Oct 24, 2018

Season 5 Episode 8 feels like the start of something sad... I can just feel it in my bones. Joyce (Buffy's mom) is in the hospital with a brain tumor and the big bad of the season is summoning buff snakes with a penchant for staring/screaming contests. How are we going to juggle the medical needs of a beloved family member and the horrifying presence of a snake summoning ancient evil? I just don't know, but we will figure it out together. Thanks for listening!

Oct 17, 2018

Season 5 Episode 7 is here for you and it's a doozy! This week, Xander and Willow take a back seat while Buffy and Spike work through a few personal/professional issues. To help us dig into the brain of our platinum haired wild-card we brought on special guest, Nick. It's an episode of clever imagery, flashbacks, and fashion. Thanks for listening!


Nick owns and operates the nerd paradise, Alleycat Comics in Chicago. Check them out at - www.alleycatcomics.com.

Oct 10, 2018

This week we get the very first Tara focused episode which means we get the very first Tara guest! Madison, from the podcast The Equelizers, sat down with the Scooby gang to lend a soothing voice to our favorite wispy witchy woman. But is Tara more than meets the eye? Is she even human?! The blue-collar scumbags she calls family don't seem to think so. Thanks for listening.

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Oct 3, 2018

Welcome to Season 5 episode 5 where we might just have met the big bad! Buffy has a run in with a woman in red. Her scarlet dress and whimsical disposition aside she definitely packs a punch, one that can crush stone pillars. But, we also have this orb. And if I know anything about orbs it's that they can't be trusted. Keep one eye on the women in red and one eye on this sketchy orb. Thanks for listening!

Sep 26, 2018

Oh.....oh Taad(Riley). It's been a rough couple of seasons for you and, man, I wish we cared more. If a potential heart attack can't bring about our sympathies and support then I just don't know what will. I would say "It's not you, it's us" but, let's be real. Spike tries to kill us on the reg and I'm pretty sure we would all throw you in front of a speeding car to save his skin. I'm not saying this to hurt you I'm saying it because you are being an ass.

Sep 19, 2018

Buffy is back this week! Season 5 episode 3 is a Xander episode, well, it's actually a Xanders episode, plural. The show walks some familiar ground with the "evil clone" schtick but it also tosses us a fun little curve ball by casting Nicholas Brendon's (Xander) identical twin brother Kelly Donovan as said "evil clone". It's a cool idea and it works really well! Thanks for listening.

Sep 12, 2018

Happy Wednesday everyone! Stasia is still out on an archeological dig contributing to the relentless pursuit of knowledge, so this is officially week one of our multi-week break from Buffy. For this special episode Mike, Brian, and Collin dive into the pit of filth and hate that is "Green Room"! Punk music, killer dogs, heroin, and Nazi's getting their comeuppance. What a treat. Thanks for listening!

 

 

Sep 5, 2018

Howdy! It's the second episode of season 5 and some big ch-ch-ch-changes are already rolling into our lives. On the big/good changes side of things, Giles bought a magic store from a mysteriously murdered old friend! On the big/weird side of things though, Buffy has a new sister who has a crush on Xander... Did Buffy jump the shark or is this season going to get weird? Both? Thanks for listening!

Aug 29, 2018

With season 4 in the rear-view mirror and season 5 stretching out in front of us, the gang dives back into the world of Buffy! And, who better to welcome us back to the vamp stabbing and the demon kicking than Count "The Dark Prince" Dracula himself? How exciting, we finally made it to the A-list. Thanks for listening!

Aug 23, 2018

It's our mid-season break week this week, which means we aren't returning to Sunnydale quite yet. But don't worry, we are keeping it in the Whedon family with Cabin in the Woods! Is this a slasher movie? An office culture dark comedy? A reality television show? That's for the elder Gods to know and us to find out. Thanks for listening!

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