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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Dec 27, 2017

Hello and welcome, friends! The penultimate episode of Buffy season 3 is here and it's a good one. The Mayor is really selling the whole "eating an entire town then turning into a big ol' demon man" thing. But who has time to save the lives of thousands when there are teen romances to pour over with enthusiasm? Ya know? Thanks for listening!

Dec 20, 2017

It isn't looking great for the Sunnydale power couple, as Buffy and Angel change their relationship status to "it's complicated" the day before prom. Willow is also out there making huge life choices, and Xander even learned what socialist means. It's a big week!

Dec 13, 2017

Hello listeners! It's coming up on the end of Buffy season 3 and the show seems to know it. Things are starting to heat up around Sunnydale, and the gang even gets some face time with our new Big Bad. Unfortunately, that Big Bad is our invincible and ancient mayor. Which might be a metaphor or something? I'm not sure. He is a fun villain though, that's for certain!

Dec 6, 2017

Welcome to the newest episode of Pop Culture Role Call! This episode is completely packed to the gills. And that's not in a "Sunnydale High Swim Team" kinda way. Turns out, you can catch demon telepathy powers like a bad cold. Who knew? I'm sure that the ability to read minds in a tormented high-school will be a net positive! Thanks for listening.

Nov 29, 2017

Brian returns as Angel to discuss a roller coaster of an emotional episode. From the logistics of magical artifact haggling to Faith's wardrobe choices one thing is for certain, Xander deserves to get punched in the face.

Nov 23, 2017

It's finally a Willow episode, this week on Pop Culture Role Call! We are seeing double in Sunnydale, after Willow and Spin Witch get magical. An attempt to summon an otherworldly necklace instead brings forth a vampiric doppelganger. Thanks for listening!

Nov 15, 2017

Oh, Faith... Things aren't great for the gang right now Y'all, I'm sorry to say. Turns out, manslaughter doesn't just resolve itself overnight, especially when nobody is turning you in for it. This episode happens to be light on the fun and heavy on the moral ambiguity of civilian casualties during times of war. You know, classic "fun vampire teen" stuff. Thanks for listening!

Nov 8, 2017

On this week's episode we get some rebellious teen slayer action! Faith is back in a big way, here to be the little devil on Buffy's shoulder. A devil that commits regular old "human manslaughter"... There is also something about a vampire cult and a sword? But that's small, non-manslaughtering potatoes in the grad scheme of the episode.

Nov 1, 2017

We have ourselves a Xander episode this week, folks! While the rest of the gang is off dealing with the biggest, spookiest, deadliest threat ever to grace our fair city, Xander decides to take a job as the wheelman for a local criminal enterprise. Can the rest of us save reality from the brink of annihilation without Xander's help? Probably, but thanks for listening!

Oct 25, 2017

Happy Birthday Buffy Summers! The Watchers even got you a special gift for your 18th, consisting of debilitating drugs and physical assault. Our "good guys" everyone! Give em' a round of applause. Let's see if Buffy can overcome and make it to 19 unscathed. Thanks for listening!

Oct 18, 2017

Hello listeners! We are back from our mid-season break, and ready to talk more Buffy. This week's episode is packed with SUPER fun themes like oppression, emotionally abusive patenting, government censorship, and oh so much more. It's a hoot and a half, trust us. Thanks for listening!

Oct 4, 2017

This week we take a quick break from season 3 to talk more in-depth with Angel about what he has REALLY been up to these last few seasons. How does he feel about the whole “death and re-birth” motif? How has he held up after a few hundred years of torture in the demon version of hell? How was doing shirtless Tai chi with Buffy next to the spot where she murdered you into a mystical fiery vortex? All this and more coming atcha! Thanks for listening, and thank you again to our Angel surrogate Brian for talking with us!

Sep 27, 2017

Big thanks to our sometimes producer, all the time Angel surrogate Brian for sitting down with us this week! Without his much needed insight we would have never known that the gang's best bad boy used to have sweet mutton chops. Sucks he is being haunted by some eyeless occult dudes though, and on Christmas no less. Thanks for listening!

Sep 20, 2017

This week we are joined by Sam, a friend of the family from the podcast This Is It - @ThisIsItPod! Something strange is about to happen in Sunnydale, I can feel it in my bones. Sam sat in to give a voice to Cordelia, who is doing about as well emotionally as the rest of the gang. But Cordelia has something the rest of us don't: a new character who does dramatic spins and (maybe?) grants wishes. Thanks for listening!

Sep 12, 2017

What ever happened to the stable relationships of Sunnydale? Why did Joss take them all away? This week everything comes tumbling down. A big secret is revealed that shakes our group to its core, and Spike is back in town for help winning back Drusilla's heart. Thanks for listening!

Sep 4, 2017

This week we are joined by our special guest Julia, who is here to give a much needed voice to everyone's favourite nude, crocodile wrestling slayer, Faith! The main plot has something to do with a demon gauntlet that shoots lightning. That's cool and all, but the bigger story is that Angel is back from the Hellnado, and smooching on Buffy! We have some things to discuss, so thanks for listening!

Aug 29, 2017

This week on Pop Culture Role Call! Something about a snake demon and a baby eating cult? Honestly though, that's just small potatoes compared to the wonderful (albeit magically amplified) budding romance of our two favourite Sunnydale adults! Can you guess who? Hint: rhymes with Schmiles and Schmuffy's Schmom. Thanks for listening!

Aug 23, 2017

It's Homecoming week in Sunnydale which means two things: 1) a lot of teenage popularity contest drama, and 2) a SAW style murder game at an old abandoned cabin. You know, like, just high school stuff. Thanks for listening!

Aug 16, 2017

This week we have a another classic whodunnit, and the Sunnydale gang is on the case! Oz, our primary suspect, is in his three night werewolf cycle as two Sunnydale locals suspiciously wind up mauled. But on the Hellmouth...nothing is quite as it seems. Thanks for listening!

Aug 9, 2017

New characters are introduced left and right this week as Buffy meets the new slayer in town and starts talking to a new non-Angel love interest. Stasia herself does not want to have any part of it. Everything seems "five by five" until "Tostino's" shows up and a secret is revealed from a past episode. Thanks for listening!

Aug 2, 2017

This week we REALLY start to get into the nitty gritty! The episode is like a case study in how not to deal with emotional stress and interpersonal issues. Join our gang at the zombie infested hootenanny where it all comes to a head! Thanks for listening!

Jul 26, 2017

And we are back! Welcome everyone, to season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This first episode splits its time between our super heroine and her gang of sidekicks. Xander and Willow are holding down the Hellmouth, with middling quips and zero kicks. Meanwhile, Buffy is begrudgingly falling back into the same old "save the world" routine. Thanks for listening!

Jul 12, 2017

This week we took one small step away from Buffy, but don't worry we stayed in the Joss Whedon family! We took some time to watch and discuss the 2014 film "In Your Eyes". Was it a psychological drama or was it a lighthearted romantic comedy? Turns out, that all depends on who you watch as. Thanks for listening!

Jun 28, 2017

Season 2 of Buffy is behind us, which means it's time for a season wrap-up! Sit down with our hosts as we review our thoughts from the end of season 1, talk about the arc or season 2, and our hopes for season 3 and beyond. We even have an audience question or two sprinkled in there to spice things up! Thanks so much for listening.

Jun 21, 2017

With this, we come to the end of season 2! Everything in Buffy’s life comes to ahead in this episode, and we do our best to unpack it all. Angel pulls his “Big Bad” pants up. Spike graces us with his quippy presence. And we get some light, recreational torture….yeah. It’s a heavy one but we're here for you. So thanks for being there for us, and thanks for listening!

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