I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — I love podcasts whose sole purpose is to talk about and analyze a particular TV show. I’ve mentioned Kumail Nanjiani’s “The X-Files Files” and the recent “Engage” Star Trek podcast. The “TPN Buffy Guide” isn’t a podcast, but it does a similar analysis, this time of Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.”
It’s a series of videos that Youtube-er Ian Martin started after re-watching “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” a while back. Martin analyzes each episode, starting in season one. Not only are his insights into the episodes really good, the guy’s got a great radio/narrating voice. But before you dive into his episode guide, first watch the “Why you should watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer” video, during which Martin does a general overview of the show. There’s also a “Why you should watch Angel” video.
Even if you aren’t familiar with “Buffy” or have been thinking of watching the show but haven’t gotten around to it yet, the videos are a great starting place if you’re on the fence about it. Martin, who posts the videos under the channel Passion of the Nerd, is currently doing episodes for season three of “Buffy,” and will start doing an “Angel” guide once he starts “Buffy” season four, since season one of “Angel” and season four of “Buffy” ran concurrently with each other. If you want a fresh take on both shows, Passion of the Nerd will provide it for you. Watching the videos is also just a great excuse to bask in some “Buffy” and “Angel” nostalgia.
Martin seems to really know his stuff, and is one of the more honest reviewers of film and TV I know about. His criticisms never feel mean-spirited, like some reviewers I’ve read recently, and it’s clear he’s a big fan of what he’s talking about. Also, this might be kind of a weird/small thing to point out, but the comments he receives on his videos are generally intelligent ones and spark good discussions between the commenters. When usually, internet threads are filled with childish arguments and name calling, it’s fresh to see good conversations happening somewhere.
When people are doing cool things like this on the Internet, I’m always excited to share it with someone else. So, here ya go. You’re welcome.
Katey is a writer and film and television critic. She maintains Mad Max: Fury Road is the best movie of the past decade, and definitely deserved Best Picture at the Oscars. Follow her on Twitter, where her Twitter bio says she live tweets her progress of “The X-Files,” but that hasn’t actually happened in a really long time. Follow her anyway. It’ll be a laugh, probably.