Faith slams a knife into the wall next to Buffy's head, both of them staring intensely at each other.

BuffyWatch: Season 3, Episodes 16-18

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 3, Episode 16 “Doppelgangland”

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A Willow-centric episode! Sort of like Willow’s The Zeppo, but far more interesting. Willow is starting to get a complex about being the “good girl” all the time. Snyder basically forces her to tutor a dumb jock, who expects her to just do his homework for him. Giles asks her to drop everything to do research at the drop of a hat, and Buffy hits a nerve by calling her “Old Reliable.” Plus, her fashion choices have become 1000% more questionable since the previous episode, just in case you forgot she was nerdy:

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Decameron III

Pack it in, the coronavirus is done, this is the peak:

…Hang on, I’m just now hearing that apparently the “coronavirus” is actually a disease and not a justification for generating a bunch of high-grade YouTube/Twitter content. Um… we didn’t know that until the last 24 seconds.

Well, here’s a bunch of other good stuff:

This whole concert thing happened:

Ok this next one starts in a cringy place, but it never gets that bad, and also it’s Susan Egan (the original Megara!) singing the 24th-best song Disney ever recorded:

And then a tangent… the channel that hosts that last video is amazing in general, and in particular is home to Nerdy Spice’s all-time favorite YouTube video:

But the reason this is still Decameron content is that the isolation prompted the editor to cut and release another take of Jeremy Jordan performing the same song earlier that day, which isn’t really better? But it’s at least the same, which is to say great, so it’s ok to watch it right after that last one:

No one’s judging.

Let’s cut back to that Twitter thread:

And yes, I buried the lede:

Tasneem, in a bright white outfit, and G'ulom stand in a corner looking cranky.

Homeland Recap: 8×04 “Chalk One Up”

Previously on Homeland: Carrie got a tip to pursue Samira Noori, and that helped her secure peace with the Taliban by blackmailing G’ulom; Saul made a ceasefire deal with Haqqani; a brash young soldier whose name I still don’t know thought Max was a lucky charm; Beau Bridges realized that his Republican VP was probably running against him in the next election; Jenna and Mike let Carrie meet with Yevgeny to incriminate herself, and when Carrie met with him she discovered to her horror that she and Yevgeny had apparently been rather intimate in the asylum; and she lied to Mike about the meeting, knowing he hadn’t been able to hear her. Continue reading →

Decameron II

So many things are happening while the world ends!

Billie Joe Armstrong covered “I Think We’re Alone Now” (do you get it?):

No but actually do you get it?

Ben Gibbard wrote a whole Death Cab-ish song about the quarantine:

Sir Patrick Stewart really needs to stay inside for all our sakes, and has set himself up for at least 154 days of isolation by starting a Sonnet A Day series on Twitter… and yes hearing him read Shakespeare absolutely counts as art:

Speaking of that new Ben Gibbard song: he premiered it on this stream:

That stream was the fourth (!) of nine (!!) sets, so far (!!!), in which he’s been playing DCFC material old and new, Postal Service, and covers, most especially on the all-covers stream on March 23rd:

This link goes straight to the Phoebe Bridgers cover because it’s important.

You can look in the comments of each video for set-lists that link directly to each song, in some cases supplied by the band itself (for example).

Some guy made this amazing chilled-out cover of “Going to Georgia”, accompanied by at least 3 copies of himself:

Decameron I

It seems that one thing that will come out of the Covid quarantines is a new flourishing of cloistered art. No word yet on a new theory of gravitation. Here’s a wonderful instance – John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats recording new music into his storied Panasonic… but also broadcasting the recording session live on Facebook:

For The Snakes
Buffy and Angel wear skimpy workout clothes and do a tai chi pose side by side, arms out in front of them.

BuffyWatch: Season 3, Episodes 7-9

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 3, Episode 7 “Revelations”

So, this Willow and Xander thing continues to be disturbing and gross. The two of them have remained with their significant others but continue to be weird and panicky around each other because they still want to jump each other’s bones, and I hate it.

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