Author: @iannitram

Do I have any advice for beginning Youtube critics?

I’ve never really felt qualified to answer this question, having zero training as a ‘critic.’ Though I have a journalism degree, it’s in video production not writing or analysis. My Youtube channel is a house built on someone else’s work (thank you Mark.) But the question keeps coming up and I figured I’d take the time to write out something substantial, if only to give myself a handy-dandy shortlink for all the future times this question gets asked. In other words, everything I’m about to say has no foundation in truth other than my own limited experience on Youtube....

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Hello and welcome. This is the talk on Metaphor and Philosophy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. My Name is Ian Martin. I’m a Video Producer for Linkedin and I run a youtube channel called The Passion of the Nerd. And I’d like to show you the very first video I ever made for my youtube channel now. *WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH BUFFY Since then I’ve gone on to produce a video for each episode of the show up through Season 3, episode 17 Enemies. Though the episode guide is on hold right now for this presentation. Now Joss Whedon...

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Buffy Episode Guide: Enemies S3E17

Enemies is a bit of a mixed bag for me as an episode. It’s a significant step in the development of the season arc and has serious implications for both Faith and Angel’s characters. But it feels half baked and at times not willing to go all the way with certain ideas. I say all this hoping you’ll bear in mind that critiquing a season three episode is like criticizing flaws in different vintages of Ferrari’s. Quibbles make the season no less a masterpiece. Buffy and Angel have just finished a totally platonic date seeing Le Banquet D Amelia,...

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Buffy Episode Guide: Doppelgangland S3E16

Doppelgangland is a watershed moment for Willow, and a Whedon episode to boot. Throughout the series so far I’ve pointed to moments where we’ve gotten glimpses of a powerful and assertive woman beneath Willow’s indecisive outer persona. Here those elements are brought into the light, in an episode that even Joss Whedon picked for one of his personal top 10 in the entire series. At the feet of the demon D’Hoffram, Anja is pleading for the powers of the wish back that she had been wielding for a thousand years. “And now I’m stuck at Sunnydale. And I’m flunking...

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