In Still Dead, story expert Lani Diane Rich and southern fried scholar Dr. Kelly Jones host a new Angel podcast designed specifically for people who love Angel and want to ride through it again quickly, and people who bounce hard off of Angel. We'll designate which episodes are "Watchers" (ones you should actually watch) and which ones are "Not Watchers" (ones you can skip). We'll get you up to date on the goings on for the episodes you can skip, and we'll rave with you over the ones you should watch.
Why They Fight (S5.21-22)
Let’s go to work. On the final episode of Still Dead, we follow Angel and team through the last battles of Power Play and Not Fade Away (S5.21-22).
Never Lie to Your Wesley (S5.19-20)
What is it this time? Upervamps? Demon gods? Devil robots? We follow Illyria through time and dimensions and then follow Angel and Spike through much ridiculousness in Italy in Time Bomb and The Girl in Question (S5. 19-20).
A Fish and Her Bicycle (S5.17-18)
We want to keep Spike as our pet. Kelly and Lani wonder what makes reality real and why Eve didn't have a backup plan better than "handsome man saves me" as they talk about "Underneath" and "Origin." (S5.17-18)
"There’s a hole in the world. Feels like we ought to have known." It's time for heartbreak of the deepest order as we say goodbye to Fred and say hello to Illyria in "A Hole in the World" and "Shells" (S5.15-16).
Wee Little Puppet Man (S5.13-14)
Let’s take out some puppets! We're still not sure why we fight, but we know that Angel makes the best muppet as we forget about Why We Fight (S5.13) and delight in Smile Time (S5.14).
So Were We (S5.11-12)
So were we, once upon a time. Kelly and Lani talk about the nature of good, evil and shirts as they take on "Damage" and "You're Welcome" (S5.11-12).
The awesomeness of two smart women
I’ve been a fan of Lani Diane Rich’s narrative interpretations for a couple of years now, but it took me a while to get started with Still Dead, because “Angel” is a much more hit-or-miss show for me than “Buffy.” Also, while I loved Lani’s solo version of “Still Pretty,” I find her co-host Noelle unlistenable — a call-out culture broken record who rarely contributes any valuable or unique insight — and I had to unsubscribe before the end of season 2. So I was afraid this podcast wouldn’t be for me either... but boy, was I wrong. I LOVE what Dr. Kelly Johnson brings to the show — she doesn’t just echo Lani’s points, but brings her own professional expertise to bear on her interpretive work and really raises thought-provoking ideas that complement Lani’s always excellent narrative analysis. The two of them together are really helping me understand the “Angel” series in more interesting and complex ways, and it’s great!
My favorite podcast/podcasters
I have been a fan of Lani for a while now, and a fan of Angel for much longer, and let me tell you, this podcast does not disappoint! Still Dead offers quirky, interesting, funny, deep insights about this show I love so much, and Lani and Dr. Jones are so hilarious and candid. 10:10 would recommend!
Gush, squee, repeat
Hands down the best Angel the series podcast out there!
Insightful and just plain delightful, Lani and Dr. Kelly make me laugh and think and fall in love all over again every week.