Scientific MethodEpisode 39: Flame March 11, 2015 2 Comments The Professor and Ruth await their deaths at the hands of their old friend, Jebediah. That is, unless Roger, Carl, and Liz can rescue them in time. Share this:Click to share on Mastodon (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window) « Episode 38: InvitationEpisode 40: The Wedding »
I’m impressed, as always, by the storyline. It gets more complex yet remains consistent. Also, the new uncertainty about the Professor…I like that even more!
Episode 39 is the exciting and relief-filled conclusion to Episode 38. Once again, we enjoy the voice talent of newcomer Mark Maddux as the evil robot-man Jebediah. Once again praise to the Professor, who continues with a lively performance, compared to the comparative lifenessness of his acting in some episodes. — I was amused at the very outset when the person of Carl spoke the words: “Previously, on Scientific Method”: he did it with precisely the world-weariness and generalized scorn that is his attitude towards life as a whole. It is a mark of good acting to be able to sock a whole characterization into just a few words. —A moral note: I cannot praise the Scooby Gang for their treatment of semi-outsider Tiffany. In Buffy, the inner circle were usually able to raise themselves above such pettiness and being-just-as-bad-if-not-worseness. Will they ever learn a different way of behaving? At this rate, Tiffany is likely to achieve sainthood long before CordIelia Chase was able to. —The mystery of Ruth deepens. Is she all the Professor thinks he is. (She addresses the Professor as “Professor” even when he is proposing to her. That’s pretty weird. Did she never learn his first name?)