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Joss Whedon rules the world

Posted in FILM, TV by Laura H on January 2, 2010
Yup, it’s me again, the geeky one. And this time I’m gonna talk about yet another one of my heroes:
I know: many of you will be wondering “who this dude is”. Well Joss Whedon is one of the coolest people in the world, mind you. And from my point of view, the master of sci-fi and fantasy TV of our days.
Born and raised in New York, Whedon moved to LA to pursue his script-writing carrer and was one of the people responsible for films such as Toy Story, Speed and Alien Resurrection. However his “big” moment came with Buffy The Vampire Slayer. A typical 1990s teen flick (it even had Luke Perry in it), the movie wasn’t very well received, and thinking about all its lost potential, Whedon decided to turn it into a TV series which he even directed himself.
My relationship with Buffy was a bit of a hate-love one. The series were aired during my mid-to-late teens and by that time my life was all about being very serious and reading Albert Camus, so a show like this seemed a little stupid. However it is also true that I wouldn’t miss an episode, so eventually there got a time when I just had to admit to myself that I loved Buffy: it was so charming in its B-movie absurd style, so well written (if you think about it), so funny, so not-really-scary,… and it had vampires in it. In fact it had one of the coolest vampires ever: Spike, who looked like Billy Idol and had the most amazing kick-ass lines in the world. He was hawt.
The best thing about Buffy is that it got better season after season (who could forget Once More, With Feeling, the musical episode) and the day when it was announced that 7th series would be the last was just sad. I still remember watching Buffy‘s last episode ever with my brother at home. It was epic. There’s even a chance that I shed a tear.
Due to the success of Buffy, Whedon created a spin-off: Angel. Now I must confess I have never really watched it (or not beyond a few episodes). It just didn’t feel the same. However, Whedon’s next series were probably my favourite thing that he’s ever done…
Firefly is just the best thing in the world. It’s space meets western. It’s pure awesomeness. It was cancelled before the end of first series due to poor numbers. It was treated very BAD by Fox: they only played 11 of the 14 episodes that had been filmed, they didn’t play them in order, they aired the pilot at the end,… Totally unfair, as Firefly was a critical success and, thanks to the wonderful internet, is now a cult show. In fact it has so many fans that thanks to super DVD sales Whedon could make Serenity, the movie that tells you what happened after the end of the (first) series.
Firefly has the same qualities as Buffy: a choral cast tight as hell, B-movie style charmness, a quirky sense of humour and, again, one of the best male characters ever: Captain Mal Reynolds. He’s the best thing that’s happend to men in sci-fi since Han Solo. Seriously.
In fact these are some of the things that I like the most about Whedon: he has a style, his own style. You can tell by the look and, more importantly, the feel of his work, that it’s him. He loves working with the same actors (just like David Lynch does), he writes really cool characters, he’s a little bit of a femminist, he loves losers, he’s all about cheap special effects and saving the world.
Over the last few years he’s been quieter tho. He created Dollhouse (which I still haven’t seen… and I should), wrote some comic books and, perhaps most importantly, directed Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Now this was something completely new: written with his brother and other family members, Dr Horrible is a 45-ish minute long musical that is available for free on the internet (if you live in America, otherwise look for it on YouTube). No-one got paid for making it and each member of the cast and crew gets a percentage of the DVD sales.
Dr Horrible tells the story of the bad guy, the one that always loses, the one that really wants to be a super-villain. He’s fantastically played by Neil Patrick Harris (of Barney Stinson fame) and joined by other Whedon usuals (yes, Nathan Fillion rocks). The whole thing is SO MUCH FUN that I think you should go and watch it right now (that is if you haven’t seen it yet).

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  1. Lina said, on January 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I love Joss Whedan! HUUUUUUUGE Buffy fan. I have the Once More, With Feeling soundtrack.

    Dollhouse is alright, I’m not a big Faith fan so don’t really understand why he keeps casting her. Not as good as Buffy but still quite good.

    • becarefuldarlingyoumightfall said, on January 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

      Yeah, I know what you mean: Faith has never been a a fave of mine either… might watch the pilot just to check it out tho!

  2. Anthony Chalmers said, on January 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Loved Buffy but never heard of Firefly have to give it a watch! You know a place to watch it online?

    • Laura said, on January 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm

      Hey Ant! I’ve no idea where you can watch that online… maybe try they’re usually quite good!

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