Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Joss and the Friendly Skies

"Dear Buddha: please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket."

I rounded out my Firefly marathon by watching Serenity . It was such a fantastic series with great actors filling fantastic roles, interesting, exciting storylines, and an intriguing setting. I guess that I should have known that I would love it because it’s a Joss Whedon creation. I’m an unabashed devotee of Buffy, Angel, and now Mal.

Whedon has such a love for his stories. He builds fairytale worlds that are so real that you feel like you’ve been sucked inside, and then he adds characters that are so honest that you can’t help but care for them. Each character is presently with their flaws and virtues. Their struggles, while far-fetched, are grounded in true human emotions. Whedon is a storyteller, a master craftsmen, that unites the scoobies and the browncoats of the world. I respect that and realize that it is not an easy feat. He is successful because he’s not afraid to write and create the things that matter to him, and in doing this, he leads others in this craft and creates great art.

I mean who else could turn Nathan Fillion (what a honey and a half) from evil, scary baddie Caleb (he maimed Xander!) in Buffy to Mal the guy I can’t help but yell at the TV to root for.

Anyway, I read the other day that Whedon is working with Eliza Dushku on a new series called Dollhouse that starts in January. I know that I’ll be there every week to watch.

"Oh my god. What can it be? We're all doomed! Who's flying this thing!?" Oh right, that would be me. Back to work."

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