Joss Whedon’s “Speed”

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It’s been 20 years since I first saw the movie Speed and was completely surprised by how good it was. I’m not usually one for the action movie. Too much action. But Speed was good. What made it so good? Well back then I didn’t know the name Joss Whedon, nor did most people. And it wouldn’t have mattered if we did, because he got written out of the credits after re-writing all of the dialogue in the movie and making insane things make sense.

Here is a really good interview with Joss, about how he was “pretty devastated” by getting written out of the credits, and he talks about the work he did on Speed. It’s very interesting and also sad.

In other news. Christophe Beck wants to score a(nother) Marvel movie. Wait, who is Christophe Beck? He’s the musical wizard who scored Buffy, and that score was awesome (not including Season 1 which was someone else’s fault.) I have been consistently disappointed by Bear McCreary‘s score for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and have often wished that it was instead scored by Christophe Beck. I think he is what the show is lacking. In any case, it would be neat if he and Joss worked together on The Avengers III, but I am hoping that Joss won’t agree to do the third  Avengers. He has too many other things that need his attention, not the least Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. That is where Christophe Beck and Joss Whedon should be reuniting.

 

 

Age of Ultron – Rumors

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Alleged details have surfaced regarding the plot of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. I don’t really much care to know the plot in advance, but what’s important is that it starts right after the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Which I have not seen. Now I pretty much have to, and in fact I should have seen it before watching the finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. . It’s a good scam, Marvel making its Marvelverse all tied together with the show & the different movies. It makes people like me pay to see movies (like Captain America) in which we might otherwise have zero interest. But Joss has been in charge of ushering out (in?) all the so-called “Phase II” movies for Marvel, and so in fact he’s behind the entire thing. Thankfully, he makes it worth it. I may not have loved the 2nd Thor movie (not so much as the first, anyway) but I did love already knowing Lady Sif when she appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I don’t regret seeing Thor II (I just thought too much time was spent in battle & it was boring.)

According to Cinemablend.com, reporting on a tweet from Joss, Age of Ultron is halfway through production. That means it should be done by the end of summer, which means that Joss will be free to work on the next installment of Dr. Horrible! And that is more exciting to me than Age of Ultron. Although I loved The Avengers, and I’m really looking forward to the second one, I have to say that I favor his micro-budget films over the blockbusters. There are many reasons for this. I won’t go into them all. But just one is that I can watch them over and over on a smaller screen, whereas The Avengers really didn’t hold up for me after multiple viewings and without the huge screen and the 3-D. Thank you, Joss Whedon, for giving us Dr. Horrible and In Your Eyes and Much Ado About Nothing (and of course, above all, thank you for Buffy.)

Anyway, here’s a recap of what we know so far about Age of Ultron, not counting the rumors stated above. And here’s more info on the projected release date, cast, and other stuff.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in March

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Good and bad news for the month of March, regarding Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The good news is that there will be another S.H.I.E.L.D. episode (“Tahiti”) tonight (it’s been weeks with no new episodes!) and then another on March 11, and that one (“Yes Men”) will feature Lady Sif from the Thor movies. I’m a big fan of Lady Sif, on account of how she is played by Jaimie Alexander, who is an amazing actress. I loved her on Kyle XY, where she played Jessi, a 16-year-old pod person.

Kyle XY was a weird show, with major plot points stolen directly from Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Specifically, there was a “chair” into which Jessi was put in order to download a history and personality into her brain. When she acted up, she was put back in the “chair” for a tune-up. “She’s a computer, and her life is the program,” said the head of Madacorp, the evil corporation of the show.

In any case, Jaimie Alexander had to play this very confused young person who was reprogrammed at others’ whims, and she knocked it out of the park. Watching the first time, I was convinced that she had studied the character Anya on Buffy The Vampire Slayer for her role. Now I am not so sure. But she was possibly the best character on a show which owes any success it had to its actors. They had to contend with some pretty bad writing. Kyle XY is one of the best, and one of the worst, shows I have ever seen.

And I never thought I’d have an excuse to talk about Kyle XY on this blog.  I’m kind of embarrassed to like it. It seems to be aimed at a very young audience (the way the writers don’t even bother, like they expect their audience to not think critically at all.) At the same time, it has content that’s clearly not appropriate for kids, like Laurie choosing to lose her virginity in the bushes at a party, and people killing each other off willy-nilly. It is a ridiculous show, a preposterous show, but oh such a sweet and charming show.

Anyway, the point is I am a fan, and I’m most especially a fan of this Jaimie Alexander, who is awesome as well as gorgeous. Lady Sif was pretty understated in the Thor movies, but she’ll be the main character on the new episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. on March 11.

And now for the bad news for March. On March 18, which happens to be my birthday, there will be no S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. Instead, the network is going to air a “sneak peek” at Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as a look at the remaining “phase two” Marvel films (these are the ones that Joss is overseeing.) This is bad news because I’m sick of ABC not airing new S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes for weeks on end, just when the show was getting really good!

It’s good news for those dying for any hint about Age of Ultron, though. It is unclear how much can be peeked at, since the movie hasn’t started shooting yet. What I’m hoping for is just some glimpse about its supposed darkness. And I’m curious about how much parallel there will be with what’s going on in the world right now (NSA spying, for example.) Joss has a way of working the metaphor and making big statements about things that matter.

On March 25, there will be another repeat episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. (“T.R.A.C.K.S.”) Well, that one is worth seeing a second time, but I’ve already watched it three times so to me, the repeat is just annoying. There will be more new episodes in April.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Makes Good

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It finally clicked for me. As of Episode 1.7 “The Hub” S.H.I.E.L.D. has officially grown on me. And now I’m worried that they’ll possibly either get rid of one of my favorite characters (Ward) or cancel the show altogether. Internet chatter says people aren’t loving the show. People want more references to super-heroes, people want actual super-heroes, people want whatever it is that S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s not dishing out. I couldn’t agree less.

The true test of a show, for me, is whether I can watch episodes repeatedly without getting bored or sick of it. And with this show, I can. There are enough bits of quirk, good enough dialogue, and enough unsolved mysteries (what’s going on with Coulson, where did Skye come from, etc.) to keep me hooked. And I was so happy, at the end of 1.8 “The Well” that Ward went into Agent May’s room at the end of the night. I’d been worried that he’d hook up with Skye, which would have been both sappy and predictable. In real life, the two actors are hooking up (which is sappy and predictable.) But it is much, much cooler for Ward to hook up with May.

However, S.H.I.E.L.D. is a deeply flawed show. I have gone on at length about this. Its biggest problem is that it is sometimes boring. The biggest mistake the creators have made is to repeat the mistakes of so many shows that have gone before – to deliberately make the episodes episodic, with no real overarching plotline. The biggest “big bad” we’ve seen so far is Project Centipede, but a) the only time that came up after the pilot was in the very worst episode so far (“Girl In The Flower Dress”) and b) they already killed off the doctor! What a waste of a potentially good character.

I don’t understand why anyone would deliberately make a show so episodic. It has been proven time and again (see: Angel, Season 1, Dollhouse Season 1, Buffy Season 1) that it just doesn’t work. Not for a Whedon show anyway (my expectations are higher for a Whedon show than an ordinary show.) Every time there’s a new Whedon show and it starts out this way, I’m baffled. What’s it called? “The definition of insanity?” Trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. You’d think they would have learned by now.

But all complaints aside, I still like this show better than anything else on TV! So please don’t cancel it, ABC. Let Joss get back and start working on it, and let’s see if he can turn it into something excellent. And if he can’t, then I will sadly agree (with him) that he’s done doing TV and should concentrate on new media instead. He’s out to make things better, not worse, so maybe this is just no longer his medium. Sucks for me, but I’d rather see him doing excellent movies than mediocre TV shows, even though it’s TV that I want more of. We shall see what happens, won’t we?

Helloooooooo!

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Welcome to my new blog about Joss Whedon. I am probably his most ridiculously obsessed fan. But I will be the first to call him out on his flubs, weaknesses, or bullshit. That is because I know that he can stand up to my criticism. Still, with Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D out there ruining his good name, I think it’s time for someone to step into the fray and stand up for the Good Mr. Whedon.

I will be covering Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in-depth, as it goes along. I will not give up on the show, no matter how bad it gets, so you can get your coverage (with possible re-caps) here. In addition, you can get the latest gossip. I know there are other Joss Whedon blogs out there, but mine’s different!

And who am I? I’m just a girl.