I’m not as insane as I look!

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Sometimes I feel very alone in the world, at least in terms of my Joss Whedon obsession. But then once in a while something comes along to justify my rabid, insane fandom. Like this article! I really wish I could get a PhD in Buffy Studies (such a thing exists, you know) but it would actually take a lot of work and I have other things that need doing. So it’s just a fantasy.

One place I hang out in order to not feel alone is the Buffy the Vampire Slayer group on Facebook. People waste away their days there, just talking about Buffy! I love it. Except there are some apunctual repeat offenders there who kind of drive me insane. And then I am just as insane as I look.

But it’s not just me who’s off my rocker, it’s all of us, because in reality we are not off our rockers at all! There are thousands upon thousands of us rabid fans, and we just happen to know about Buffy. I defy anyone to actually watch all of Buffy and still not get it. Buffy really is that amazing.

I came across this fan who says she doesn’t usually paint, but this portrait of Buffy just came out of her one day. Her name is Tess Smith. I love this painting! I love it a million times more than when people just post photos. This is something she created herself, which hardly anyone bothers to do anymore. Hurray for fan art!

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I have a painting too. I had it commissioned some seven or eight years ago. If you don’t recognize him, this is “Lorne” from Angel.  But rare is the visitor who knows who he is. Sad, sad.

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Converting The Un-Converted

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I have a friend who is willing to give Buffy a try after months of raving on my part, and I want to make the most of this opportunity to turn her on to the show.  I’m nervous because I have to do it just right, to hook her within two episodes. I know that if she gets hooked, she will be so glad to have Buffy in her life. She needs Buffy, but she doesn’t know it yet.

So I’ve been asking around, querying people on how they got hooked or how they would recommend hooking someone else. One person said “Start them on Season 2, and then if they’re interested later they can go back and see Season 1.” But a couple people have told me that they started with Season 1 and were hooked from the start. Whereas I was introduced to Buffy during a Season 6 Buffy party when the musical episode aired.

Until that night, I had been a staunch anti-Buffy snob. I assumed that Buffy must be a terrible show, or mediocre at best, probably some campy kind of crap. This opinion was based entirely on having seen the Buffy movie, and having of course hated it. How could such a terrible movie spawn a spin-off at all, not least a watchable one? I wondered. I didn’t have television during the days when Buffy was on, so there was no chance I might stumble upon it. I needed to be taught.

After the musical episode, I was hooked. I realized how very very wrong I had been in avoiding Buffy, and I wanted more, more, more. Next I was invited to another Buffy party, where we viewed the episode “Hush”. After that, I started borrowing tapes from my friend to watch different episodes, and then later the DVDs came out and at that point I started at the beginning and watched Buffy (and Angel) all the way through. When it was all over, I couldn’t bear to part with the shows so I just started watching them again. And then again. And again and again. And now here we are, 8 years later and I am still watching Buffy.

If I could give one gift to a particular kind of super-intelligent person, one thing in the world that I think would benefit them more than anything else, it would be to turn them on to Buffy. And this uninitiated friend of mine is exactly the kind of person who could appreciate Buffy fully, if introduced properly. I adore this girl, and I want to share what is more than my favorite show – it’s my religion. Buffy helps me through my darkest times and I want my friend to have the same light in the darkness. But I have to do it right. If I show her a couple episodes and she doesn’t want to see more, I’ll be crushed and wonder how I could have done it better.

Does anyone have suggestions as to how to rope in a new Buffy fiend? I will take all suggestions seriously, and seriously consider them. Right now I am leaning toward showing her “Hush” and “Once More With Feeling” and then giving her the Season 1 and 2 DVDs to watch on her own. If she can get through Season 1, it will be free flying from there. But if not… well that’s why I don’t know if maybe I should give her Seasons 2 & 3 instead. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. Help?

Angel: Illyria and Drogyn

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I was hanging out (like the total geek that I am) on a S.H.I.E.L.D. chat site tonight, and I met this cool Aussie girl who reminded me of this moment in Angel, Season 5, which happens right before the end of the world (for Los Angeles, that is, as it is about to get sucked into Hell!)

OMG how I miss Buffy and Angel. Or rather, I miss them being on TV so I could talk to people about them! All my Buffy friends were in California where I used to live. I’ve only met a couple people here (East Coast) who’ve watched Buffy. And one of them was a guy at a party who likened me to a marsupial frog! Which looks like this:

New Firefly Comics… Yay?

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Firefly fans rejoice! The story of Serenity and her crew will be continuing via comic, penned by Zack Whedon.  Unlike the previous Firefly comics, this one will be taking the story into new territory as characters move on from the events in the movie Serenity and try to deal with all sorts of new stuff & some new characters. Zack Whedon is responsible for some mightily good stuff, including the comic Dr. Horrible! And Other Horrible Stories as well as one of the best songs in Commentary! The Musical, “The Rap.”

I have been reading most of the Whedon comics as they come out, including Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dr. Horrible, Tales, and Fray. They’re ok. In general, although these comics help somewhat to fill the void left by our favorite long-gone-but-not-forgotten TV shows, they’re not anywhere near as good as the shows themselves. Joss Whedon’s storytelling genius does not translate to comics all that well, though it hurts my heart me to say it. Even his arc of Runaways and his Astonishing X-Men left me underwhelmed.

The best comic I have read by Joss Whedon was actually based on his original screenplay for the movie Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The movie that was horrible because it was directed all wrongly. The comic was done as if Sarah Michelle Gellar had starred in the movie – it’s drawn to look like her, and comicbook Sarah Gellar delivers lines the way the real Buffy would. It has the feel of a real Buffy episode. The comic tells the story of Buffy the way it was meant to be told – as if Joss had directed his own movie, and then it was made into a comic. But if he’d written the story originally for a comic, I doubt it would be anywhere near so good.

There’s something missing in Joss’ comics (which is not to say it will necessarily be missing from Zack’s Firefly.) The stories just aren’t big. They may span centuries and cross universes, and do any number of flashy and surprising things, but they don’t feature whatever it is that makes Joss’ tv shows so great. They’re light on the character development and witty dialogue, heavy on the flashy. I don’t mean to say that the Whedon bros. comics (often, multiple Whedon brothers will work on a comic) suck. They do not. I always look forward to them. But they’re not like having Buffy back.

Will the new Firefly be like having Firefly back? I think that if that’s our expectation we’ll probably be disappointed. The show is over, and done. Despite the yearnings of the Browncoats for Firefly to be resurrected, it’s not going to happen. It was wonderful while it lasted, and then Joss gave us a gift with Serenity. That is more than fans of any other show ever got. With the new comics, let’s just hope for some good stories & stop pestering Joss to return to Firefly. He’s moving on, and so should we.

Should Joss Stay & Work on Avengers III?

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Rumors abound… Joss Whedon may or may not stick around to work on The Avengers 3. So let’s think about this. Do we want him to? For Marvel’s sake, obviously he should. But for his own sake, well he just may want to jump ship and get back to creating his own original content. Especially after witnessing the train wreck that is his latest TV show, one that he is hardly working on at all because he’s so busy with The Avengers II. He has claimed that he will be much more involved with S.H.I.E.L.D. once he’s done with Avengers II, that is if S.H.I.E.L.D. gets renewed for another season after its sloppy showing in Season 1.  And that is the only thing that will save S.H.I.E.L.D.. So I hope he does NOT work on Avengers III, gives his energy to S.H.I.E.L.D. instead, and saves us from mediocrity. Avengers III will have to get by without him, but that’s ok.

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.