Yaaaay!!!! S.H.I.E.L.D. has been renewed for a 2nd season! Now, just to wait and hope that Joss gets done with The Avengers in time, and comes to work on the show. It has already become a really great show, without Joss’ direct involvement. I can see his hand in the overarching plotlines, but not so much the individual episodes. Season 2 will be different, and better, if he’s there. And in between The Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., Joss will be working on the next installment of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog! This summer is the time when Joss & his brothers and their friends and their actor friends will be getting together to make it. That’s what he said in an interview. Yaaaaay!
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.
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.