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Monday, April 4 2011

Love Hurts, or, Why Buffy Couldn’t Find Love

Unlike most teen shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer wasn't constructed around romances. And while viewers followed her epic romances with vampires Angel and Spike, whether or not she would ever find true love was never really the point of the show.


Sunday, April 3 2011

Zombies, Reavers, Butchers, and Actuals in Joss Whedon’s Work

Zombies have been one of the more popular monster types in films and television in recent decades following the popularity of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Joss Whedon's somewhat different take on the Zombie in his various projects is here examined in detail.


Thursday, March 31 2011

Nathan Fillion Misbehaves All Across the Whedonverse

Both because of his several roles in Joss Whedon series and because of his extensive interaction with fans, Nathan Fillion has emerged as one of the best-loved actors in the Whedonverse.


Identity and Memory in ‘Dollhouse’

While all of Joss Whedon's shows examine the nature of personhood, none does so to the degree of Dollhouse. Here the role of memory in establishing identity is examined.


Wednesday, March 30 2011

Personal Identity in Joss Whedon’s Shows

All of Joss Whedon's shows raise questions about personal identity. Here several major characters from the Whedonverse are subjected to a philosophical analysis.


De-Normalize Your Brain: Charlie Sheen as Prophet

Sheen is the new psychic outlaw. He is a psychopathic prophet warning of the dangers, lunacy, and criminality of the mainline media and everything they stand for. No wonder he looks so crazy.


Tuesday, March 29 2011

‘Dollhouse’, Fox Television, and Cultural Fragmentation

In an age of a deeply fragmented television audience, did Fox Television make a mistake in trying to market Joss Whedon's Dollhouse to a general audience instead of the niche audience that represents Whedon's fanbase?


Monday, March 28 2011

Consequence and Change in the Works of Joss Whedon, and Why It Matters

In many television series, the actions of characters neither have long-term consequences nor cause long-term change. For Joss Whedon actions always have consequences and often change the show's narrative.


Joss Whedon 101: Dollhouse

Dollhouse is in many ways Joss Whedon's most challenging and most cutting edge show, trying to deal with issues that are rarely or never addressed on television. With low ratings making a third season unlikely, Joss Whedon and his writers packed the second and final season with several seasons' worth of story arcs, resulting in one of the richer narrative arcs found on TV.


Sunday, March 27 2011

‘Doctor Horrible’: Lessons from the Musical-Tragi-Comedy-Internet Sensation

Dr. Horrible repeats many of the themes found in Joss Whedon's television series. Here we are reminded of three "lessons" found in other creations.


The Night Billy Buddy Died: Dr. Horrible’s Tragicomic Inversion of Spider-Man

The accidental death of Penny, the girl Billy Buddy aka Dr. Horrible loves, has parallels to the deaths of several comic book deaths, though none so much as the death of Spider-Man's girlfriend Gwen.


Thursday, March 24 2011

“What a Crazy Random Happenstance”: Destiny and Free Will in ‘Dr. Horrible’

Among other things, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog provides a meditation on good and evil and the role that choice plays in embracing one or the other.


Joss Whedon 101:  “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”

From the moment it first hit the Internet in the summer of 2008, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog received near universal acclaim as one of the web's first great creations. With Whedon proclaiming that his future work will be direct to Internet rather than TV, this could be the shape of Whedon's work to come.


Wednesday, March 23 2011

In the Buff: Sexual Conservatism in the Works of Whedon

Although Joss Whedon is widely regarded as espousing a variety of liberal positions, here the author argues that this does not extend to his views concerning casual sex.


Tuesday, March 22 2011

Heroic Humanism and Humanistic Heroism in Shows of Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon is famous for the many heroes in his shows, especially female heroes, but the humanistic nature of this heroism hasn't been appreciated.


Monday, March 21 2011

The Death of Utopia: ‘Firefly’ and the Return to Human Realism in TV Sci-Fi

Joss Whedon's science fiction western Firefly was revolutionary in several ways, not least its embrace of a degree of realism regarding human motivation, in contrast to the utopianism of earlier TV sci-fi such as Star Trek.


Sunday, March 20 2011

A Postcolonial Provocation: ‘Serenity’

Joss Whedon's Firefly and its film sequel Serenity achieved acclaim for their generic hybridity, a sci-fi western offering a dystopian vision of the future. Here Serenity is positioned as a postcolonial text.


Thursday, March 17 2011

Still Flying: An Interview with Tim Minear, Part I

Both an integral part of the Whedonverse and a major television creator in his own right, Tim Minear was the co-creator of Firefly in addition to working as a writer on both Angel and Dollhouse. He is currently the showrunner of the FOX series The Chicago Code.


Wednesday, March 16 2011

“Touch Me and Die, Vermin!”: The Psychoanalysis of Illyria

The last great new character to be added to Angel was Illyria, the former hell goddess who takes over the body of the beloved Fred. Through examining the crucial Illyria episode "Time Bomb" through the lens of psychoanalysis, can we learn what makes her tick?


Joss Whedon 101: Firefly

There are few if any prematurely cancelled shows whose demise is more lamented than Firefly.


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