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Why 'Firefly' Should be a Videogame

In spite of the ongoing thirst for more Firefly content and ongoing rumours of a game adaptation, nothing has come to fruition, which makes the official announcement of a game exciting because the series fits so nicely into a video game template.

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Television

The Life of an Alien Lizard Queen: An Interview with Monica Baccarin

PopMatters sat down with Firefly and V. star Morena Baccarin in February 2011 to get her thoughts on working with Joss Whedon and playing an alien lizard queen.

Television

Joss Whedon: Pioneer of the Body Count

Among Joss Whedon's greatest contributions to television has been the continual use of the Body Count, the willingness to kill off recurring characters in order to ratchet up the narrative tension and create a sense of danger.

Film

The Power of Fandom in the Whedonverse

While viewers watch television and film for entertainment, it's easy to forget that these media are industries. In this essay the changing relationships between creators, studios, distributors, and an increasingly active fandom are examined.

Jack Milson
Film

The Dystopian Future in Joss Whedon's Work

In contrast to the utopian vision of the future found in sci-fi series like Star Trek, Joss Whedon's creations show a different vision of the future. And it isn't pretty.

Erin Casey
Television

The Big Bad Universe: Good and Evil According to Joss Whedon

Most of Joss Whedon's work has been characterized by Big Bads. But the lines separating Good and Evil are more complex than one might expect.

Film

TV's Grim Reaper: Why Joss Whedon Continually Kills the Characters We Love

Among Joss Whedon's greatest contributions to television has been the invention of the Body Count, the willingness to kill off recurring characters in order to ratchet up the narrative tension and create a sense of danger. This is the first of two essays examining Joss Whedon as a televisual mass murderer.

Kristin M. Barton
Television

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.

Gerry Canavan
Television

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.

Television

'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.

Matthew Grace
Television

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.

Kyle Garret
Television

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.

Candace E. West
Television

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.

Chris Colgan
Film

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.

Leanne McRae
Film

Joss Whedon 101: Serenity

Although Joss Whedon's Sci-Fi Western Firefly was cancelled after the completion of only 14 episodes, DVD sales and fan support was so exceptionally high that Universal Studios acquired the rights to make a film sequel, Serenity.

Kristin M. Barton
Television

Joss Whedon 101: Firefly

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

Books

'The Cult TV Book': Join Us

We may no longer be cavemen standing around the fire, but that sense of community still thrives through the passion of fans and their devotion to their favorite shows.

Reviews

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Showcases Joss Whedon's Evil Genius

Joss Whedon's groundbreaking Internet musical misses an opportunity to add new special features to this otherwise excellent release.

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Firefly

Firefly is more complicated in its framing story and moral dimensions than the usual sci-fi or Western fare.

Todd R. Ramlow

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