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The Pragmatic Anarchy of the Long Take

The Long Take can at once be subtle enough to be missed by the audience and astounding enough to entrance that same audience... depending on who is paying attention.

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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.

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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

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
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
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.

Music

Prosumer & Murat Tepeli: Serenity

If someone took their microphones away, this vocal strangled European micro-house record would not be as lame as it is.

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Serenity (2005)

'He's homemade,' Joss Whedon says of Mal. 'And he's kind of a schmo a lot of the time.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Serenity (2005)

It's not hard to tell where Serenity's moral druthers lie: much like Whedon's Scoobies, the crew here is an enthusiastic, energetic, and sometimes ornery bunch.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Desperately Seeking Seka (2002)

In 2002, Seka is a nice sharp pin ready to pop the balloon of ballyhoo surrounding her mythology.

Bill Gibron

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