What’s the Best Joss Whedon has to Offer?
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One of the biggest names floating around the Nerdverse right now has to be Joss Whedon. So this sparked a debate amongst the writers here at Malice Corp on what our personal favorite Joss Whedon projects have been. Debates were sparked and battles were raged, but in the aftermath we polled our writers and the rankings were filed. So let’s take a look and see if how we ranked matches up with our readers.
Joss Whedon is a screenwriter, composer, producer, actor, director, comic book writer, the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions, and the co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. Born on June 23, 1964 as Joseph Hill Whedon, Joss attended Winchester College, Wesleyan university, and did you know he co-wrote Toy Story? He has two older brothers, Samuel and Matthew, and two younger brothers, Jed and Zack. Obviously Joss is the middle child, and trouble “maker.” Joss, it’s fair to say, is not short of fans. Whedonites (as they are often referred too) rank among the most loyal, rabid and sometimes frightening fans in nerdom.
Okay now to the good stuff. Joss is one of the most well known writers and directors of our current generation. He busted onto the scene as a writer for the TV Show Roseanne. He then went on to become a Writer and Co-Producer for the 1990 show Parenthood. That was the start of great things to come for fans of Joss Whedon. Some of the other projects Joss has had a hand in writing or producing are:
The Getaway, Speed, Waterworld, Twister, X-Men, Alien: Resurrection, Toy Story, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Titan A. E.
Joss got his big start by writing Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Movie. This is the start of him being called a front runner of feminism. Joss was tired of seeing dumb ditzy blondes being portrayed in movies as nothing but side pieces or the first to get killed. So between the movie, and later the show, he proved to the world that a woman could be just as capable of being a BAMF. He has flipped the film and television from a more traditional format to a style that reflects modern conversation and “hip” dialogue. Joss is practically a “meme” maker.
Joss has been front and center, along with Steven Moffat, in killing major characters. Which makes it hard when characters you inevitably end up loving meet untimely deaths. Apparently he just does it for realism and dramatic effect. He also favors “self-aware” dialogue which takes conversations to a new level. Joss also prefers television to film and realism to CGI. He lists his influences from Ray Bradbury to William Shakespeare and his favorite film includes The Matrix, Magnolia, and the Court Jester. Of course there are much more to Joss’ “Magnum Opus”. The rankings here reflect some of his popular projects and moves that people are familiar with. So with fanfare here are how the rankings of some of Joss Whedon’s movies and TV projects shook up amongst our writers.
A secret facility, the Dollhouse, erases the personalities of Echo and her fellow “actives” so they can assume any relevant
personas they may be assigned in engagements that cater to the wealthy, powerful and well-connected. This show is often seen as Joss’ weak link, but it’s a better show then people give it credit for. It has an amazing cast (Alan Tudyk playing a bad guy? Yes Please!), a unique story, and some damn solid characters backing it up. The latter halves of both Season One and Season Two feature twist after twist. Shifting identities, double-crosses, philosophical quandaries, corporate intrigue and plenty of badass fight scenes. It’s a shame it didn’t get get more seasons in the end.
4th – Angel
Leaving his true love, Buffy, behind in Sunnydale, the vampire Angel tries to get a fresh start in Los Angeles. This series definitely stood on it’s own from BTVS. It made the character of Angel so much more compelling to watch then he was on Buffy. Cordelia and Westley both evolved as characters. The best thing it brought to life though was Amy Acker in her breakout role of Winifred “Fred” Burkle. Fred really became the heart of the show and fans were devastated when she was killed, even though Acker stayed on as Ilyria. The show did have it’s problems though, season 4 being mostly forgettable by many in the fandom. Season 5 however, with Spike haunting angel and Angel as a puppet more than made up for it.
Phil Coulson heads an elite team of fellow agents with the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as SHIELD, as they investigate strange occurrences around the globe. A Spin-Off from the Avengers world, this show is reminiscent of Heroes. The problem is it echos Heroes in all the good and the bad. it often times gets cluttered with too many plot-lines and characters. Despite that, however, it is still a compelling show to watch. A solid cast of core characters get you invested, and it definitely doesn’t skimp on the drama from week to week.
Set 500 years in the future after a universal civil war, the crew of a small transport spaceship takes any job so long as it puts food on the table. I to this day hate Fox for cancelling this series. If this had gotten more than 1 season it would probably be the greatest thing Joss ever got to do. The cast, the characters, the plot were all beyond solid. The fact that a cancelled TV series was able to get a movie made about is a testament to the fan-base. This show had mystery, intrigue, heroes and anti-heroes, all blended with humor and drama in a wonderful balance. Browncoats Unite!
Buffy is a Slayer, one in a long line of young women chosen for a specific mission: to seek out and destroy vampires, demons and other forces of darkness. This show far and away is the greatest show Whedon has produced. The TV Show did everything and more Joss wanted to do with his movie. It had heart, humor, drama, and a cast of relatable characters. Buffy gave little girls a Bad Ass role model to admire, inspiring girls to want to be warriors crusading against evils. It also helped people deal with normal human things: The confusion of High School, Dealing with unpopularity, The ramifications of teenage sex, loss, depression, addiction and how to recover from all these things. Sure it had a few missteps here and there but 20 years later Buffy is still as relevant and amazing as ever.
So there you have it, The top ranked Shows according to Malice Corp. Tomorrow will have our rankings for our favorite Joss Whedon Movies and other projects. So drop us a comment or 2 tell us your favorites or let us know if we are full of crap.
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