Joss Whedon. When you hear his name, what comes to your mind? Is it Buffy? Angel? Dollhouse? Firefly? Cabin in the Woods? The Avengers? Do you hear chorus’ of “You Can’t Take the Sky From Me” playing in your head? Or maybe visualize a zombie walking across the television screen going “Grrrr….Argggghhh”? No matter what you hear or see, Joss Whedon has had an impact on all of us lucky enough to have watched anything he’s written or directed.
Joss and I have a long standing relationship, albeit one sided since he knows nothing of my existence, but it’s one that started when I first began to watch Buffy. Buffy came before vampires were everywhere. Before they sparkled, before Bon Temps was a blip on the radar, there was Buffy The Vampire Slayer. But it didn’t stop there. I gorged myself on Buffy. Then Angel. Then Dollhouse. Then I realized I’d somehow missed out on the genius that is Firefly and Serenity so I went back and watched those, too. And now I’m like a proud daughter seeing his name attached with The Avengers and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and think, FINALLY! Everybody is finally seeing what we knew all along!
Now, any Joss fan knows that I could write an article ten pages long and still not have enough room to say everything I want to say. So to that end, I’m breaking this up into a three part article, so as not to lose anyone too early in the game and yet still be able to say all that I want to say about the topic at hand. Please, say you’ll cross the ‘verse with me on this journey. We’ll be leaves on the wind together. Ready? Then let’s go, gorram it!
Part 1: Joss Whedon is…
So let’s start by talking about all the titles that Joss has and what he does best. Joss is a screenwriter, a director, a producer, a comic book author, a composer, an actor, the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and the co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. That’s a pretty impressive CV. To date, Joss has 28 writing credits, 13 producer credits, 14 director credits, 10 actor credits, and 1 composer credit, not to mention over 100 other miscellaneous credits varying from editor to assistant director to crew.
But to me, above all else, Joss Whedon is a creator. No matter if the character comes from his own mind or someone else’s, he creates their story and world brilliantly. He is a master weaver of worlds and stories and has the unique ability to draw you into those worlds with a few witty words and just the right person to portray the characters in question.
It’s not really surprising that he has such a knack for writing considering his lineage. He’s a third generation television writer. His grandfather, John Whedon, was a writer for The Donna Reed Show in the 50s and his father, Tom Whedon was a writer for The Electric Company in the 70s and The Golden Girls in the 80s. And if that wasn’t enough of a writing influence, his mother was also a novelist when she wasn’t busy raising five children and being a history teacher. With all that background, I’d say that he was predispositioned for greatness.
I could wax poetic for hours, but I’ll stop here and let you breathe in all the glory of Joss for a moment and we’ll pick up here in the next segment titled, Joss Whedon is a….
Until then, fellow Whedon lovers.
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