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PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 58: Joss Whedon

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Both Tracy and I are dyed-in-the-wool fans of pretty much everything Joss Whedon does, and we’re definitely not alone. Why do his fans adore him, even though he often drags them through the emotional wringer? Will all of the heroes in “The Avengers” survive intact?

Spoiler alert: We’re going to talk about all the things that are already out.

  • Why are people so sensitive about Joss Whedon show spoilers?
  • “Cabin in the Woods” and “The Avengers” are coming out soon, and one thing we’re not sure about, an adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing,” will hopefully be out at some point.
  • He has some interested writing credits.
  • “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” — the movie and the series
  • His TVprojects, plus “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”
  • “In Your Eyes” and the resultant earworm
  • His comic book work and motion comics
  • Tracy offers to lend me her “Dollhouse” DVDs. You heard it.
  • Why “Dollhouse” is controversial
  • We sidetrack and start talking about how awesome Alan Tudyk is.
  • I corner Tracy and ask her what her favorite Joss Whedon property is. She reveals herself to be a replicant.
  • The back-to-back “Buffy” and “Angel” programming block
  • The theory that “Firefly” and “Serenity” echo a response to the cultural trauma of 9/11
  • Whether or not the advanced screening of “Serenity” had a negative impact on the film’s success
  • Fox’s bungling of the “Firefly” launch
  • Should “Buffy” have ended after season five?
  • The “Xena” musical episode predated “Once More With Feeling” by several years.
  • Glory and Tara and fandom’s reception to these characters
  • We only had the honeymoon period with “Firefly.”
  • We’re trying not to learn too much about “Cabin in the Woods” ahead of time.
  • The fret over the possibility that Joss Whedon will kill an Avenger
  • The moments in the Whedonverse we find the most heartbreaking
  • The band Common Rotation
  • The pat statement that Joss Whedon is a genius
  • Listener mail from Jason about writers and how not having credits doesn’t mean they aren’t experienced

Tracy’s research:

  • Hill, Matthew B.  “I Am a Leaf on the Wind”: Cultural Trauma and Mobility in Joss Whedon’s Firefly Extrapolation, Vol. 50, No. 3
  • Wilcox, Rhonda V. Buffy and the monsters of teen life: “There will never be a ‘very special’ Buffy” Journal of Popular Film & Television; Summer 1999; \
  • Frances H. Early.  Staking Her Claim: Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Transgressive Woman Warrior, Journal of Popular Culture

My research:

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