Sunday, October 15, 2006
I've been sitting around trying to think of a new post to put on my blog. I don't want it to get super stale, even though only 3 people or so check in occasionally. But that's besides the point! I do it for myself anyway. But it dawned on me that I was having a hard time thinking of something to put up because there just isn't enough out there right now. At least in my opinion there isn't. When I say that, I mean something current. There's always old movies, TV shows and books to talk about. But when it comes to what's on right now, I keep getting stuck on Battlestar Gallactica because it's the only show I think that has the level of quality I look for in a sci-fi series. Which is why I say we NEED to have Joss Whedon come back to TV! Maybe it's silly, but I probably enjoyed TV the most when Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel were on the air; both Whedon shows. And when he brought Firefly to TV, that was a brief bit of heaven. I really looked forward to that show and was very disappointed when it was pulled. Astrid mentioned on the Firefly thread that Whedon is now in the process of making Wonder Woman. Which is great, but not enough. I also looked on Whedon's bio at Wikipidea and there's no mention of any upcoming TV shows. Personally, I blame Fox. According to the bio, Whedon has said he won't work with Fox again after the way they treated his show Firefly. They cut short the run and aired the shows out of sequence. I probably shouldn't blame the Fox network. After all, Whedon could probably put a new series on the SciFi channel and it would probably do very well. Though I think a little anger at Fox is justified since they have a contractual grip on Firefly that won't allow Whedon to continue the series on another network. ( also according to Wikipedia) Just what is it about Whedon's shows that appeal to people like me? I'm not exactly sure. I wasn't even interested in Buffy the Vampire Slayer at first. The fact that it featured high school aged characters kept me from watching it for awhile. I guess I kind of assumed it was going to be a kind of Dracula meets Beverly Hills 90210. I think it was one of my friends who suggested I watch it that finally got me hooked. Ever since then I have been a loyal fan. I think what appeals to me the most is that Whedon finds a way to make the shows scary and funny at the same time. Buffy definitely got dark toward the end of the series, as did Angel. But there were always those moments that made me chuckle. Firefly had a way of doing this too. I guess Whedon is good at striking a balance that I like. I've always had my guilty pleasure shows, like Hercules and Xena, though I don't think I can say I have watched every episode of those the way I can about all of Whedon's shows. And I liked the campy goofiness of Xena and Hercules, but I can't see going to the movie theatre to watch a movie based on either of those series'. And of the shows that are on TV today, there are a few that qualify to be on this blog. I mentioned Lost already, though it only loosely fits into the fantasy category in my opinion. Hero's looks like a kind of X-Men copy, though it could be good. I occasionally watch The Ghost Whisperer, but I found that the show too often goes for the tear-jerker storyline. I have heard them say they're going to go for more scary stories in the future, but I haven't been too interested in going back. I think with other psychic shows on TV like Medium that I am getting a little tired of that storyline. And maybe that's why I crave a show by Whedon so much. I don't think anyone can say Buffy the Vampire Slayer is derivative of anything. Nor is Angel or Firefly. They have influences from other genre's like horror and cowboy westerns, but they are definitely unique. And as much as I like Battlestar Gallactica, I would really like something completely unique from Whedon. I wonder if a letter writing campaign would work??