Joss Whedon is the brilliant mind behind geek classics such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and a spectacular run on the comic book Astonishing X-Men (All of these deserves and will get their own posts).
Joss writes character driven stories that push issues of morality to their breaking point – Heroes are villains, villains are heroes, good is bad, and bad is good. He tells intricate stories from the perspective of the underdog or loser and constantly plays with the concept of “history is written by the winners;” one of my favorite philosophical notions.
Things are rarely ever black and white with Joss, and that’s what I love about his work.
Sadly, Firefly, one of my all-time favorite TV shows was prematurely cancelled because it wasn’t given a chance to develop its fan-base (I hadn’t heard of the show until it was off of the air for a few years). The show became so popular after its demise that a movie followup was green-lit and Serenity emerged from Firefly’s ashes.
I hope that history doesn’t repeat itself with Dollhouse. The latest morality-bending TV series from the mind of Joss Whedon begins this Friday (2/13). I’m confident that it will be a good show. What I am not sure about is whether it will ever be able to survive in a Friday night time-slot.
Please give it a try! I really don’t want to get attached to this show and have it dumped by the brilliant minds running programming at FOX.