|The Joss Whedon action figure|
The Avengers turned out wonderfully, but the truth is it would have been a box office hit with any writer and director. It was too big too fail. But that doesn't mean it would have been good with any writer and director. The set pieces and action sequences are great, but it's the character interactions and how the characters are handled that made that movie good. The moment I knew that that movie succeeded was when I heard a few people saying that they tried Buffy because of it. And if you're thinking of following suit, the first season isn't very good. You'll like it more come season 2.
So, why am I fellating Joss Whedon on the internet today? Well, today is his birthday, and any opportunity to show my friends and complete strangers something awesome is an opportunity I will take. So, the following are a select few/favorite Whedony things (that I was able to find on youtube). Mostly funny stuff because the sad stuff needs context. Trust, his ability to kill and hurt is legend. What's always amazing about Joss's gimmicky episodes is that they still advance the plot. At the end of the day, they are still an (awesome) episode of a television series. (Some clips after the break)
Buffy- "Hush" Season 4, Episode 10
I believe the story goes someone talked about how the show's strength was the snappy, quippy, witty dialogue between characters. So, Joss took that away. What came from it was an amazing episode that had genuinely frightening moments as well as some of the most hilarious gags the show has ever had. The library exposition scene (which I couldn't find) is a great moment.
Buffy- "Once More With Feeling" Season 6, Episode 7
Though the idea of the tv musical wasn't new, they don't get better than this. There are still sing-alongs to this.
Angel - "Smile Time" Season 5, Episode 14
The lead, broody hero is turned into a puppet.
I wanted to include Firefly. This was the first clip that popped up. You gotta love the Han Solo-ness of Captain Mal Reynolds.
Dr. Horrible - "On the Rise" Episode 2This is my favorite song from Dr. Horrible. If they had this at karaoke, I would karaoke the fuck out of this song. The protagonist of our story just found that the girl of his dreams went for the douche. Of course this is my favorite song.