Book Review: Joss Whedon: The Biography

Joss Whedon: The BiographyI had some mixed feelings about reading a biography of Joss Whedon.  For starters, I rarely read non-fiction (just as a matter of personal preference), but what made me more reluctant was my personal admiration and loyalty to Joss, the man who has created so many of my favorite stories over the past fifteen years or so.  The man who created “cult classics” like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly in addition to writing and directing The Avengers, one of the most successful films of all time, is certainly a subject ripe for study, but what to expect from an authorized biography?  Could it capture the essence of this Lord of the Geeks that his fans all know and love, while managing to explain to the uninitiated why he’s worthy of our praise, while managing to find something new that will surprise even his most devoted followers or that could give a deeper meaning to his work?  While I found the book to be an enjoyable read, the bigger answers to these questions turned out to be something of a mixed bag.

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Quote of the Day

“There is nothing to be feared from a body, Harry, any more than there is anything to be feared from the darkness. Lord Voldemort, who of course secretly fears both, disagrees. But once again he reveals his lack of wisdom. It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

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When She Was Bad

Willow:  Giles!

Xander:  Yo! G-man! What’s up?

Giles:  Nice to see you. And don’t ever call me that.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2: Episode 1 – “When She Was Bad”

Quote of the Day

Behind these two booths was an enormous roller coaster, a phrase which here means “a series of small carts where people can sit and race up and down steep and frightening hills of tracks, for no discernible reason.”

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Carnivorous Carnival – Lemony Snicket

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Worf: Very well. Room service.

Jadzia Dax: Really?

Worf: Really.

Jadzia Dax: Oh, that was easy.

Worf: Did you want to fight over it?

Jadzia Dax: No, it’s just, I didn’t expect you to surrender so quickly.

Worf: Surrender?

Jadzia Dax: Bad word.

Worf: Very bad.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6: Episode 16 – “Change of Heart”

Quote of the Day

“I do not think you will count, Harry: You are underage and unqualified. Voldemort would never have expected a sixteen-year-old to reach this place: I think it unlikely that your powers will register compared to mine.”
These words did nothing to raise Harry’s morale; perhaps Dumbledore knew it, for he added, “Voldemort’s mistake, Harry, Voldemort’s mistake . . . Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

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Scoobie Gang, Prophecy Girl

Giles:  The vampires?

Cordelia:  Gone.

Angel:  The Master?

Giles:  Dead. The Hellmouth is closed. Buffy… Buffy?

Buffy:  Oh, sorry. It’s just been a really weird day.

Xander:  Yeah! Buffy died, and everything!

Willow:  Wow! Harsh.

Giles:  I should have known that wouldn’t stop you.

Jenny Calendar:  Well, what do we do now?

Giles:  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’d like to get out of this place. I don’t like the library very much anymore.

Xander:  Hey! I hear there’s a dance at the Bronze tonight. Could be fun.

Cordelia:  Yeah!

Willow:  Buffy?

Buffy:  Sure! We saved the world. I say we party! I mean, I got all pretty.

Jenny Calendar:  And what about him?

Buffy:  He’s not going anywhere. Loser.

Giles:  I’m not dancing, though.

Jenny Calendar:  We’ll see.

Willow:  You can come with us, Angel.

Buffy:  I’m hungry.

Xander:  So what’s the story with the car?

Cordelia:  Oh, that was me, saving the day!

Willow:  (to Angel) Get something to drink.

Buffy:  Is anybody else hungry?

Willow:  (to Angel) Well, no, don’t do that. Just hang.

Buffy:  I’m really, really hungry.

Angel:  By the way, I really like your dress.

Buffy:  Yeah, yeah. Big hit with everyone.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 1: Episode 12 – “Prohpecy Girl”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Looking back at season 1 and forward at season 2

We’re just one week away from the season 2 premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I can’t wait to see what this season has in store.  SHIELD quickly became my favorite show on TV last year, and despite some early struggles the final stretch of episodes were fantastic.  I had fully intended to write an in-depth recap of the first season, going through the major plot points and character progressions, looking at where the show succeeded and where it could use some work, but some unexpected illnesses and a fair amount of travel kept me from doing that.  (I also wanted to rewatch the first season before this one started, but the DVDs were released too late for me to fit it into my schedule.)  But I still wanted to post something before the next season starts, so here’s what you’ll find below: links to all of my recaps of season one, my top moments from the first season, some general thoughts on what I liked about season one and what I’d like to see from season two, and, most importantly, a request for feedback on what you’d like to see from my weekly episode recaps this season.

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