Thursday, November 16, 2006

our first attemp at coauthering an entry

Thirteen Favorite Joss Whedon Moments
week #15

andrew and i have many similar interests. we are two remarkably compatible people. one the thing we both adore is joss whedon. most everything he's done has made us happy. movies, tv, comics. andrew and i do not, however, both love to blog. obviously since this is my blog, i enjoy it and he's the one who's not a big fan. but i did talk him into helping me with this. 1-6 are his while 7-13 are mine. my part of the list is a little lacking, he did take all the good ones after all.

1. Roseanne Season 2 Episode 10 “Brain-Dead Poets’ Society”

This episode is one of seven written by Joss in 1989-90, and has stuck with me since long before I knew who Joss Whedon was. In a series known to be crass and irreverent, this moment strikes like a bolt from the blue. Darlene, always known to be an aloof and sarcastic tomboy, exposes an unexpected depth that epitomizes a teenager's struggle with identity.

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 6 Episode 7 “Once More With Feeling”

The famous all-singing, all-dancing episode...

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5 Episode 15 “The Body”

I never really liked Anya. She just annoyed me. I felt like she had been around for so many thousands of years or whatever, and she hadn't learned anything. She couldn't function at all. But in one moment, her failure to understand is made very clear as she has a virtual breakdown in front of everyone and everything comes spilling out. She really doesn't understand, because she's never been a college-age girl before and she's never had to deal with the reality of death, and she doesn't understand that no one understands. In one gush, Anya hits the high points of the mysteries of human experience and endears herself to me forever.

4. Astonishing X-Men 4

This issue featured the return of Colossus. The presumed-dead X-Man is discovered by his once and future love, Kitty Pryde, imprisoned and tormented.

5. Fray

A storyline that proved there was more to the Buffyverse than Buffy.

6. Serenity

Triumph! Never before has a series been cancelled within its first season and then been successfully released as a major motion picture. Continuing the series as if it were the most natural thing, the movie delivered exactly what was needed.

7. Alien Resurection

Johner: So, I hear you, like, ran into these things before?

Ripley: Yeah.

Johner: What did you do?

Ribley: I died.

8. Angel Season 3, "In the dark"

when we first see spike, he is sitting atop a building mocking angel for saving a girl:

Spike in high voice: "How can I thank you, you mysterious, black-clad hunk of a night thing" (low voice) No need, little lady, your tears of gratitude are enough for me. You see, I was once a badass vampire, but love and a pesky curse defanged me. Now I'm just a big, fluffy puppy with bad teeth. (Rachel steps closer to Angel, and Angel steps back warding her off with his hands) No, not the hair! Never the hair! (high voice) But there must be someway I can show my appreciation. (low voice) No, helping those in need's my job, - and working up a load of sexual tension, and prancing away like a magnificent poof is truly thanks enough! (high voice) I understand. I have a nephew who is gay, so? (low voice) Say no more. Evil's still afoot! And I'm almost out of that Nancy-boy hair-gel that I like so much. Quickly, to the Angel-mobile, away!" Spike lights a cigarette while he watches Angel lead Rachel away.

9. Angel Season 5: Smile Time

Angel gets turned into a puppet. There just isn't anything that is not entertaining about that.

10. Buffy Season 4, "Pangs"

Willow: Buffy, earlier you agreed with me about Thanksgiving. It's a sham. It's about death.

Buffy: It's a sham...but it's a sham with yams. It's a yam sham.

11. Firefly "Jaynestown"

Serenity sets down at the mudder colony of Canton where it turns out Jayne is a hero for having dropped a bunch of money there years ago that he and his partner Stitch stole from the local magistrate. The drop was unintentional but Jayne doesn't turn down the attentions. Its hysterical because there is a statue of Jayne and they sing songs about him and well, of all the characters, Jayne is about the most unlikely of all to be considered a hero.

12. Buffy Season 3, "Gingerbread"

Buffy: (holds up notebook) what is this??

Willow: (takes notebook and closes it) A doodle. I do doodle. You, too. You do doodle too.

13. Angel Season 1, "She"

Cordilia throws a party. Angel and Wes spaz dance

(and then there is more dancing during the credits).

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  • At 4:07 AM , Anonymous suki said...

    I love Firefly and Serenity!! :) Happy Thursday. COOL list.

  • At 4:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice list. :) My husband and I are really enjoying Whedon's run on "Astonishing X-Men". The first arc, where he brought back Colossus, was our favourite so far, but the other arcs have been good too.

    Happy T13. :)

  • At 5:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love those episodes of Buffy and Angel!

  • At 6:50 AM , Anonymous Silver said...

    "They gooooot the mustard ooooooff!" Or how did that song go? Awesome list! Happy TT:)

  • At 8:05 AM , Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

    Loved the spastic dancing, but is that X-men a new compilation into a Graphic Novel that I've missed? I only have the first two...

    Happy TT

  • At 11:57 AM , Blogger J-Dawg's Realm said...

    what a great idea to co-author with your husband :) So glad he made it home safe. Thankful every day for veterans such as he.


  • At 12:30 PM , Blogger Ghost said...

    Loved the "spaz dance". One of the cutest moments in the whole series.

    Have a Happy!

  • At 3:08 PM , Blogger Natsthename said...

    That was fun! I think my favorite is from the "Trash" episode of "Firefly." Just seeing Nathan Fillion in the opening scene, butt naked in a desert, uttering "Well, that went well." Just classic!

  • At 5:26 PM , Anonymous Jenny Ryan said...

    I love Joss Whedon! I had no idea that he wrote for Roseanne. How cool!

  • At 1:37 AM , Blogger Le laquet said...

    Lol!! A fantastic collection :o)

  • At 12:27 PM , Blogger Mary-LUE said...

    I ust left you a comment and my computer ate it. Sigh!

    Let's see, basically it said that by a weird freak coincidence, I saw you over at J-Dawg's place and Word Beads. I'm a fellow Buffy/Angel/Firefly fan (not necessarily in that order!) Mostly TV/movies not the graphic novel stuff although I do have the Serenity graphic novel that takes place between the series and the movie.

    Great job on the TT13 list. I really enjoyed it. The Word Beads was excellent, too.

    How do you like Kentucky? I've been there a few times to visit a good friend in Louisville. It is so beautiful in the fall.

  • At 3:57 PM , Anonymous N. Mallory said...

    What a great list! And I had no idea he wrote for Roseanne. That happens to be one of my favorite episodes too. One of those truly telling moments about Darlene.

    Happy belated TT!


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