Joss Speaks

Nov. 9th, 2005 11:49 am
desoto_hia873: (Joss - delectableoomph)
About Serenity, more Serenity comics, a new post-Chosen, post-NFA Buffy comic that will be canon because he's writing it, the Spike movie, Wonder Woman, and a whole bunch of other stuff.

Read his post here.

New Buffy canon!

desoto_hia873: (Illyria - The Hardest Thing - frostthepi)
I just watched A Hole In The World on DVD. The episode starts with Fred at her parents' house packing to go to UCLA. When it aired, I thought it ended with a musical montage of her leaving home and driving off - possibly with a Sarah McLachlan song playing, but I'm not sure about that part. In any event, in the DVD version, there's no musical montage at the end at all. Is it gone? Or am I remembering something wrong?
desoto_hia873: (Forgot Kermit - awmp)
Puppet!Angel arrived today! He's #1208 out of 5000. He had a long trip and is a little jet-lagged (he came from California), but a good night's rest will sort him right out.

His wee little shoes are disgustingly cute.

And, in case anyone was wondering, Puppet!Angels are not anatomically correct. Spike would have a field day with that one. :-)

Pictures under the cut. )
desoto_hia873: (Forgot Kermit - awmp)
Just paid for my Puppet!Angel. Ka-ching! Yeepers. I am clinically insane.

But - squee!
desoto_hia873: (Forgot Kermit - awmp)
Because I just went online and bought a Puppet!Angel replica. At an exorbitant price. But I needed it! Really I did.

Only you guys will understand...
desoto_hia873: (Whedon Legacy - wickedgoddess_)
Most of my reading prior to LJ was at All About Spike, partly because I liked Spike as a character so much, but also because it was the first archive I found with such consistently good stories. (Maybe we should have an archive appreciation week too?)

After coming to LJ, however, I found new authors I hadn't heard of before. Lots. Lots that I've read and lots more that I haven't had time to read yet. It's hard to pick from among them, but here are a few of my favourites:

[ profile] jwaneeta writes delightfuly insane prose in the style of P.G. Wodehouse. Her story A Proper Funeral stars Giles, Spike, and Angel, and is side-splittingly funny. [ profile] jwaneeta has an unusual past and uses it to great effect when she does commentary on her own story The Code of the Watchers with Sister Angelus. Just reading [ profile] jwaneeta's posts can be wildly entertaining, whether she is expounding on the loveliest desk in the storied annals of deskery or mourning frozen octopi that look like tiny used condoms with tentacles. Check her out.

[ profile] thenyxie is a wonderfully talented writer with an incredible range. I've pimped it before, but I'll pimp it again: In The Alley (How It All Comes Down) is her take on what happened after the scene faded to black at the end of Not Fade Away and it is brilliant. In my mind, it's canon. Song of the Open Road takes a look at the post-Chosen lives of the surviving BtVS characters and is equally wonderful. Season of the Witch was written for her own Tales of the Slayers Ficathon and tells the story of a Slayer in the days of the Salem witch trials.

[ profile] stoptocheer is an author I just started to read recently - she does a fantastic Xander. The Tale That The Watcher Tells looks at what might have happened if Xander's and Giles's roles had been reversed in The Wish. Not only is it a great story, but it gets rid of the plot hole in the original episode (see my post here). Seven Conversations Xander Harris Never Had With Rupert Giles sums up Xander's character perfectly and The Inherent Ineluctability of One's Fate is a great alternative ending to BtVS S6.

More tomorrow!


Mar. 6th, 2005 11:14 pm
desoto_hia873: (Whedon Legacy - wickedgoddess_)
This weekend I (finally) started watching the Firefly DVDs that I got for Christmas. I know I watched one of the episodes on TV when it was airing, but I didn't recognise anything so I guess the episode I saw wasn't the first one. Which may have explained my confusion and why I gave up on the series so quickly the first time around.

I'm finding it more interesting this time (now that I know what's going on - that always helps), though it's kind of weird seeing "Jasmine" getting into fisticuffs and "Caleb" not being a complete jerk. It's also a bit odd watching "Ron Harris" from Barney Miller as a minister on a space ship. :-)

In other actor connections, I know that Joss likes to reuse his favourites, so when the actor playing Lawrence Dobson started looking familiar, I thought maybe I'd seen him before. I even figured out from where by the end of the episode: he was Richard in AtS S1's The Bachelor Party. I checked him out on IMDB and discovered that he was also Ken in BtVS's S2 Anne. Which has been bugging me forever - every time I've seen that episode, I kept trying to figure out who he was. For a while, I even wondered if it was Andy Hallet - I was getting pretty desperate.

Further IMDB reading revealed to me that there are four actors who have been on all three of Joss Whedon's shows: Jonathan M. Woodward (which I already knew - Knox, Holden, and Tracey in a FF episode that I haven't seen yet), Carlos Jacott (Lawrence Dobson, Richard, and Ken), Jeff Ricketts (the council thug Weatherby in both BtVS S4 and AtS S1, the spider monster in AtS S4, and Blue Glove #1 in FF), and, most amusing of all, Andy Umberger (Dortmunder Captain in FF, Dr. Ronald Meltzer in AtS S1 I Fall to Pieces, and - hee! - D'Hoffryn in BtVS).

I had no idea that Dr. Ronald Meltzer and D'Hoffryn were one and the same. This amuses me beyond the telling.
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1. The first character you first fell in love with:
Spike. I started watching in S5 and didn't get the "he's evil" bit. My cousin had to explain to me why Buffy didn't like him. :-)

2. The character you never expected to love as much as you do now: Tara. She bored me silly until the middle of S6. I started to find her interesting about two episodes before she died. She grew on me in re-runs

3. The character everyone else loves that you don't: Anya. I don't hate her, but she can be a bit irritating.

4. The character you love that everyone else hates: Hmm. Probably Andrew. I thought all three of the nerds were funny.

5. The character you used to love but don't any longer: I can't think of one. The only character I really didn't like was Kennedy. Well, maybe Buffy. She was so stonefaced in S7. I still like her in earlier seasons, though.


1. The first character you first fell in love with:
Probably Angel. He was generally more interesting on AtS than on BtVS. Though I did love Angelus in BtVS S2.

2. The character you never expected to love as much as you do now: Wesley. I always liked him, but his journey on AtS was so interesting. Plus, he's really hot when he's scruffy. Also Darla. She was a big nothing to me in BtVS S1, but was great in AtS S2.

3. The character everyone else loves that you don't: Illyria. Again, I don't hate her. I just don't think they had enough time to take her character anywhere.

4. The character you love that everyone else hates: Doyle? Do people hate Doyle? I liked him well enough.

5. The character you used to love but don't any longer: Cordelia, because they axe-murdered her character in S4. Also, I never felt the need for a romance between her and Angel - I liked the brother/sister thing they had going in S1 and S2. They were already family - they didn't need to be anything more than that.


Feb. 15th, 2005 07:14 pm
desoto_hia873: (It Burns)
I bought it on the way home. Angel, Season 5. That's it, that's all, no more.

I am tragified.

::weeps for her dead shows::
desoto_hia873: (Default)
So, still working my way through Angel Season 4. And still not in love with it. Reading the Yeats' poem helps, but doesn't make up for the whole Cordelia/Connor thing. There's an essay in Five Seasons of Angel called The Assasination of Cordelia Chase and I have to agree - that's pretty much what they did to her character.

Also? The Elvira fashion statements. Ick.

Went to Peterborough this past weekend to visit Significant Other. Only time for one Buffy episode: Passion. A small voice asked, during the penultimate scene, "She's dead?" Yeah, hon, she really is. This has gotta be at least the sixth time I've seen it but that episode still blows me away. Brutality and elegance, all mixed together.

Which kind of brings me back to Angel Season 4. I thought at the time, and still think, that the writers kind of wimped out when they brought Angelus back this time. I mean, he had free rein in L.A. for, well, days (weeks in TV viewer time) and the only thing he killed was The Beast. A lotta talk and little action, Angelus. Hang your head in shame.

On a separate note, picked up my copy of Buffy Season 7 tonight on the way home from work. I don't know whether to be happy or sad. I'm excited to finally get it, even though I wasn't crazy about the season as a whole, but OTOH it's the last one.

No more Buffys to buy.

desoto_hia873: (Default)
I got my copy of Five Seasons of Angel in the mail yesterday. It's a collection of essays in the same vein (vampire pun, heh) as Seven Seasons of Buffy. (I also have and have read the latter, and highly recommend it.) I stayed up far too late last night reading the first three essays and thought I'd post a few excerpts:

Angelus Populi )

That Angel Doesn't Live Here Anymore )

Angel By The Numbers )

At the start of the third essay, the editor, Glenn Yeffeth, lists statistics regarding his viewing of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Just for fun, I'll do the same. If I had a bigger friends list, I could start my own meme. :-)

I first became aware of Buffy and Angel 4 years ago.

I have since watched 144 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 110 episodes of Angel a total of 638 times (approximately). That's 451 hours of Buffy and 187 hours of Angel.

The largest number of consecutive hours I've spent watching Buffy and/or Angel is 5.

ETA: I think I miscalculated my numbers of hours. The second estimate came out to 413 hours of Buffy and 253 hours of Angel. That makes a total of 666 hours. Seems like an appropriate number, given the subject. :-)


Oct. 24th, 2004 08:32 pm
desoto_hia873: (Default)
AtS S4 Awakening

"Wood. Why did it have to be wood?"

Guess Joss liked Raiders of the Lost Ark too. :-)


Oct. 24th, 2004 11:35 am
desoto_hia873: (Default)
Still working my way through my Angel Season 4 DVDs and just watched Long Day's Journey. The end credits included "In Loving Memory of Glenn Quinn".

First soldier down.


For some reason, the disc containing this episode has only three episodes on it instead of four. There aren't any special features that use up the remaining space. Do you suppose this is symbolic?


Oct. 22nd, 2004 07:09 pm
desoto_hia873: (Default)
I work for the federal government and each year it holds a United Way charity campaign. Today we had a used book sale to raise funds. I checked the leftover books on my way out the door at the end of the day and found twelve Buffy books and three Angel books. I've heard that they're generally not very good, but - hey - $2 for the lot? I'll take the risk.

For anyone who's interested, the titles are behind the cut. If you know which ones are worth reading, do tell!

Titles )
desoto_hia873: (Default)
I never did understand Angel Season 4. Have the DVDs now, so hopefully will figure it out better this time around. Just did a search on Google for the original poem and am putting it here for future reference.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem )

Buffy meme

May. 21st, 2004 10:06 pm
desoto_hia873: (Default)
Buffy Meme

Gakked from [ profile] flurblewig who got it from [ profile] doyle_sb4

Buffy meme )


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