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Joss Whedon makes incredible television shows and movies, yet despite this, has been only moderately successful over the years. His fan base is rabid but considered fairly small in size. This has made his success limited and disproportional to his talent. To see his work is to love his work, yet his shows get canceled because they lack the numbers executives expect to see, and his first movie didn’t really bust any blocks. The problem is most people never get that far because on the surface everything he puts out seems shallow. I understand that perception because I shared it. Honestly, a blonde cheerleader named Buffy who kills vampires sounds like the worst idea anyone has ever had. Space cowboys? A sing a long blog? Really?! Is this guy a joke? The answer it turns out is a resounding “No!” If anything Joss has proven himself to be one of the most prolific creators of content this generation has seen.
The good news is that Whedon has become a lot more famous in this last year. He wrote and directed The Avengers, will be returning for the sequel and is the creator of a new show based on that universe titled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As if all that wasn’t enough now we’re talking about him on our podcast. This isn’t just making it big, this is as big as it gets. I encourage you to move past your bias and stop judging his previous work based on just the cover. I promise you’ll be a better person for it.
Oh and a happy one year anniversary to A Trouble with Words! Mission Accomplished!
We didn’t realize it when we recorded this episode, but today marks our one year anniversary! Had we stuck with our original one-hour format, you’d be looking at exactly 12 episodes of material – but we decided you deserved more than that and gave you 16! (Don’t bother counting the actual hours of entertainment; I did that for you, and trust me, it’s way more than you would have gotten otherwise.)
Anyway, to those of you that’ve been with us since the beginning, your prize packages are already in the mail. (We got your addresses from the same place the NSA did, so no worries.) If you’ve only come on board recently don’t despair – you’re gifts are on their way too, though they may be somewhat less physical in terms of their actual reality. Something more incorporeal, like gratitude, or bonhomie. And if this is your very first episode of A Trouble with Words then you get the most special gift of all: Entry into a very special, very elite club of A Trouble with Words Listeners. You’ll instantly be recognized by other members, everywhere you go, as a person of discerning taste and style. You may notice, as you pass a homeless man on the street, a brief moment of intense eye contact, followed by public urination – you may find yourself joining in! This has nothing to do with us! You are disgusting, and probably about to be arrested. I meant like secret handshakes or something. Jeez.
Anyway, enjoy the show!
Things Discussed, however briefly, during the show:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (board game), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV), Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse, Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, Horrible Turn, The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Much Ado About Nothing, Tru Calling, Bring It On, The Avengers : Age of Ultron, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Man Of Steel, Superman 3
I almost had to drop my opinion of you guys a notch for not initially being Whedon fans, but you redeemed yourselves. “Satisfying enough” is an accurate description of the ending of Dollhouse. Fucking watch it already. I’m going to go look up Much Ado About Nothing now….