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Surprised?  If you read this blog, you shouldn’t be.

I. Love. Firefly.  I hate that it was cancelled before its time.  And that I only discovered it on DVD when a friend of mine said, you love Buffy?  You’ll love Firefly.  And that was the end of me.  When people make jokes or references to Firefly, I think they are the best jokes because they are the payoff.

The Big Bang Theory, for example, constantly refers to Firefly, the show that should never have been cancelled.  And of course there’s the Train episode where the gang finds Summer Glau.  That’s what I mean by payoff.  A show that was cancelled ages ago is still getting references in modern television shows.  What makes it better is that it’s a Joss and Co production, because who doesn’t love Joss Whedon?

Oh, and did I mention that Firefly also stars Nathan Fillion?  Really?  I haven’t mentioned that yet?  Wow.  I must be slacking.

So… Nathan Fillion is in Firefly.

And Firefly is a space western set in 2517 about the rogue crew of Serenity that travel in the newly human-inhabited star system.  Joss Whedon is said to have pitched the show as, “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.”  And Firefly just oozes of stories that are waiting to be told.

And of course, what other failed show could create a movie, and such a huge following?

There you have it.  Firefly.  Check it out on Hulu.

SPOILER ALERT:  If you haven’t seen this episode yet, please go watch it and come back.  I plan on revealing a lot of details.   You can check it out on CBS.

So… I have no words.  In one of the funnier episodes I’ve seen in awhile, it took a very sad turn in the final scene.  Marshall’s dad died.  I expect there to be differences of opinions on the quality of this episode.  I even find myself torn on whether or not to say this was a truly awesome episode (seasons 1/2 reminiscent) or it totally went too far for this type of genre.

If you’ve been watching HIMYM, you know that a big theme this season and part of last was the idea of Marshall and Lily trying to get pregnant.  They made a pact that as soon as they saw Barney‘s doppleganger, they would be free to start their family.  And they thought they had… until this episode, where ANOTHER doppleganger of Barney’s showed up.

Dr. Stangel. 

Throughout the entire episode where Lily and Marshall were trying to figure out if they were fertile enough to have children, Lily insisted that Barney be in her doctor’s room so she could be sure that her doctor and Barney were two different people.  They were.  And it was hysterical.

But what killed me, was the final scene.  Marshall was trying to call his dad with great news, as he’d always done, and his dad didn’t answer.  Lily pulled up in a cab with sad eyes and explained to Marshall that his dad had a heart attack and didn’t make it.  Heartbreaking.

What I absolutely LOVE about Alyson Hannigan is that when she cries, the whole world will cry because she’s just. that. good.

As a side note, during season 4 of BtVS, there is a special feature on the dvd where Joss Whedon talks about Willow and her breakup with Oz which was heartbreaking.  He goes on to say that he loves Alyson and loves to make her cry, because when she cries, EVERYONE cries.

ANYway… I’m still in a state of shock.  I still don’t know how to feel about this episode.  Perhaps more will come to light later in the season.

What are your thoughts?  Did you think it was the right move for the show, or did it take a much too serious turn?

There are so many shows that never get there shot to really flourish.  Dollhouse.  Pushing Daisies.  Dirt.  Veronica Mars.  It’s often difficult to appreciate some of the shows that actually got a chance because some of the programming today is just plain awful.  To this day  it still baffles me that reality tv still has some value.  Cough cough.  Jersey Shore Cough cough.

But the show that I absolutely love that should have never been cancelled is Joss Whedon‘s Firefly.  It got 12 episodes.  And it’s the type of show that had so many stories just waiting to be told.  A testament to the show and the love of the Jossverse is the fact that the show failed and still got a movie made.  That’s love.

And although Nathan Fillion has found a new home on ABC and his show is doing considerably well, I would have loved to have seen what he would have done and where his character would have gone.

Firefly, you will be missed.

There is very little on TV these days that makes me squeal with geeker joy.  But put together one of my favorite actors with my all-time favorite director/creator on one of my favorite shows of the season and the squealing never ends.

That’s right.  Neil Patrick Harris was on an episode of Glee.  AND it was directed by Joss Whedon.  Who just so happens to be a Gleek.  If my DVR dies tomorrow, and I can only save one thing, I hope it’s this episode of Glee.

There was very little about this episode I didn’t love.  NPH’s duets with Matthew Morrison were truly awesome.  And Kevin McHale had a really great story arc, that was both touching and entertaining.  And he even got his own dance sequence.

NPH’s arc was a great one.  He came in as a member of the board of directors for the school, and threatened to take away the school’s music program.  The kicker?  He went to school with Will Schuester.  And he was more popular, and a better singer, and older, and got all the girls.  Talk about drama.

Such tension created awesome music.  Billy Joel’s Piano Man in the bar, and Aerosmith’s Dream On were big numbers for NPH.  And I loved every minute.

What I didn’t love was Rachel’s storyline with her “birth mother.”  A few weeks back, when Rachel got herself a new boyfriend, it seemed as though a conspiracy was brewing – where the rival school would infiltrate New Directions and possibly ruin the Invitational.  What really happened?  Rachel’s new boyfriend is still infiltrating the glee club, but with much different motives.  He is on a mission from Rachel’s birth mother, the opposing school’s show choir director.  And he’s trying to get them together.


Sometimes, I think Rachel’s arcs are more filler than anything.  And it’s been weeks since we’ve seen a good arc from Quinn and her baby drama.  Although she’s been teetering back and forth between good and evil – one minute being selfless and helping one person or another feel better about themselves, and the next being mean and nasty and using her baby as an excuse.

And next week is Lady Gaga week.  Talk about May Sweeps.  Although I’m a little skeptical about that episode, but it should be huge.

And there is no doubt that Glee will be renewed for the fall.

What did you think about NPH on Glee?


I’m going to take a moment, before completely diving into the latest episode of Dollhouse to talk about how awesome Joss Whedon is.  And how much I love him.

It’s amazing to think of all the shows he’s done, and how brilliant they all have been.  But what’s more is that there are certain points where you can’t tell if he had the whole story planned out from the beginning, or if he is just flying by the seat of his pants.  And I think that’s what makes his work more brilliant.  The stories he’s written often have that feel – like he knew what was going to happen all along.

And with all that said, Dollhouse.

I pretty much think they are done with the one-off episodes.  You know, those episodes that have little or nothing to do with the overall story.  I actually like some of those one-off episodes.  They offer a nice break from the intense drama and constant edge-of-your-seatyness.

But last night’s episode, Getting Closer, was easily the most Joss-centric episode I’ve seen in awhile, in that it really felt like Joss had the entire story planned out from the pilot.  The natural progression of the plot just felt so right, and really made me feel like I want to see more.  And yes, I know FOX isn’t interested in keeping Dollhouse in the lineup, but what if another network picked it up?

ANYway.  Getting Closer.  Amazing.

Echo isn’t pleased about reuniting with Caroline, and it seemed as though no one else would be either.  Amy Acker reprised her role of Dr. Saunders and returned to the Dollhouse, both as Dr. Saunders AND as Boyd’s lover.  And Summer Glau came back as Bennett to help restore Caroline’s original personality wedge.

But, good lord, did things get crazy.

A few things to note, it was interesting to see the path that initially brought us to Epitaph One, the season one ender.

They are at war.  The House is in danger.  And Caroline is at the center of it.  The Rossum Corporation is going to collapse if they lose the war.

And it’s also great to see how much of the story can be told through flashbacks and memory scenes.

The big reveal of the episode was found at the end with a very detailed flashback scene from Caroline’s memory – Boyd is placed very high up within the Rossum Corporation.  Very high up, meaning, he is one of the partners.  Or perhaps a doll, with the partner’s personality imprinted.  As it was mentioned once earlier, the head of Rossum has an interest in keeping things mysterious, so it comes as no surprise that he would imprint himself into different bodies.  So, what does that mean for the ACTUAL head of Rossum?

I can’t stress enough how much this episode felt like Joss had really planned this all out before the show even started.  And that is a distinct possibility.  But with recent news that Dollhouse would not continue after the second season, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was supposed to be more to the story than we’re seeing.  But Joss did get the opportunity to wrap it up, whereas, in Firefly, there were so many untold stories just waiting to be seen.  Even after the movie.

And while we’re talking about Firefly, I simply do not like Summer Glau.  I understand that when Joss loves you in a role, he’ll put you in EVERYTHING he can.  And that’s an amazing loyalty.  But I just don’t like Summer Glau.  I didn’t like her as River, and I hated her on the Sarah Connor Chronicles.  And I think she tainted Dollhouse.  But Dollhouse seems to be a Whedonverse reunion zone.  Faith.  Wash.  Fred.  River.

But Joss has done such amazing story telling, I really can’t help but wonder where it is all supposed to go.  And I’m very much looking forward to Epitaph Two.  When it airs.

What do you think about the last few episodes of Dollhouse?

ANNNNDDDD now I will be boycotting FOX.  Or not.  FOX has disappointed me before.  Especially when it comes to Joss Whedon.  He never seems to get the chance to take chances and really hit his stride with that network. 

But the news came down yesterday from the Powers That Be.  Not that anyone is or should be surprised by this news.  The writing on the wall has been there all along, and simply put (read: according the everyone else in the world BESIDES Whedon fans – or perhaps including some of them who have no faith in the networks, because, let’s be honest, they don’t want to give Joss the chance to shine – ) Dollhouse should never have gotten a second season.  Which I COMPLETELY disagree with.

I’ll be honest.  The number of episodes that really had me on the edge of my seat were few, but I’m Joss-loyal.  And I know the quality he can produce.  So I had all the faith in the world that Dollhouse would come out with guns ablazing.  I mean, look at Buffy’s first season.  Not a complete mess, but not at all among my favorites.  But it was the first season.  The place where kinks could be worked out and where characters get introduced and mistakes can be made.  But sadly, networks aren’t handing out as many chances as they used to when it comes to new shows.  If they are not producing ratings right off the bat, then there’s a good chance the show will be cancelled almost immediately. 

Look at Eastwick, who just went on the chopping block just the other day.

So, Dollhouse has been cancelled.

And Joss has been gracious about the death of this show.  Saying,

I don’t have a lot to say. I’m extremely proud of the people I’ve worked with: my star, my staff, my cast, my crew. I feel the show is getting better pretty much every week, and I think you’ll agree in the coming months. I’m grateful that we got to put it on, and then come back and put it on again.

I’m off to pursue internet ventures/binge drinking. Possibly that relaxation thing I’ve read so much about. By the time the last episode airs, you’ll know what my next project is. But for now there’s a lot of work still to be done, and disappointment to bear.

Thank you all for your support, your patience, your excellent adverts. See you again. -j.

But with Dollhouse ending, I will say that I am definitely interested in seeing his next project, no matter what it is.  Honestly, if Joss is attached to it, I’m interested.  And I’m certain there are others out there who feel the same.

So, goodbye Dollhouse.  We had some good times, and some not-so-good times.  But I still loved you.  And you will be missed. 

Oh, and I can’t wait for the dvd.  So, I think that’s going to be the silver lining on this dark cloud.  The dvds.  The special features.  The deleted scenes.  Can’t wait.

What do you think abou the not-so-surprising news about Dollhouse?

Seriously?  SERIOUSLY?       

Apparently so. 

Now, I’m not against the idea of a new Buffy movie, but the idea of Joss Whedon not being involved and the idea of none of the original characters and the original mythology… Not cool.

But, then again, are we really giving it a chance?

According to the New York Times, Kuzui Enterprises, who has owned the franchise since the 1992 flop, has been tossing around the idea that there would be a guardian and a Slayer and a Watcher, etc.  If that’s the case, and you want to continue the mythology, be my guest.  I can see no harm in continuing the mythology and creating different characters and telling new stories.  But don’t call it a “buffy” movie.  It’s not Buffy.  It never has been.  It never will be.  Perhaps it could be a spinoff, but it will never be the real thing.

And Joss’s response to all this madness?  “I hope it’s cool.” 

That was a very diplomatic response.  But then again, Joss has never been one to openly bash other creator’s projects and ideas.  I’m sure he has feelings on the matter, but none that he will ever share with us.  And that’s fine.  He’s a classy guy.  He doesn’t need to bash other creators.  He knows he did well with Buffy, and  that is that.

In light of this month’s almost-summer-blockbusters like Star Trek and the Terminator, you can do movies without the original main characters.  The difference between those movies and a potential Buffy movie is that Star Trek has been on for 40 years, and the idea of original characters not being involved is not a foreign one.  It was a cult classic in later years, and the idea of having someone play Spock differently because Leonard Nimoy was a little too old to be doing it is not a bad thing.

But Sarah Michelle Gellar is not too old.  Buffy hasn’t been on for 40 years.  And the fans are both young enough and old enough to remember and appreciate the original.  There are no factors that I can see that would warrant a new Buffy movie without the original series creator, or the original characters or the same story.

And really… where would Buffy be without the relatable storylines, insane love triangles, in-depth and interwoven mythology and great one-liners?  What would Buffy be without the characters we’ve come to know and love?  Where would Buffy be without Joss? 

And to show my dedication to the series, the characters, the actors and the stories, I am going  to dedicate the next 7 days worth of posts to being Buffy-specific. 

And just an FYI:

If it doesn’t look like Buffy, smell like Buffy, and make you laugh like Buffy, then it’s not Buffy.

End rant.

It is once again that time of year.  The time when all the Networks sit down and decide what will stay and what will go from their current lineup, the subsequently decide what new programming will grace the Primetime slots in the Fall.

Not gonna lie.  I’m not as excited about Upfronts week as I have been in previous years.  In fact, even last year, I was more worried than excited.  But it seems this year, there isn’t really much to be concerned about.

Shows like House, Bones, The Office, How I Met Your Mother… they’ve gone on long enough so that if they do not get another season, the world won’t be over.  BUT I don’t see any reason as to why any of them would not be on the air in the fall.  Unless, of course, they are planning the endgame already.

What I’m most aware of for this year’s Upfronts week is Dollhouse.  All the other shows give me wonder, but I’m not really worried about them.

Prison Break is ending.  Pushing Daisies was already cancelled.  What else matters?  Dollhouse.

Joss Whedon got a prime opportunity to dance with FOX and show off his mad skills.  (Even though FOX took an ax to many of his ideas, and much of the beginning of Dollhouse needed to be reworked). 

The long and short of it is this: we’ll find out if Dollhouse will have a second season on the 17th of May, which is when FOX will announce their new lineup.

Although, it is rumored that FOX is already in talks about a new season.

And to be perfectly honest, I don’t really care about what the other Networks are doing.  The shows I love have been on long enough for me to feel secure about their presence in the fall.

But…Can’t wait.