From discussions of TV, Film and music to ponderings on politics, art and aesthetics with occasional random bits and bobs, this blog is a place to engage, debate and celebrate the stuff that makes us tick. Snippets from my new book - a coming of age history of 1997, the year that made the future - as well as bits from previous work and current plans will pepper the pages.
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The Boy and the Moon - Half a Life
The next re-release from The Boy and the Moon. With apologies to foot fetishists...
Over the last couple of weeks there have
been a number of responses to the allegations made by Kai Cole against her
former husband, television producer and self-declared feminist Joss Whedon. The
accusations of serial infidelity against her with numerous female co-workers
have produced, on the one hand, maliciously joyful expressions of schadenfreude (‘see, I always knew he
was no feminist’ / ‘ha – all icons get what’s coming in the end’); and on the
other such out-pourings of grief and anger one might think he had murdered all
newborns. Whatever the truth of the claims, and whatever the justification of
the responses (some of which have been eye-wateringly splenetic), what is clear
is that Brand Whedon has taken a hit. I do not know, and do not care about Joss
Whedon as a person (I don’t mean I wish him harm; simply that I am not
interested in him). I am however interested in Brand Whedon. I have spent
nearly 20 years writing about it, so it makes sense that I have a view. Brand Whedo…
Here is the next set of drafts from Jane Espenson (this one co-written with Doug Petrie). This one is 'End of Days', the brilliant nail-biting lead in to the final ever televisual Buffy. Faith and the girls are blown up, Buffy meets a very old woman who tells her about a scythe, Spike and Buffy get close; Angel and Buffy get seemingly closer... It's a great episode.
Only two drafts, but also a snippet from the email correspondence between myself and Espenson, some of which will be in my forthcoming book, Joss Whedon.
The drafts remain the property of FOX television, and the email snippet is copyright to Manchester University Press.
Pangs is one of my all-time episodes from the whole Mutant Enemy catalogue. Very ordinary in amny ways (none of the plot drama of Innocence or Surprise, for example, or the formal reach of Hush or Once More With Feeling, or The Body, it is an exemplary demonstration of how extraordinary Buffy is, even when it is just being normal.
The serious, if flawed, treatment of the theme; the cross-over aspect with Angel; the casual generic hybridity; the brilliant cuts from scene to scene with astonishing tonal, narratorial and character-related balancing. It is a tour de force of an experienced writer and director working together in an established franchise and creating something both thoroughly recognisable, and totally new in that franchise.
As we shall see below, Espenson has interesting things to say about its genesis and composition, but for now, here are the drafts. They are just brilliant!!