For all its snappy one-liners and rousing chases through deep space, Firefly is most beautiful—and most effective—in its simplicity. The show envisions the depths of outer space and humankind’s very future into the classic setting of for any Western, and does it so with the utmost elegance. Firefly’s space is the space of an untamed frontier, shattered by outlaws, vigilantes and lawmen. It’s a rough and tumble place, a future made primitive, where the progress of mankind means trudging through plenty of cow flops, and making victims out of whole societies of innocent people. It’s the American Old West writ large, and there’s perhaps no surprise in the fact that every planet that the motley crew of the Serenity touches down upon looks like it could have been pulled from Monument Valley or the scrub plains of Oklahoma. - Ian Chant
Joss Whedon on Romney.
I basically snorted my tea, VIOLENTLY.
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The infamous Firefly Reunion standing ovation and Joss’s speech.
When I say, ‘I love you,’ it’s not because I want you or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I’ve seen your kindness and your strength. I’ve seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You’re a hell of a woman.
Joss Whedon: What I was interested in seeing was the character of somebody who is hated and considers the world her enemy, getting the chance to completely destroy the life of somebody who has got everything she doesn’t have and represents everything she doesn’t believe. And having it affect her instead so that she has no understanding of what she means. We did that specifically with the line that she says three times [It’s wrong.] and by the end of the show she says it with all sincerity. She’s become Buffy, she wants more than anything in the world to be Buffy, which is just…impossible for her.
- I love this quote, Joss Whedon, and all the characters in this picture (with the possible exception of Illyria). They are all “strong female characters,” they all kick ass, and they are all well-written.
- This photo only depicts one kind of “strong female character” in the works of Joss Whedon: The kind that comes heavily armed with firearms/magic/battle axes/stakes/ass-kicking skills, etc.
So I’d like to take a moment to mention the other “strong female characters” of the Whedonverse, those whose strength does not necessarily come in the form of ass-kicking abilities, but who are without a doubt strong.
- Joyce Summers, Buffy’s wonderfully human, flawed, protective, and supportive mother.
- Kaylee Frye, the genius mechanic who delights in girly dresses, her own sexuality, good food, and getting her hair done.
- Sierra/Priya, the victim of abuse who is at her core a compassionate, loving pacifist.
- Winifred Burkle, who survived five years in a hell dimension and can solve any problem with science, optimism, and her enormous brain.
- Tara MaClay, who was the only one of Buffy’s friends to provide her with support and understanding in her darkest hour, and who stood up to her abusive girlfriend even when it hurt her.
- Cordelia fucking Chase, who went from privileged brat to loyal friend to self-sacrificing hero.
- Adele DeWitt, the woman in a position of power who never forgot that her first duty was to protect the Actives under her charge.
- Pepper Potts, CEO of Stark Enterprises and the only person who can get the best of Iron Man.
- Inara Serra, the sex-positive and confident courtesan who was more therapist than “whore” and never once let misogynist insults prevent her from being who she is.
- Anya Jenkins, who spoke her mind. Every. Damn. Time.
- Even Dawn Summers, who wasn’t special, but extraordinary (we all whined at age 15, deal with it).
One of my favorite things about Whedonverse projects is that they always include a broad spectrum of “strong female characters.” The women of the Whedonverse represent a diverse collection of ways to be strong as a woman, as a person. The ass-kickers were just as strong as the nurturers, and sometimes they even overlapped. Y’know… like real people.
This concludes my blatant fangirling over Whedonverse women.
— Joss Whedon, when asked how was it to work with the cast of The Avengers.
that awkward moment when you realize joss whedon kills EVERYONE
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One of the first tv shows focused on strong female characters , making the heroine , Buffy Summers , a feminist icon. After 10 years , we still remember each one of these characters : independent , fierce , warrior , bad ass. It’s not only about physical strength or how well they use their weapons , it’s about their journey and how they get through the worst , stronger than ever. They came to win , to fight , to rise.
Shoutout to Joss Whedon for becoming a writer and not a serial killer.
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