The Brain Behind Buffy
I just pulled this week’s issue out of my mailbox and literally cradled it to my chest like it was a precious baby. I have waited a long time for Joss Whedon‘s ”EW Interview.” It’s like y’all know me or something. Good job, kiddos.
Far from being the ”cardinal sin” that Joss Whedon thinks it is, the nonending of The Empire Strikes Back is one of the most memorable in film history. Everyone knew Empire was the second film of three, and its nonending is a breathtaking moment in its particular story. It’s an essential element capping the whole tragic, beautiful, and grand movie — the best of the Star Wars films — and it prepares you for the true conclusion that was coming in Return of the Jedi.
I’ve been a Joss Whedon fan since 1997, when I discovered Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I think it’s great that he’s getting so much recognition. Having said that, your interview mentioned many of his achievements, but not Angel. I find this strange, as Angel was a terrific show; it was darker and more adult than Buffy, and in many ways just as good. Although co-created with David Greenwalt, it had the Joss stamp all over it. It would be nice if Angel also got some of the recognition it deserves.
I was thrilled to see ”Inside the Game of Thrones Playbook” (TV), your look at the creators’ process for putting the show together. I found the reference to the 80-year-old women who love the show particularly amusing — since I have that beat! My 88-year-old mother is a GOT fanatic and always tells me she hopes she’ll be around to see the next season!
Yin and Yang
Earlier this year, you ran stories about binge-watching and great TV couples in the same issue. I felt like I was living both articles. Due to an injury, I was stuck on the couch and began binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve loved it all: the fits, the flirts, the longing, and the loss. But mostly I’ve been enthralled with one of TV’s best couples ever: Meredith and…Cristina. Their relationship is more brilliantly written and acted than that of nearly any romantic twosome on the tube. I thought it then, but I write it now as you deservedly Bullseye’d Sandra Oh upon the announcement of her Grey‘s departure.
Caroline K. Reece
”I’m glad Elmore ”Dutch” Leonard got a full-page obituary — as he should. He did for the crime genre what Stephen King did for the horror genre.” —Kurt Anthony Krug, Dearborn Heights, Mich.
Your Fave Whedon-verse Eps
In our issue, Joss Whedon handpicked a few cherished episodes from his mighty oeuvre. EW.com readers followed suit.
(Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
So many memorable moments: the breakup scene, the Class Protector award, the Sundays’ version of ”Wild Horses” playing at the end… —Annie
”A Hole in the World”
That scene where Spike and Angel are on the bridge realizing they can’t save Fred, it kills me every single time. —Babyina straightjacket
(Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Spike thinking he’s Giles’ son, Buffy naming herself Joan — it’s all so great. And Anya is still one of my all-time favorite TV characters. —Pez
”Objects in Space”
For me, it is the single best episode of any show. It distills everything I like about Joss Whedon into an almost perfect 45 minutes of TV. —Jason P