Whedon: Most Inventive

by admin on August 29, 2008 · 1 comment

The National Post list “Dollhouse” mastermind Joss Whedon as one of “TV’s most inventive minds”:

Born June 23, 1964

• Creator and executive producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse

The Internet movie reference site IMDB has described Whedon as the world’s “first third-generation” TV writer: His father, Tom Whedon, wrote for PBS’s The Electric Company in the 1970s and the sitcom Roseanne, and his grandfather, John Whedon, wrote for The Donna Reed Show in the 1950s.

Whedon’s own creative vision is much darker and more fanciful than anything in The Electric Company, Roseanne or The Donna Reed Show, though. He flipped the time-honoured tradition of TV-series-based-on-theatrical-films on its ear in 1997 with the culture-defining teen-angst series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was based on his unsuccessful – with critics and audiences alike – 1992 feature film.

In another break from TV tradition, Whedon made the series much darker and more grim than the version that played in movie theatres.

Whedon’s new series, the Truman Show-esque Dollhouse, continues in a similar vein. It stars Buffy’s Eliza Dushku as a young woman who unknowingly is a human lab rat in an experiment involving erased identity and social conditioning.

“It’s about pulling back the curtain and seeing how things are made and how they work,” Whedon explained last month on the set of Dollhouse. “It cuts to the heart of what interests me about the human condition – the idea that this young woman is stripped of her personality and has to rebuild herself from scratch. Not only her character but every character is, on some level, dealing with their identity. It’s part of why I’m telling stories in the first place.”

Source: National Post

Nevermore August 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm

You just wish these sites would at least get the premise right. "It stars Buffy’s Eliza Dushku as a young woman who unknowingly is a human lab rat in an experiment involving erased identity and social conditioning." She's NOT a human lab rat, and she's NOT being experimented on. She's more of a socket wrench that gets a different shaped bit each week. At least their heart is in the right place…

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