2012 is the ten year anniversary of Joss Whedon’s critically acclaimed yet short-lived TV show Firefly.
Although only airing for half a season of episodes, Firefly is a series that clearly had a lot more to offer; but thanks to Fox’s usual tricks (showing episodes out of order for example), it was axed well ahead of its time.
Thankfully all was not lost, as DVD boxset sales soared and in 2005 fans were given the motion picture Serenity – which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (I was also lucky enough to be given a free ticket to the screening while waiting in line at a signing to meet the great man himself as well as the majority of the cast).
Since then many of the cast members have gone on to star in other successful roles – Adam Baldwin in Angel, Summer Glau and Alan Tutdyk in Dollhouse – and the awesome film Tucker and Dale vs evil, the lovable rouge Nathan Fillion in Castle and Morena Baccarin in the great new drama Homeland.
As for Whedon himself – although his following foray into TV with Dollhouse received similar treatment to Firefly, he can now be considered THE filmmaker (and writer) of 2012 – and all time.
With first the meta horror film The Cabin in the Woods under his belt, then came The Avengers. Having currently grossed $1,510.6 billion at time of writing, only James Cameron stands in his way of world domination. Although The Avengers may merely be considered a popcorn superhero flick, the witty writing and awesome action scenes set it apart from other major ‘hits’ such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
With the recent news that Whedon is set to direct Avengers 2 (seriously, why bother with all the individual films in between?), this can only mean great things from the guy who first stole our hearts with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Although the move towards commercial films does not ignite too much excitement within me – at least we have the upcoming Much Ado About Nothing in the mean time.
Therefore until we see more of Whedon’s original creativity, here is a video paying tribute to why he means so much to so many: