Age of Ultron

If you don’t understand why it’s fucked up that Joss Whedon made it so two people who are canonically of Roma and Jewish descent are working for Nazis and are being portrayed by people who aren’t of either lineage, you were probably the same kids who made Hunchback of Notre Dame jokes when our teacher was talking about why it matters.

That’s my backpack, by the way. This is my greatest contribution to the thing. Because the prop people didn’t have a backpack, and I said “I have a backpack! It looks like a… fourteen year old girl would own it. I won’t explain why, but I do.” So that’s my favourite piece of trivia, my wonderful backpack. 

- Joss Whedon, audio commentary from 6x07 Once More With Feeling 

In which Agents of SHIELD is revealed as the unholy lovechild of Joss Whedon's other shows

AOS, I realized during the final stages of binge-watching season 1, is actually a mash-up of Buffy and Firefly.

  • A small ship carrying a crew of do-gooding rogues that rarely finds a safe place to land: Serenity and The Bus
  • Coulson and Skye are Giles and Buffy
  • FitzSimmons echo Willow and Xander, River and Simon
  • Ward echoes both Angel and Spike as bad-guy love interest and Jayne as official thug, shoot first talk later
  • Melinda May echoes Buffy, Faith, Zoe, and River in her super fighting abilities
  • SHIELD echoes the Watchers’ Council; SHIELD as Hydra echoes the Alliance: Ambiguous institutional authority
  • Trip and Robin Wood are the Cool Black Guy
  • Raina visually echoes Inara: A very femme presentation, long curly dark hair, pretty dresses

Feel free to disagree, but this is what I’m seeing and maybe I’m not crazy.

Action is the best way to say anything. A guy who goes around saying “I’m a feminist” usually has an agenda that is not feminist. A guy who behaves like one, who actually becomes involved in the movement, generally speaking, you can trust that. And it doesn’t just apply to the action that is activist. It applies to the way they treat the women they work with and they live with and they see on the street.

One of many reasons to love Joss Whedon. Full article here.

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'This episode was one that I did because I wanted to show – not the meaning, or catharsis, or the beauty of life, or any of the things that are often associated with loss, or even the extreme grief, some of which we do get in the episode. But what I really wanted to capture was the extreme physicality, the extreme' – Joss Whedon on 'The Body'.