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Plotting the arc of darkness with Joss Whedon
Here's a link to my interview with Joss Whedon for Radio 3's Night Waves on June 12th. We covered his writing for Roseanne, Shakespearean superheroes, his love of musicals -- especially Brigadoon -- the way studios treat writers, (take Firefly and Futurama) even ones with proven track records, the development of series plot arcs and his fascination with darkness and mirrored relationships that applies from Buffy and Angel to the dynamics in Much Ado About Nothing. The portrayal of Claudio -- the most sympathetic I've ever seen -- is no surprise if you've seen how he handled the coming of age traumas in Angel and Buffy. Incidentally, though he says he hated being at the exclusive public school, Winchester, he says he loved it too, and was very aware of the quality of learning. An interesting observation in the current debate in Britain about aspiration and the importance of being stretched. All that genre-bending, existential self awareness comes back to the teenage Whedon repeatedly