Category Archives: Retrospectives

Sunnydale: Come for the food, stay for the dismemberment-Buffy the Series retro part two

Sorry, guys. I’ve been slammed by life the last week or so. Joss Whedon Month has suddenly turned into Joss Whedon Months. But back on track!

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I have to save the world. Again.–Buffy the Series

Okay, so now that we know the origin story of our beloved Buffy, we can dive into the series, where she became more…well, just more.imgres-2 Continue reading

I’m the Chosen One. And I choose to be shopping–The Beginnings of the VampireVerse

Joss Whedon is brilliant. There’s no denying that. And when we think “vampire”, we tend to think about the ones he created for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But most people tend to skip over the movie from 1992 completely. And I personally feel like that’s just tragic. Continue reading

Animating Joss: A Look at the Pre-Vampire films of a Master

There are two really fantastic animated films, not counting Toy Story, that Joss Whedon worked on. Like most of Whedon’s work, up until this past summer, the “mainstream” media either didn’t care, or didn’t like the films. Both films, though, have cult followings, and it’s worth noting that they’re quite in the vein of Whedon films – albeit in different ways than the vampire stories we’re more used to.

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A Brief Life Before Buffy: A Look at Pre-Vampire Joss Whedon

Hello friends! This particular article is going to be painfully short, and I’m sorry about that. It just so happens that Joss’s career before Buffy Summers came along was less “Joss Whedon” than we’d like to admit. It was filled with working on a TV staff, working as a script doctor, and writing animated films (or at least doing the stories).


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Thoroughly Animated: A DC Animated Films Retrospective- Part 1

DCWhen it comes to live action films, Marvel has dominated, now more than ever. Unfortunately, DC has only managed to release a few good films, mainly consisting of Batman films, with an okay Superman flick.  Other than that, no other character in their mainstream universe seems to work well on screen (or they just refuse to put them up there). However, DC does have a one-up on Marvel when it comes to animation. And for the past six years, they have been releasing quality animated films. Continue reading

Sitting at a Round Table: Merlin in Retrospect


Never could I ever write nearly as much insightful commentary about the legend of King Arthur as there already is. There are people who have dedicated their lives to studying the Once and Future King with his duel kingdoms. I can, however, talk about King Arthur as a life-long fan of the legends. I’ve always been an Arthurian girl – and I always will be. There’s something amazing and inspiring about the legends of Arthur and his knights. Whether it’s uniting a nation with Lancelot, or even the quest for the Holy Grail, Arthur will remain one the of the West’s greatest myths.

Because of that status, there are a lot of retellings of the great and mythic Arthur. Some are awful, some are great. And some are Merlin. More recent adaptations of the tale have taken the side of telling the story through the eyes of Merlin, the old wizard who sometimes helps, sometimes hurts, but is always there. There is no true tale of Arthur without Merlin.

And that’s where Merlin comes in.

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Bullets, Barrels, Babes and Bond: 50 Years of 007

James Bond was created by Ian Fleming in the early 1940s. He was originally a part of a long running book series. It wasn’t until 1962 that the first James Bond film was released: Dr. No. The film starred Sean Connery as James Bond. Dubbed with codename 007, Bond traipsed around the world, fighting bad guys with sleek gadgets and wooing women with his suave charm. The films were action packed, filled with enough one-liners to show up even Arnold Schwarzenegger. The films were cheesy, the villains were very cliché, but we loved every second of it.

As the years progressed Bond was recast; the first one being George Lazenby (with a performance so bad they had to bring back Connery for one last film). From there you have: Roger Moore (my personal favorite), Timothy Dalton, Peirce Brosnan (the worst), and finally Daniel Craig. Each actor has brought something unique to the role and made the character their own, while still reminding us that this is indeed James Bond.

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The Road So Far: A Quick Look at Seven Years of the Family Business


Supernatural is hard to explain. Well, no, that’s not right. Actually Supernatural is really easy to explain – sort of. At it’s core, the show is about two brothers who are carrying out “The Family Business” after their mother’s death sends their family in the unconventional direction of saving people and killing supernatural beings. That, however, is the least complicated thing to explain about SPN.

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