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Much Ado about Joss

Joss Whedon must have heard some of us complaining about the way he rampantly abuses and kills off characters, because he has just filmed a comedy! (There are a zillion news links you can find about this fast-breaking story. That's just one.)

It's Much Ado About Nothing--yes, the one by Shakespeare--and is apparently set in basically modern day, and stars Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof as Beatrice and Benedick. Yay! We finally get to see Fred and Wesley (as it were) acquire the romantic happy ending they, uh...well, I don't want to be spoilerish, but the end of the Angel series involved a lot of tears and "NOOOO" on many of our parts.

This time, of course, Joss didn't write the material himself; he used Shakespeare's. But he chose a Shakespeare *comedy*, at least, rather than a tragedy. True, it's "comedy noir," as he points out--that bit about "Let's pretend Hero is dead!" is pretty dark. But it ends up all right, and that's more than we can say about practically all the relationships we cared about in the Buffyverse. So thank you for this, Joss. It looks delicious and fun and I can't wait to see it, and it's good to say "Squee!" about a Whedon project again without feeling some dread that it's gonna hurt.


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Oct. 26th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
I don't want to be spoilerish, but the end of the Angel series involved a lot of tears and "NOOOO" on many of our parts.

no kidding.
Oct. 26th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
What about when Beatrice demands of Benedick, "If you love me, you'll kill him"? Fun times.
Oct. 27th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
Good point. That's another rather dark part, huh? Also a bit psycho of her. But it fits Joss somehow. :)
Oct. 27th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
"...rather than a tragedy." Yes, he's really more the Hamlet type. (Jokes, violence, more jokes, more violence, everyone dies.)
Oct. 27th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
Hee--another of my friends said almost the same thing. "You'd think he'd choose Hamlet, so he could kill everyone off in the end." Maybe he'll do Les Miserables someday, since there's, what, two? Three? main characters left standing at the end of that.
Oct. 28th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
But Hamlet is so boring, because everyone knows who is going to die! You can't rip anyone's heart out that way. ;)
Oct. 28th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Hahaha! Oh gosh, I hadn't even thought about it from that angle. Yet another reason to be excited!
Oct. 29th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
I'm so looking forward to seeing a Josh production that won't leave me heartbroken.
Oct. 30th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
I know! Yet I can't help being a little bit nervous. What if he adds one last stage direction? (Villain picks up rocket launcher and fires at the group of happy couples...)
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