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Just don't call Joss Whedon a genius; TV auteur rides a wave of Serenity Strong fan support helped film happen
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Arpe, Malene
Date: Sep 24, 2005
Start Page: J.08
Section: Arts
Abstract (Document Summary)

Said studio ponied up $47 million for the feature continuation of the defunct Firefly, which only ran for 11 out-of-sequence episodes on Fox. Making a feature out of a failed show is an unprecedented turn, thanks to tenacious fans, a.k.a. the Browncoats, so named for the rebels in the Serenity/Firefly universe. They bought the DVDs - which contains a few extra, unaired episodes - by the bushel to watch and re-watch the adventures of the crew of the good ship Serenity.

"I do not believe that I'm a genius. And the day I do believe that I'm a genius it will show up in my work ... the only living genius I know of is Stephen Sondheim ... I would almost use it about the Coen brothers. I'm torn between 'genius' and 'savant' - the more times I see The Hudsucker Proxy the more levels it works on.

It's difficult to talk about Whedon without mentioning the pain he loves to inflict upon his audience. He famously doesn't give the audience what it wants, but what it needs. Watching Buffy and Angel you got worried if any of the characters ever showed the slightest sign of happiness, because, bam, there came the hammer hard. Without spoiling too much, it's safe to say that no one's safe in Serenity either.

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