Curse your sudden but inevitable biography of Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon Firefly

Who created your favorite TV show?

Most people can’t answer that question. If you’re one of the few who can, the answer is probably Aaron Sorkin or Joss Whedon. And if you’re totally insufferable about it, the answer is definitely Joss Whedon.

Now someone has gone and written an entire biography of Joss Whedon cleverly titled Joss Whedon: The Biography, and the nice folks over at have an entire chapter online for free. Specifically, the chapter on Firefly. Here’s a blurb:


Joss characterized his story as an exploration of “how politics affect people personally. And the personal politics are the only politics that really interest me. I’m not going to make this big, didactic polemic—I’m just going to say, ‘When there are shifts in a planet, those tiny little guys are the ones who are affected. So let’s hang out with them—not the Federation heads or the Jedi Council.'”

(Read the full chapter at

I love Joss Whedon and the influence he’s had on television since Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The best thing about Whedon is that he never forgets that TV is supposed to be fun to watch, even when it’s making you cry. His characters are above all likeable, which makes us forgive the great big heaping piles of hokey-ness and cheese he likes to cram down our throats.

I’m not quite sure why Firefly seems to generate the most hardcore fanatics despite being the third best show Whedon has created. Perhaps it’s the fact that sci-fi shows naturally tend to produce crazy stalker ex-boyfriend levels of devotion, or perhaps it’s because the show was cut so short that everyone is actually in love with the imaginary show-that-might-have-been which, since it exists only in their heads, is perfect in every way. (It’s the second one.)

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