A Weakness for Whedon

By Beacon Staff

I have a bit of a crush on Joss Whedon. I have no idea what he looks like (oops, Google just ruined it for me), but I love his films and TV shows.

Problem is, I’ve seen most of them several times. And now I’m forced to find something to fill the Whedon-shaped hole in my entertainment lineup.

If you’re like me and you’ve re-watched “Firefly” so many times that you have all the lines memorized, try some of these similar viewing experiences.

If you like … try …

“Firefly” and “Serenity” Drifters, bandits and rebels seek revenge in “The Road Warrior,” featuring Mel Gibson as Mad Max. Or for another space western, the anime “Cowboy Bebop” has futuristic bounty hunters and spaceship battles.

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” The vampire theme makes “True Blood” an obvious choice, but it also features another young, feisty blonde with dangerously acute curiosity and surprising strength.

“Angel” In “Alphas,” flawed heroes with near-supernatural powers fight against evil to protect humanity.

“Dollhouse” “Fringe” has government experiments gone wrong, shady “science,” worldwide corruption, plenty of suspense and dashes of insanity.

“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” It’s a toss-up between “Community,” with its quirky characters and frequently foiled romances, and the ever-classic “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

“Much Ado About Nothing” While waiting for the DVD release of Whedon’s homemade black-and-white Shakespeare adaptation using all his favorite actors, try “Safety Not Guaranteed,” about a man seeking a time travel companion via personal ad.

And if you want to re-watch “Firefly” yet again, that’s quite alright with me.

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