This weekend, I started watching the second season of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse on DVD. You may not know this, but I'm a HUGE fan of Joss and almost everything he does.
I watched some of Angel, but I didn't get into it the same way that I got into Buffy. That's probably because I just didn't like Angel all that much. Cordelia irritated me. And then they had a show together. But I did watch it occasionally. There's an episode from the first season, when, through the powers of the blood of some weird demon, Angel gets to be human again. He and Buffy reunite, but because he's human, he can't help her anymore, and he feels guilty that she's risking herself to protect him. In the end, he gives up his humanity to be able to protect himself so she can live without worrying about him. That's a really brief, really crappy summary, but that episode makes me bawl every time I watch it.
You can't talk about Joss and leave out Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog! I'm a theatre geek, and I love anything musical. The Buffy musical episode was awesome, but this! THIS!! I love it! I watched it when it came out online, I downloaded it from iTunes as soon as it was available, and I bought the DVD shortly after it was released. I have the whole thing memorized, and I will randomly belt out, well, any of the songs!
As I said at the beginning of this post, I've been watching Season 2 of Dollhouse. I like it. Almost as much as Firefly. There's something about the science of the show that is just, well, a combination of cool and creepy. And I swear, I know a guy who's an awful lot like Topher. Plus, any girl that can kick as much ass as Echo is just awesome. What's messing with me, though, is that in the last episode I watched, Wesley and Faith were talking. Except it wasn't Wesley and Faith, it was Senator Perrin and Echo/Caroline/Brie.
There's something about Joss that seems to inspire faithfulness in his actors. There's a video clip of Nathan Fillion on the Dr. Horrible DVD where he tells the story of Joss trying to ask him to be in the show. Nathan said "Yes" before Joss even finished asking.
So Captain Reynolds is also Captain Hammer. Faith is Echo. Wesley is Perrin (and lost his British accent!). Wash is Alpha. Fred/Illyria is Dr. Saunders. River is... I actually haven't watched far enough to find out her name, but she's in Dollhouse, too.
I love that Joss is apparently so awesome to work with that everyone who has worked with him wants to do it again. It just messes with my head sometimes. Especially when Wesley's not British anymore...