Several Whedonverse shows are included in Wizzard Universe’s recent article entitled “The 25 Greatest Sci-Fi Shows Ever!”. I won’t spoil with where on the list each of our shows ended up.
These types of articles are always fun because fans love to debate the rankings and what shows did or didn’t make the list. Of course any list like this that leaves off Farscape needs to closely scrutinized.
SciFiHeaven posted a poll to find out what is everyone’s favorite Whedon show. Only Joss’s television shows are listed (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse). The site felt it was an opportune time now that Dollhouse seems to have found its groove. Check it out and pick your fave!
At least on EW.com that is. Mandi Bierly writes the quote, “Hell with this. I’m gonna live.” — Kaylee. It’s good to see that Serenity is being quoted years after its release. Besides, it was one of my favorite quotes because I am a big fan of Kaylee so it was good to see her again.
So what do you think Joss’d readers? What is your favorite quote from Serenity? Firefly? Who is your favorite character?
Whedon ‘Verse artist, Jo Chen, has been nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Serenity, and Runaways. The award winners will be announce at San Diego ComicCon.
LOS ANGELES – In what might be the strangest case to date of life imitating art, scientists at Quantum Mechanix Inc.’s Precognitive Prop Research Division (PPRD) announced today they have discovered the real-life analog to the fictitious star cluster known as The Verse, after a close examination of The Complete and Official Map of The Verse, published by PPRD’s parent company.
According to PPRD spokesperson Leland Serra, the discovery was an accident. “A couple of our scientists who monitor the Hubble – and when I say ‘monitor’ I mean hijack the space telescope when NASA scientists are off at their weekly poker game – were a little bored one night and decided to point the Hubble in the general direction of where our map says The Verse should be,” Serra said.
I was born and raised in Southern California, but only went to Universal Studios once (when I was very little). So I was excited this past week to finally visit.
Universal Studios can only be described as “an experience”. While it’s reminiscent of a trip to Disneyland or another theme park, but with the world of movies and television given a tourist treatment. I’ve been fascinating with TV/Movie production since I was a kid, so the day was extremely entertaining. The best part being the tram tour, that takes you through many of the studio back lots (including Wistera Lane from Desperate Housewives), Norman Bates’ hotel from Psycho, and more.
Of course, as I said, this is the tourist version of a studio backstage pass. But throughout the park you get a nice idea of how films and TV are made on the Universal Studios back lot. Along with how special effects work, an idea of how scale can be used (giant ducks and all) and a lot of hydraulics.
Now for where the Whedon comes in. Since Universal Studios made Serenity there’s a couple of small nods to the movie in the park. The first (and largest) being the Mule, which rests with famous cars along the tram tour:
The tour goes quickly past this part so blink and you may miss it (make sure to sit on the left hand side of the tram car if you go).
Then, a small nod to the movie can be found The Universal Experience, a small interactive exhibit of props and memoriablia:
Of course, there’s little Buffy (since that’s WB, UPN and Fox owned), but I did meet a very nice bloke that owes Spike money:
All in all, it was a fantastic day at Universal Studios Hollywood, after the studios I hung out at the Things from Another World shop on the Universal City Walk (outside the studios, you can visit that anytime) and drooled over all of the Whedon/comic book merchendise! You can see Things from Another World online too: http://www.tfaw.com/
I don’t know about you, but I love lists done by entertainment magazines and websites. Of course, they’re even better when they include some of our favorite Whedon people, episodes, and shows. Here are just a few of the fun lists to come out recently.
EW makes a list of 26 shows that were cancelled too soon and obviously Firefly makes the list. Check it out here.
EW has another list of the 20 Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture and Buffy makes the list. Find that one here.
SFX has a list of the 25 best and worst TV episode titles, including titles from Buffy and Angel. This one’s really fun. Find it here.
And lastly, this is a list of 5 reasons why TV Guide loves Eliza Dushku, which is just great. It’s kind of a mini interview as well. Read that here.
We sent the signal out and a few of the brave and bold with their brilliant artistical skillz took up the gauntlet (and their pallets) to create this year’s promotional art.
We know it’s gonna be a challenge – but we need you, the good folk of the `Verse, to help us choose which one will become the official artwork for CSTS 2009. You can only vote once and you’ve only got until March 12th to get your voice heard and your vote counted.
So vote and then tell your friends to spread the word and come help us choose the best of the best.
No, NASA won’t be fronting the money for a sequel to one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. Though we can dream!
However, NASA is looking to name the International Space Station’s Node 3 and have turned to the public for help. The statement on the NASA website is this;
NASA wants your opinion in naming the International Space Station’s Node 3 – a connecting module and its cupola. The name should reflect the spirit of exploration and cooperation embodied by the space station, and follow in the tradition set by Node 1- Unity- and Node 2- Harmony.
To stay within those parameters, the available choices are; Venture, Legacy, Eathrise, and awesomely, SERENITY! We have an amazing opportunity to impact both space and the fandom! Voting will remain open until March 20, 2009 and the results released in April. Serenity is currently in the lead with an outstanding 86% of the vote!