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POSTED BY chrisdvanne ON May 24, 2012 / 1 COMMENTS


Comic Book Resources counts down the ten cruelest things Joss Whedon has put his creations through. 

Considering last month was a huge time of appreciation for writer/director Joss Whedon with not one, but two hugely successful movies bearing his name being released -- blockbuster juggernaut "The Avengers" and his wickedly clever take on horror in "Cabin in the Woods" -- it's a good time to look back and celebrate Whedon's mastery of the tragic and some of the most subversive things he ever snuck into his writing.

Many might believe death would dominate the list (and it does, to a large degree), so we toyed with the notion of combining those deaths into one entry. Unfortunately, that wouldn't have done justice to some of the individual scenes and storylines. Without further ado, here is the top ten list of cruelty across the spectrum of Joss Whedon's work.

SPOILER ALERT: Major spoilers ahead! Only read this list if you are very much familiar with all things Joss Whedon!

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Bennet Halverson's sudden death in Dollhouse made the list.

9. Bennett Halverson gets shot: "Dollhouse" - "Getting Closer"

It would be easy to make a "worst moments" list for "Buffy" or "Angel," but here's a shout out to the great unloved Whedon baby. "Dollhouse" had a very shaky start which almost lost me, but the man himself promised from the sixth episode on, there would an improvement. Sweet Fanciful Moses, did he deliver! The show took an upswing in quality which rarely faltered and while not his finest hour, it gradually insinuated itself into the affections of the Whedon loyal.



"Dollhouse" was always a tough sell; the premise ran the risk of becoming dreadfully formulaic and the characters were not the most likable, but this began to change in its second year. Topher, who was a generally obnoxious element, began to soften and slowly rose in estimation to be a fan-adored Whedon character. While the favoritism didn't begin during his painfully chaste romance with Bennett Halverson (played by Summer Glau), it certainly added to humanizing him. But in typical TV style, happy couples make for boring non-drama and in a haste -- perhaps borne of looming cancellation -- the beautiful Bennett was dispatched in a moment of shocking brutality just as the simmering attraction between herself and Topher had finally revealed itself. Fans should have gotten used to it, but it still shook me up on first viewing. Despite all the things "Dollhouse" didn't get right, it nailed that budding romance, as Topher tells himself describing Bennett, "Librarian energy through the roof!" Its very brevity only adds to the tragedy -- a metaphor for the show itself.

If anyone can disagree on the precise ranking, i quite like the way the article is written.

You can read the full article : The top ten cruelest thing Joss Whedon has done to his characters at Comic Book Resources.




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Total comments: 1

  Message #1 | Blazius | 2012 May 25, 19:01 GMT



Well, what can I say, I'd certainly put it much higher, its one of my toughest deaths on TV and it hurt cry

But yeah, I appreciate that they are remembering.

BTW am I reading the argument again that DH wasn't liked because people hated its grey morality characters?



 
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