I know I'm alone in not really liking the Avengers movie, but am I also the only one who* could not care less about Coulson? I thought it was so weird when it seemed like that movie wanted me to be sad that Guy In Sunglasses just ate it. And not only me, but all the actual superheroes, too! That movie spends all that time establishing that all the heroes' egos are too big to work together, but then they're all humbled and brought together by the report of the death of this one guy that most of them probably couldn't have named. Why would the God of Thunder care that one specific SHIELD guy in a suit in a sea of SHIELD guys in suits died? Ugh, that movie was such a blegh sandwich. Look, I love all you guys and I'd be mortified if you ever thought I was insulting you, but you should all feel bad for liking that movie. Not even gonna do a tongue face, that's how super serious I am.
I've been wondering what's changed recently in the Joss Whedon/Me dynamic. I used to think he was the best, and I loved everything he did, and I listened raptly to all his commentaries on Buffy and Angel and Firefly and even read all the comics he wrote. Lately, though, I just... don't feel that way. I think it started with Dollhouse being terrible week after week. Just godawful. What possessed him to make that show? How did he ever think Eliza Duckshoes was going to carry a show where she had to portray a totally new character every week? Why did he wait until nobody cared anymore to bring in Alan Tudyk and write some interesting stories? Yergh. I actually watched that whole show, including those Felicia Day episodes set in the future, and despite the really interesting ideas it had, it was just soooooo boring to actually watch. The only thing I can really remember from it is the idea of someone grabbing my ankles when I walk down stairs that don't have risers.
Anyway, I'll try this show. Part of the reason I didn't like Avengers was that it felt like Joss Whedon tried to be really Joss Whedon-y, even though it didn't fit at all. The other Marvel movies haven't been Joss Whedon-y, and the actors cast in them haven't really displayed any inclination towards being Joss Whedon-y actors, but boy did he try and cram all that Joss Whedon-y-ness in there. Nothing was more awkward than seeing Sam Jackson and Scarlett Johansson trying to deliver snarky, ironic rapid-fire jabs. Maybe if Joss Whedon gets to pick his own cast, and not have to fit in with an established franchise, it'll turn out better. Or maybe it'll be terrible. Or maybe Joss Whedon is exactly as good as he ever was and I just don't like his stuff anymore, I don't know.
* I'm sorry for doing the "am I the only one who..." thing. I know it's the worst, most 13-year-old-girl-on-Youtube-who-thinks-she-has-a-unique-outlook-on-life way to start a sentence. Sometimes there's just no way around it, though.