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(Transcript) TVGuide Q&A session with Joss

18th February 2009 (12:30)

TVGuide.com recently published a Q&A session hosted by Matt Mitovich reading out fan questions about 'Buffy', 'Angel' and 'Firefly' to Joss Whedon. Since the video doesn't even run on certain browsers, and other people can't view videos on their computer, here's a transcript of what Joss had to say.

Contains "who's going to appear in future issues?"-type spoilers for Season 8. Knowing my flist, I should probably also warn that one of the questions was clearly sent in by a fanatical Buffy/Angel shipper. :-)


Q&A

Did Buffy and Faith share the dream in 'Graduation Day Part 2'?

I think it was Buffy's dream, but that Faith was reaching out in it. I feel like there was a part of Faith that wanted to tell Buffy that.

Was Drusilla a Slayer or possibly one of the Potentials before Angelus turned her? And is there any chance Dru will be dropping by the comics any time soon?

I think we shall be seeing Dru at some point, for sure. And a Potential Slayer? I can't say for sure, but it's a pretty good theory.

Was Anya's fear of bunnies an inside joke relating to Alex Forrest from 'Fatal Attraction'?

No. Totally not. I just wanted to put Anya in a bunny suit and I needed to justify it; so I had her say she was afraid of bunnies. And one of the best things about television is that a casual remark can become your favourite thing on the show.

Was Britney Spears really going to star as April, Warren's robot girlfriend in Season 5?

Well, she wasn't, but they told us she might. And they said, "Britney wants to do the show!" They always do. "Samuel L Jackson wants to do the show!", we got that one one time too. Eventually I just stopped believing it. So we did hear there was a possibility Britney wanted to do the show. We had never seen her act at all, so I said, "Well, we'll cover our bases. We'll write a show about a robot! And that way if she can't, we're fine." And then Shonda Farr came in and did a wonderful job. And the creation of Warren the villain, the Buffybot; it all came from the fact that we thought Britney Spears was going to be on the show. So, happy accidents.

Do you feel that Buffy Season 8 has been a success, and where would you rank it in comparison to previous seasons?

I don't really compare it to the TV show because it's such a different animal. I feel that it's been a success. Definitely it's been a success in terms of the comic book and sales; and what's important for me, it's got into the Top Ten, and been in the Top Twenty in its whole run. It's not one of the big comic book companies, so that's exciting for the smaller companies. A lot of people weren't reading comic books, came in, started reading it, started reading other books because of it; that's exciting for the community.

The book itself I'm really proud of, and I think some of my writers have done amazing work on it. I feel like I've had a little less success keeping it focussed on where it needs to go. Sort of deliberately gone off on cul-de-sacs and sort of let people play with it a little bit. But in the second half now we're getting towards really the heart of the thing, where we're really going to hit people more emotionally, and it'll start to come up to the level of the show in a way that it did, but only occasionally.

Speaking of the second half, will we see an actual Buffy/Angel reunion and/or a reaffirmation of their romantic feelings?

They're going to have sex for three issues straight. Nothing but porn. And that's what America needs.

Will Buffy ever know that Spike is alive?

Spike will appear in two of the three issues. I can't really describe how.

No, all of these things, you know, all of these characters we have licence to use in the Buffyverse but because a different company has the franchise we've been a little hands-off. But, you know, we've got so much to play with right now that we're waiting; but we won't wait forever. Got to see our boys.

I've heard that you drafted a script for a Buffy/Angel movie. Is this true?

This is false.

Would the character of Winifred Burkle have returned to 'Angel' had the show gotten another season?

She would have returned in that Illyria would have become more and more interested in using her as a disguise. And we would just have to tell Amy some days she didn't have to come into make-up three hours early. So yes, we would have had more Winifred.

When can we expect a Serenity 2 movie; and if never, can you tell us what Inara's secret was?

I'm not giving up Inara's secret - although I believe Morena has at conventions. Thanks, darling. But nobody has ever approached me about doing a movie, except fans. When somebody in a suit does, then I'll know that the landscape has changed. Basically, I'm at the ready. The moment they say "Go!" I'll start gathering the troops again; but nobody has.
 



PS - apologies to anyone who's commented on my last few posts and didn't get a direct reply... I've only been here intermittently. But I'll say it now: thank you for replying. :-)

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Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 12:56 (UTC)
threesome anyone?

Thanks for transcribing that. I've spent the whole morning with crossed fingers hoping that Joss had remained non-commital about the whole B/A/S thing, and he has, bless him.

See, the difference between me and the fanatical person who sent that question in is that I don't want anyone to be disappointed.

ETA: Should have said, interesting what he says about the comics. It seems even he doesn't see as the same as the show. Good to know.

Edited at 2009-02-18 13:13 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 13:30 (UTC)

As with Angel and Spike, Joss has something to say for everyone regarding the comics. "I don't really compare it to the TV show because it's such a different animal" on the one hand, but "The book itself I'm really proud of, and I think some of my writers have done amazing work on it" on the other. :-)

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 14:25 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 18:55 (UTC)

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Posted at: 18th February 2009 20:28 (UTC)

Posted by: Lisa (shipperx)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 19:07 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 19:21 (UTC)

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 21:06 (UTC)

Posted by: Lisa (shipperx)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 22:07 (UTC)

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Posted at: 18th February 2009 23:05 (UTC)

Posted by: petzipellepingo (petzipellepingo)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 13:04 (UTC)
fonzie spike by noaluvjames

Thanks so much for this. Hope things are getting better for you.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 13:32 (UTC)

Thanks! (It's actually my mother's memorial service on Friday. I ought to be getting ready for the journey rather than spending time transcribing Joss's interviews. :-) )

Posted by: cha-langa-langa-lang (leenah)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 14:50 (UTC)

Posted by: ubi4soft (ubi4soft)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 13:50 (UTC)

Thank you for your time.

Good for "Got to see our boys"
Bad for Serenity 2 movie

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 14:44 (UTC)

Thanks for this.

It sounds like the second half of season 8 is going to be quite a ride. Get ready to assume fetal position...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 17:47 (UTC)

'Fetal', not 'crash' ? :-)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 17:54 (UTC)

Posted by: Margo (margoscrazy)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 14:45 (UTC)

Thank you for transcribing this! I don't understand if it's this frickin' simple why TV Guide can't just do it. Not everyone can watch/hear the videos!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 17:48 (UTC)

But transcribing things is work. It's hard. :-)

Thanks!

Posted by: Denita (menomegirl)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 15:05 (UTC)

Thank you for transcribing this, I couldn't get the vid to play for me.

Posted by: Soph (bassair)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 15:05 (UTC)
something blue spuffy

Thank you for transcribing this! I hate watching the videos since I always miss everything, so this is much better. Thank you so much :)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 15:35 (UTC)
Buffy_evil

Thank you for transcribibg the interview!

I think it was Buffy's dream

I love Joss. He isn't sure whose dream it was; he just thinks it was Buffy's. :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 17:51 (UTC)

I do wonder if Joss had advance notice of the questions, or if he was replying to them totally cold. In which case, even remembering something he wrote about ten years ago is no mean feat. :-)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 18:15 (UTC)

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Posted by: M (evilfirepixie8)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 17:26 (UTC)
LOL asl

Kind of off-topic but I was linked to your journal from Whedonesque, which led me to find your other transcripts and can I just say "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!" for transcribing those commentaries? For as long as I've been in this fandom, I've been looking for commentary transcripts and I've never found much. It's impossible for me to follow along on the DVDs (I'm deaf) and it sucks missing out on juicy fandom tidbits so thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu!

And thanks for this as well. It's interesting that Joss sees the show as seperate from the comics. I wonder how that's affected the story?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 18:00 (UTC)

You're welcome. :-) I was just as surprised myself to find that nobody has ever transcribed the commentaries - it's not as if there aren't several transcripts of the episodes thmeselves out there, after all... And personally, I always find reading things helps me comprehend them faster and more thoroughly than listening to them... plus you can copy and paste quotes into discussions too!


Joss sees the show as seperate from the comics

Rather, I'd say, he doesn't think they can be judged by the same criteria. I think it's because of what he says here: "We're really going to hit people more emotionally, and it'll start to come up to the level of the show."

A two-dimensional still image on paper can never have the same emotional impact as real actors moving and speaking and using body language, and that's what matters most to Joss: the emotional effect of the story.

The impression I've got from interviews, etc, is that he has a specific story he wants to tell about the 'Buffy' characters and their world; and he'd prefer to have been able to do it on TV with actors, but since that's not possible comics are cool too.

Posted by: Polter-Cow (spectralbovine)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 18:33 (UTC)
Thank you!

Thank you for transcribing! I'm looking forward to the second half of S8; I agree that he hasn't kept the story very focused, so I'll be glad to see it get back on track.

I never considered the idea that Dru was a Potential. Where did that come from?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 18:38 (UTC)
darla-dru

No idea, but maybe it's an explanation of where her prophetic visions came from? Although I'd have said that's more proof that she could have been a witch, not a Slayer.

Mind you, she did manage to kill a Slayer with far less exertion and effort than Spike took to kill his two. ;-)

Posted by: sueworld2003 (sueworld2003)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 18:44 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 19:23 (UTC)

Posted by: Lisa (shipperx)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 19:08 (UTC)
Crichton - Still Have My Dignity

Thanks for the transcription.

Posted by: The Anti-OTP (snowpuppies)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 20:35 (UTC)

Thanks so much for this, hon!

Posted by: lusciousxander (lusciousxander)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 20:58 (UTC)


Thank you so much for doing this. Interesting review. :)

I feel like I've had a little less success keeping it focussed on where it needs to go. Sort of deliberately gone off on cul-de-sacs and sort of let people play with it a little bit.

It makes me relieved that he acknowledges this, gives me hope that the second half will be tighter and more interesting.

I don't really compare it to the TV show because it's such a different animal.

Hee! Some fans will be so happy to read this and will probably misunderstand it as Joss admitting that S8 isn't canon.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th February 2009 21:25 (UTC)

Ironically, I think that one of the stories they think was a "cul-de-sac" was the Faith arc, because Buffy didn't really feature in it, and Scott Allie has said they're not going to do any more like it. Yet it was a lot of people's favourite story so far...

Posted by: Tracy (dream_infinity0)
Posted at: 19th February 2009 00:06 (UTC)

wow, you made my day.... i can't wait until the next comic where angel/buffy is in it.....

thanks for posting... wish there was a movie thro

Posted by: wytchcroft (wytchcroft)
Posted at: 19th February 2009 01:18 (UTC)
witchy willow

thank you indeed for that transcript! :)))

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