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January 04 2010

Jane Espenson's interview with iFMagazine. Talking about the BSG sequel, Caprica, why she's on the show but no longer show runner, Buffy comics, Danny Strong, hiring James Marsters and more.

Good interview, I'm happy to know the details about how she isn't the show runner anymore; I'm not surprised to hear that she prefers writing.
Jane E. is a goddess. The talent and enthusiasm that pours out in her interviews, is just awesome.
There is nothing coming up on TV that I'm looking forward to even half as much as Caprica.

"For the first eight episodes, you're really working on establishing [the characters]".

Yes! That's exactly how it's supposed to be done. Most networks lack of patience for that model is why we get so much boring, formulaic shit on TV, and why the most promising shows get canceled, before they've had a chance to find their footing - and their audience. Which in turn depends on how the networks' market it.
I'd like to be seeing more promotion for Caprica at this point. Come on, SyFy - push this one hard, and I'll make a serious effort to get over grimacing, every time I see your new name.
Will probably still grimace when I type it. ;)
EF:typo

[ edited by Shey on 2010-01-05 01:46 ]
I've always been a fan of Jane Espenson, but I'm not sure how to interpret the fact "all of writing BUFFY felt like writing fanfic." -- I mean, is that really a good thing? It doesn't sound like a good thing...? Does it?
@Carnelionne I think if you love the characters and genuinely care about their character development, feeling like you are writing fanfic can be a good thing. I mean, that's what writing fanfic is about right? You do it because you love them.
Jane's enthusiasm might be contagious. I'm getting more interested in Caprica. I think this is the first I've heard of James Marsters being on the show. That should be fun.

Especially with so little Tahmoh in it, this didn't seem front-page worthy. But it's a nice job by The Great Luke Ski, with Firefly and Dr. Horrible references:
"Battlestar Rhapsody" parody of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (via geeksaresexy.net).
Thanks for sharing that, Ying!
I really hope that's not a big spoiler re: James Marsters - telling us he's in it is fine (knew already anyway) but the type of character he's playing might well be a reveal that's now been spoiled (that sort of casual and wholly unnecessary spoiler is my very least favourite kind).

Otherwise, down to Earth sense from La Espenson, as usual. The pilot of 'Caprica' didn't wow me (looked like a lot of the same themes BSG explored so capably but tacked onto a family drama) but i'll watch and hopefully be proven wrong.
Info about the type of character Marsters is playing has been around the Net for a few months - if it is a spoiler, this is not the first place it appeared.
Well, to be blunt, so what ? A spoiler is a spoiler until the episode has aired, it's not less of a spoiler because it's old or well known to spoiler-philes. And i'm fairly sure this is the first time it's appeared in a non-spoiler marked article (because I almost entirely avoid spoiler marked articles).

Been spoiled much worse on here though so it's not a huge deal (unless it's a big twist within the show e.g. he seems to be one type of character and ends up being another, then it'd be a bit annoying).
Thanks for the Battlestar Rhapsody link, Ying ....

"WTF? ~ FTL!"
Baltar ~ Dr. Horrible

Loved it. :)
Ying, thanks for a great laugh this morning.

Nothing frakkin' matters to me...
Hm, I want to be excited about Caprica but I really don't have much faith in the depth of Jane's writing, plus the pilot had some awfully big problems that I'm going to find hard to live with.

I do wonder why she pushed so hard for James Marsters as well, I think it's a bit incestuous and not in a good way like it was with all the BSG actors in Dollhouse. BSG and Buffy are two of my favourite tv shows, I do not want them to cross into eachother. Yuk. Plus, not to be catty but JM isn't that great an actor despite how much we all love Spike.
I'm looking forward to seeing a world Jane E. midwived into creation because I've been impressed all along with how she creates an entire milieu, an entire interlocking society complete with its own complex, irrational politics, broadly defined. She'll rock the world.
I'm pretty excited to see those James Marsters/Polly Walker (ROME) scenes the SyFy guys have been twittering about.

::thinking about JM's guest stint on TORCHWOOD::

Hee.

Good fanfic is pretty fun reading. A few of them are so good, that the only reason they aren't published short stories are the copyright issues (and, often, the sexy bits). ;-)

It's interesting to hear JE's version of this whole showrunner thing. I for one am glad she's back with the writing. That's what she does so well and why we love her, afterall...
I think Marsters is a great actor and one of the best on BtvS (the best being ASH, imo). Wish he was used more, actually, of those in our little Whedon troupe.

And not really understandin why this wouldn't be front-page worthy. An interview with Jane Espensen? My only question is why wouldn't it be?
Willowy if I'm not mistaken I think Ying was talking about the Battlestar Rhapsody video link she made as part of his/her post being not front page worthy, not the Espenson link.

James Marsters is a fantastic actor. In my experience he is the best part of anything he is in. Very excited about Caprica, though I haven't watched the pilot yet, it's sitting on top of my TV waiting.

As far as fanfic, I have read some that have been miles better than any of the professionally written novels. I'ts been like getting more episodes of the show! I am grateful for the writers who have prolonged my Buffy experience without any payment other than the thanks they get.

I have enjoyed some of the comics we have gotten, but it's a different experience, it's so quick, I really can't get immersed the way I did the show, and some fics.
James Marsters is a fantastic actor. In my experience he is the best part of anything he is in.
Xane | January 06, 03:40 CET


I certainly agree. JM was IMO the best actor on both BtS and AtS, along with Alexis Denisof. The comment up-thread is the first time I've ever heard anyone disparage his acting.

Caprica soon .... can't wait.
Hm, I want to be excited about Caprica but I really don't have much faith in the depth of Jane's writing, plus the pilot had some awfully big problems that I'm going to find hard to live with.

I do wonder why she pushed so hard for James Marsters as well, I think it's a bit incestuous and not in a good way like it was with all the BSG actors in Dollhouse. BSG and Buffy are two of my favourite tv shows, I do not want them to cross into eachother. Yuk. Plus, not to be catty but JM isn't that great an actor despite how much we all love Spike.


Apparently you live in the alternate universe where Jane can't write and James can't act.
I've been there. Place is knee deep in shrimp.

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