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June 02 2010

The A.V. Club examines Whedon's episode of Andy Griffith. That is, John Whedon, Joss's grandfather. Part of a series that examines standout episodes from classic shows.

John Whedon gets a mention about halfway through. Sorry if this link is a bit tenuous, but it's a large-ish write-up on an episode from the first G of 3G TV.

I suppose that is Whedon...esque.
In case this stays ...

Never seen it (being unAmerican) but I quite liked the article from which I learned stuff (e.g. Rambo's boss directed the episode).

The thing that always strikes me watching older TV shows is how slowly the visuals move. Scenes are longer, the camera moves less, fewer cuts etc. but quite often the words will move pretty quickly with more subtle dialogue and plots being left more opaque. Guess we're getting more visually literate but arguably less literate literate.

(or maybe it's just because the older TV shows we tend to watch nowadays are, by definition, the ones that've stood the test of time i.e. the cream of the crop - if we watched most 50s/60s/70s shows they'd be just as irritatingly obvious and LCD pandering as most of today's TV is)
It's interesting. I haven't watched the show since I was a kid (and it was old even then), but I find it amazing to see how much is really going on. Yes, the visuals are slow compared to modern TV. Visual literacy is definitely increasing. A movie like Star Wars, at the time, was judged by many to be too fast-paced and visually busy at the time, but watching it now is difficult because it feels so slow. We're more accustomed to processing information visually now, and pay less attention to the words being spoken.

In part, that's why I enjoy Joss Whedon's work so much, because there is so much care evident in not only what is going on on-screen, but what is actually being said. Most sit-com comedy today is basically joke-telling and witty comebacks and not really situational comedy. In that sense, there is something profoundly old-fashioned about a show like Buffy, whose best comedy is not (as it is so often suggested) in the quippy pop-culture references, but in the larger context of the show.

But now I'm musing. Let's just say the link was interesting.
I wouldn't say we are more visually literate. I'd say we are more ADD.
Considering how much Mutant Enemy is driven by the writing staff, it sounds like there were a lot of writing staff traditions passed down the generations.

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