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October 06 2005

Whedon fans don't scare Chronicle critic anymore. The critic who posted the earlier blog about Scary Whedon Fans has retracted his statement based on a slew of positive emails.

I posted this in the original thread, but since it's off the main page and we all could probably use some positive news now, thought I'd put it here as well. Mods, if you don't think it belongs, feel free to delete....

This made me happy... :) Glad to see a positive comment on the fanbase, and totally LOVED reading the comment about "there will be a sequal sooner or later" lol.
That was the sentiment of at least two viewers I heard behind me, on two different days, rabid. Glad I sent a we're-really-pretty-nice email.
acp, thanks for posting this - it gives me hope that we can overcome the weird nastiness of the last week!
Glad we all sent those e-mails!! That actually is even more good publicity for us. So even though that initial column about us "scary Whedon fans" happened his follow-up on that more than made up for anything negative coming from it. I too loved his "there will be a sequel sooner or later" bit too. I love his confidence!!

I think we are all just so close to this whole thing that we've forgotten to bask in what a great movie it is and we should just sit back and enjoy the fact that it was made, we got to finally see it, the reviews are wonderful and that it is showing the movie industry what a great talent Joss Whedon is. If we don't get those sequels at least we got everything else. Still not going to give up hoping for the sequels but I'm going to enjoy the fact that the movie is such a wonderful treasure.
That's good. Still, the damage is done. :(
Ah, a beacon of light in a dim, frustrating few days in 'posting-land'. Glad we sent those mails. Small as it is, it's at least one tiny example how cooler headed fans corrected some of the crap caused by the nutjobs. Very kind of the writer to post this as well. Seems a friendly, courteous and open minded guy.

I think we are all just so close to this whole thing that we've forgotten to bask in what a great movie it is and we should just sit back and enjoy the fact that it was made, we got to finally see it, the reviews are wonderful and that it is showing the movie industry what a great talent Joss Whedon is. If we don't get those sequels at least we got everything else.

Well said, and very true. Still, I have to confess it tickled me more than a little to see the writer's optimism : "The end result is a film that is so good that it has to find a following, whether in the initial theater release or later on DVD and cable. (Sooner or later, there will be a sequel.)

I'll drink to that. *gulp*

Oh, and "This is a victory for the ages, and every fan who was a part of it should feel proud of their efforts." just got me all choked up....;-)
I know what you mean Ed. We already know how wonderful Joss' storytelling is and it's nice to see all these reviewers praising him like this. Now I just hope the public will finally start to notice that if all these reviews are saying what a great movie it is that they should get their butts in the theater to see what it's all about.
I'm not so sure I like what happened in this situation, tho.

The guy writes a review critical of the fanaticism of Serenity fans...and hastily retracts his statement after getting a deluge of emails from...Serenity fans???

Oh, no, Browncoats don't sound over-reactional and intimidating at *all* anymore.... :P
Most of us are not as rabid as people assume. For every person who has something to say there are a dozen lurkers just watching and laughing and having fun. Every person I've dragged kicking and screaming into the theater to see Serenity has come out a fan. There was only one little guy that didn't laugh at all the jokes, but he was afraid the knife I had to his throat would break skin. Go figure.
Hartlaub's comment about negative reviews for Firefly may have been based largely on Tim Goodman's extremely negative review (when it first aired). It would make sense that his own paper's review would stand out in his mind. I really don't think most other reviews were nearly as negative as Goodman's.

(But please, please don't start slamming Goodman! My little brother works at the Chron, and says Tim is a really nice guy...even if he does like golf.)
Aww. Thanks Peter.

ETA: Ha! I just noticed the photo and caption. Nice.

[ edited by Samantha on 2005-10-06 05:19 ]
Wow. We *are* kind of scary, if you think about it. And I say that as one of the people who wrote the friendly letters.
Now I just hope the public will finally start to notice that if all these reviews are saying what a great movie it is that they should get their butts in the theater to see what it's all about.

Yeah except I haven't seen a *single* trailer for Serenity on TV since last friday! Where are the "critics are raving" trailers!? Is Universal dumping the whole thing or something? I couldn't excape the trailers last week! Now they can quote a zillion positive critics and it's all gone??

The guy writes a review critical of the fanaticism of Serenity fans...and hastily retracts his statement after getting a deluge of emails from...Serenity fans???

He didn't write criticism about the fans. This isn't Devin. He said that Firefly wasn't praised much, and that's what those fans got their panties in a twist over. And basically he got some rude mails, and then he got some mails that said "hey we're not all crazy, that was a nice review, thanks". Not entirely sure how that makes us 'over-reactional and intimidating'. Or scary, for that matter.
Congratulations, people. Once again, we were able to change a heart by showing the true face of the typical Whedon fan. Glad he now understands those inital e-mails were from a very small minority and that most in our group vastly enjoyed his positive review of 'Serenity'. I call that a win.

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