Monday, April 06, 2009

Joss Whedon Continues to be My Master

Finally got around to watching Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and I was duly impressed. I like inversions, perspective flips, sympathetic POVs, and so forth when dealing with hero and villain archetypes. Discuss.


MWchase said...

I liked something that I read over at Fridge Brilliance about Code Geass.

The Knights of Zero are a rebellion fighting a massive empire. However, in contrast to, say, Saturday morning cartoons, the Boring Invincible Hero in the white suit of armor is working for the empire, while the rebellion is led by a faceless leader with psychic powers and chessmaster abilities. Under him, he has some 'elite' honor guards, and an army of mooks, all wearing black.

Also, the cute mascot character is mostly seen with agents of the Empire.

(I have more fun simultaneously summarizing Code Geass and Star Wars, but I'm weird...)

I kind of want to see Five Bad Band archetypes given to kinds of teams that are usually the heroes. So, how would a story where the main villains are a sentai team work out? What if they pilot combining mecha? (Best applied to a very humanoid combined form, IIRC.)

Amanda said...

Welcome to the dark side. :)

Don said...

I'd tell you what the hammer is, but you already know.

Tom Foss said...

I'm thinking about going back to school for my Horribleness degree.

Clint Bourgeois said...

That was fun. Thanks for introducing me to it.

J. J. Ramsey said...

MWchase, I noticed something else about Code Geass. The antagonists are seldom just straight up e-e-e-evil. The Emperor of Britannia seems that way with his apparent endorsement of Social Darwinism, but even he has some interesting wrinkles. Euphy is very well-meaning. Lord Guillford is a fairly noble soul, and the bulk of Britannians are just normal people living their lives. Nina's racism isn't willful ignorance born of a desire to hate, but instead takes the form of a phobia.