S.H.I.E.L.D. is Coming!

Is anyone else ridiculously freaking excited about S.H.I.E.L.D.?? The new show from Joss Whedon, an off-shoot from The Avengers, started shooting last week. I simply cannot contain my excitement.

If you haven't seen Joss Whedon's gripping performance in "Scary Smash," click here and watch it now. Seriously. You won't be disappointed.

If you haven’t seen Joss Whedon’s gripping performance in “Scary Smash,” click here and watch it now. Seriously. You won’t be disappointed.

Although I have been thoroughly delighted by Whedon’s recent foray into the film world, and even more pleased by his well-deserved reception (finally!), I still believe his true medium is television. After his success with the long-running Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel, in which he proved his talent for playing on your heartstrings, among other things, Whedon’s subsequent projects, Dollhouse and Firefly, were unfortunately stymied despite their massive potential.

So despite the excellence (and abundance) of his work in film over the past year, I couldn’t be happier about Whedon’s return to television, if anything just because I’ll get to bask in the glory of his genius for an hour every week. But also he now has the clout to ensure that something like the devastating loss of Firefly won’t happen again. Right guys? It couldn’t possibly. Could it?

There are also talks of Cobie Smulders joining the cast of S.H.I.E.L.D. as her character from the film, Maria Hill, and the wonderful Clark Gregg has already been attached to the series, even though Agent Coulson is no longer with us (maybe Whedon will pull one of his classic resurrections à la Buffy?).

Cobie Smulders Talks Agent Maria Hill in S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America
Roth Cornet @ IGN

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Cobie Smulders’ inclusion in last summer’s comic book movie mega-hit, The Avengers, as Agent Maria Hill left many fans wondering what the actress’ role in the larger Marvel cinematic universe might be. When the S.H.I.E.L.D. television series was announced it was natural to guess that she may be a part of that story.

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Star Wars VII to Get a Little J.J. Abrams (Lens) Flair

I’m sure by now you’ve all heard that J.J. Abrams has officially signed on to direct the upcoming Star Wars 7. For me, it has taken several days for this news to sink in, and I have mixed emotions about it. But I finally feel that I have something coherent to say.

130127-abramsFirstly: how the frak does this man get so lucky? Not only has he had a more than respectable run in television, most notably with Lost, then he was handed the blessed conch of Star Trek, and now he’s continuing the gorram Star Wars franchise?? If you ask me, this man made some supernatural deal with the lens flair devil–success and the coolest opportunities in exchange for his soul and no less than fourscore lens flairs in every film.

That being said–oozing with unabashed jealousy, might I add–I have been largely impressed with Abrams’ work thus far. Despite the fact that many hardcore Trek fans expressed disappointment and even outrage at the Star Trek reboot, I personally, very much enjoyed it.

To some extent then, I do have hope for Star Wars: Episode VII, especially because after the complete rubbish Lucas tried to pass off as an adequate prequel trilogy, there’s really nowhere to go but up. In particular, as noted on Axolotl Ceviche, at least Abrams has some handle on how to actually direct, while Lucas, despite his aptitude for pre-CG technical innovation, has been a miserable failure as a director of real people instead of puppets.

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But really, at the core, I think the success or failure of Episode 7 will hinge on the writing. Although Abrams has done his fair share of this, there’s no word as to how much involvement he will have with the actual writing of the script, with rumors that Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine, and *gag* Brave) will be heading up the writing department.

The fundamental importance of a good script is exactly what makes me wish that Joss Whedon had been given the job. I may be a bit partial, as, just like the pulchritudinous Jason Segel to my right, Joss Whedon is my master now, but if his massive success with The Avengers has taught us anything, it’s that he knows his shit. I would feel much more comfortable with Star Wars in his hands than any one else’s. Sure he’s been super busy and probably needs a break and taking on the Star Wars franchise would definitely be a super stressful enterprise, but I don’t care. I’m selfish and I want more Jossy goodness.

While Arndt seems mostly competent and Abrams has a decent track record thus far, I’ll remain cautiously skeptical so as not to get my hopes too far up only to be disappointed by Star Wars 7. What are your feelings on the big announcement?

J.J. Abrams Set to Direct Next ‘Star Wars’ Film (Exclusive)
Lucas Shaw @ The Wrap

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Disney on Friday night confirmed TheWrap’s earlier report that J.J. Abrams will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the latest film in the iconic franchise and the first since Disney bought Lucasfilm last October.

“J.J. is the perfect director to helm this,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the ‘Star Wars’ experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

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New and Improved

I know I’ve been gone for a while, but I’ve gotten a new burst of energy and motivation to not let this wonderful platform go to waste. To that end, I’ve decided to change things up a bit.

So here’s the deal: mewling quim is now a source for all things pop culture, with a keen interest in the work of Joss Whedon, especially geared towards aspiring film and television writers, producers, directors, the whole shebang.

I’ll be posting reviews, news articles, helpful tools for screenwriters, information about industry trends, anything that looks interesting, helpful, or funny enough to keep your (and my) attention.

And, of course, in keeping with my mantra, discussions of censorship and freedom of speech may also figure prominently.

I want this blog to be helpful for you and for me. If you have any comments, suggestions, or articles you think would be of interest to my (as of yet very few) readers, send them my way.

Yours truly,

MQ