also not only fails the Bechdel test so badly that it not not passes it but flunks it so badly it could be sleeping with the professor and still not manage a D. Which is a function of the fact that there are only four speaking parts (at least so far) in the whole thing (and NPH, Nathan, and Felicia are all perfect for the roles)--but explaining away the individual situation is always a bingo card response.
So it comes down to me that it's all about a pattern--Whedon has a good track record on feminist issues and a lousy one on race issues. After Buffy
and its (admittedly multi-faceted and contradictory and self-problematizing) messages of female empowerment, and Angel
with their wonderful female characters in their ensembles even if the protagonists are male (and Firefly
is ultimately River's story at least as much as Mal's), not to mention Astonishing
(which I still have not read) and Runaways
(which Amazon tells me is in the mail!), it's okay to me that he's telling a story with only one female character, and one who is essentially a prize to be won at that (although Felicia plays Penny wonderfully).
"This is the story I wanted to tell," is a bingo card response not because we shouldn't be telling stories like that (I mean, there are times when I think romcom formulas can be doing actual damage, but I'm not sure this one), but because it sidesteps the issue of why other stories aren't being told. The answer is always pluralism, more voices at the table, not less. Because I have a love for stories like Dr. Horrible
, too, I've pretty much spent the entire time since I've gotten home work in tears, first crying through The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
and then through Superman: Doomsday
, so the traditional stories are able to affect me in ways that are near and dear to my heart.Dr. Horrible
is so short--about the length of a single (non-musical) episode of Buffy
--and simple that I don't think there's really enough to hang a critique on. OTOH, neither does it suddenly earn him points or turn over a new leaf when he should
be working to do so. Luckily for me from my position of privilege, I can roll my eyes and just groan, "Oh, Joss" at just how white the show is and go on loving the show (almost three hours until the denouement!--how will I go on after there is no more left to look forward to?)--but not everyone is so lucky
. . .
So once the canon is closed (or at least flat-lined, if one will be treating Commentary!
as canon, which I probably won't be 'cept for RPF), and the possibility of being jossed eliminated, what Dr. Horrible
femslash should I work on?
I forgot to put Who
on the list! I really want a Dr. Horrible
crossover. I mean, like, badly.