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February 26th, 2009


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09:57 pm - Surprising new (to me) old information
I was just talking with teaotter about the new Joss Whedon show Dollhouse, and how the most recent episode was well done in parts and considerably better than the (utterly wretched) premier, but also fairly dodgy wrt gender relations. So, I was talking about how despite the fact that his ideas about gender are a bit behind the times, a decade ago, along with whoever the people who did Xena: Warrior Princess, Joss Whedon changed the face of geeky action TV, and had a non-trivial influence on both TV and genre fiction. Then, it occurred to me that I had absolutely no idea who was responsible for creating Xena: Warrior Princess. So, since my laptop was in fact in my lap, I checked wikipedia, and in addition to two Hollywood types I've never heard of and who worked on the old Miami Vice TV series, a film producer who used to work with Sam Raimi, the third name list was pagan author and Celtic scholar R. J. Stewart. I even found an old interview with him about the show. It also turns out he wrote quite a lot of the episodes. Definitely odd, surprising, and very cool.
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From:roniliquidity
Date:February 27th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
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An interesting note on Dollhouse, apparently it's supposed to drastically change around episode six. To what, I don't know, but I think it lends credence to the idea he's building this highly problematic world only to deconstruct it.

Which is good because I haven't really liked it that much. I'll keep going to my grandmother's house to watch it, but it just hasn't grabbed me.
From:machineiv
Date:February 27th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell were both intimately involved with the Xena and Hercules series. I never really watched them, but after reading Bruce Campbell's autobiography, there's a part of me that really wants to go back and watch Xena.
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From:helen99
Date:February 27th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Wow, RJ was involved with the making of Xena?? I may have to check out some old Xena episodes in that case.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 13th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
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I was just surfing and discovered this thread. Robert James Stewart the Celtic spirituality writer and Richard Joel Stewart of Xena are not the same R. J. Stewart, sorry.
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From:heron61
Date:March 13th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
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Damn - goes to show that you can't always trust wikipedia.

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