Director Joss Whedon has a biography coming out (one of those things you look at with a strange crick in your neck, because biographies usually come out at the end of someone’s career), and in some excerpts printed in IO9, I’ve discovered some significant similarities in the way he and I see science fiction these days.
For instance, when he had the opportunity to submit a TV series concept to Fox, he wanted to do science fiction. Problem was, most TV SF turned him off. He wanted to see realism, but most sci-fi TV shows looked too plastic, too clean, like Star Trek. Or too cheap and cheesy, like Blake’s 7 or (pre-2000s) Doctor Who. One movie series he appreciated—Alien—but he wanted more than a “ripoff” of the Alien look.