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July 30 2015

Joss Whedon on his early film making years at Wesleyan University. This Hollywood Reporter article about the top US film schools contains the following fab Joss quote "I try to make science fiction, but I always end up making a Western."

Yes, Firefly is definitely scifi Western.

But what about Dr. Horrible, Buffy, Dollhouse - I'm not convinced they are all Westerns and it is debatable if science fiction or horror or smash up.

I think Joss like's heroes -- he's always talking about heroes. But aren't we all? And heroes go back way beyond Westerns.
I don't think he means it literally. I think he's just saying that the things he learned about westerns tend to bleed into his work, whether there are recognizable tropes or not.

Star Trek was originally pitched as a western in space. That's how Gene Roddenberry sold it to the studio. He made a lot of changes to the concept before it got to air, so it's hard to say if any of that survived, but I bet he'd be able to point to a few details if he were still around.

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