Third-generation TV writer Joss Whedon turns 42 today. I caught on to his work with Angel, which began as a P.I. show with a supernatural undercurrent, complete with girl Friday Cordelia Chase, n'er-do-well buddy Doyle, and friend on the force Kate Lockley (Elisabeth Rohm).
I backtracked to Buffy to fill in Angel's history and enjoyed its early seasons as well. Then came Whedon's short-lived space Western Firefly. With nine cast regulars, the series was perhaps too ambitious for TV. Nevertheless, Whedon had created another 'Verse I happily visited.
While Whedon has his pet themes, the spectacle of his work is always driven by substance.