From The Avengers to Firefly, Joss Whedon has come a long way since the days when he was slaving away at The WB on his cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But did you know Buffy actually inspired Whedon’s upcoming Marvel spinoff series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Yes, it’s true, Whedon dug deep into his resume while figuring out how to adapt the Avengers-verse for the small screen. So where does Buffy fit in? “The Zeppo.”
As hardcore Buffy fans know, “The Zeppo” was a season-three episode focusing on the most hapless member of the Scooby Gang, Xander (Nicholas Brendon). The episode followed Xander as he tried to stop a group of zombies intent on blowing up the high school, with Buffy and the rest of the gang indisposed, trying to avert another full-scale apocalypse.
Left to his own devices, the Everyman had to hilariously figure out a way to stop the supernatural baddies on his own — and became a legit badass in the process. Though it's not often cited with genre-busting eps like “The Body” and “Once More, With Feeling,” “The Zeppo” is easily one of the best installments in the series run.
When putting together his plan for S.H.I.E.L.D., Whedon told Entertainment Weekly he only had to look back at “The Zeppo” to figure out how it should work:
“This is basically a TV series of ‘The Zeppo’, which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least. The people who are ignored are the people I’ve been writing as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world — particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg embodies: the Everyman.”
If we weren’t already excited for S.H.I.E.L.D., hearing Whedon drop one of the most underappreciated Buffy episodes as inspiration has us bouncing off the walls to see this series when it debuts on Sept. 24.
Are you glad to hear Whedon is looking back to his roots?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)