I’m not 100% resolved to the course of action, but I think I may boycott Joss Whedon. Not, I suppose, in an attempt to change his ways - which would be futile - but rather in an attempt to spare myself the anger I feel when he continually ruins the good mood he builds with his sparkling dialogue.
The behavior that upsets me is typified by latter-day Buffy episodes - no one of his characters can be happy for five minutes without a major crisis. And I’m not talking about a realistic or even “dramatic” crisis, I’m talking about leaping into the abyss of melodrama just for the sake of throwing the audience for a loop.
Xander’s eye. “Let’s see, my audience seems to be enjoying my show - can’t have that, let’s maim the comic relief!” It was quick, pointless, and random - such a horribly exaggerated and melodramatic thing to have happen, and yet - because Xander was pretty marginalized in that season - the dramatic developments were pretty weak-tea.
And now, he’s gone even farther. Major spoilers for Serenity follow.
According to a review I read, he’s killed Wash and Book. Quickly. Relatively pointlessly. And Zoe barely even mourns.
So, yeah. I’m tired of Whedon being a buzzkill.