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5 Things Found in Every Joss Whedon Show

With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fast becoming the most anticipated new show of the fall 2013 season, there has been much speculation about what the show will be like and what we can expect to see. True to form, creator Joss Whedon has been tightlipped about the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we know little more about the show now than we did before it was officially picked up last month.

That said, S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to be a Joss Whedon show, and to those in certain circles (by which I mean certain fandoms), that alone means quite a lot. With four cult successes under his belt in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse, fans know that when Whedon is involved, there are a few things you can always count on. For instance…

5. An Awesome Theme Song

Whedon has a knack for picking out theme songs that perfectly match the tone of the show. Buffy had a very guitar-heavy, pumped up theme that complimented Buffy’s own kick-ass nature. Angel, on the other hand, had a slightly sadder, stringed theme that struck a chord with the guilt and sadness Angel carried with him. Perhaps the most popular of Whedon’s theme songs, however, is the Firefly theme, “The Ballad of Serenity”. The lyrics and simplicity of the song really do hit on all of the show’s major themes, and with lines like “You can’t take the sky from me,” this is perhaps one of the most poetic genre theme songs.

S.H.I.E.L.D. will likely follow in the footsteps of Whedon’s previous shows and I am predicting an epic, rock and roll theme, something you could imagine Coulson blasting from Lola’s stereo. In addition, expect S.H.I.E.L.D. to have a character intro style song, one where each of the characters gets their own moment to shine. So, think more Buffy or Smallville, less Arrow or Supernatural. I’m sure we can expect the full soundtrack for S.H.I.E.L.D. to be pretty awesome (although it’s doubtful that we’ll see a full-on musical episode).

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