Friday, March 29, 2013

Firefly

More Firefly art HERE.
The TV series Firefly was too good to last.  That happens on television, like it does in all areas of creativity — the most excellent productions simply go over too many heads to get popular, while more mundane features have millions of fans.  If you haven't seen it, you need to do so right away.  Think of it as "The Outlaw Josey Wales Meets Buck Rogers." (That's the Josey Wales counterpart in the illutstration.) You can buy the whole series quite cheaply HERE.  Trevor Lynch reviews it:


Firefly

Joss Whedon’s Firefly is a science fiction series that lived and died on the Fox Network in the Fall of 2002. Fourteen episosdes were shot, but only eleven were aired before the series was canceled, to the consternation of the surprisingly large number of loyal fans that the show conjured up in the split second of its existence. In my view, Fireflyis one of the best sci-fi shows ever, second only toBattlestar Galactica (the new one, of course, not the original, which I call Battlescow Spasmatica, just so there’s no confusion).

Firefly, like most contemporary TV, has a multiracial cast, including a white man married to a black woman (to me, that just underscores the sci-fi element). If you are going to enjoy the show, you’ll simply have to overlook that. But seven of the nine cast members are white, all of them are highly appealing. Furthermore, the substance of the series has a deep spiritual appeal to whites, for it combines two paradigmatically “Faustian” genres: the Western and the Space Opera. In essence, Firefly is a Space Western. (Cf. Star Trek‘s “final frontier.”) The genre mashup also makes Firefly a quintessentially “archeofuturist” drama.

Firefly has a number of politically incorrect elements.

First of all, the back story was inspired by the American Civil War and its aftermath, when many Southerners went West to escape Reconstruction. Firefly is set in the 26th century, after the human race has spread to another vast star system with a number of populous central planets and a Wild West of hundreds of moons. In the aftermath of a Civil War between the Alliance (the Union) and the Independents (the Confederacy), the defeated Independents have “gone West,” looking for freedom. But the centralized Alliance regime keeps extending its web of control.

The Firefly of the title is a smuggler’s spaceship called Serenity, captained by Malcolm Reynolds, played by Nathan Fillion. Reynolds was a sergeant in the Independents’ army (the browncoats). In short, he is a Confederate of sorts. (Fillion himself is a descendant of Confederate general Jubal Early.)
(Read the rest HERE.)
(P. S.  And THIS from Al Perez)

2 comments:

  1. Bought the DVD's of the complete TV series and the movie Serenity

    Watching River dance and watching Captain Reynolds demonstrate that his crew will stick together makes the episode Mr. Lynch doesn't quite like bearable.

    And let us never forget Mal's advise to his "wife": "If someone tries to kill you you try to kill them right back." Biblical and a warning to criminals of varying stripes.

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  2. The series was strongly influenced by Michael Shaara's "The Killer Angels," about the Battle of Gettysburg.

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