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We watched our first ever episode of Firefly the other day. I think it was way near the end of the series (the episode was called Serenity part 2) so we knew there was a lot of stuff that just wasn't going to make any sense. But it was on so we just wanted to get some sense of the show since its got so many screaming fan boys and girls.

First of all - I really really dislike Nathan Fillion. I saw him in a (pretty bad) movie well before seeing him in this and he was unlikeable and stiff and sort of "bad actory" even in that. He's worse in Firefly. Much worse. Like... 1/2 the time he spoke it was eyerollingly bad.

But beyond that - I just accept that I don't really get what's going on and that's fine. I was just interested in seeing the tone.

One huge question - WHY IS IT THE OLD WEST? Leather? 500 years in the future everyone is wearing leather chaps and vests and fringe? Really? Cowboy hats and horses with bedrolls and Mexican patterned blankets? WHY THE FUCK?

If you're going to make everyone speak vaguely as if they're all in the wild west they've got to commit. No random "ain't"s thrown in to the middle of an otherwise completely unaffected, unaccented monologue. Is the western flavor just so they could appeal to the steampunk crowd? Or is there some explanation and reason for it that is explained at the start of the series? I get that they're supposed to be outlaws, probably scrounging and building things on their own outside of the control of the central government. But why does that give them poor english skills and cowboy clothes?

someone explain please


Apr. 11th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
I completely see what you mean by being more honest to the subject matter. I think the problem could stem from the fact that Whedon did Firefly because he was enthralled with the idea doing a "western in space" and not because he was enthralled western genre.

Now, I adore Buffy, and it's one of my favorite shows ever, but I can totally see why someone would not be a fan. It's a campy genre show and that isn't everyones cup of tea. But, it has nothing to do with "getting it". That's just nerd code for "Please don't make me feel more insecure than I already am! Set phasers to stun!" I just really dug the writing and the characters. Also, I think the musical episode is my favorite 48 minutes on television ever.

The new Terminator show is awesome and as long as it doesn't turn into the, "new evil Terminator villain of the week" I'll be really happy with it.

Now to end this ramble I have to post my favorite bit of dialog from Kicking and Screaming because it is so awesome and needs to be repeated often:

Otis: It was arousing. Violently arousing.
Chet: Otis, did you even read the book?
Otis: Yes...no.
Apr. 11th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
There was a musical episode of Xena. I expect everyone to hate it - but it's just awesome. So we're nerding out on the same level in different directions.

I agree about the Terminator show.

And- The freaky thing was I had said "I'm just testy" and my husband replied with "You have two moods... antsy and testy"..." well now I'm antsy". Which is an Otis thing. And then not an hour later we see him on Firefly.

So it was creepy/awesome

...words, and roots of words.. and sometimes in LATIN....

seriously I think half my brain works solely on Kicking and Screaming quotes. You're Mr. Surprising, Goo.

And yes - I still think of you as "Goo"


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