Firefly Marathon 2: Serenity Part 1
The references to Western tropes just keep coming, too. The whole story line seems to be a parallel for Confederate soldiers rebelling against victorious Union soldiers, with The Outlaw Josey Wales' Red-Legs replaced with 'brown-coats', making the whole series into a 14 hour retelling of a "South will rise again" bumper sticker. Rise from what? And to what? Inbred country grammar to David Allen Coe lyrics? Changing the national sport from baseball to chaining coloured people to the back of pickup trucks? It seems really strange that this episode was aired out of order, because it really sets up the series, providing the back-story for the passengers on the ship, the thieving outlaw crew, and the horrible, horrible acting. I suppose that's to be expected from television, where talent is measured in the ability to memorize lines, not deliver them. Maybe things will pick up in part two of this introductory pilot, once the actors get used to reading snappy one liners off of cue cards.