Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Firefly Marathon 3: Serenity Part 2

Now the story is starting to take shape. Firefly takes place in a dystopian future, where all of mankind’s history has been destroyed, leaving only a few scattered Clint Eastwood DVDs and a copy of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Therefore, everyone saunters like Joe Kidd and swears in Chinese. The title refers to a ship, led by Father David from Dracula 2000 and his crew of misfits, the Bad News Bears all grown up. They’re sort of like space outlaws, which is exactly as lame as it sounds. Han Solo, cowboy pirate. On the run from the Alliance, which is the Empire from Star Wars but more bureaucratic, they pick up some passengers, one of which is a superhero chick stowaway from Dark Angel. Things go downhill from there.

The Alliance isn’t very scary, which is one of the problems of the show. They just seem sort of annoying, and they fly around in enormous ships that look like sky-scrapers. It’s as if someone explained the essential Western conflict of civilization versus to wilderness to show-runner Joss Whedon using flash cards, and he’s regurgitating it back at us in pop-up book form.
In other news, I seem to have forgotten to schedule in food breaks during my marathon. This may be a blessing in disguise, because I’ve also forgotten bathroom breaks. The lack of fluid and solid intake will certainly make for a much more pleasant living room, and make it less likely that I’ll get my head kicked in when the little lady comes back from work.


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