By Michael Goodrum
According to Joss Whedon, the author of the short-lived sequence Firefly (2002), the cult express is set “nine humans having a look into the blackness of house and seeing 9 assorted things.” The chronicles of crewmembers on a scruffy area freighter, Firefly ran for under 4 months earlier than its abrupt cancellation. In that short time, despite the fact that, it demonstrated a name as the best science-fiction courses of the hot millennium: sharply written, beautifully forged, and set on an unique multicultural frontier in contrast to whatever ever noticeable at the small monitor. The show’s huge, enthusiastic fan following supported a chain of comics and a theatrical movie, Serenity (2005), that prolonged the tale, deepened the characters, and printed new wonders and risks at the deep-space frontier.
In Firefly Revisited: Essays on Joss Whedon’s vintage Series, Michael Goodrum and Philip Smith current a suite that displays at the application, the characters, and the post-cancellation movie and comics that grew out of the convey. The participants to this quantity supply clean views on time-honored characters and blaze new trails into unexplored components of the Firefly universe. person essays discover the sequence’ position within the historical past of the space-Western subgenre, the political financial system of the Alliance, and the makes use of of track and language within the sequence to immerse audiences in a multicultural future.
These essays examine how the express provided audience excessive experience in addition to engaged with quite a number topics that also resonate this present day. As such, Firefly Revisited will intrigue the show’s many lovers, in addition to Whedon students and somebody attracted to the twenty-first-century renaissance of science-fiction television.
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So, I took all those concepts, and put it on a spaceship. 5 The book was Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize–winning The Killer Angels (1974). ” 8 Indeed, there are parallels between the Reconstruction era and the Firefly universe. In “Shindig,” the ball Mal and Inara (Morena Baccarin) attend is replete with the symbols of Southern aristocratic values. Like a scene from Gone with the Wind (1939), the dance even ends with a duel. The aristocracy in Firefly has clearly not been weakened by the Unification War.
See also Smith, Virgin Land. 8. See Frank Reade Library, published by Frank Tousey (1892 onward). 9. Joss Whedon, “The Train Job” commentary, Firefly: The Complete Series. 10. ’” 11. ” 12. ” 13. Maio, “Between Past,” 203. 14. Ibid. 15. Wolfe, “Frontiers in Space,” 252. 16. Red Dwarf explored a similar scenario in the episode “Gunmen of the Apocalypse” (1993). 17. A staple of science fiction, time travel also facilitates trips to the “old frontier”; see Back to the Future III (1990), Doctor Who (“The Gunfighters,” 1966), and The Time Tunnel (“Billy the Kid,” 1966); In the comparatively low-tech world of the Star Trek prequel Enterprise, the “Wild West” appears as a frontier planet/town (“North Star,” 2003), and is probably most similar to Firefly in tone.
Firefly Revisited: Essays on Joss Whedon's Classic Series by Michael Goodrum