Take me where I cannot stand

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There she is – Serenity. Ugly thing, ain’t she? A Firefly-Class transport, and the home of the short lived Joss Whedon television series “Firefly.”

Whedon said that he’d always wanted to do a television show based on the adventures of the Millennium Falcon and her crew from Star Wars. And, roughly, that’s what we have here in Firefly – the crew of a pirate ship as they rough on through the galaxy, trying to make ends meet, and taking what jobs they can to get a little further from the domineering Alliance.

Oh, these aren’t your pretty intellectual types from Star Trek, no military academies for these pirates, no accepting orders with a smile and a ‘yessir’. These are some down and out, go for broke blue-collar folks trying to make a living; honest or criminal. But that doesn’t matter so much as the relationships this odd band has with each other, a community yes, but one on edge – two of the crew are fugitives from the Alliance, two of the crew fought the Alliance (and lost) in the War for Reunification, while others on the crew supported the Alliance during that same conflict.

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It’s damn hard to go into what made “Firefly” great without spoiling too much of the plot of this short lived series. In short, the crew of a transport ship inadvertedly take aboard as passengers two fugitives from the Alliance, and so now all of their hopes and aspirations are tied together, and one miscalculation could ruin all of their lives.

There are no aliens in Firefly – Joss said that he thought humans, isolated on the edges of space for so long, could be more alien in attitude than any amount of latex could accomplish. Characters – even those clearly not educated – can speak Mandarin Chinese quite well, and often curse in it, leading one crew member to say (and I paraphrase), “It’s great because we can say ‘Oh, you turd-licking booger snacking fuck for brain’ in Chinese, and the censors don’t catch it!” The show is a curious cross between sci-fi and westerns – most of the crew carry six-shooters, and in one episode, Serenity is out running cattle from one planet to another.

If you like science-fiction, if you like well written television shows, heck, if you like a little western … watch Firefly.

Firefly was cancelled two years ago, yet another reason to hate FOX. But there is good news – based on the strengths of the DVD sales, Univeral bought the rights to Firefly and a movie, “Serenity”, is currently in post-production, and will be theatrically released in September ’05.

Take my love. Take my land.
Take me where I cannot stand.
I don’t care, I’m still free.
You can’t take the sky from me.

Take me out to the black.
Tell ’em I ain’t comin’ back.
Burn the land And boil the sea.
You can’t take the sky from me.

Have no place I can be since I found Serenity.
But you can’t take the sky from me.

And that says it all, doesn’t it?

0 thoughts on “Take me where I cannot stand

  1. I think that what hurt it was the / western theme.. If it would’ve been more sci-fi (think battlestar galactica) it woulda been more widely accepted. But I thought it was way good regardless.

    BTW, have you seen the new Battlestar: Galactica series on Sci-fi? I don’t think it comes out in the states until 05, but people in britian tape it, encode it with divx, and have it up for download on SuprNova.org! I have the pilot and the 1st 6 or 7 episodes.

  2. Holy shoot, the whole series is simply… “shiny”, to put it into its own slang. Too bad wonderful things often get canceled by morons. Or maybe they become so great BECAUSE they get canceled. Who knows.