Monday, January 02, 2006

Wonderful Sidebar:

So I watched the entirety of Firefly this weekend. Four discs, fourteen episodes, two hours for the promo and an hour apiece for the rest, and all of that just good ol' fashioned fun.

Remember how I schmoozed on Serenity just a week or so ago? Well, imagine each episode having that kind of appeal, that attention to detail, that depth of character and range of emotion and expression.

The episodes all take place before the movie -- the last about six months before the opening sequence of Serenity. There is a touch of revisionist history there, but it's very subtle and does nothing untoward to the plot of the whole thing.

It flows. Trust me. As soon as the last episode of Firefly played and I skimmed through the special features, I popped in Serenity again.


All I can say is what Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion and all the rest probably already know: they made a story like nothing I've ever seen, and they made it real, and they made me love it. Not only do I root for Serenity's crew, but I almost feel as if I fought with them. That I grew to love their home as much as they do, to quietly -- or not so quietly -- hate the Alliance as they do.

I think my favorite episode is "Out of Gas". It perfectly expresses what the Captain says at the end of Serenity. Ties it all together, so to speak.

You know what the first rule of flyin is? Love. You can learn all the math in the 'Verse, but if you take a boat in the air that you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turnin of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughtta fall down, tells you she's hurtin before she keens...makes her a home.

And that, I think, is why I adore both the series and the movie. It's not just how the make-believe crew feels about their ship, their home, but how the cast and crew feel about the entire project. They had to fight to get even those 14 episodes made, had to press and press and struggle and survive off of fan support to get the movie budgeted and filmed.

But they did it. They did it because they loved it, and as cheesy as it sounds, that love got this boat in the air. And baby, does it soar.

Edit: For lots of fun commentary and quotage, check out my beloved sister's post on catching Firefly quite by accident and the comments that follow. Lots of fun.


At 5:56 AM, Blogger Diana said...

You are so right about Firefly. Personally, I feel so bad I didn't support this show back in the fall of 2002 but since that was the year I was laid off from my job, I have to say there were other things on my mind at the time. On my wish list is the ownership of the series on DVD. I wish I had more time to go into details about what I love about that show. Perhaps I'll blog about it sometime in the near future.

But I agree about "Out of Gas" and I also love "War Stories." Especially the way Zoe and Wash's relationship is played out as it concerns her loyalty to Mal. Once again, amazing writing and acting and directing.

At 10:05 PM, Blogger Joely Sue Burkhart said...

OH, OH, OH. I finally caught an episode of Firefly over lunch today (rerun on the SciFi channel) and I was sucked right in. I actually snuck in another episode, which just happened to be "Out of Gas." Ahhhh. So good. I'm getting a gift certificate from work shortly--I will definitely have to buy the whole season. I also picked up Serenity at Wal-Mart tonight. I think we should all get together and blog a discussion!!!

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Diana said...

I would love to do that, Joely! Just let me know when and where. I'm having trouble finding the DVDs for Firefly. Oh, there's one store in town that has it but they want waaaaay too much for it and I know I can get it cheaper elsewhere. Wal-Mart did have it for $19.99 for a short while but I just checked and it's back to $34.88.

At 12:10 AM, Blogger GutterBall said...

Good shit, ain't it, Sis? I'm telling you, this show is a phenomenon. My only regret is that I missed out on the fandom that helped push it to movie-dom.


And I missed the $19.99 deal on Firefly, too, Diane. In fact, I had to get it over at Best Buy because Wal-Mart was totally sold out. Meh...'s all right. I like Best Buy better anyway.

And I gotta say that watching the series front to back and then popping in the movie is a great way to spend a nice quilting day.

I got more done today on this quilt than I did for the last six months!

At 8:56 AM, Blogger Diana said...

I have a three-day weekend coming up and I'd sure like to spend it watching Firefly/Serenity. I gotta find those DVDs!! Grrr! But I ain't going to spend $42.00 for them when I know I can get them cheaper. Will have to check out Best Buy then.


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