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March 01 2007

On writing nonlinear plots that work, namely "Out of Gas". In a lengthy and detailed essay Peter Rogers tears apart "Out of Gas" and analyzes the choices made to demonstrate how a truly excellent non-linear story can work.

I still say that "Out of Gas" is the finest hour of TV I've ever seen.
Wow, great article. Very interesting insight into how 'Out of Gas' fits together on a technical level.

Just makes me all the more amazed that someone can sit down and work that sort of thing out ahead of time. Many, many Post-its required methinks.
I dunno, Objects in Space is so up there... :) STALKER!

01/03/2007 23:15 CET zeitgeist 12604. On writing nonlinear plots that work, namely "Out of Gas". (3) Firefly&Serenity
01/03/2007 23:15 CET Saje 12604. On writing nonlinear plots that work, namely "Out of Gas". (2) Firefly&Serenity
01/03/2007 23:08 CET zeitgeist 12598. Orson Scott Card praises Firefly, Firefly fans. (60) Firefly&Serenity
01/03/2007 22:54 CET Saje 12598. Orson Scott Card praises Firefly, Firefly fans. (59) Firefly&Serenity

Oh, wait that shows that I posted after you... CRAP!!! Quick, obfuscate the evidence, batten down the hatches, desalinate the saltwater, remove the monkeys from the jars!!! What? Oh no, the exclamation marks are onto us, Saje...

[ edited by zeitgeist on 2007-03-01 23:18 ]
Great episode and a good breakdown of the story. As I started reading it the beginning of Trash came to mind and then he bought it up. An episode starting with Mal shot and one starting with him naked. How could they have topped those?
Erm, shot while naked ? Seems the next logical step.

zeitgeist you crazy maniac, you brought them here !! Now they're everywhere !!! Snea!ky litt!e buggers. Time to bring out the big guns ... nothing an emphatic ... sentence ending ... hates more than ... ... ellipses.(..)

Damn those posting records, damn them to hell. Somehow, totally outwith your control, they've contrived to appear and state the so called 'facts'. I for one don't believe it for a second ;).
You're a good man, Saje... ;)...
Well, i'm alright ... ;)

(also, backatcha. *cough, shuffles feet*How about those Bears, huh ? What a season ;)
Is everyone here very stoned? ;-)
I enjoyed that article thoroughly!

And now I'm catching up on Alyson Hannigan's HIMYM (a show which consistently uses non-linear storytelling.) I'm watching the most recent episode, where they are displaying on screen the mileage marker of Marshall's car to let the audience know when we are in the temporal sequence. clever.
Y'all didn't happen to take a bunch of drugs, did ya?
I'm gonna have to go read this article tomorrow, as I'm about to head to bed. But I agree that "Out of Gas" is beyond brilliant.
I wrote a 20-page graduate paper on the Western archetypes in Firefly last semester. Before I started rewatching the shows for research (best research I ever did:P), Jaynestown was my fave ep. But as I started writing my paper, I found myself going back to Out of Gas over and over. So many key moments of the series are embedded in that one episode.

While I believe nearly all the episodes of Firefly are excellent, Out of Gas is, quite simply, art.

[ edited by sorethumb on 2007-03-02 09:13 ]
Y'all didn't happen to take a bunch of drugs, did ya?

Why, want some ? ;-)

Nah, i'm just high on life Chris in Virginia. And maybe slightly on lack of sleep ;).
That was an excellent analysis of a great episode. Out of Gas has always been one of my favourite episodes - brilliant!

zeigteist and Saje, for those occasions when an exclamation mark is just not enough (ie Buffy S8 comics or the news of the new edition of Serenity), catalyst2 came up with the suggestion of !EXCL!

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