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May 24 2012

Badass Digest's TV Timewarp - Firefly: Episodes 4-6. Devin Faraci, Meredith Borders and Erin Callahan revisit "Bushwhacked", "Safe" and "Shindig". You can see their takes on "Serenity" and "The Train Job" here. -

As soon as they hated Summer Glau (pretty much immediately), I stopped caring what they thought about anything else.
I stopped reading even during the first part, when they claimed that Fox was right in not wanting to air 'Serenity' as the first episode...
"revisiting each episode of a late, beloved series"
I seems to me the first guy hated Firefly and the others just thought it was ok, why did they bother?
Interesting to note: the only person I've ever known to hate River like that also agreed that The Train Job made a better first episode than Serenity. I disagree wholeheartedly on both points. And on pretty much everything else these folks have to say. It does seem like the first person is there just to provide the voice of negativity that seems so prevalent on the internet.
They should start over with something easy like Gilligan's Island because they sure as hell are clueless about Firefly.
OK, this is a pet peeve of mine. Am I the only one in the world who thinks that Mal's problem with Inara's profession isn't the sex but the Guild? That he sees being under the Guild as a type of oppression/slavery similar to how he views being under Alliance rule?

He obviously doesn't have a problem with sex as a profession, given how he interacts with Nandi. But Nandi is an independent businesswoman (she does the job, and she gets paid, just like Mal) who doesn't subjugate herself to Guild rules.

Mal's problem is with people controlling other people. Heck, he even spells it out - first we see how he feels about the slavers in the pool hall scene, and later he tells Inara that he objects to how Atheron acts as if he owns her. Does the point need to glow like Serenity's backside for people to stop going on and on about the exact wrong thing like happens in this review?

Whew. I feel better now.
I think it's a silly argument to say The Train Job is a better pilot than Serenity right after you watched Serenity. But, then again, maybe they would have been better off not watching either.
AV Club is starting a summer rewatch next week.
They seemed to dislike River, Simon, and Inara. Simon I can understand, but...
I dunno, those are my three least favorite characters too. Then again, I've never loved Firefly like some here.
Simon's my favorite character. I find his combination of cluelessness & selflessness to be particularly endearing. Brains, beauty, & bravery is a pretty nice combo on him too.
OK, this is a pet peeve of mine. Am I the only one in the world who thinks that Mal's problem with Inara's profession isn't the sex but the Guild? That he sees being under the Guild as a type of oppression/slavery similar to how he views being under Alliance rule?

He obviously doesn't have a problem with sex as a profession, given how he interacts with Nandi. But Nandi is an independent businesswoman (she does the job, and she gets paid, just like Mal) who doesn't subjugate herself to Guild rules.

Mal's problem is with people controlling other people. Heck, he even spells it out - first we see how he feels about the slavers in the pool hall scene, and later he tells Inara that he objects to how Atheron acts as if he owns her. Does the point need to glow like Serenity's backside for people to stop going on and on about the exact wrong thing like happens in this review?

Whew. I feel better now.

mnspnr | May 24, 18:23 CET


I have to agreed with this idea to a large extent, since I do think Mal's main issue with Inara's work is about something other than sex in itself. He may not go on about any conquests he has had (a la Jayne) but between his night with Nandi, actually letting Jayne visit brothels and agreeing to help out the Heart of Gold shows he can accept sex as business.

I've long felt Mal's behaviour had a deeper meaning to it, since his politics definitely run toward the small govt. model where any organizations are there mainly for admin purposes and the nitty-gritty should be left up to those affected by a situation directly. Now certainly Inara in herself and what she represents vis a vis Alliance society and culture is a big sticking point/temptation, but I gotta back the concept of Mal really not being thrilled over how the Guild operates and manages its members' actions....
I hadn't thought of it that way before, but yeah that sounds likely...
@QingTing - Seconded.
How dare they dislike the Tams! Just kidding, I'm sure that makes for a real interesting conversation. Look out for FILM CRIT HULK in the comments too.

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