Firstly, happy late birthday to birggitt
. Hope it was a great one!!
So I finally got around to watching all of Firely and Serenity (having seen maybe the first 2 eps when it first aired on FOX). I really enjoyed it despite the somewhat tacky "space cowboy" theme, which really just makes me laugh. How much sci-fi combines horses and hovercrafts? lol
Anyway, some thoughts:
First off, you all know I pair some siblings. Wincest, Petrellicest, I'm all there. And depending on how it's written and the maturity of the characters, I don't mind if one is underage--slightly. But I've seen in metas and such that (many, not all, I'm sure) Firefly fans consider Simon/River as basically canon. Now, as I haven't read fics or anything, I don't know if this is something they see as before she was taken into The Academy, or once he rescued her. Because if it's after...I just can't do it. They are utterly sweet together, but considering her mental state AND the fact that she's only 17...I couldn't pair River with anyone. I don't see it on the show and I don't want
to see it. So, ideas on this, anyone?
Second off, it seems some of those brilliant quotes fangirls always use come from this show. "I'll be in my bunk," "I can kill you with my brain," "big damn heroes," and "Special Hell". It's hilarious.
I'll admit, the pairings on this show were completely predictable. I loved the wife/husband unit. But I knew in that first ep Inara and Malcolm would have this UST and never satisfy it, and Simon and Kaylee were a given because as he pointed out, one woman was married, one professional, and the other related to him...so while I found it cute...it seemed so planned out. Like it wasn't just allowed to unfold. And while I know things like that usually are, such as Sam and Jack from the third ep, it still seems less structured, normally, if still inevitable that they will or won't hookup. Anyway.
How did this show just become so popular? I'm not denying its merits, not what I mean at all. What I mean is, it's 14 eps of TV and then a movie 3 years later. But it's so HUGE. I mean, listen to the way SGA actors and production talk about how much they wanted to work with Jewel Staite based on Firefly. I mean, she was cute and all...but it wasn't the kind of nuanced acting or anything I would relate with say, David Duchovny fame. I understand everyone wanting DD after The X-Files, I don't understand it with Jewel and Firefly. Frankly, the best actor is by far Summer Glau and she doesn't seem so big in the wake of this show. I mean, it just really found its cult following, didn't it?
Finally, all that being said that sounds so negative (but isn't)...I loved the show. Jayne. Oh, Jayne. At first all I could think of was hey, it's Rohrer (XF)! But wow, two characters couldn't be more different. Jaybe, vulgar as he was, he was definitely the Krycek of the show and completely hilarious. He's an idiot...but totally makes up for it. I love him. The Captain...I definitely see the appeal of Nathan Fillion now. *drool* He's snarky, angry, the best kind of anti-hero. Also, he "leans towards women". And straddles naked men. *G* I loved the open sexuality on the show, from the female customers, to Kaylee sometimes pining after women, and the slash subtext. A+ to the show for that. I also loved the Companion role. It's something you read in fantasy books, but to me, it's rarely actually seen in sci-fi. Sci-fi lets the male heroes be big strapping manwhores basically...but they don't usually touch on it as anything special or let the women have the upper hand. Inara might be a "whore", but hers is the legit business as they constantly reminded us on the show. That power play was wonderful to see.
One thing I did find interesting was the music on the show. It sounded, when not playing some kind of country twang, very BSG-like. I expected to see Bear McCreary as a music person for the show, but apparently not. But seriously, there was one ep in particular that I swear I'd heard the music on BSG. Also, producer and writer by Ben Edlund. That makes me happy being a big fan of his with SPN. And lastly on the crew side, Tim Minear. Wrote two eps for the X-Files and wrote for Lois&Clark. Definitely explains why the writing was so great for this show.
So I have to ask, for the fans, does anyone know if another movie will be planned? Or was Serenity the end all, be all? I do think it ended well. I loved the movie, and thought it completed the story well. However, I'm still curious exactly what Sheppard Book was and how he knew what he did. Plus, once I'm addicted, I hate to give it up.