Firefly (was "Re: Smothers Brothers")

Wed Feb 12 17:07:50 PST 2003

On Wed, 12 Feb 2003, Ryan Grove wrote:
> Speaking of television, did anyone get a chance to watch Firefly during 
> its short run on Fox?

Yep, we saw every episode, and were most displeased when it was
canceled...I want to see more of the hot girl on girl action!  One episode
wasn't enough...

> I managed to see every episode, and the style of the show really 
> reminded me of a Vlad novel. Not the setting, mind you, but the plots, 
> pacing, witty banter and fight scenes. The captain in particular was 
> Vlad all over. There's a scene in the pilot episode where a bandit has 
> one of the crewmembers in a choke hold with a gun to her head. The 
> captain walks in, and before the bandit can finish saying "Stop or I'll 
> shoot," the captain shoots him in the head and keeps walking. Reminded 
> me of Vlad and his throwing knives.
> There was also a scene in another episode in which the captain and 
> another character are confronted by three or four bad guys who they know 
> they can't outfight, so the captain offers one of them a hefty sum of 
> money to kill the others, just like Vlad in "Orca". Brilliant.
> The witty dialogue was another Brust-like element that really made that 
> show enjoyable. It's a Joss Whedon trademark, I know, but that combined 
> with the other Brust similarities gave me the willies.

I have to say I very much agree.  Probably a big reason why I like Joss
Whedon and SKZB.  I think there's a similar style of banter in other Joss
Whedon enterprises (Buffy, Angel), but they're not quite as...well,
mercenary or tough as Firefly was.


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