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12 August 2005 @ 09:19 pm
Firefly 1.04: "Who's Flying This Thing? Oh. That Would Be Me."  
I fall more in love with this series with every episode I watch. The Spander/Firefly bunny also gains strength with each ep, and it's currently lodged its teeth quite firmly in my ankle. Ouchies. ^^;


Firefly 1.04, Bushwacked: 'Who's Flying This Thing?'
Can I just say that I *adored* the opening scene of this episode? The serenity crew playing 'uncivilized' basketball! Kawaii! In particular, Kaylee up on Jayne's shoulders, and the Zoe-Wash tag-team. I was pleasantly surprised that the Shepherd joined in as well. One of the things I love about Whedon is that he seems to get the idea that many people, cast out and/or incompatible with their birth families, end up choosing their own families. Amber and I were discussing this concept recently-- you see it in BtVS with the Scoobies, in Angel with 'Team Angel'. The concept of team/family was originally what drew me into the Stargate fandom as well and-- since y'all know I'm bitter about that ^_~-- we'll just leave it at that. It's not to say that these makeshift families don't have their own internal problems, but I love watching the bonds grow and change.

I also loved it when Malcolm called Kaylee "little Kaylee" when he was asking her about detatching the ship. Not to mention his whole "settle down" when the Alliance commander called Serenity a junkheap. She really is everyone's little sister. Other fun scenes were Zoe's belligerent interrogation, the fact that Jayne didn't even talk during his, and Wash's whole "it's definitely the legs." My very favorite thing might be the smallest-- when Malcolm and Zoe were hustling off the derelict and Wash was asking all these questions, Zoe just said, "Not now, dear." I love her.
(I also use the word "love" too often in these things. ^^;)

Definitely pissed off at the Alliance. They trashed Serenity, and they *threw* Wash's dinosaur! Thou shalt not profane the Holy WashDino! It's just *wrong*. I also suspect that one (of the many) reason that Malcolm is the 'unrespectable' sort he is now is because no 'brown coat' is going to be treated fairly within the actual Alliance system. Malcolm doesn't strike me as a system-guy anyway.

And whee, yes Mr. Alliance Commander Dude, Malcolm does have a loyal crew. Except for Jayne, who's a poohead.

Liked the explanation for Serenity's name, and Inara's babysitting of River.

In short, much Firefly-love all around. I've even roped Sam into this one-- he's teed off about liking something even remotely connected with Buffy, but he's got a horrid crush on Kaylee.


Battlestar's up next!
-Meredith

ETA: Re, Battlestar-- it is not right that Boomer should look that gorgeous when she's dead, okay? It's wrong. ^^;;
 
 
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Abyssis: Mal&Zoe - Serenityabyssinia4077 on August 13th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
*grins* I'm growing to look forward to your Firefly posts every Friday.

I also love that you keep quoting Wash. And I agree with you whole-heartedly on the basketball scene being perfect. And the interrogation scene. Each one so perfect for the character.

I hadn't thought about it, but you say about Whedon and families makes sense. I wonder if he has a reason for that, or maybe it's his comic book influence (it seems common with, um, superhero types).

Yay to spreading the love! I just just loaned one of my labmates the first dvd in hopes of making a conscript.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: intentiongarnettrees on August 13th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
*grins* I'm growing to look forward to your Firefly posts every Friday.
*grins* I look forward to discussing it with you. This is such an interesting, fun show!

Wash is eminently quotable. Zoe hooked herself a good one, there.

I hadn't thought about it, but you say about Whedon and families makes sense. I wonder if he has a reason for that, or maybe it's his comic book influence (it seems common with, um, superhero types).
I don't know what it is. Buffy's mom stands out as very striking, though, being the only actually involved parent in the series. Ditto Fred's parents in Angel. The comic-book influence could definitely be a part of it.

I just just loaned one of my labmates the first dvd in hopes of making a conscript.
Out to conquer the world, are we? ^_~
-Meredith
Abyssis: Mal&Zoe - Serenityabyssinia4077 on August 13th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
Wash is eminently quotable. Zoe hooked herself a good one, there.
It's so true! And I love those two together.
It's actually a really interesting relationship they have and I think they need each other. They have an odd balance of power, since the female is arguably tougher and stronger, but they have a different set of skills and different jobs so there isn't conflict over that fact. She may win in a fight, but he can out-fly her.
At the same time, I think Zoe absolutely needs Wash. I think he is what she lost during the war - the lighthearted side, the joking, the spirit and just died away. She keeps him from falling too deep into the dark. Does that make any sense?
If you ever get your hands on the dvds there's a great deleted scene that they used in the Train Job when it was the pilot - Simon is having his encyclopedia tell him about the battle of Serenity (the battle you see at the beginning on the pilot) and Zoe overhears and walks in. She talks about how it was this horrible bloodbath and Mal, a platoon sergeant ended up commanding a dvision of 1000 men before it was over but Zoe was the only one from his platoon to survive. And while the higher-ups talked peace both sides just left their starving/wouded/dying soldiers on the planet for weeks to rot and even more died.
Simon asks why he named the ship after something so ugly and Zoe just looks at him and says "I suppose it's because once you're in Serenity you never leave. You just learn to live there."

It's a really great scene. But I think it tells you a lot about Zoe, and also I think Wash is what helps Zoe not fall completely into living there...

Out to conquer the world, are we? ^_~
oh yeah!
I mean, I got conquered by other fans - it's kinda like vampirism - someone bites you, you gotta go bite others.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: love1garnettrees on August 13th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
It's actually a really interesting relationship they have and I think they need each other. They have an odd balance of power, since the female is arguably tougher and stronger, but they have a different set of skills and different jobs so there isn't conflict over that fact. She may win in a fight, but he can out-fly her.
That part of what I love so much about this pairing-- they are both comfortable with each other's strengths, and neither feels the need to dominate the other. They're both good at what they do-- it's not a contest. Wash respects and admires Zoe as a warrior; it doesn't seem to make him feel the need to proove anything.

I think he is what she lost during the war - the lighthearted side, the joking, the spirit and just died away. She keeps him from falling too deep into the dark. Does that make any sense?
Without Wash, Zoe would just follow Malcolm, deeper into their own private torment, overwhelmed by odds they can't fight. It makes perfect sense.

"I suppose it's because once you're in Serenity you never leave. You just learn to live there."
*shivers* Whedon can be so humanizing, in the midst of all his adventure and mirth. It amazes me. That scene sounds amazing-- I can't wait to see it.

I mean, I got conquered by other fans - it's kinda like vampirism - someone bites you, you gotta go bite others.
Vampires? Spike!! *loves Spike* You bit me for BtVS, you evil girl.
-Meredith
Abyssis: Mal&Zoe - Serenityabyssinia4077 on August 14th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
Wash respects and admires Zoe as a warrior; it doesn't seem to make him feel the need to proove anything.

Just you wait for "War Stories"....

Without Wash, Zoe would just follow Malcolm, deeper into their own private torment, overwhelmed by odds they can't fight.

Yep. In that scene Zoe says Mal left "mercy, forgiveness, trust" back on the fields o Serenity. She doesn't specify losing it herself, but, well, yeah. What you said.

Whedon can be so humanizing, in the midst of all his adventure and mirth.

That's why I think I like him - more in Firefly than in Angel or Buffy, but there too. There is something human about his characters. They have pasts and secrets and weaknesses and even the good guys are allowed to be petty and make mistakes and get scared and his dialogue is more like how real people talk.

You bit me for BtVS, you evil girl.
wasn't just me!
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Meredith Bronwen Mallory: love1garnettrees on August 13th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
He's an ass, and does some terrible things, but there is one episode where you will just laugh and then think he's a total sweet-heart.
Really? You have me intrigued now. I just find him so lack-luster, compared to the other characters. He's funny sometimes, but I think he's a jerk.

Simon's okay by me-- his big selling point being how caring he is for his sister. He seems kind of fastidious and inexperienced.

I felt really good seeing how calm and happy River looked staring out at space, but Simon...
*grins* I think she called his attention to that on purpose-- he looked so intimidated, and she just smiled that 'I'm the little sister' smile. ^__^
-Meredith