Episode 53: Joss Whedon Talk May 1, 2012 Featuring Matt Anderson and Ben De Bono Standard Podcast Play Now Categories: Podcast, Review # comics#graphic novels#movies#news#television
My bad! I would’ve listened sooner but I assumed this was going to be a time loop episode. If I’d’ve known we had *fresh* Anderson and de Bono….!
So, of course, I enjoyed your conversation. And can’t wait to hear your reaction to the film (but will have to, since I won’t be seeing it until next weekend).
I am somewhat ashamed to admit I haven’t been able to get into Firefly yet. I have indeed seen the whole series and the movie, but it just doesn’t “click” for me. I hate being in a fannish minority, but there it is. One day I will have to give it another try. I don’t know why it doesn’t gel for me – I like lots of the characters, I acknowledge the production values, it’s an interesting overarching story with River Tam – dunno. Maybe my geeky passion is a limited commodity. (Then again, I never thought I’d get so jazzed about a genre film ever again as I did with John Carter, so never say never. I guess geeky enthusiasm is a renewable resource!)
I started watching Firefly when it first aired and I hated it. I found many of the characters annoying especially Jayne and Kaylee, I didn’t like the weird hybrid language and I thought the cowboy motif was ridiculous. I recently borrowed the DVDs and started watching the series again in order and I have to say, I don’t hate it anymore, and have been enjoying even the episodes I’ve seen before. Maybe it’s just the time that has passed, but I the aspects of the show that annoyed me no longer bother me. The writing seems more clever this time around, and I actually find Jayne and Kaylee charming. The only thing that still bothers me as a follower of Jesus is the way the shepherd is portrayed. He seems to be regularly enlightened by the greater wisdom of Inara the prostitute. I was especially troubled by the scene where he feels helpless to assist the crew, she has to remind him to pray for the captain, and he responds to this advice with skepticism. It just seems to reflect a world where increasingly we are receiving spiritual wisdom from those who reject the Biblical view of morality and God’s holiness.