October 31, 2005

Serenity, Now!

I was wondering last week whether I should be crabby about being tagged as Simon Tam in this What Serenity Character Are You quiz.

Well, over the weekend I started in on watching Firefly (which I hadn't seen before). Five episodes down, I can now say yes I am crabby about it.

Nonetheless, so far I enjoy the series. One key is the fact that the "Sci" doesn't overwhelm the "Fi", if that makes sense. All the technology is assumed to be part of everyday life and, at least so far, the crew isn't reduced to long debates about "bypassing the overflux tachion modulator with a retro-zed hyper-conversion damper" in order to get themselves out of a particular fix.

The only thing I find a bit silly is the Alliance cruisers. They remind me irresistably of the episode in The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe when Zaphod Beeblebrox visits the offices of Mega-Dodo Publications and the Frogstar Fighters sent to take him to the Total Perspective Vortex simply uproot the entire twin-towered building and fly it into space.

Oh, and now that I've seen the show, JohnL's Babes of Firefly polling makes much more sense to me. Tough, tough call on that one......

Posted by Robert at October 31, 2005 08:52 AM | TrackBack

My current SF Babes poll is quite stale, and I've been thinking of rerunning the Firefly poll, but updated as a "Serenity" poll.

I think my readers got the first one totally wrong. Kaylee's cute, but not a "babe." On the other hand, I would have to just keep flipping a coin as to Zoe or Inara.

My wife and I spent an entire week and a half, one or two hours per night, watching the Firefly DVDs. We were pretty sad when it came to such a premature end, just as we were really getting into the characters.

Posted by: JohnL at October 31, 2005 11:10 AM

So: since you've seen it and I haven't, should I be crabby or flattered that the poll tagged me as the hooker/"courtesan"?

Really, my sexual identity is shaky enough without raising questions like that...

Posted by: utron at October 31, 2005 12:17 PM

Actually, I can't think of a single crew member that it isn't flattering to be compared to, Utron.

Posted by: Brian B at October 31, 2005 12:20 PM

I don't know...being compared to "I got boy parts" Jayne may not be the most flattering thing in the 'verse.

Posted by: TheRoyalFamily at October 31, 2005 03:05 PM

Nothing wrong with Jayne, other than being dumb as a post, a bit prone to violence, and having some sort of Freudian obsession with firearms....

Posted by: Brian B at October 31, 2005 03:30 PM

But that's just it. Jayne's poorly educated, he isn't dumb as a post.

Naming his guns is a bit odd, though.

Posted by: owlish at October 31, 2005 05:38 PM

Kaylee's cute, but not a "babe."

Choose your weapon, sir!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at November 1, 2005 10:19 PM