Fireflying into the Future: Bushwhacked

After encountering a booby-trapped spacecraft carrying the lone survivor of a horrific Reaver attack, Serenity is boarded by an Alliance Commander looking for Simon and River.


The Geek:
This one’s a bit tough, because it really is more of a psychological-thriller-that-happens-to-be-in-space than a hardcore science fiction story, which, I’d argue, is a benefit (not every episode of a sci-fi show has to revolve around being in space). Whether you’re in space or not, there are some aspects of humanity that are unlikely to fade anytime soon. When a show neglects this in favor of creating a hand-wavy utopia (Star Trek, anyone?), it feels entirely unrealistic, so ten points to Firefly for breaking out of the mold! Continue reading

Fireflying into the Future: Training Day!

Hello! I’m Helen and I will be your guide in this feminist consideration of Joss Whedon’s science fiction cult classic, Firefly. It’s a first watch for me, so hopefully any experienced Browncoats will find my reactions entertaining—and if there are any fellow Firefly newbies out there, watch along with me! You can comment at the bottom of my posts, so feel free to share your own responses and reactions. You’ll have my love for all eternity.
Since this is my first post (how exciting!), I’d like to start out by explaining how everything is going to work. Each post will focus on one or two episodes, and be divided into four sections; Synopsis, The Geek, The Girl, and Spotlight. Continue reading