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firefly

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 3:54 am
by david johnson
any other browncoats here?

dj

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:21 am
by RebLem
Whaaaaaa? :shock: :shock: :shock:

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:50 am
by jbuck919
I was going to say the same thing, but assumed everyone else knew something I did not. :)

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:57 am
by david johnson
yikes, i hope this isn't a central alliance stronghold!!!

dj

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 10:12 am
by jbuck919
Is this about a video game or some such thing?

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 10:13 am
by david johnson
firefly is/was a tv series. fun.

dj
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...star system was governed by the Alliance, an organization of "core" planets that has succeeded in forcibly unifying all of the colonies under a single government. Although the central planets were well under Alliance control, the outlying planets and moons resembled the 19th century American West, with little government authority. Settlers and refugees on the outlying worlds had relative freedom from the central government, but lacked the amenities of the high-tech civilization present on the inner worlds. Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds and his first mate Zoƫ were veteran "Browncoats" of the Unification War, a failed attempt by the outlying worlds to resist the Alliance's assertion of control. After the war, Mal bought the spaceship Serenity (firefly class) in order to continue living beyond alliance control. Much of his and his crew's work consisted of cargo runs or smuggling.

Featuring a blend of elements from the space opera and Western genres, and apparent inspiration from Robin Hood and his Merry Men, the show depicted mankind's future in a way that is uncharacteristic of many contemporary science fiction programs. Unlike most traditional space operas, there were no alien creatures or space battles. Firefly took place in a multi-cultural future, where the divide between the rich and poor was great. Chinese was a common second language for many people; it was used in advertisements, and characters in the show frequently used Chinese words and curses. According to the DVD commentary on the episode Serenity, this was explained as being the result of China and the United States becoming the two superpowers that expand into space. This Sino-American (named the Anglo-Sino Alliance) allegiance is supported by close examination of labels on the crates from the episode "The Train Job", where crates of Alliance goods were marked with a Chinese flag superimposed over a United States flag. An interesting intrusion of Japanese can be noted in the form of katakana script throughout the television series and the film.

For fans, the dialogue and interplay between characters is central to the charm of the show, resulting in stories that are alternately serious and humorous. In contrast to many shows, Firefly was filmed using a handheld camera style, with deliberately misframed or out-of-focus subjects, in an attempt to give scenes an immersive and immediate feeling; computer-generated scenes mimic the motion of a handheld camera. Exterior shots of action taking place in the vacuum of outer space realistically lack sound effects, an approach that stood in contrast to many contempory science fiction films and television series

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 10:31 am
by jbuck919
Well, that explains everything.

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 1:24 pm
by david johnson
jbuck919 wrote:Well, that explains everything.
go forth and watch, lest the alliance fool ye!