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Firefly in retrospect

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Over the summer, I’ve been rewatching and reviewing Joss Whedon’s Fireflya fandom darling of a show, and one of my all-time favorite series as a teenager.

Rewatching anything you loved years ago is always a risk. There’s always the chance that you’ll notice flaws you never spotted before, or that it won’t live up to your adoring memories. Unfortunately, Firefly turned out to be something of a disappointment.

Is it a good show? Yes. Is it a great show? I’d say so. Is it unique and compelling with some great plotlines and characters? Definitely. But when looked at from an intersectional feminist perspective, it all starts to fall apart.

In short, Joss Whedon is amazing at creating varied, believable and wonderful female characters. But he’s not so good at creating stories for them. And he doesn’t seem to think through the implications of his work.

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Firefly: Objects in Space

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Objects in Space was the last Firefly episode to air, and my absolute favorite before my rewatch. Finally, we get something of a peek inside River’s head, and although the villain-of-the-week gets far more screentime than River herself, it’s an episode of transition for her, the move from victim to victor, and from “object” to “subject” in the narrative and the crew.

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Firefly: The Message

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All in all, The Message is a pretty unremarkable episode with some solid moments and fantastic music. But there were a few little things that bothered me. And by “bothered,” I mean “made me question Joss Whedon and the show and all that I hold dear.”

Pretty impressive for a few background characters and barely-heard lines, huh?

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Firefly: War Stories

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No wacky space hijinxs this week. In War Stories, sadistic crime overlord Nishka finally catches up with the crew of Serenity, and he’s not looking to chat over tea and scones. He’s still angry that Mal didn’t complete his job in The Train Job, and he’s determined to show them what you get when you betray him.

Turns out, we get some of the most awesome moments for female characters on the show. Also, torture. Lots of torture.

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Firefly: Out of Gas

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Out of Gas is a fantastic piece of television. If you’re only ever going to watch one episode of Firefly, this has to be it. In the “present day” narrative, the crew of Serenity are celebrating Simon’s birthday when a fire knocks out the engines, and the life support along with them. Woven through their attempts to survive, we see how each member of the crew came to the ship in the first place, along with glimpses of a dark future, when a lone Mal, bleeding from a gunshot wound, attempts to fix the ship before the air runs out.

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