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10 August 2014 @ 08:44 pm
Firefly Rewatch  
A friend of mine posted a link on facebook to this excerpt of Joss Whedon's biography on io9, and reading it just made me want Firefly goodness like nothing doing.

So I went and rewatched. While reading all kinds of things about Firefly.

Including this personal post by a fan who tried to ask Joss at a con about the lack of actual Asian characters in his ensemble even though the entire verse was explicitly about a future that had been heavily influenced by Chinese culture. Racism, or white privilege, or whatever you want to call it when Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, etc. traditions are coopted as the site of the "future" without actually including representation of the people who actually live in and create those cultures is something of an interest of mine.

Because you could say that part of my interest in Japan actually came from cyberpunk. And lord knows, from Blade Runner to Neuromancer, there are any number of writers and directors who are incredibly happy to use these cultures as window dressing. Hell, living in Tokyo this summer while it was raining and thunder storming, I could absolutely see exactly where Ridley Scott created the atmosphere of perpetually rainy future-LA with it's glowing signs and pyramid buildings. It was uncanny how close I felt to Harrison Ford's flight through the city standing in the rain waiting for a friend to come and meet me for dinner at Yoyogi station, watching the night sky electrified with a blue haze as the lightning flashed flicker-fast through the sky, and the thunder drummed and grumbled in the distance until it slammed down on our heads in percussive waves.

But that's no reason for Joss to keep doing what Ridley Scott did, or for me to be comfortable with it when he does. A rewatch reminded me of so many of the things that were added in the individual episodes that they bothered to get ... right? or wrong? From the Buddha sculptures in the foyer of the great hall in Shindig, to the Chinese shadow play in Heart of Gold.

And then I went and read the wiki.

Did you guys know that Inara was terminally ill??????


or, at least, that was the intended canon?

BRAIN BLOWN. Like ten years and three or four Firefly/Serenity rewatches later too late. but wow.

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Muriellemurielle on August 11th, 2014 02:15 am (UTC)
I am always up for a Firefly Rewatch! If you're thinking of a group thing, I want in. ;-)
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on August 13th, 2014 11:26 am (UTC)
darling! i'm sorry - i already rewatched all that i could this weekend (i'm very much a part of the netflix "do you want to watch the next episode?" YES) trend. it's totally possible to do it over the course of a weekend if you're not doing anything else!
Muriellemurielle on August 15th, 2014 08:25 am (UTC)
Oh! You're so sweet! Thank you, but it's okay. I decided to do a MM rewatch and I fizzled out on season three--of course!--should really finish that before I watch Firefly.
literate and stylishmishloran on August 12th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
Never heard or noticed that about Inara - I guess it would have been expanded if a series 2 ever happened?! Weird.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on August 13th, 2014 11:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's apparently teased often -- that's the reason why she left the chapter house, is that she found out she was ill, and there's apparently a syringe of some mysterious fluid that she takes in the first episode of the series, and that's all the clues you get. But both the actress and Joss confirmed it.

And it would have been expanded, but not in good ways, trust me.