In Praise of “Firefly”…

…at FilmLadd‘s, where he also points out the same worries about tyranny that I suppose anyone who’s paying attention must have when watching the show.

Like Ladd, I was also late to the Firefly party until my wife introduced me to the series some years ago while we were dating.  I was unaware of its libertarian subtext.  Otherwise, I would have probably watched sooner.  I’ve never quite been sold on its blending of the Western and Sci-fi genres, though.

Still, I have a lot of respect and admiration for Whedon, especially because of Buffy and his writing talent in general.  I read his screenplay for Alien Resurrection back in the 90′s before the movie went into production, thanks to a friend who was working as a script reader at the time.  The script was nothing like the movie.  I mean, it was great.  I read it in 60 minutes because I couldn’t put it down.  Needless to say, I was sorely disappointed at the film (and I wasn’t the only one) which was directed by another filmmaker I also admire, Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Whedon is currently in pre-production for the Marvel Avengers movie on the same studio lot in New Mexico where I happen to work.  My admiration for him is such that I find it very hard not to stalk him, especially given that his parking space is only a few steps away from my desk…

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