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Via the Puppy-blender, Ol’ Robbo came across this article on the fifteenth anniversary of the short-lived tee-vee series “Firefly“.

Ol’ Robbo never saw the show on network tee-vee, but came across it later and now owns the series on DVD and watches it every few months. Apart from the solid crafting and nifty dialogue of the show, in terms of its general spirit I consider myself to be a true Browncoat, especially considering all that is going on these days in the Imperial Swamp.

Anyhoo, the article prompts both a reminiscence and a question in what passes for Ol’ Robbo’s braims:

First, the reminiscence.  I’ve probably mentioned here before that the creator of “Firefly”, Joss Whedon, was a classmate of mine at the People’s Glorious Soviet of Middletown, CT.  Indeed, we lived in the same residential college.  All I remember of him back in those days was seeing him wandering round campus in some kind of daze.  Whether recreational pharmaceuticals were involved, I simply could not will not say.

Second, the question.  “Firefly” is stridently libertarian in tone, the crew of the good ship Serenity all opposed to the totalitarian impulses of the Alliance for various reasons, yet in his own life Whedon has been a knob-gobbling supporter of Progressivism in general, and Emperor Barky O-Beho the First in particular.  Why is this? Does he not get the paradox?  Or does he just not care?

The World wonders.

Oh, and as I’m on the subject of Whedon, I will state here and now that his adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is wretched, both in understanding and performance.



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