My TV and Me

December 21, 2010

Cool Fringe/Firefly mashup!

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Let’s keep Fringe alive!

July 5, 2010

Firefly Rewatch: Episode 3

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Bushwhacked

Sepinwall’s Rewind Review

I remember being pretty scared the first time I saw this episode, and I was reminded of the scenes in Aliens when they first arrive at the terra-forming planet and find it deserted, all the people having been wiped out by the aliens. Even though I knew what was coming this time around, I was still pretty creeped out.

Here we take a closer look at both the Alliance and the Reavers. The latter was addressed in the movie, and knowing now where they came from and the connection between them and River’s “illness”, I viewed her reactions to the situation – especially when she woke up screaming – differently this time around. One of the things I feel we were robbed of when the show was cancelled was a more in depth look at the Alliance. I think they could have gone to some interesting places with it.

I really loved the scene pictured above and how the endless wide open space, while terrifying to Simon, was somehow soothing to River. Maybe being confronted with such vast “nonthingness” is a relief for her, whose brain is filled to capacity with troubling thoughts.

Mal’s character was fleshed out some more with regard to his opposition to the Alliance; and we got to see a softer side when he decided it was the right thing to do to lay the dead to rest with dignity before they looted the ship.

OK, favorite quotes.

JAYNE: Tell you what I think. I think that fellow
we ran into did everyone on board, killed
them all, then decided to take a swim through
space, see how fast his blood would boil out
of his ears.
WASH: You’re a very “up” person.

JAYNE: Whoa. I ain’t going over there with them
bodies, no ruttin’ way. Not if Reavers
messed with them.
ZOE: Jayne, you’ll scare the women.

HARKEN (to Zoe): And do you love him?
ZOE: I don’t see how that’s relevant.
HARKEN: Well, he is your husband.
ZOE: Yes.
HARKEN: You two met through Captain Reynolds?
ZOE: Captain was looking for a pilot. I found a husband. Seemed to work out.
HARKEN: You fought with Captain Reynolds in the war?
ZOE: Fought with a lot of people in the war.
HARKEN: And your husband?
ZOE: Fight with him sometimes, too.
HARKEN: Is there any particular reason you don’t wish to discuss your marriage?
ZOE: Don’t see that it’s any of your business, is all. We’re very private people.
Cut to the Commander now speaking with Wash.
WASH: The legs. Oh yeah, definitely have to say it was her legs. You can put that down. Her legs, and where her legs meet her back. Actually, that whole area. That, and above it.

July 2, 2010

Firefly Rewatch: Episode 2

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The Train Job

Sepinwall’s Rewind Review

This was a fairly lightweight episode, but still well done. Because FOX didn’t want to air the actual pilot, they told Whedon to whip up a new first episode and “The Train Job” is what they came up with. So we have some repetition as characters and relationships and setting are explained yet again, but we also get some very funny one-liners:

Mal: “Kaylee, what the hell’s going on in the engine room? Were there monkeys? Some terrifying space monkeys got loose?”

Zoe: “Sir, I think you have a problem with you brain being missing.”

Wash: “Did he just go crazy and fall asleep?”

I can watch that last one over and over. Also awesome was Jayne wearing the hat with the flaps and saying “Time for some thrilling heroics.”

We got introduced to one of the best villains in the show’s short life: Niska. If you think he’s scary now, just wait.

It wasn’t until I re-watched this that I realized that River’s “two by two, hands of blue” line came so early in the season.

What did you guys think? I’ve watched the next episode, “Bushwhacked”, so expect a post soon.

June 29, 2010

Firefly Rewatch: Episode 1

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 2:13 pm

Serenity

Gah! You guys, I totally spaced and forgot about this! I’m so sorry! Jeez, what is wrong with me?

“Serenity” is the original 2-hour pilot, which FOX in its infinite wisdom did not air first; in fact; they never aired it at all. Instead they aired what is now the second episode on the DVDs (“The Train Job”), and the audience had to jump into the story without the benefit of all of the awesome character- and world-building you find in “Serenity”. As you can see, Firefly was doomed from the start. (You can read about it in more detail in Alan’s review).

I don’t recall ever seeing Firefly when it originally aired. I saw it first on DVD, in the proper order, the way it was supposed to be seen, and fell in love with it. Even at only 14 episodes (and one theatrical release, also called “Serenity”), it’s one of my all time favorite shows.

As I noted above, the pilot really does a fabulous job of world-building, making you totally accept a future where people dressed like cowboys fly spaceships and swear in Chinese. The cast is perfect (although it took me a while to warm up to Simon) and the characters are fully formed by the end of the two hours. Seriously, I fell in love with them almost immediately.

As Joss Whedon’s Buffy did, “Serenity” showed a nice balance of humor and pathos, of silliness in the face of some serious shit, which would become a hallmark of this show. It makes me sad to think of how much really GOOD television we have been robbed of by its cancellation. I bet it would have eventually achieved the same cultural status as Buffy, if given half a chance.

Anyway, enough with the praise, I’m getting boring. What did you think?

Don’t forget to follow along with Alan. Next up (and soon!): “The Train Job”

June 11, 2010

Firefly Rewatch

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FYI, I’m going to be re-watching Firefly along with Alan Sepinwall (and some of you!) as he does a summer rewind of the short-lived series. Check back here for some discussion.

June 8, 2010

Today’s Tweets

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Via @televisionary – 19 Reasons To Watch TV This Summer

Via @tomandlorenzo – Tom and Lorenzo review the new series “Persons Unknown” (which I happened to watch last night and had the same reaction to it as they did – definitely interested enough to tune back in again)

Via @sepinwall – Alan feels pretty much the same way about “Persons Unknown”

Via @sepinwall – Dude! Alan is doing a “Firefly” Rewind this summer!! Dust off your DVDs and join in the fun. Shiny!

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