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Archive for July 2008

“Turns Out This Is My Kind of Party”

July 31, 2008

Still looking back at some of the earlier episodes in the series, episode #4, “Shindig,” follows the previous episode “Bushwhacked” in playing down the western elements of the series. The episode, however, is framed by two scenes that draw explicitly on western conventions, the saloon brawl that opens the episode (a scene that ends with […]

Welcome to the Firefly and Western Literature Blog

July 29, 2008

At the upcoming 2008 Western Literature Association Conference in Boulder, we will be participating in a discussion-oriented panel on the western/sci-fi television show Firefly (created by Joss Whedon). Part of the fun of Firefly is the way it explicitly explores the western roots that many sci-fi films and television series share: through the use of western character types […]

Dr. Horrible

July 28, 2008

Just a quick note about a non-Firefly item. Joss Whedon’s latest is an on-line “musical” called Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog , which does have a role for Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion. If you haven’t seen it, the Dr. Horrible website is at

Heart of Gold Comments

July 20, 2008

For this post, I’ve pasted in several comments on the episode “Heart of Gold” from a discussion by Neil Campbell and Michael Johnson. The shot that is discussed below is located at the 7:45 mark of the clip pasted in above. Neil Campbell: ‘Heart of Gold’ emerged according to its writer Brett Matthews as ‘the stock […]

Civilization and Savagery

July 14, 2008

In one of his comments, Neil noted that with the episode “Heart of Gold,” the network was worried about the episode’s western elements and insisted that certain elements be added or changed (e.g., covering the house with foil to make it look more sci-fi than western adobe). One of the early episodes in the series, […]