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Archive for January 2009

“Once, in Flight School, I Was Laconic”

January 18, 2009

In the episode “War Stories,” we continue a run of Firefly episodes that emphasize the science fictional elements over the western ones. If earlier episodes have examined the issue of how far one can go out on the frontier and still survive, the frontier in this episode is not so much a physical space as […]

Out of Gas and Ariel

January 1, 2009

These two episodes of Firefly are arranged as episode 8 (“Out of Gas”) and episode 9 (“Ariel”) in the Firefly DVD collection, although their original air dates are nearly a month apart, with “Out of Gas” first airing on October 25, 2002, and “Ariel” on November 15.  The network airing order seems particularly unfortunate for a […]