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‘Heart of Gold’ – the last hurrah

September 9, 2008

As I understand it, HoG was never aired on TV – appearing only on the DVD. It strikes me it has, as we have commented, many explicit Western traits, more so than any other episode.  I’d like to believe it was closer to the Western Whedon wanted to put out: Wild Bunch in Space. The […]

The Woman Who Shot Liberty Valance

September 7, 2008

In the Firefly episode “Heart of Gold,” bad guy Ranse Burgess attacks Nandi’s brothel in order to capture and claim as his son the child that brothel worker Petaline has just given birth to. As Neil noted in an earlier post, the name “Ranse” is a direct reference to John Ford’s The Man Who Shot […]

The Good, the Bad, and Melinda Clarke

August 21, 2008

Picking up on a comment that Neil made earlier about the presence of actress Melinda Clarke in both Firefly and CSI: Crime Scene Investigations (which he describes as being, like Firefly, a postwestern), I took a look back at one of the episodes of CSI in which Clarke plays Lady Heather, “The Good, The Bad […]


August 4, 2008

In an article recently published in the Great Plains Quarterly’s special issue on the HBO series Deadwood, Anne Helen Petersen suggests that part of Deadwood’s revisionist approach to the western genre is revealed through its portrayal of the female characters. In the Western, Petersen argues, the prostitute is one of the dominant female character types, […]

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 […]

Heart of Gold

June 11, 2008

One purpose of this blog is to decide on a clip from Firefly to show at the conference. Both Neil and I are leaning toward something from one of the later episodes in the series, “Heart of Gold.” One possibility would be the opening scenes of that episode. Neil has suggested that Firefly mutates the […]