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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 […]

“Dodge City” and Firefly

April 14, 2008

I’ve been watching various “classic” westerns over the winter (which has now transitioned into “mud season”), and recently watched “Dodge City” (1939), a technicolor extravaganza with Errol Flynn as the star, Olivia de Havilland (naturally) as the love interest, Alan Hale as the comic sidekick, and Bruce Cabot as the villain, Jeff Surrett, who has […]


March 4, 2008

I thought I would try to brainstorm a few contexts for interpreting Firefly. The most important context, of course, is the genre western, and part of the fun of Firefly is the way it explicitly explores the western roots that many science fiction television series and sf films share. It’s been a while since I’ve […]