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Archive for the ‘The Postwestern’ Category

‘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 […]

Firefly and Hybridity

September 1, 2008

From Neil Campbell: ‘This is not a Western Western.  It’s a different Western’: Firefly and Hybridity   It is clear that as a postwestern Whedon wanted to create a vision of cultural mixing – especially out in the ‘Border Planets’ where the Alliance (with its cold, sterile, efficient bureaucracy has not always FULLY realised its […]

Firefly as Postwestern

August 29, 2008

From Neil Campbell: In so many ways the postings and comments generated around the points made about Fireflyhelp me to further explore what I mean when I refer to the show as an example of the postwestern. People watching it cannot help but refer to the intertextual fabric of Whedon’s work – the manner through […]

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 […]

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 […]