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Alan Tudyk on Dollhouse

May 8, 2009

The most recent episode of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse had a special treat for Firefly fans, a special guest appearance by Alan Tudyk (forever Wash to Firefly fans), in what will apparently be a recurring role (well, at least for another episode). Tudyk plays Stephen Kepler, one of the designers of the Dollhouse, tracked down by […]

Dollhouse: Man in The Streets as Western

March 30, 2009

Joss Whedon’s television series Dollhouse suddenly got interesting, by which I mean, of course, Dollhouse just shifted into western territory, both literally and generically. Although the setting of Dollhouse has heretofore been unclear to me, the recent episode “Man in the Street” specifically places the series in Los Angeles, and much of the episode is […]

More on Dollhouse

March 20, 2009

As a fan of Joss Whedon’s science fiction western Firefly, I’ve also been watching his most recent television creation, Dollhouse. Five episodes of the series have now aired, and some of the complex back-story is starting to come clearer. However, I’m still finding that I have mixed responses to the show, alternately disappointed and intrigued. And […]


February 17, 2009

It’s with mixed emotions that I welcome  the premiere of the new Joss Whedon series Dollhouse. On the one hand, it’s good to see Whedon back in the saddle, but the placement of Dollhouse in Firefly‘s old time slot on Friday nights (at least that was the slot before the network started shuffling it around) […]

New Western Blog

February 7, 2009

The Firefly and Western Literature blog has sprouted a new branch. The new blog is broader in topic, concerned with anything and everything related to the American West. Check out the new blog at The Official Blog of the Western Literature Association.

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 […]

Cawelti Interview at SpaceWesterns

December 20, 2008

There’s an interesting interview with popular culture scholar John Cawelti at Cawelti wrote one of the classic studies of the western genre, Six Gun Mystique, and he has some nice things to say about Firefly in the interview. You can follow this link to the interview: Cawelti Interview.

The Man They Call Jayne

December 4, 2008

I’ve returned recently to my DVD set of Firefly, hoping to finish out the rest of the series before too much longer, and watched an episode that I hadn’t seen in quite awhile, “Jaynestown.” I remembered the episode as being entertaining but slight, but, I discovered after a more attentive viewing that it is really […]


November 23, 2008

Several months after the film Appaloosa opened in England (where Neil saw and posted about it a while back), it finally made it to Maine, opening a few weeks ago at an art film theater, but more surprisingly showing this past week in Farmington, where we rarely get anything except the blockbusters. And, given that […]

Death Wish and the Post-Western

November 6, 2008

As part of a Philosophy and Popular Culture series at Farmington, we have a speaker coming in on Thursday to talk about Superheroes and Vigilantism. As a prelude, we screened a classic film in the vigilante genre, “Death Wish”  (1974) with Charles Bronson. What surprised me about the film was how explicitly it acknowledged its […]