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#38 Jane Espenson (Ed.): Finding Serenity: Anti-heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers In Joss Whe

Jane Espenson (Ed.): Finding Serenity: Anti-heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers In Joss Whedon's Firefly

Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: BenBella Books (April 2005)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1932100431
Category(ies): Criticism

When Joss Whedon's Buffy The Vampire Slayer was first screened, it appeared on the US networks because another show had been cancelled half way through a season. When Firefly was shown, it suffered that same fate - we only saw the first half of the first season. What might it have become otherwise?

This book is a collection of essays by various writers (and an actress, Jewel Staite) covering various aspects of the show, and written between that end, and before the film Serenity. As a result of this timing, certain conclusions that the writers may have reached (for example, the Reavers - how, what, why?) may have been superseded by that film, but even so, they are mostly pretty thoughtful, though sometimes different writers come to express opposite opinions. Happily, even when the same evidence leads different people in different directions, the journeys are interesting.

If you liked Firefly, then this is fascinating. If you didn't (or didn't encounter it), this may make you reconsider.
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