'Firefly' rewatch: 'Bushwhacked' by rapacious space cannibals. And Doug Savant. Yes, this is Science Channel.


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“Bushwhacked” — the third episode of Firefly’s only, abbreviated season -– contained one of the late, lamented cult classic’s most haunting moments. With his rickety smuggler’s ship about to be boarded and searched by The Alliance, Mal decided to hide fugitive siblings Simon Tam and River from the authorities by sealing them up in spacesuits and stowing them outside. Simon – skeptical that mere “Mylar and glass” could protect him from the “nothing” of space – shuddered in fear. Incapable of even peeking at the infinite star-dotted expanse at his back, the buttoned-up doctor kept his eyes focused on Serenity’s steel hull like a quivering acrophobe terrified of looking down. Not so his sister. Gazing into the abyss, River’s face to lit up with rapt wonder. The “nothing” seemed to quiet the agonizing chaotic riot of her broken internal world. Noting her spacey-mystical bliss, Simon shivered some more and clung harder to Serenity’s battered iron.

Watching “Bushwhacked“ for the first time in years last night on Science Channel, I felt equal parts River and Simon – awestruck by Joss Whedon’s rich enterprise and its collection of winning, well-drawn characters; dismayed by the reminder that it never lasted long enough to fully explore its world, people and ideas. I wanted to watch, because I love this show; I wanted to look away, because to re-invest is to be pained anew by Firefly’s whatcouldabeen.

Of course, I didn’t really have a choice in the matter: Watching Firefly is part of my job for the next several weeks. (I’m cheerful about it! Sincerely!) And I found the episode riveting for at least one circumstantial reason: “Bushwhacked” possessed an unfortunate though rewarding timeliness, as the story implicitly asked us to reflect upon the question of our responsibility to someone else’s catastrophe. (BTW: Looking for ways to help Japan? Start here.)

This was the only episode of Firefly that dealt specifically with one of the show’s most capture-the-imagination bits of mythology: The Reavers, deviant and dehumanized nomads. According to Zoe, woe to those who cross their path: “If they take the ship, they’ll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into their clothing — and if we’re very very lucky, they’ll do it in that order.” The conventional wisdom about Reavers, at least at this point in the saga: They’re humans gone mad from having spent too much time lost in space. Those who know their Firefly stuff know there’s that these dead space bogeymen have a hush-hush backstory. Those who don’t will have to rent the 2005 film Serenity to learn it.

In “Bushwhacked,” Team Whedon made the inspired choice of never showing the Reavers – unless you counted as Reaver the gone-psycho self-mutilating settler who survived their attack … because the Reavers forced him to play spectator to their debauched horrorshow. We were asked to consider that baring witness to Reavers at work could cause someone to become one of them – as a way of rationalizing unchecked evil; perhaps to cope with the inability to of rationalizing such a thing. If you were watching the episode for the first time last night, maybe you experienced it more as a tense, claustrophobic mystery-thriller. Will The Reavers show up? Are they lurking, planning an attack? Do The Reavers even really exist? Watching the episode again was a different kind of experience: A character study of people forced to consider or reconsider what it means to be “civilized.” The bushwhack in “Bushwhacked” was philosophical, not physical.

For the crew of Serenity, “civilized” was something of a dirty world. Definition: to be conformed to a culture that serves the interests of the imperiously controlling Alliance. Mal and co. might be characterized as hard-core Libertarians, either by nature or in response to the failed Browncoat revolt. The only laws they wished to live by — loyalty, mutual respect, cooperative survival, and friendship — were part of an unwritten but understood code. In the opening sequence, we saw the crew at play in the cargo bay, engaged in a possibly self-invented mash-up of basketball and rugby. (I got a Quidditch-without-the-magic vibe from it.) I usually don’t like it when fiction tries to imagine future sports; they usually feel forced and contrived. But watching “Bushwhacked” through the lens of knowing what was coming, the game worked as it was intended: A metaphor for the DIY principles of Serenity’s crew. Less important than the game itself was the watching of the game, as “Bushwhacked” was more interested in witness ethics. I was struck by River’s agitated reaction to Mal’s joyously unstructured sport – I couldn’t tell if she was energized or aggrieved by the spectacle or both. This exchange between Inara and Simon provided some (slightly too-on-the-nose) codex:

INARA: Who’s winning?
SIMON: I don’t know. They don’t seem to be playing by any civilized rules that I know of.
INARA: Well, we are pretty far from civilization.

Quickly, Serenity bumped into another metaphor for civilization when it literally ran over a corpse and happened upon a seemingly derelict vessel spinning in place – a short-range ship converted into a ferry for settlers who were looking to make a life in the outer rim, but instead found tragedy; a futuristic Mayflower rocked and rolled by terrorists; an aspiring society, cut down and capsized. The distressed vehicle presented a challenge to the Serenity philosophy. Like a certain pair of sci-fi smugglers who also cruised the universe in a delightfully dumpy swift boat, Mal’s crew lived life trying to avoid “imperial entanglements,” much less personal entanglements. Still, Book, the resident preacher (or “Shepherd” in the Firefly parlance), encouraged Mal to heed the lesson of The Good Samaritan. Mal blanched at the call to altruism… but he was willing to board the ship and salvage its valuables. And if along the way, they just happened upon a survivor or two or twenty that needed a helping hand, then yes, he would lend it.

I kinda wondered if Mal was actually moved by Book’s love-thy-neighbor appeal but had to find a way to sell it to his less sentimental, more jaundiced comrades. “Bushwhacked” continuously invited us to take the measure of Mal’s allegedly calloused heart, and kept us guessing at every turn. In a surprising show of sentiment, he permitted Book to issue last rites for the Reaver-ravaged dead (“I ain’t saying there’s any peace to be had, but if there is, those folks deserve a little bit of it”). But then he revealed to his inner circle of crew that the order was just a ploy to keep their frazzled passengers occupied while they dealt with the dangerous business of defusing a booby-trap left behind by the Reavers that threatened their ship. When the Alliance seized and boarded Serenity, he insisted on assisting Commander (Grand Moff?) Harken (a post-Melrose Place/pre-Desperate Househusband Doug Savant) track down the psycho-survivor that threatened their mutual safety… but I suspect he was really more concerned about making sure that Harken didn’t find the sibling fugitives he was illegally harboring. In the final moments, Mal and Jayne bitched bitterly after Harken allowed them their precious liberty but claimed the valuables they had pilfered from the Reaver-raided vessel:

JAYNE: You save his gorram life. And he still takes the cargo.
MAL: Had to. Couldn’t let us profit. Wouldn’t be “civilized.”

Mal was taking a swipe at Harken and a rigid code that puts law before grace, control over mercy. Ironic much? After all, Team Mal also lived by a code, one that also didn’t readily allow for acts of selfless decency. Mal’s pissy kiss-off betrayed the lie of his burnt Browncoat cynicism. For me, Mal’s Firefly story – sadly unfinished — was that of a faith-rattled guy trying to regain the courage to revive his beaten-down idealism, and in the process, inspire his makeshift family of desperate and disillusioned souls to do the same. Mal may have walked and talked like an existential superhero – Bernard Rieux with a Han Solo makeover — but at his core, I suspect there was more Book in him than Jayne. (PS: Yes, I do live to sneak references to The Plague into my pop culture blathering, no matter how forced or irrelevant.)

Not everything about “Bushwhacked” worked for me. I didn’t quite buy the slow burn on Mal’s dawning realization that Reavers had ransacked the settlers’ ship; I think he and his crew would have clicked into this possibility sooner. And I also don’t quite buy “the horror… the horror…” of the Reavers — at least, not in any non-metaphorical way. Said Mal: “They went out to the edge of the galaxy where there’s nothing and that’s what they became – nothing.” Poetic? Yes. Credible? I’m not sure the show even thought so. And indeed, the Serenity movie would subsequently reveal The Reavers ‘ true origins. I won’t spoil, but it’s less Tales of the Black Freighter and more A Clockwork Orange – and it trades in one debatable metaphor about the malleability of moral character for another.

Finally, a word about Book. There’s a lot about Firefly that has stuck with me, and there’s much that hasn’t. One of the things that I can’t recall with accuracy is Book’s arc. I look forward to tracking it anew  – and seeing if it improves. This may sound like heresy, but I do think there a couple things Joss Whedon doesn’t always do well, and one of them is writing credible Men of Faith. This may have something to do with his stated position on “Sky Bullies” — and it’s possible my incredulity comes from knowing that stance. Regardless, I didn’t buy Book’s platitudinous brand of spirituality in “Bushwhacked,” from his Good Samaritan moralizing to his “how we deal with our dead is what makes us different from those that did this slaughter” blah blah blah. It rang hollow to me. I love Ron Glass, I really do. Yet while I don’t recall ever thinking that he was miscast in the part (he certainly had the voice and gravitas for it), my takeaway from “Bushwhacked” was that of an actor struggling to connect with his role and make it his own, as many actors do during the early episodes of a series. All to say: I’ll be scrutinizing Book’s Bookishness as we go.

Countdown to a message board full of furious posts from Whedonites and Book/Glass loyalists in…




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  • Di

    I read this whole thing, scrolled down to see the comments – and there weren’t any yet. Made me laugh.

    • Serenity is one of the Greatest movies this century

      Book’s origins are never revealed in the series or the movie, all we have are hints that he used to be someone important with Alliance connections (receiving medical care) and that a bounty hunter can tell by looking at him that he is not a shepherd. There was a comic book written by Joss Whedon’s brother, but it is really bad and I just ignore it. Firefly is incredibly – it was this generation’s Star Wars and must come back. Captain Malcolm Reynolds was a billion times cooler than Han Solo, the universe of Firefly is interesting and all of the characters have so much potential to tell great stories. I really hope they make another movie.

      • Flyer

        Thanks for the heads-up on the comic. I was always disappointed that we never got the chance to learn more about Book – that character had so many possibilities. I guess this is one of those situations where we just have to use our imagination to come up with interesting ideas for him. I would have loved to know what Joss’ intentions for Book were, though. (And what happened to Book in the movie “Serenity” seemed like such a cop-out. I can just imagine Whedon saying, “Well, we don’t have time in the movie to give fans his back-story, so let’s just use him as a poignant plot device instead.”

    • MEGAN

      Holy crap. That’s a whole lot of typing for a show that nobody but a very small niche group of nerds cares about. WHy would EW waste time on a show that bombed big time? You guys really think this will all of a sudden turn into a hit???

      • Jackie

        @MEGAN – You do realize why the show ‘bombed’, as you put it? It was on Fox. That’s why it bombed. One of Fox’s claims to faim is its history of making bad decisions when it comes to programming. Fox did not advertise what the show was about very well, they kept moving it around in the schedule without telling people so nobody could find it, and they showed the episodes out of order, which made it difficult to understand. A lot of people actually LIKE ‘Firefly’, and as EW is an ENTERTAINMENT magazine, they tend to cover entertainment-related stories, including stories about a show that is much-loved by more than just ‘a very small niche group of nerds’.

      • John Mayer the II

        @ Jackie:
        No, the show bombed because of a simple reason: People did not watch. Browncoats can chant it all they want, but no matter how much you claim it was FOX’ fault, the reality is that Whedon’s concepts and writing are very much niche-y and appeal to a very small segment. Look at DOLLHOUSE, it also tanked. Look at Serenity, it flopped (was that Universal’s fault too???)
        Do people honestly think that a quirky show about cowboys in space, with no mayor stars, a weirdly love-it-or-hate it “humour” and crappy special effects would be a huge ratings hit if advertised properly?

      • Andy F.

        Firefly bombed because people didn’t care.
        Serenity bombed because people didn’t care.
        End of story.
        If Whedon fanatics really think that Fox is to blame, then they are more delusional than I thought.

      • Jackie

        @John Mayer the II – How can people watch a show when they aren’t told what it’s about or when it’s on?

      • BG 17

        Megan, would you prefer another article on Glee, Twilight or American Idol? I think it is cool when a site dedicates some time to a more esoteric subject – I’m more than happy to revisit Firefly with Doc, so please go read something else if you are not enjoying this.

      • Asha

        I’m one of the only people that seemed to think Dollhouse had huge potential. Especially at the end of it’s second season. The Epitaph episodes are some of the best Joss ever did.
        I think the problem with Firefly and Dollhouse was that the episodes were very standalone and Joss works better when he can rip open a big swirling epic multi-arc storyline that last an entire season. I think if he had more freedom to do that, rather than create episodes that didn’t require weekly attendance, both Firefly and Dollhouse would have done better, especially in the age of DVR. Unfortunately Fox wanted standalones which is not Joss’ strong point. Square hole round peg.

      • ToddAllyn

        Megan. I’m sorry you don’t care for the show. And maybe your beef about “a whole lot of typing” would matter if this article were in the current print edition of EW, thus potentially edging out some other article. But I think the virtual space EW has to cover entertainment on the web is pretty limitless. We can’t all be expected to be interested in every article they write, but if you’re not interested – move on.

        What point is there in lambasting EW for covering a show currently airing – even if the airings are repeats? Many, many people discovered this show after its demise. DVD sales were strong enough to take the chance on a feature film. Let the Browncoats relive it. Maybe new people will find it. But take your negative energy somewhere else.

      • CTU Chief

        Only people who didn’t watch Firefly didn’t like it. Most who did get to see it, those who found out when it was on, they loved the show. And unless you actually sat and watched it then you don’t have a clue what you are talking about.

      • Nick

        Andy F – Serenity didn’t “bomb”. It broke even. Regardless, a $40 million box office is hardly a “bomb”.

      • Charissa

        Fox is at least partially to blame for not giving Firefly a chance. And there was an article on this site just a couple weeks ago that the ratings Firefely recieved may have actually earned it a chance in todays viewing climate. Also? Both the series and movie have done extremely well on DVD because people are still discovering it for the first time and loving it. It wasn’t on long enough the first time for them to find it and give it a chance. I myself never even had a chance to watch more than one episode before it was cancelled.

      • MJP

        I never heard of Firefly/Serenity til after the series and movie were done, but was introduced by a friend and loved it. Don’t think it’s that far “out of the mainstream,” relative to many of the thousands of other shows out there on hundreds of channels. Seems to me money could be made in bringing it back, which makes it a possibility and therefore as noteworthy as any entertainment tidbit. I enjoyed the recap and am curious to see if Firefly will go into production again.

      • jodipo

        aaaw Megan… did Firefly sleep with your boyfriend? Maybe steal your rent money? Fire you from that job you loved? Cause, seriously, why with the energy on something you dislike so much? Sounds like you have serious issues honey. Seek counseling… and a hobby

      • Les

        If you find it boring nerd fodder than why are you reading the article. I don’t understand why message boards fill up with people whining about how horrible something is. I wouldn’t even bother clicking the link for an article of something I thought was so beneath me.

      • iamcart

        Megan, sorry there aren’t any desperate or real housewives on Firefly to hold your, obviously, remedial and short attention. Go get some botox, watch a mindnumbing reality show and relax.

      • Will

        “Andy F – Serenity didn’t “bomb”. It broke even. Regardless, a $40 million box office is hardly a “bomb”.”

        When the film cost 40 million to produce, plus all the marketing millions, distribution rights and taking out the up to 40 % chunk that theatres keep, and your gross is 40 million WORLDWIDE, yes, grossing 40 million is a F L O P. Sorry.

      • Kate

        Firefly bombed because no one watched after the first episode because Fox aired it in the wrong order. If it was aired in the order that Whedon intended, it *probably* would’ve had a few more viewers than it did.

        And yes, it caters to a small demographic of people.. mainly Whedonites.

      • Nolo

        Hmm. All these people critical of the show and saying how it bombed- yet they read this article and felt compelled to make comments. If the show was such a failure in your eyes, why waste your time trolling message boards?

      • Grumpster

        Yah…like he doesn’t have better things to write – like LOST PART 3 RECAP….f*ing moron Jeff.

      • M

        What does it matter that it had crappy ratings? it obviously had a cultural impact evidence by the fact that people still care about it so much (and that it was referenced on Community). A write up of a cult show with an audience that while small (though it has expanded overtime) is also extremely passionate and will read and care about this means much more than a write up about something that might have a larger audience who are occasiona and passion-less.

      • Dave Grinberg

        Here here to the comment about those who didn’t like firefly are those who didn’t watch… I’ve Noe given copies of the show DVDs to 20 or 25 people and only one came back saying they couldn’t get into it. Everyone else has been riveted. I personally will not give up hope that the franchise will reemerge. Heck, we know Nathan would love to reprise.

  • MWeyer

    Well, if you read the comic “The Shepherd’s Tale,” it’ll completely change what you think you know of Book as his true origins are pretty dark, even by Whedon standards.

    • Serenity is one of the Greatest movies this century

      The comic was written by Joss’s brother and is terrible, not worth reading

      • Amber Jones

        It’s a testament to Fireflop’s and Serenibomb’s utter inability to appeal beyond its small brigade of nerds that in spite of EW’s best intentions and dedicated pimping, the property still remains unknown to the mainstream and still is pretty much a mediocre niche program. At least with other EW obsessions like Lady CACA and Twicrap, you can see how EW has helped shape their ACTUAL mainstream success. With Fireflop, it’s just hopeless pushing of a property that will never be a hit. That’s why the show tanked and the film bombed…

      • Tom

        “EW, stop trying to make Serenity happen…it’s not gonna happen”

      • SerenityisOneoftheMostWellDeservedFlopsInFilmHistory

        The series totally deserved to flop. It was badly written, horribly “acted” and had SyFy-level special effects. The film too…

      • TrillianAstra

        You know I’m not over on the Glee or American Idol boards bashing those shows. I don’t like them, so I don’t watch them and I don’t read about them. Stop being such negative nancys and lighten up. I love this show and would way rather see this than most other crap on tv now, it kills me this got cancelled and two and half men is on for a ridiculous number of seasons. So what, I can’t change, but I bought the DVD’s and I’ve given them as gifts to people who have also become huge fans. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean everyone else has to have your opinion.

  • TxVet

    Not a bad take on the Series. I had a few problems with Ron Glass as the “Shepherd”. I guess I kept waiting for Barney Miller to show up. Still trying to figure out why its on the Science Channel? If you can’t wait, all the episodes are available on Netflix.

    • Serenity is one of the Greatest movies this century

      It is a weak take on the series, anyway, Ron Glass’s greatest role was as Hucklebuck – a friend of Lamont Sanford who tried to hustle him playing poker along with Rooster and Ugly Arthur Matthew’s son.

  • Jacob

    Needless nitpicking and unwarranted theorizing about things that don’t need to be theorized. Yep, Doc Jensen is back.

    • Fingerlakes Dave


    • Flyer

      Well, you’re certainly entitled to your opinion, but you could have just skipped his column, then. I know I’m not the only one who really enjoys hearing what Doc Jensen has to say.

    • Jonny

      Yep, especially about a TV show that flopped miserably and a film that tanked. It’s amusing how EW desperately tries to make this property relevant, without success. Reminds me of MEAN GIRLS and that girl’s ridiculous efforts to “make FETCH happen”. LMAO!!!!!!!!

      • Alimentum

        Hahaha. It reminds me of how “Jonny” keeps posting similar comments under different names in an desperate attempt to troll this board in lieu of contributing anything meaningful to society. Classic “Jonny”.

      • CTU Chief

        Well jonny…to appreciate Firefly you do have to have a brain that is used for thinking instead of sitting on.

    • Rush

      And yet, where is that final LOST column?

      • Prayong

        Homeland is maybe best new show this season. Hopefully, they have a good story panlned that will not go on too long. One or two season would be great length. Damian Lewis was amazing in Band of Brothers, but he is even better in series Life that lasted for two seasons couple of years back. And in this new Homeland role he fits nicely. Homeland has several layers to the story that would be great to see unfold, and it is much better than usual shows Showtime makes.

  • Carrie

    Neither Firefly nor Serenity ever deal with Shepherd Book’s backstory- his connection to the Alliance, why he left the Abbey, etc. A lost opportunity, because the little clues scattered throughout the episodes point to a really interesting back story.

    • Serenity is one of the Greatest movies this century

      it could also be considered a good thing, look at the Star Wars prequels for evidence that some things are better left to the imagination

    • Tajah

      I was always really intrigued on Shepard’s back story and I wanted more.
      It is really hard to criticize a show that only had 14 episodes to begin an entirely new mythology. The writers had so many avenues to go and were unable to visit them. Not enough time.

      And I am like Jeff, every time I watch Firefly or read an article about it, it hurts my heart a little bit. So many dreams of what could have been.

  • loli

    This review is very thoughtful and in depth. If I ask nicely, could you go back and proofread it for grammatical glitches? I hate to be that ahole that writes this in the comments, but it is a bit hard to read. Thanks.

  • Trenton

    Jeff your hunch on Ron Glass is pretty good. He is a Buddhist, and apparently tried to get Joss to make his character more Buddhist and less Christian, but Joss felt that Inara showcased that side of The Verse’s humanity. Since America and China were the dominant countries from the Earth that was. I love all of Firefly episodes, but this is the one that I like the least. It always felt that having the guy turn reaver never worked. Him doing that was just necessary to force Harken to cut Mal a “break” and let him go. I think witnessing the aftermath of the Reaver’s on that ship was much darker and telling of their nature.

    • Flyer

      I actually liked the Survivor-turned-Reaver because just showing the aftermath (mutilated bodies) is fairlyl conventional. It really took it to a whole new level to say show that the Reavers are so horrific that even those that survive are psychologically scarred beyond any hope of curing.

  • Skip182

    Ahh, I missed Doc. If he can’t write about Lost, Firefly will do. I hope he reviews Serenity after he gets done with the series.

    • Kaci

      I second the Serenity request, Doc. I’ve missed your recaps!

      • Tajah


      • Merrilee Heffernan

        Fourthed…or whatever.

      • Rachel

        i fifth the motion

    • Jackie

      I will look forward to that as well, but I’m most looking forward to Doc’s take on ‘Jaynestown’ and ‘Out of Gas’ (my two favorites!).

    • Nick


  • Trenton

    The whole Reaver thing was a huge suspension of belief thing for me. On the one hand they are suppose to be these near mindless humans who care for nothing but carnage and that whole rape you eat you sew your skin on to their face bit….and yet, they fly spaceships? Are there quasi coherent reavers out there? That has always bugged me.

    • Serenity is one of the Greatest movies this century

      Reminds of the quote by the Joker “I happen to be crazy, not stupid” meaning the Reavers are psychotic animals but does not mean they are incapable of piloting spacecraft, they just had their aggression levels turned up, it did not make them stupid

    • darwin

      Have you ever read YouTube comments on Justin Bieber videos? Not that they’re about carnage per se, but near-mindlessness…

      We all seem to navigate this highly complex system of networked transfer protocols (called the internet) pretty decently.

      It’s child’s play at this point…as is driving a fairly dinged-up Prius.

      (Computer and car electronics and mechanics can be meticulously operated with incredible attention to detail and depth or largely ignored, with fairly similar (lay-observational) outcomes. My first thought when it came to the reavers and their spacecraft was similar — they’re operating without core containment…to a wonk, that’s suicidal!)

  • Trenton

    I totally get why Science channel is doing this. A) They want people to watch wait, what channel is it on again? B) Firefly was that rare sci-fi show that kinda paid tribute to reality i.e. no sound in the vacuum that is space. Every time they show Serenity flying you don’t hear loud engines b/c no sound in space. But mainly its b/c people will watch Firefly…interesting to see what commercials Science channel chooses to use in this Firefly run

    • Iliana

      “But mainly its b/c people will watch Firefly”

      Is that why it bombed in the ratings and flopped at the box office??? Hahahahaha!!!

      • Angie L

        It bombed in the ratings because of Fox’s lousy marketing. I didn’t watch the show during its initial run because the commercials for it were awful. I saw the movie when it came out because I had some friends that were into the show and I tagged along with them to the movies. AFTER seeing movie I went back and watched the show and was blown away by it and have since then lamented its loss. And now that I know its playing on the Science channel I will watch it.

      • Channing

        Trenton didn’t say “b/c A LOT of people will watch Firefly.” Even if just half or a quarter of its original Fox audience watches it on Science Channel, it will be one of the cable channel’s biggest hits. (That’s not counting the new viewers who may have heard about the show but didn’t feel like committing by buying the DVDs/Blu-rays.)

      • CTU Chief

        Apparently Illiana never saw Firefly or Serenity. If she had she wouldn’t make such ignorant statements.

    • Velsi

      Yes. Yes. Yes. Motherloving YES! For the love of god and all that is holy, go into this movie clean! I’ve seen it twice (once IMAX, once regular), and I plan to see it more as well as amnikg this a day one Blu-Ray purchase. I am very curious to hear what Jay and Parris have to say on this topic, since I’ve gone so far as to tell friends and family that I won’t even acknowledge their existence until they have seen this movie.If you’ve not seen it yet, avoid anyone who has. Walk away from any conversation that comes up. DO NOT read any reviews. Stop watching previews for it. Just drop what you’re doing and GO SEE INCEPTION.

  • tvgirl48

    I don’t know everything about Joss’ original intentions for the show, but in my opinion, they just didn’t have time in that short short season to fully address Book as a character. Yes, he’s not as multidimensional as the others, but I definitely think had the show gone on longer that his background and motivations would have been explored more. It seems like they were establishing him as the standard Man of Faith on the surface in the beginning and that later episodes would reveal more than meets the eye.

  • FH

    I loved this show back on the day but I can’t help but think that I wish EW would’ve concentrated this same energy on recapping Southland every week.

  • talkin’

    Nice recap, Doc Jensen.

  • Matt W

    It’s very odd that my friend gave me this random series called “Firefly” to watch a few months ago (obviously I LOVED it!) and all of a sudden Nathan gives his interview and BAM it blows up again. I jumped on the train just in time!

  • elena

    I’m inclined to agree about Book, Doc Jensen. Although there are a lot of singular scenes I enjoyed (he and River with the bible, for example, was beautiful and poetic), he was the character who went through the least transformation. He did play a poignant role in re-inspiring Mal in the movie, but what was his real arc in the show? I always wished they could have explored it more.

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