Why Firefly is stuck in our hearts

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DDo a google search of the word ‘firefly’ and you don’t get an insect that lights up it’s abdomen. You get this awesome show that Joss Whedon created and Fox destroyed. But just why is it awesome?

1. The characters

They are memorable and they all add to the ensemble rather than detract from it. No matter the situation, each one of them has something to contribute and we love them for it. From hard nosed Mal to delicate Kaylee, all of them are loved.

2. The Western flair

Everybody digs cowboys. And shootouts. And all that stuff. Throw it on a spaceship or strange planet and it’s practically irresistible. The set designers and costume directors are forever enshrined as geniuses in my book.

3. The one liners

“I aim to misbehave.”

“She’s starting to damage my calm.”

“Were I unwed, i would take you in a manly fashion.”

“Sir? I like you to take the helm, please. I need this man to tear all my clothes off.”

These are the best. Whedon has shown time and time again to be a master of dialogue, and the actors portray it to the intended scale. I can not count how many times I pull these out and use them in conversation. They really are close to my heart.

There you have it. Now let’s strive for this level in our own writing!

Top 5 Valentine’s Day Marathons

Before delving in to this Valentine’s Day extravaganza, have you picked up a copy of my new book in the kindle store? It’s only 99 cents, and it will at least make you laugh!

Sensational Six Word Science Fiction Stories

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

 

So we’re all nerds here.

Hopefully you aren’t alone on Valentine’s day. The made up holiday. To quote Sheldon Cooper:

“Given that St. Valentine was a 3rd century Roman priest who was stoned and beheaded, wouldn’t a more appropriate celebration of the evening be taking one’s steady gal to witness a brutal murder?”

Since your significant other probably doesn’t think that is romantic, try these instead:

5. Inuyasha

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ISo Inuyasha is a half-demon who’s in love with a priestess who died a long time ago but is reincarnated as a young girl. This girl found Inuyasha when she fell through the well that’s also a time portal in her backyard. Magical weapons, fantasy creatures, and a sappy love story. Something for everyone!

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Of course there’s vampire slaying. And Buffy falls in love with all the wrong boys. And there’s one episode where they blow up a demon with a rocket launcher. Just let that soak in.

3. Gundam Wing

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Ah yes the complicated relationship between Relena Peacecraft and Heero Yuy. And Giant Robots. Lots and lots of giant robots.

2. Firefly

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Mal and Inara. Simon and Kaylee. People everywhere and this series. Love stories that were never quite played out to their full potential. Do yourself and/or your significant other a favor and watch the whole series again. And it will only take one day… 😦

1. Star Wars

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If you’re surprised by number 1, then you must be new here. Even as terrible as Hayden Christensen’s acting is, one can not deny the profound impact this series has had on the world. The love affair of a young Jedi and Queen turned Senator gave us 3 great movies, 3 terrible movies, and hopefully another outstanding one in the near future.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Watch something. It’ll make you feel better.